Have you heard about the Sol Lewitt wall drawing retrospective at MASS MoCA? It looks absolutely beautiful and is up for twenty-five years (until 2033)! Here are the details:
Sol LeWitt: A Wall Drawing Retrospective comprises 105 of LeWitt’s large-scale wall drawings, spanning the artist’s career from 1969 to 2007. These occupy nearly an acre of specially built interior walls that have been installed—per LeWitt’s own specifications—over three stories of a historic mill building situated at the heart of MASS MoCA’s campus. The 27,000-square-foot structure, known as Building #7, has been fully restored for the exhibition by Bruner/Cott & Associates architects, which has closely integrated the building into the museum’s main circulation plan through a series of elevated walkways, a dramatic new vertical lightwell, and new stairways.LeWitt—who stressed the idea behind his work over its execution—is widely regarded as one of the leading exponents of Minimalism and Conceptual art, and is known primarily for his deceptively simple geometric structures and architecturally scaled wall drawings. His experiments with the latter commenced in 1968 and were considered radical, in part because this new form of drawing was purposely temporal and often executed not just by LeWitt but also by other artists and students whom he invited to assist him in the installation of his artworks.
Having gone to college very close to MASS MoCA, I can attest that the museum already has a fabulous collection and incredible buildings/grounds. But with this long-term exhibition in a newly-renovated building, I think I we now have even more incentive to make the trip up to the Berkshires!
Read more about the retrospective (and watch some great time lapse installation videos) here.