• Jules-Alexandre Grün: La Cigale/L’Enfer Tout le Monde Descend (The Cicada/Everybody Goes Down to Hell), c. 1900; lithograph; BAMPFA, gift of Lewis and Marjorie Ferbrache.

Five Tables of the Color Red

Five Tables is a monthly event coinciding with First Free Thursdays organized by the BAMPFA staff, and periodically by the Student Committee. Using unique themes to draw artworks from the BAMPFA collection, Five Tables allows visitors to get an up-close look at an extraordinary range of works on paper. Drop by the Florence Helzel Works on Paper Study Center for a curated behind-the-scenes experience.

Stop signs, lipstick, valentines, ripe fruit, sexy clothes, agit-prop posters, falling leaves—the color red attracts the eye, quickens the pulse, and takes no prisoners. Works on view in this Five Tables display include eye-popping political posters featuring bloody hands; autumnal landscape scrolls by Rinkoku, Bunrin, and Zeshin; conceptual correspondence from James Lee Byars and Ant Farm; and women in red, from French cabarets to Japanese teahouses.