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International Folk Art Foundation (Santa Fe, NM 87504-2087)
Marsha C. Bol (Project Director: January 2014 to January 2016)
The Red that Colored the World

Implementation of a traveling exhibition, a catalog, and public programs about the history and global significance of cochineal, an insect-based dye source whose origins date to the pre-Columbian Americas.

"The Red That Colored the World" is a museum exhibition that 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 will be on view at the Museum of International Folk Art in Santa Fe, New Mexico, from May 17 to September 6, 2015, followed by its display at the Bowers Museum in Santa Ana, California, from November 21, 2015 to March 21, 2016.

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Project fields:
Art History and Criticism

America's Historical and Cultural Organizations: Implementation Grants

Public Programs

$400,000 (approved)
$400,000 (awarded)

Grant period:
5/1/2015 – 9/30/2015