Discover the history and widespread use in art of cochineal, an insect-based dye source for the seductive color red whose origins and use date to the pre-Columbian Americas. Textiles, sculpture, manuscripts, paintings, decorative arts, clothing and more vividly bring to life an epic story of empire and desire that pushed art, culture, and trade to the edge of the unknown. The Red That Colored the World is accompanied by a hands-on science area where kids and adults alike can peer at the tiny cochineal bug through a microscope, watch a video of the dying process, try on red clothing, and more.
The Red That Colored the World, organized by the Museum of International Folk Art in Santa Fe, NM and circulating through GuestCurator Traveling Exhibitions, has been made possible in part by a major grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities: Celebrating 50 Years of Excellence. Sponsored locally by Baton Rouge Coca-Cola, Lamar Advertising Company, and Moo and Martin Svendson