In year 10 of our 25-year exhibition, Sol LeWitt: A Wall Drawing Retrospective, “the most perfect union of contemporary art and architecture in the United States,” (Los Angeles Times) we celebrate with a series of artist talks, stories, and scholarly discussion, with a full day of activities punctuated by performances from artists whose work has been influenced by LeWitt.
In The Machine that Makes the Art? Interpretation, Collaboration, and Sol LeWitt’s Wall Drawings, explore the evolution from LeWitt’s argument in Paragraphs on Conceptual Art that “the execution is a perfunctory affair,” to his belief articulated in Doing Wall Drawings that the drafter of a wall drawing is a “collaborator,” while diving into a few overarching questions: What is the role of the drafter in interpreting the wall drawings? Of the viewer? And what is the legacy of LeWitt’s evolving ideas about the role of collaboration and interpretation? Susan Cross, Mark Haxthausen, Anna Lovatt, and other LeWitt scholars will contribute. RSVP to 413.664.4481 x1 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
A Sol LeWitt treasure hunt and LeWitt-inspired art-making at the Art Bar.
Pop-up stories and Performances in the galleries
Artists Laurie Anderson, Spencer Finch, Karl Larson, Jeffrey Gibson, Sameer Gupta, Abhik Mukherjee, Barbara Takenaga, Tigue, Joe Wardwell, and LeWitt master draftsman John Hogan pop up, share stories, and present work inspired by the father of conceptualism.
Dinner and performances
Cap the day with a celebration dinner and performances by Quindar (with Wilco’s Mikael Jorgensen), and jazz impresario and MacArthur “Genius,” Jason Moran. Tickets can be purchased here.
This program is supported by The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation and sponsored in part by Berkshire Magazine.
Sol LeWitt, Wall Drawing #1247, August 2007