Art in Focus: Blue

Friday, April 5, 2019
Sunday, August 11, 2019
Blue lends its name to a color, a mood, and a type of music. It is the color of cyanotypes, the pigment of Chinese export porcelain to the West, and defines an entire period of Picasso’s career. This student-curated exhibition examines what blue looks like within the Yale Center for British Art’s collections, what different hues and tones it takes, and how these were made. How is color received and processed in the minds of viewers, and what are the perceptual limitations of blue? The various facets of blue from artistic, historical, cultural, and material perspectives are explored.
Art in Focus is an annual initiative for members of the Center’s Student Guide Program, providing Yale undergraduates with curatorial experience and an introduction to all aspects of exhibition practice. The student guide curators for Art in Focus: Blue are Merritt Barnwell, SY ’21; Sunnie Liu, MC ’21; Sohum Pal, BR ’20; Jordan Schmolka, BK ’20; and Muriel Wang, TB ’20. In researching and presenting the exhibition, the students have been led by Linda Friedlaender, Senior Curator of Education, and Jennifer Reynolds-Kaye, Curator of Education and Academic Outreach.
William Henry Hunt, Still Life with a Ginger Jar, ca. 1825, watercolor and graphite on paper, Yale Center for British Art, Paul Mellon Collection

This exhibition and the accompanying brochure (which will be available in the gallery and online) have been generously supported by the Marlene Burston Fund and the Dr. Carolyn M. Kaelin Memorial Fund.