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Installation view of Sol LeWitt: A Wall Drawing Retrospective, MASS MoCA, 2008

Sol LeWitt: A Wall Drawing Retrospective

  • November 16, 2008–November 16, 2033
    Massachusetts Museum of Contemporary Art, North Adams, Mass.

In a major collaboration among three institutions, Sol LeWitt: A Wall Drawing Retrospective opens at MASS MoCA (the Massachusetts Museum of Contemporary Art), in North Adams, Massachusetts, on November 16, 2008. The landmark installation comprises forty years of work by Sol LeWitt, one of the most influential contemporary artists of the last half-century.

Conceived by the Yale University Art Gallery, New Haven, Connecticut, in collaboration with the artist before his death in April 2007, the project has been undertaken by the Gallery, MASS MoCA, and the Williams College Museum of Art, Williamstown, Massachusetts. The installation will remain on view for twenty-five years, occupying a 27,000-square-foot historic mill building in the heart of MASS MoCA’s campus. The three-story building, which is being fully restored for this exhibition by Bruner/Cott and Associates architects, will be outfitted with a complex sequence of new interior walls constructed to LeWitt’s own specifications.

Sol LeWitt: A Wall Drawing Retrospective will consist of one hundred works—covering nearly an acre of wall surface—that LeWitt created from 1968 to 2007. The works in the retrospective will be on loan from numerous private and public collections worldwide, including the Yale University Art Gallery, to which LeWitt donated a number of wall drawings.

Exhibition organized by the Yale University Art Gallery, MASS MoCA, and the Williams College Museum of Art. Yale University Art Gallery funding is provided by Happy and Bob Doran, B.A. 1955; Julia Childs and Harrison H. Augur, B.A. 1964; Elizabeth Ballantine, B.A. 1971, M.A. 1974, M.Phil. 1974, M.S.L. 1982, Ph.D. 1986; Nina M. Griggs; Paul E. Francis, B.A. 1977; Carol LeWitt; Agnes Gund and Daniel Shapiro; Robert Mangold, B.F.A. 1961, M.F.A. 1963, and Sylvia Plimack Mangold, B.F.A. 1961; Anna Marie and Robert F. Shapiro, B.A. 1956; Robert A. Feldman, Esq., LL.B. 1961; Julia Mangold and Hannah R. Mangold; Carolyn H. Grinstein and Gerald Grinstein, B.A. 1954; Mr. and Mrs. Morris Cartin on behalf of the Morris B. and Edith S. Cartin Foundation; Angela K. Westwater; and Marion B. Stroud.

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