Parrish Shines Light on David Kastan, And Color

From the book “On Color,” Susannah Benjamin, “Roses are Red,” 2016

David Kastan is a Shakespeare scholar, an author and, in the context of his newest book, an observer of color.

From his perspective of literature and history, culture and philosophy, politics and science, Kastan examines what color means and discusses it in “On Color” — co-authored with Stephen Farthing — the topic of his talk with artist Byron Kim on Friday, April 12, at 6 p.m. at the Parrish Art Museum in Water Mill.

“Color plays such an important role in our lives,” Corinne Erni, senior curator of ArtsReach and special projects, said in a press release. “I much look forward to hearing these two accomplished thinkers and artists — Kastan and Kim — illuminate the many ways color affects us.”

Moderated by Parrish Art Museum Director Terrie Sultan, the talk will explore the concepts and meaning of color with Kim, whose painting “Synecdoche” — a grid of hundreds of panels depicting human skin color — was included in the 1993 Whitney Biennial. A book signing will follow.

“In 10 lively and wide-ranging chapters, each devoted to a specific color, Kastan and Farthing examine the various ways colors have shaped and continue to shape our social and moral imaginations,” according to a press release. “Each individual color becomes the focal point for a consideration of one of the extraordinary ways in which color appears and matters in our lives.”

Tickets are $12 and free for members, children and students. For more information, call (631) 283-2118 or visit