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Lecture: Sacre Bleu

November 1, 2014
Fullerton Hall
$9 CHF members; $12 public; $5 students and teachers

Chicago Humanities Festival
Richard Gray Visual Arts Series

Blue pigment occurs naturally in exactly one form: lapis lazuli. That uniqueness made the color a luxury commodity for thousands of years. Traded at a cost greater than gold, reserved for royalty, and written into artist’s contracts, blue is both visually and materially rich. Marc Walton, senior scientist at the Art Institute of Chicago and Northwestern University, is an expert on blue’s history. Join him as he uncovers the color’s journey through art history, from Cleopatra’s eye shadow to Picasso’s blue period. 

This program has reached capacity and registration is now closed. To be added to the waitlist, please call (312) 494-9509.

The annual Richard Gray Visual Art Series recognizes a significant gift from founding Chicago Humanties Festival board member and distinguished art dealer Richard Gray and is presented in partnership with the Chicago Humanities Festival.

Image by Annie Dipert courtesy of the Chicago Humanities Festival.