This Panel talk happened at Hunter MFA organized by Cathy Braasch that included Lisa Corinne Davis, Enrico Riley, Cat Balco, Diana Mellon and moderated by Brian Alfred. As a pivotal and integral educator at Yale University for over 40 years, Robert impacted countless lives of students.
We would like to touch on personal experiences, teaching philosophy, biographical information and more. Robert
was known as an incredibly devoted teacher but just as equally devoted to his artmaking. His works are in the
permanent collections of a number of museums, including The Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, The
Hirshhorn Museum, Washington, DC, Yale University Art Gallery, New Haven, CT and the National Academy
Museum, New York amongst others. I think it would be of interest to also speak about Robert’s relationship to
personal identity and abstraction. His personal history and its connection to the ideas and relationships explored in