Blue Flowers // Amanda Curreri

In Dutch, “blue flowers” translates to “bold-faced lies.” Initially conceived as a color theory lecture with a feminist-bent,Blue Flowers developed over the course of two years in San Francisco. Starting with Julia Kristeva’s theory of chromatic apparatus things gave way to deal with the increasingly rapid gentrifying forces of San Francisco’s tech industry.

At a three-day long performance at YBCA (September 2014), I offered visitors blue (dyed) flowers upon their arrival in exchange for them reading “blue flowers” with me. A table held blue cards with quotes and related images from, for example, Lucy Parsons, Chelsea Manning, Bayard Rustin, Adrienne Rich, Edward Snowden, Julia Kristeva – a collection of disobedient and conscientious humans. In turn, some of the other figures represent radical ideas in the field of color theory. 32 audio recordings were then collected from these readings with visitors over the three-days. The recordings were culled together with visuals for a color-theory redux lecture.



AMANDA CURRERI is an interdisciplinary artist and educator living and working between Cincinnati, OH and the Bay Area, CA. Curreri recently joined the faculty of University of Cincinnati’s School of Design, Architecture, Art, and Planning (DAAP) in Cincinnati, OH. Curreri had her first solo museum exhibition this year at Rochester Art Center, Rochester, MN and has been exhibited at the Asian Art Museum, SF, Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, SF, and Ortega y Gasset, NY. Curreri was in the 2011 Incheon Women’s Biennale in Korea, a recipient of a Joan Mitchell Foundation Fellowship in 2009 and a SF Guardian Goldie Award in 2010. Curreri has recently received a grant to launch a new independent art press, Special Collections, partnered with the art library at the University of Cincinnati and produced lovingly via Risograph. Curreri holds an MFA from the California College of the Arts, a BFA from The School of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, and a BA from Tufts University in Sociology and Peace & Justice Studies.

Curreri is represented by Romer Young Gallery in San Francisco, CA.