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YALE SCHOOL OF ART SYMPOSIUM “SEARCH VERSUS RE – SEARCH: JOSEF ALBERS, ARTIST AND EDUCATOR”
Friday October 16, 2015, 10 am—5 pm 36 Edgewood Avenue, Room 204, New Haven, CT 06515
Free and open to the public (no reservations required except for the 4pm viewing session at Yale University Art Gallery – see schedule for details)
With ten pithy presentations, this day – long symposium brings together leading historians and artists to address the impact of Josef Albers’ teaching and examine the influence of Latin American art on the work of both Josef and Anni Albers. With time for discussion and questions, we hope to query the contemporary relevance of the works and ideas presented.
The symposium is funded by the Yale School of Art, The Edward J. and Dorothy Clarke Kempf Memorial Fund and the MacMillan Center for International and Area Studies at Yale.
10:00 – 10:45 Opening address by Anoka Faruqee
11:00 – 1:00 ‘Search Versus Re – Search, Albers as Educator,’
Chair: Eva Diaz Panelists: Brenda Danilowitz, Jill Magid, Alexander Purves, and Robin Schuldenfrei
Albers was a visionary educator. He transformed the teaching of art and design in the 20th century by asserting that the point of making of art is not the finished product but the process — that art is not an object, it is an experience. Albers is well known for his 1963 volume Interaction of Color, a compilation of student responses to his teaching prompts, but lesser known are Albers’ methods in his drawing, design, and structural organization courses. Historians and artists will discuss the breadth and depth of Albers’ teaching time at the Bauhaus, Black Mountain College and Yale, particularly his unique approach to experimentation that asked students to test habits of perception through laboratory – like study of variables of the material constitution and appearance of form. Panelists will focus on the historical impact and contemporary relevance of Albers’ innovative ideas about structure, composition, materiality, and seriality.
1:00 – 2:15 Lunch
2:15 – 3:45 To see that the world is no accident: Anni and Josef Albers’ travels in Latin America,’
Chair: Jennifer Reynolds – Kaye Panelists: Virginia Gardner Troy, Kiki Gilderhus and Sheila Hicks
Anni and Josef Albers shared a life – long passion for art from the Americas – an interest sparked during afternoon strolls through encyclopedic museum collections in Berlin. The couple became collectors of pre – Columbian art and textiles in their own right, acquiring over 1,400 pre – Columbian objects and more than 100 textiles from Mexico and Peru. Many of these objects were collected during their thirteen excursions through the Americas, where they drove hundreds of miles from their home in Black Mountain College to Mexico City and beyond. What motivated their collecting patterns and behaviors? What drew them to Latin America in the first place? Did this south – of – the – border turn have an impact on their art practice, teaching, or pedagogy? This panel explores these questions with responses guided by personal recollections, recent archival research, and extended meditations on their travels.
4:00 – 4:35 Screening of ‘Search Versus Re – Search: Recollections of Josef Albers at Yale”, Directed by Anoka Faruqee, videography and editing by Masha Vlasova
4:00 – 4:45 Viewing session of pre – Columbian objects collected by the Alberses alongside works by Sheila Hicks, Josef Albers, and Anni Albers at the Yale University Art Gallery. Space is limited and reservations are required; please email jennifer.reynolds – firstname.lastname@example.org to RSVP.
Related Exhibition Search Versus Re – Search: Josef Albers, Artst and Educator
On view through November 28, 2015 Free and open to the public Tuesdays – Sundays from noon to 6:00 pm (Note: on October 16th, the 32 Edgewood Gallery will open at 9:30 am.)
This exhibition explores the integration of artist Josef Albers’ teaching and artistic methods. “Search Versus Re – Search” includes 18 paintings, prints, drawings, and studies by Albers, chair of the school’s Department of Design from 1950 to 1958, alongside 60 student works from his classroom prompts, some of which have never been exhibited. The exhibition also features an original short film and documentary footage. Note: In addition to the Edgewood Gallery exhibition, the Yale Art University Gallery will be open from 10 – 5pm for viewing works by Josef Albers in the permanent collection.
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ART SALE TO BENEFIT ROBERT REED SCHOLARSHIP FUND
Through Nov. 12
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MONDAY NIGHT LECTURE SERIES
All lectures take place in 204 EDG36 at 6:30pm:
10/12- The Yes Men
10/26- Phillip Pearlstein
11/09- Brody Condon
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