Alfred Pinsky, who with Leah
Sherman was one of the founding art teachers at Concordia, died in 1999,
but many of his students will never forget how he inspired them. An artist
himself, he believed that art should be taught by practising artists.
It was a conceptual breakthrough in the early 1960s.
In 1991-92, not long before Pinskys retirement, a former student,
Caroline Hart, enlisted the technical aid of Michael Keefe, of Audio Video
(now IITS), to videotape his lectures in the course Analysis of Great
Works of Art.
With the help of Painting Professor Leopold Plotek, Hart edited the material
into seven tapes of about an hour each, and will be available through
the Fine Arts Slide Library. A 20-minute preview was shown last week to
an appreciative audience of about 60 colleagues and former students in
the VA Building.
In that 20-minute video, Pinsky shows no works of art. He simply talks,
pacing back and forth against a blank white wall, yet the listener is
Harts printed program for the viewing says it best:
People talked about the excitement, week after week, of watching
and listening to a sharp, witty, deeply cultured, roly-poly man thinking
out loud about creativity, social values, form and vitality, the fortunes
of artists and artworks.
All kinds of people were there. Art history majors loved the novelty
of hearing an artists take on the history of art.
For studio students, the tradition suddenly became alive and relevant
to their own ambitions and practice. Generations of young artists were
At the end of his last lecture, Pinksy told his students, Youre
going to inherit the art world. Let me know when you discover the next
phase. See you.
The tapes will be made available through the Studio Arts Department, and
all original data will go to Archives.