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Blue: Color and Concept

decoration18 Jan. 2014|19 Apr. 2014
“This is a unique approach to exploring the library’s collections” (Yale curator Nancy Kuhl).

The exhibition at the Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library shows the cultural history of the color blue in 19th and 20th century arts and letters. It features literary and historical artifacts such as Langston Hughes’ blue enamel-decorated cigarette case and Edith Wharton’s blue 1915 Paris driver’s permit alongside works in fields as varied as entomology, poetry, human psychology, and American popular music to reveal a network of unexpected associations.

Apparent and subtle reflections and echoes throughout the exhibition reveal new categories of significance and new ways of seeing and understanding well-known texts and archival objects. “Blue: Color and Concept” explores aesthetic ideas and quotidian practices, moods and music, texts and textures, displaying an unexpected view of the Beinecke’s collections.


18 Jan. 2014|19 Apr. 2014
121 Wall Street
New Haven, CT
Beinecke Rare Book & Manuscript Library
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