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Master Class: Josef Albers and His Students

Museum Inaugurates Master Class series
exploring relationships between great artists
and their students who went on to fame

At The Manes Center

Good teaching is more a
giving of right questions than
a giving of right answers.

Josef Albers

Josef Albers, from his Formulation: Articulation portfolio

There is nothing like the relationship of teacher and student, a bond that becomes all the more enduring when the student rises to become a notable artist in his or her own right. In the first of a multi-part series devoted to the great artists whose students in turn became stars, timed to coincide with the opening of the first classes at the new Manes Center, this exhibition brings together the Museum's own Formulation: Articulation portfolio by Josef Albers with notable works by some of his students from Black Mountain College and Yale University. The stunning roll call of Albers' students includes Robert Rauschenberg, Richard Serra (whose masterwork Plumb Line is a highlight of the sculpture collection), Robert Mangold, Peter Halley, Sol LeWitt, and Neil Welliver.

Albers brought his own Bauhaus training in the classrooms of Kandinsky and Klee to the United States, where even his undergraduate classes in drawing became life lessons in thinking and perception. His theory of the interaction of color remains the foundation upon which art, design, architecture and psychology classes on color perception continue to rely.

This exhibition of the work of Josef Albers and his "uber class" of art stars is the first in an exciting series dedicated to the teacher-student relationship in art history. Future shows will focus on the legacies of Auguste Rodin, Hans Hofmann, John Baldessari, Stan Brodsky and other master teachers.


Programs related to Master Class: Josef Albers and His Students

All at The Manes Center

Josef and Anni Albers: Art is Everywhere
Through January 21, 2018
57-minute film, 2009

Director & Co-Curator's Master Class-Josef Albers
Dr. Charles A. Riley and Reem Hussein
Saturday, December 2, 12-1 p.m.

Master Class: The Concert
Gemini Journey
Saturday, January 13 at 3 p.m.