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Globally Connected @ FIT: Touching Color: A Latin American Sabbatical

February 11 at 12:45 pm - 1:30 pm

flyer for Globally Connected eventGuest: Jada Schumacher, Professor, Communication Design Pathways

On a chromatic sabbatical journey in 2019, Jada Schumacher journeyed through Mexico and Argentina working with local artists and their materials—targeting sites frequented by iconic designer-educators Anni Albers, Josef Albers, Ruth Asawa, Luis Barragán, and Clara Porset. Watch Schumacher as she crushes cochineal insects to yield vibrant crimsons and scarlets. Join her in a color-laden tour of art galleries, UNESCO World Heritage sites, and, of all places, a fountain for horses. Discover how native and urban architectural applications of color can influence contemporary culture around the world.

Schumacher is a professor in the Communication Design Pathways Department and coordinates the Color Studies Minor. She is founding director of designorange, a materials-obsessed design studio. In addition to creating custom designs, her work is featured in installations in cities that include Budapest, Stockholm, Tallinn, and Zurich (from the Centre Pompidou to the International Contemporary Furniture Fair NYC). She serves as an international color and trend reporter for the government of Japan and presents chromatic lectures at El Salvador Color Week, Harvard University, and the Association Internationale de la Couleur/International Color Association conferences.

Respondents: Cultural Fellow Isha Kesarwani, and Professor Chiara Buss (FIT in Milan), who is teaching a course on color in Italy.

Featuring paintings by FIT Fine Arts students and music by Daniel Cooper, adjunct associate professor in the Film, Media, and Performing Arts Department.

About Globally Connected @ FIT

This is a series of 45-minute virtual discussions, talks, and presentations for the FIT community led by students, faculty, and alumni to advance global education at FIT in our new world without mobility. The major themes are fashion, art, sustainability, racial equity, and life during the pandemic around the world. Hosted by the Office of International Programs and the Cultural Fellows, and the History of Art Department.

This virtual event is for the FIT community only; REGISTER HERE


Office of International Programs
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