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Panel and Performance: Into the Blue

Digital poster with light blue lettering on a dark blue background reads Monochrome Multitudes

Consider the perceptive, emotive, and artistic resonance of “blue.”

Blue is a color in nature and art, a genre of music, and a mood. It is associated with distance, serenity, intelligence, and sadness. “Into the Blue” asks us to consider the multi-dimensional resonance of blue from the art historical to the neurobiological. How is our experience of Blue, common and disparate? Does our perception change depending on its presentation? Why do we call it the Blues? 

Presented by the Smart Museum of Art in collaboration with the Arts, Science + Culture Initiative and Logan Center for the Arts, this program begins with a close looking exercise within the “blue room” of the exhibition Monochrome Multitudes. Afterward, University of Chicago faculty share disciplinary perspectives of the color blue through the lens of art history, neurobiology, and anthropology. The evening concludes with a live performance from Lead Museum Educator and Blues singer Katherine Davis.

FREE, but space is limited. Please register in advance. 


  • Michael Dietler, Professor of Anthropology and of Social Sciences in the College
  • Peggy Mason, Professor of Neurobiology
  • Katherine Davis, Lead Museum Educator, Smart Museum of Art
  • Moderated by Juelle Daley, Assistant Director of University Arts Engagement, Logan Center for the Arts

Presented by the Feitler Center for Academic Inquiry at the Smart Museum of Art, Arts, Science + Culture Initiative, and Logan Center for the Arts