Past Exhibitions
Lee Boltin, Untitled (Josef Albers Holding West Mexican Figure in front of Homage to the Square: Auriferous), 1958. Gelatin silver print. The Josef and Anni Albers Foundation, Bethany, Conn., 1976.28.923. © Lee Boltin. Photo courtesy the Josef and Anni Albers Foundation
Lee Boltin, Untitled (Anni Albers with Pre-Columbian Head), 1958. Gelatin silver print. The Josef and Anni Albers Foundation, Bethany, Conn., 1976.28.926. © Lee Boltin. Photo courtesy the Josef and Anni Albers Foundation
Josef Albers, Homage to the Square: Festive, 1951. Oil on Masonite. Yale University Art Gallery, Gift of Anni Albers and the Josef Albers Foundation, Inc., 1977.160.32. © 2017 The Josef and Anni Albers Foundation/Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York
Josef Albers, To Mitla, 1940. Oil on Masonite. The Josef and Anni Albers Foundation, Bethany, Conn., 1976.1.1364. © 2017 The Josef and Anni Albers Foundation/Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York. Photo: Tim Nighswander
Josef Albers, Variant: Tension between Reds, 1948-1952. Oil on Masonite. Yale University Art Gallery, Gift of Anni Albers and the Josef Albers Foundation, Inc., 1977.160.8. © 2017 The Josef and Anni Albers Foundation/Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York
Anni Albers, Study for Camino Real, 1967. Gouache on blueprint graph paper. The Josef and Anni Albers Foundation, Bethany, Conn., 1994.10.22. © 2017 The Josef and Anni Albers Foundation/Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York. Photo: Tim Nighswander
Anni Albers, Ancient Writing, 1936. Cotton and rayon. Smithsonian American Art Museum, Washington, D.C., Gift of John Young, 1984.150. © 2017 The Josef and Anni Albers Foundation/Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York. Photo: Smithsonian American Art Museum, Washington, D.C./Art Resource, N.Y.
Anni Albers, Necklace, ca. 1940. Drain strainer and paper clips. The Josef and Anni Albers Foundation, Bethany, Conn., 2006.14.16. © 2017 The Josef and Anni Albers Foundation/Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York. Photo: Tim Nighswander
Tapestry with Human Figure and Bird Design, Andes, Chimú, 1000–1476. Cotton. Yale Peabody Museum of Natural History, YPM ANT.232177
Hand Loom, Mexico, ca. 1930. Wood, cotton, and wool. Yale University Art Gallery, The Harriet Engelhardt Memorial Collection, Gift of Mrs. Paul Moore, 1958.13.79
Serape, Mexico, Querétaro, late 19th to mid-20th century. Cotton. Yale University Art Gallery, The Harriet Engelhardt Memorial Collection, Gift of Mrs. Paul Moore, 1958.13.22
Vessel with Feline Mother Nursing Cubs, Andes, Chancay, A.D. 800–1300. Ceramic with pigment. Yale Peabody Museum of Natural History, YPM ANT.257151
Standing Female Figurine, Mexico, Guanajuato, Chupícuaro, 400–100 B.C. Ceramic with pigment. Yale Peabody Museum of Natural History, YPM ANT.236653
Seated Female Figurine, Mexico, Campeche, Jaina, A.D. 600–900. Ceramic with pigment. Yale Peabody Museum of Natural History, YPM ANT.257063

Small-Great Objects: Anni and Josef Albers in the Americas

  • February 3, 2017–June 25, 2017
Small-Great Objects: Anni and Josef Albers in the Americas examines intersections between the art-making and art-collecting strategies of the Alberses, two of the most influential figures of 20th-century modernism. Between 1935 and 1967, the couple made numerous trips to Latin America, namely Mexico and Peru, and amassed a large collection of ancient artworks from the region. The exhibition looks at these objects in depth and considers how Anni and Josef’s collection supported their aesthetic sensibilities and teaching practice. In addition to objects from the ancient Americas, the show gathers together dozens of works that the couple made, including textiles, paintings, works on paper, and rarely studied photographs that Josef took at archaeological sites and museums. Demonstrating the Alberses’ deep and sustained engagement with ancient American art, Small-Great Objects explores a fascinating dimension of the couple’s creative vision. This exhibition is accompanied by a free podcast, available in the gallery space and online at http://soundcloud.com/yaleartgallery/sets/small-great-objects.
Exhibition organized by Jennifer Reynolds-Kaye, the Lewis B. and Dorothy Cullman–Joan Whitney Payson Senior Fellow. Made possible by the Josef and Anni Albers Foundation, the Wolfe Family Exhibition and Publication Fund, and the Art Gallery Exhibition and Publication Fund.

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