Williams College Museum of Art’s Program on Sol LeWitt’s Jewish Projects / iBerkshires.com

WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — Alongside the “Strict Beauty: Sol LeWitt Prints” exhibition currently on view at the Williams College Museum of Art, curator David S. Areford will present a program at 5:30 p.m. on Thursday, April 21 that explores the Jewish dimensions of Sol’s art LeWitt through five projects.

The program will be held in person at the Williams College Museum of Art (WCMA) as well as virtually on Zoom and streamed live on YouTube.

To sign up for the Zoom program, visit artmuseum.williams.edu. The WCMA galleries will remain open until 5:30 p.m. so attendees can view the exhibit before the program.

According to a press release, LeWitt’s early statements that his work was devoid of “subjectiveness” or any “social or moral purpose” might seem to contradict any direct connection to Judaism, but from 1987 to 2005 LeWitt accepted several commissions to create works of art in response to specific Jewish contexts in Italy, Germany and the United States.

These five projects include “Black Form” (1989), a concrete block sculpture that serves as an austere memorial to the “Missing Jews” of Hamburg; the artist’s only foray into architecture, the design of his local synagogue in Chester, Connecticut (2001), based on the wooden synagogues of Eastern Europe lost during World War II; and “Lost Voices” (2005), a site-specific sound and sculptural installation in a former synagogue outside Cologne.

This lecture is co-sponsored by the Art Department of Williams College and the Jewish Federation of the Berkshires.

David S. Areford is professor of art history at the University of Massachusetts in Boston. He is the author of “Strict Beauty: Sol LeWitt Prints” (Yale University Press, Williams College Museum of Art and New Britain Museum of American Art, 2020) and editor of “Locating Sol LeWitt” (Yale University Press, 2021), a volume of nine essays that reveal the full breadth of the artist’s varied practice and reassess his singular contributions to 20th century art (selected by Bookforum and ARTnews as one of the best art books of 2021) . His current book project is tentatively titled “Sol LeWitt: Painting”.


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Kayleen C. Rice