An exhibition opening today at the Yale School of Art (YSA) presents the work of faculty, students, and alumni to create an informal biography of the nation’s oldest professional school for fine arts.
“New Genealogies: 2016” provides an opportunity to look toward the future and reflect on the past as YSA prepares for a period of transition when Dean Robert Storr retires at the end of the current academic year.
The exhibition — curated by John Edmonds, an M.F.A. candidate in photography, and Jenny Tang, a PhD candidate in history of art, and film and media studies — features the work of 38 YSA-affiliated artists. It will be on view Jan. 21–28 at the YSA’s Green Gallery at 1156 Chapel St. in New Haven. It is free and open to the public 10 a.m.-6 p.m., Monday through Sunday.
The “Norfolkian Constellation” drawings by Robert Reed, B.A. ’60 M.F.A. ’62, anchor the exhibit. Reed taught at Yale from 1969 until his death in 2014 — the longest tenure of any YSA faculty member of his era — and had a profound influence on generations of emerging artists.
“Robert Reed is the foundation to the show as he was the anchor to so many people’s success here both as students and as practicing artists,” says Edmonds. “With his legacy as an artist, mentor, and educator in mind, we follow the lines of thought and desire that unite the work of artists across generations.”
The features the work of the following artists: Tunji Adeniyi-Jones, Jake Berthot, Bianca Boragi, Joseph Buckley, Bernard Chaet, Gregory Crewdson, David Antonio Cruz, Sara Cwynar, Benjamin Donaldson, Anoka Faruqee, Munro Galloway, Aaron L. Gilbert, Alteronce Gumby, Andy Hawkes, Keiran Brennan Hilton, Camille Hoffman,
Isaac Howell, Wesley Larios, An-My Lê, Matthew Leifheit, Hasabie Kidanu, Samuel Messer, Mauricio Cortes Ortega, Elle Perez, John Pilson, Caitlin Teal Price, Hannah Price, Michael Queenland, Res, Tschabalala Self, Ilona Szwarc, Ka-Man Tse, Sam Vernon, Franziska Virgili, Zoe Walsh, Erica Wessman.
“By putting the work of current students, faculty, and alumni in conversation, the exhibition raises questions concerning what constitutes an institution: pedagogy, legacies, cohorts, and interpersonal connections,” says Tang. “To whom do we owe the power of our voice? To whom do we owe the community of artists we have become?”
For more information on the exhibition, contact the Yale School of Art at 203-432-2600 or send email to firstname.lastname@example.org.