Whitney Museum of American Art
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Rubber Bands and Chalk Dust: A Conversation with the Students of Robert Reed
This program explores the influence of artist and educator Robert Reed (1938–2014). A devoted pedagogue, he taught drawing and painting for fifty years, and was the first African American professor tenured by the Yale School of Art. In 2014, Reed summed up his approach to teaching: “I was less interested in teaching drawing because that’s easy. The difficult part is trying to get young people to think about themselves. I often think about an analogy of my teaching and that would be of a rubber band. And my job has to do with trying to stretch that rubber band to the point where people begin to realize what they are capable of…there is wisdom when you find out what you can do and what you can’t do.”
Bringing together artists who studied with Reed at different times during his long tenure at Yale, this conversation reflects on the creative acts of teaching and learning. Speakers include Byron Kim, Prem Krishnamurthy, Enrico Riley, and Rachel Rose. The conversation is moderated by Howard Singerman.
This program is organized in conjunction with Robert Reed Drawing Workshops.
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Image: Robert Reed, Plum Nellie, Sea Stone, 1972. Courtesy of the Robert Reed Estate and Pilar Corrias Gallery.