Re-Considering Color

Postmodern Classical II

April 21-June 1, 2008

The exhibition Re-Considering Color: Postmodern Classical II is organized by Dr Harriet F. Senie, Director of the Master's Program in Art History and Museum Studies at The City College of New York, working with students in the program, and made possible by a grant by the Alexander S. Onassis Public Benefit Foundation USA.

Re-Considering Color: Postmodern Classical II presents contemporary works that transform iconic images of ancient objects into present-day art with freshness, intensity, and humor, while asking viewers to question the assumption that classical sculpture and architecture were typically white.

Works like Jim Dine's Venuses recast the image of the white goddess using Cubist-styled fragments of color, while Barbara Kasten's Architectural Site # 17 suggests temples in contemporary architecture with saturated chemical colors. Alternatively, works by Robert Arneson and Kehinde Wiley reflect on color conceptually through the issue of race. The inspiration for this exhibition came after the students learned about the recent color studies done by other scholars. New research of ancient Greek statues and figures have revealed that the works were once vibrantly colored and patterned.

This is the second exhibition investigating ways contemporary artists invoke the classical tradition in a series of collaborations between the Onassis Foundation (USA) and The City College of New York.

Photo: Barbara Kasten. Architectural Site 17, August 28,1988. Cibachrome. Courtesy of the artist and Yancey Richardson Gallery. © Barbara Kasten