Talk & Book Signing: David Scott Kastan, On Color

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We live in a world of vivid colors, especially out on the East End, and color marks our psychological and social existence. Join author David Scott Kastan, artist Byron Kim, and Parrish director Terrie Sultan as they talk about Kastan’s recent book, co-authored with Stephen Farthing, On Color, which investigates color from numerous perspectives: literary, historical, cultural, anthropological, philosophical, art historical, political, and scientific. In ten lively and wide-ranging chapters, each devoted to a different color, they examine the various ways colors have shaped and continue to shape our social and moral imaginations. Each individual color becomes the focal point for a consideration of one of the extraordinary ways in which color appears and matters in our lives.

David Scott Kastan is the George M. Bodman Professor of English at Yale University, having previously taught at Columbia University and at Dartmouth College. He is one of the General Editors of the Arden Shakespeare, the co-editor of the Bantam Shakespeare, and the series editor of the Barnes and Noble Shakespeare. He has produced scholarly editions of Shakespeare’s Henry IV, Part One, Milton’s Paradise Lost, and Marlowe’s Dr. Faustus, and written widely on editing, textual theory, and early modern book history. His A Will to Believe: Shakespeare and Religion was published in 2014 by Oxford University Press and has just been reissued in paperback. Among his earlier books are Shakespeare and the Shapes of Time, Shakespeare after Theory, and Shakespeare and the Book. He also edited the essay collections, A Companion to Shakespeare, Staging the Renaissance (with Peter Stallybrass), and The New History of Early English Drama (with John Cox), as well as the five-volume Oxford Encyclopedia of British Literature. 

Byron Kim is the Alex Katz Chair in Painting at the School of Art at The Cooper Union, and a Senior Critic at Yale School of Art. Kim often works in an area one might call the abstract sublime. His work sits at the threshold between abstraction and representation, between conceptualism and pure painting, revealing a charged space that often connects to the artist’s personal experiences in relation to larger cultural forces. Kim is best known for his painting, Synecdoche, which was included in the 1993 Whitney Biennial. Comprised of a grid of hundreds of panels depicting human skin color, the work is both an abstract painting in monochromes and a group portrait. His ongoing series of Sunday Paintings, in which he records the appearance of the sky every week along with a diary entry, juxtaposes the cosmological with the quotidian. Among Kim’s numerous awards are the New York Foundation for the Arts Grant and the Louis Comfort Tiffany Foundation Award (1994), the National Endowment of the Arts Award (1995), the Alpert Award in the Arts (2008) and the Guggenheim Fellowship (2017).

Friday nights are made possible, in part, by Presenting Sponsor, Bank of America. Additional support provided by The Corcoran Group and Sandy and Stephen Perlbinder.  
Talk & Book Signing: David Scott Kastan, On Color.
Conversation with Kastan, Byron Kim, and Terrie Sultan
Friday, April 12, 2019 - 6:00pm
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