Brooklyn College Vision Expert Gives Keynote at Cooper-Hewitt National Design Museum ‘Fashion in Colors’ Symposium, February 11

Brooklyn, NY — Dr. Israel Abramov, director of the Applied Vision Institute and professor of psychology, Brooklyn College, will deliver the keynote address at the Fashion in Colors symposium, to be held Saturday, February 11, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Cooper-Hewitt National Design Museum, 2 East 91 Street at Fifth Avenue.

The symposium, part of the museum’s Fashion in Colors exhibit that runs through March 26, will feature a wide range of experts in color, design, and lighting, including Leni Schwendinger, Light Projects LTD; Leatrice Eiseman, executive director, Pantone Color Institute; Brian Maynard, brand manager, Kitchen-Aid; Jason Cisewski, senior vice-president, Colorware; Karen Reuther, color design director, NIKE; and J. Darius Bikoff, founder and CEO, Glacéau. Admission to the symposium is $35 for museum members, $50 for nonmembers, and $20 for students.

Dr. Israel Abramov

Dr. Abramov’s speech, “On Seeing Red or Yellow, or Green, or Blue,” will address the science of human color vision, including the sensory phenomena of hue, saturation, and brightness. For more than forty years, Dr. Abramov has been researching the human visual system using anatomical, physiological, and psychophysical techniques and has made important discoveries in color vision, the lifetime development of visual sensory capacities, and the illumination of art works in museums. The author of more than sixty papers on these topics in peer-reviewed scientific journals, Dr. Abramov’s research represents some of the most important scientific and anthropological work done in the area of color perception.

The Fashion in Colors symposium will explore the science, psychology, and symbolism of color. Events include a behind-the-scenes exhibition tour and a panel discussion on color customization with industry experts. Additional programs will include a studio visit, family events, and exhibition tours. To register for the February 11 symposium, visit the Cooper-Hewitt National Design Museum Web site,, call (212) 849-8380, or e-mail