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Gallery Talk: Thursday, November 6, University Art Gallery, 5:00 p.m.
Unveiling of Sol LeWitt sculpture plaque: Thursday, November 6, East side of Speech & Communications Building, 6:00 p.m.
Join us Thursday, November 6 at the University Art Gallery at 5:00 p.m. for a gallery talk led by the NMSU art department’s conservator Silvia Marinas-Feliner. Silvia will be discussing the restoration process of the sculpture designed by Sol LeWitt, which is entitled the exact description of the piece: “A square within which are horizontal parallel lines; outside the square, vertical parallel lines. On the other side, a circle within which are vertical parallel lines; outside the circle are horizontal parallel lines.” The sculpture will be restored by Silvia and her students, which is located on the NMSU campus on the east side of the Speech and Communications building. Construction of the sculpture began in October of 1981, but was not unveiled until June 1982. The current exhibition at the UAG “Off the Wall,” was inspired by LeWitt’s sculpture and dozens of print he donated to the gallery in the early 1980s. Following the gallery talk, there will be an unveiling of a new plaque at the location of the sculpture at 6:00 p.m.
A film screening of Sol LeWitt: Wall Drawings presented by Checkerboard Films
Health & Social Services Building Auditorium, Room 101, November 12, 7:00 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.
During the four decades of his career, Sol LeWitt produced more than 1200 wall drawings using a deliberately limited repertoire of lines and geometric shapes to create works of remarkable complexity.
Born in 1928 in Hartford, Connecticut, LeWitt is considered one of the key pioneers of conceptual art. His belief that the idea that generates the work of art is more important than its execution redefined art making.
Sol LeWitt’s decision to utilize other artists to install his wall drawings in architecturally diverse spaces informs the execution of his works. Like a musical score, his wall drawings play differently each time they are produced.
This film takes as its focus the retrospective of LeWitt’s wall drawings at MASS MoCA in North Adams, Massachusetts, which opened for a 25 year run in November 2008. The exhibition includes 105 works from 1968–2008, installed posthumously, on roughly 40,000 square feet of old mill wall surface – the most expansive view of LeWitt’s oeuvre in a single space.
Courtesy of Checkerboad films