Elena Phipps on Cochineal Red: The Art History of a Color

On November 12, 2011 at 10:00am, the De Young Museum in San Francisco will serve as host for a lecture by Elena Phipps, independent scholar, current Vice-President of the Textile Society of America, and former Senior Museum Conservator with the Metropolitan Museum of Art.

She is the author of Cochineal Red: The Art History of a Color (Metropolitan Museum of Art/Yale University Press, 2010). According to the Textile Arts Council, Phipps will trace:

“the origins of the famous insect-derived dye in the ancient Americas and its dissemination by global trade routes to the Old World. Thirty years of research and collaboration with scientists have enabled her to trace the world movements of this coveted dyestuff, illustrated by examples from the collections of the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York. Interesting cultural, technical, and historical questions arise from these studies. A dye that was once relegated to history and replaced by modern chemical colorants has attained new status with today’s awareness of ecology.”

This lecture is free to Textile Arts Council members, $5 for FAMSF members and students, $10 for non-members. Tickets available only at the door. More details here.


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