The exhibition, “The Red That Colored the World,” combines new research and original scholarship to explore the history and widespread use in art of cochineal, an insect-based dye source for the color red, whose origins and use date to the pre-Columbian Americas. The exhibition opens Sept. 18, 2018, and runs through Jan. 17, 2019 at the Museum of Texas Tech University.
The Museum draws on its clothing and textiles collection for the companion exhibition Ladies in Red, which is now open. A third red-themed exhibition, Red, Hot & Quilted will open Sept. 25.
“The Red That Colored the World,” is organized by the Museum of International Folk Art in Santa Fe, NM and circulating through GuestCurator Traveling Exhibitions. It has been made possible in part by a major grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities: Celebrating 50 Years of Excellence. Any views, findings, conclusions, or recommendations expressed in this exhibition do not necessarily represent those of the National Endowment for the Humanities.