March 6 – May 16, 2005
Exhibition will include work in a variety of media: drawings and maquettes for a series of brick dome sculptures, a series of photographs, as well as a wall drawing designed by LeWitt specifically for the Museum’s McKee Gallery. The drawing will measure eleven by forty-five feet and will exist only for a short time, as a temporary experience. After the exhibition ends it will be painted over. A new LeWitt wall drawing was recently unveiled at the Wadsworth Atheneum in Hartford and another is being planned for the roof of the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York.
One goal of the exhibition is to elicit discussion about ownership and patronage, as well as about ideas. As Sol LeWitt once noted, “Ideas cannot be owned. They belong to whoever understands them.” LeWitt has had over 30 one-person exhibitions and is represented in the collections of major museums worldwide. He has been the subject of retrospective exhibitions at The Museum of Modern Art in New York and at the Tate Gallery in London; in December 2000, the Whitney Museum of American Art hosted an all-media retrospective of his work. Sol LeWitt was born 1928 in Hartford and currently resides in Connecticut.
The Lyman Allyn Art Museum houses a fascinating collection of over 17,000 objects from ancient times to the present, with particularly strong collections of American and European fine and decorative arts. Outside, a sculpture trail is surrounded by 12 rolling acres of gardens and lawn.
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