The Museum of Modern Art
The Museum of Modern Art

Tuesdays from 6 - 8 p.m., January 21 - March 11

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In the New Year, Darien Library will offer a self-guided course titled, "From Pigment to Pixel: Color in Modern and Contemporary Art" as part of the Library's collaboration with the Museum of Modern Art in Manhattan. Each week, a video of an art history lecture from experts in the field will be followed by a staff-facilitated discussion. Following that, students will be invited to explore the online learning module at their own pace.

Dive into color and explore its innovations, impact, and uses through an exciting array of works in MoMA's collection. Curators, educators, and conservators discuss how technological advances and new uses of materials combined with creative experimentation have challenged and expanded ideas of color in painting, sculpture, photography, design, and new media.

Unique behind-the-scenes visits to MoMA’s conservation labs, technical analysis, studio demonstrations, and exercises complement class discussions and enhance understanding of the inventive and provocative uses of color in art and design, from the rational to the exuberant. Artists discussed include Georges-Pierre Seurat, Paul Gauguin, Henri Matisse, Vasily Kandinsky, Josef Albers, Hans Hofmann, Yves Klein, Ad Reinhardt, Joe Colombo, Helen Levitt, William Eggleston, Cindy Sherman, and Pipilotti Rist.

Module 1 (January 21): Introduction: What is color?
Module 2 (January 28): Symbolism and Pseudoscience
Module 3 (February 4) : Freedom and Spirituality
Module 4 (February 11): Bauhaus: Relearning Color
Module 5 (February 18): The Monochrome
Module 6 (February 25) : Plastics and the 1960s
Module 7 (March 4) : Color Photography
Module 8 (March 11): Color in the Digital Realm

Registration for this series is a lottery and is open to all Darien residents, those who work in Darien full-time, and non-resident Friends of Darien Library at the Supporter Level (annual donation of $300). Register online from Monday, December 9 to Monday, January 6 with your Library card. Notification via email is Tuesday, January 7. For more information, contact Erin Shea, Head of Adult Programming, at or 203-669-5232.