Exhibition Dates: January 5 - 28, 2012
Reception: Thursday, January 5, 5:30 - 8 pm
The Painting Center is pleased to present Re-Generation, a traveling exhibition featuring the work of three generations of painter-teachers. This exhibition traces the regeneration of thought in painting and art education by linking the translation of visual ideas between students and teachers to the teaching of Josef Albers. In art education ideas move, change, get lost, and grow from generation to generation, from teacher to student, from painter to canvas, and back again to the training of new artists and hopefully visually literate citizens. For college-level studio art teachers, the significance of Josef Albers on art education throughout the United States is no mystery. Most have either taken an Albers based color theory course, given an assignment that was somehow linked to his pedagogical strategies, or studied with a professor whose art education was significantly impacted by Albers. While this is not the first show that features a generational link to Albers, it is a show that reminds visitors of the wealth of painterly knowledge that continues to grow. The show will travel to other institutions and visitors are invited to enter their own lineage to Albers on an interactive map. The artists in Re-Generation are Heather Brammeier, Reni Gower, Heather Harvey, Ric Haynes, Victor Kord, Richard Lytle, Ron Markman, Deirdre Murphy, Richard Emery Nickolson, Alice Oh, Carrie Patterson, Richard Raiselis, Edward Shalala, Robert Slutzky, Reba Stewart, and Lois Swirnoff. The exhibition is accompanied by an illustrated catalog with a creative writing by author: Jennifer Cognard-Black, introduction by artist Richard Nickolson, and statements by each participating artist.