1037 Silvermine Rd, New Canaan, CT 06840. Phone: 203-966-9700.
Sunday, March 11th at 4:30 PM $10 for members, $12 for non-members. Learn why cresting waves look green, sunsets are red and Van Gogh painted his face orange. Here is a closer look at the phenomena of vision as it moves from light to pigment to eyeball to brain and at last, into art. The second lecture on color examines how the fools the brain and the brain fools the eye; how color perception works as it adjusts to changing light; how painted colors go dull or brilliant; how surfaces can affect color perception and brightness; how paint works in its evocation of color from flat to deep; how it creates effects of translucence and gloss to impenetrable matte effects; and how artists create variegated iridescence or uniform opacity. The lecture examines how painters and photographers use relative difference to magically turn our perception of dark gray into white, and white into gray, without altering the paint. We examine the effects of reflectance and shadow as the determinant of color and recognition. And, we will see what 21st century artists are doing with reflectance and color. David Dunlop has given art history lectures at the Metropolitan Museum of Art and his 13-week PBS series which began airing in March 2008, “Landscapes through Time” won a Daytime Emmy Award for Outstanding Special Class in Writing.