Recently, some folks from Yale stopped by to check out the Sol LeWitt exhibition.Â Kate Vida, a MFA student, set the LeWitt building as the stage for her performance piece personifying LeWitt’s iconic forms.
An update on the Stearns Elementary 5th Grade Sol LeWitt Project from current Education Coordinator Alison:
I visited Stearns Elementary School last week to see what Mrs. Griffin and Mrs. Hollister’s fifth graders were churning out in response to their visit to MASS MoCA.Â When I arrived, the filming that began in the MASS MoCA parking lot and continued in the galleries was still rolling. I was further impressed to see the professional, yet cool calm these young people showed while on film.
They were about to fully execute polygon wall drawings inspired by LeWitt, developed by their teachers, on their school’s hallway with permission from their school board (of course). On the first day back in the classroom, each student was given a set of directions, provided by Mrs. Griffin, not unlike the ones left behind by Sol LeWitt.
One of Sol LeWitt’s personal assistants Eric Litke sent us the following blog with his thoughts about the new LeWitt Retrospective in Building #7.
As an assistant to Sol in Chester, CT for 5 years (2001-6) the new facility at MASS MoCA has special significance for me. Though its existence is in one sense counter to the original temporal intentions of the wall drawings, Sol understood and embraced (and was no doubt amused by) these sorts of surrounding contradictions, and let the work grow beyond it’s original parameters. Having Building #7 as a 25-year locus for the wall drawingâ€™s legacy is essential, and itâ€™s clearly a success thanks to wise planning and absolutely impeccable execution. (My personal biases make me want to see some of the c.1998-2005 color works replaced with more key â€˜scribbleâ€™ works of the last few years, but this is minor.) Â Solâ€™s 35-year course of discovery with the wall drawings culminated in a rich re-invention of the pencil line in space. I look forward to witnessing all the selections at MASS MoCA from this vital body of work repeatedly in the years to come.
I’ve included a link to some personal photos which may be of interest and amusement.
Current Marketing Intern (and soon to be Education Coordinator) Cortney wrote the following blog about a special group she gave a tour to earlier this week:
On Monday we had a different kind of student tour in the Sol LeWitt Wall Drawing Retrospective.Â Two fifth grade homeroom classes from Pittsfieldâ€™s Stearns Elementary School came for a tour of the galleries, and they brought a video camera with them!Â The classes have been studying the mathematical properties of the LeWitt Wall Drawings, and later this week they will be putting up their own drawings inspired by LeWitt; right onto their schoolâ€™s walls! The whole processâ€”the tour and the execution of their drawingsâ€”is being videotaped for Pittsfield Public Access Television.
We are delighted with Christopher Knight’s recent piece about LeWitt.Â Especially the part where he says:
This may be the most perfect union of contemporary art and architecture in the United States. . It’s our Sistine.
If you visit the courthouse in Springfield as he suggests you should also stop by the Wadsworth Atheneum in Hartford where you’ll find another spectacular LeWitt drawing.