Views and Voices: Sherry Goodman on Ad Reinhardt’s Abstract Painting

At a time of distance, our audio series Views and Voices: Personal Perspectives on the Collection is designed to bring you closer to the individual people behind BAMPFA and individual works from our art and film collections. We’ve invited staff and students with ties to BAMPFA to select a favorite piece and talk about what makes it compelling or important to them.

Sherry Goodman, BAMPFA director of education and academic relations, provides a personal view of the museum’s monumental all-black painting by Ad Reinhardt, including her experience looking at it together with UC Berkeley students and its relevance for the current time.

Ad Reinhardt: Abstract Painting, 1960–65; oil on canvas; 60 x 60 1/4 in.; BAMPFA, gift of Ad Reinhardt.