Josef Albers: Interaction of Color Exercises

Saturday, January 16, 2016 • 10:00 a.m.–noon

Exploratorium, Pier 15, Phyllis C. Wattis Webcast Studio

Included with museum admission.

Josef Albers was one of the most influential artist-educators of the twentieth century. As a member of the Bauhaus in Germany in the 1920s; a teacher at Black Mountain College during the 1930s and 1940s; and Chairman of the Department of Design at Yale University beginning in 1950, Albers developed a distinctive approach to color education based on experimentation and individual perception. His collaborative research with students was first published in 1963 in Interaction of Color, a book that has become a classic of design education around the world. Albers experts Jeannette Redensek, Fritz Horstman, and Michael Beggs will guide us through a number of exercises exploring color perception, illuminating such principles as color relativity, intensity, and temperature; vibrating and vanishing boundaries; and the illusion of transparency and reversed grounds. Exercise participation is available on a drop-in basis.

This workshop is presented by the Exploratorium Center for Art & Inquiry, which has been exploring exemplary artists’ lessons in interdisciplinary contexts. Learn more about Begin Here: Assignments, Instructions, Prompts & Cues from the Artist’s Classroom.

Image from Josef Albers, Interaction of Color, original edition 1963.