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Materials Lab Workshop: Josef Albers’s Color Experiments

Howard Dearstyne, Untitled, Bauhaus form and color study, 1928–29. Collage of cut blue wove paper on yellow-brown wove paper. Harvard Art Museums/Busch-Reisinger Museum, Gift of Marjorie Smolka, 1984.203.6.

Workshop

Harvard Art Museums, 32 Quincy Street
Cambridge MA

Bauhaus-trained artist and educator Josef Albers (1888–1976) was celebrated for his iconic abstract paintings, the influence of his experiential explorations of color in his art and a lifetime of teaching, and his seminal visual exercises published as Interaction of Color (1963). Albers’s legendary color course taught generations of students at the Bauhaus, Black Mountain College, and Yale University to see color in new and unexpected ways.

Working directly from Albers’s teaching notes and his students’ recollections, Albers Foundation educator Fritz Horstman will lead participants through some of these experiments, such as how to “make one color become two” and how to create what Albers called “the four color worlds.”

Fritz Horstman is artist residency and education coordinator at the Josef and Anni Albers Foundation, where he has worked since 2004. He has lectured and given workshops at the École des Beaux-Arts in Paris, the Bauhaus Dessau, the Royal College of Art in London, the Exploratorium in San Francisco, and many other institutions. He is also an artist who has shown his photographs, sculptures, drawings, and videos in recent exhibitions in Norway, France, Russia, Japan, and the United States.

This program is offered in conjunction with the special exhibition The Bauhaus and Harvard, on view at the Harvard Art Museums from February 8 through July 28, 2019.

The workshop will take place in the Materials Lab, Lower Level.

$15 materials fee. Registration is required and space is limited. Materials fee must be paid to confirm registration. Please email am_register@harvard.edu, stop by the museums’ admissions desk, or call 617-495-1440 to register. Minimum age of 14; no previous experience is required.

Support for the Bauhaus exhibition is provided by endowed funds, including the Daimler Curatorship of the Busch-Reisinger Museum Fund, the Charles L. Kuhn Endowment Fund, and the Care of the Busch-Reisinger Museum Collection Fund. In addition, modern and contemporary art programs at the Harvard Art Museums are made possible in part by generous support from the Emily Rauh Pulitzer and Joseph Pulitzer, Jr., Fund for Modern and Contemporary Art.

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