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  • YALE 32 EDGEWOOD GALLERY 32 Edgewood Avenue New Haven, CT, 06511 United States (map)

Free and open to the public from noon to 6 p.m., Tuesdays through Sundays.

Albers was a passionate artist and 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, art is an experience. At Yale he reimagined the curriculum by integrating painting, sculpture, graphic arts, and architecture undunder the common purpose of design. In his work and teaching, Albers emphasized simple, accessible materials and techniques to produce infinite visual and material results. By offering his students a series of visual riddles about form, structure, and color, Albers inspired in them a new way of seeing and understanding. His approach had a formative influence on innumerable artists and thinkers including Sheila Hicks, Robert Mangold, Richard Serra, Alexander Purves, William Bailey, Richard Lytle, Eva Hesse, and Karsten Harries.