Robert Reed's contributions to creative practice and drawing as a discipline will be celebrated throughout the Robert Reed Drawing Workshops, to be held Feb. 21-24. The workshops will expose a diverse group of college-level visual art and design students to an innovative drawing curriculum, curate the work of Reed, and disseminate scholarship about his pedagogy.
Composed of lectures, discussions, and workshops, the curriculum will be based on Reed's pedagogy and primarily taught by his former students and colleagues.
In conjunction will be exhibitions of both Reed’s visual art and of his teaching archives. The Palmer Museum of Art is collaborating on the curation and exhibition of Reed’s drawings and collages, representing several periods of his work and the close link between his pedagogy and creative practice. Our Rouse Gallery will exhibit materials gathered by the researchers, including his assignments, photographs of his drawing workshops, and previous student work.
Robert Reed taught drawing and painting for over 50 years (primarily at Yale University 1969-2014), received the 2004 College Art Association Distinguished Teaching of Art Award, and was the first African American professor tenured by the Yale School of Art. Documentation of his pedagogy and art is not accessible to the public, but his innovative curriculum and unique studio culture have influenced the teaching and creative practices of generations. He also taught many students who did not pursue art or design, but gained a visual literacy—an understanding of art and the built environment—that became a fundamental lens for their understanding the world.
We are also hosting a one-day workshop on Saturday, March 23 in New York City at Hunter College and the Whitney Museum of American Art.
For more information, please visit the Robert Reed Drawing Workshops website.