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Artists and scientists explore concept of color at Babeville event

Since 2009, Hallwalls Contemporary Arts Center and the University at Buffalo have co-sponsored one of the more wonderful town-and-gown collaborations Buffalo has seen in recent decades.

The Science and Art Cabaret, which brings painters and professors together to explore a chosen theme, has provided plenty of fascinating investigations through the years on concepts ranging from the human brain to the notion of improvisation.

The cabaret's 2017-18 season launches Oct. 4 with a multidisciplinary look into the concept of color, and how it is employed by artists and scientists alike.

“We could talk about color for endless days,” Hallwalls curator John Massier said in a statement, “even if we consider it only within the scheme of work by one painter — say, Barnett Newman or Monet or Sol LeWitt." The event will explore "how color works with and against other colors, as well as the emotions it both represents and evokes.”

Featured at the event will be artists Bruce Adams, Gary Nickard and the colorblind painter A.J. Fries, along with UB associate professor of physics Salvatore Rappoccio, an expert in subatomic particles who will give a presentation titled "Quarks, Color and Flavor."

Science and Art Cabaret: 7 p.m. Oct. 4 in the 9th Ward at Babeville, 341 Delaware Ave. Call 694-1894 or visit


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