July 21, 2022
Lyman Allyn Art Museum
Press Contact: Rebecca Dawson, Director of Communications
860.443.2545 ext. 2112 / [email protected]


NEW LONDON – The Lyman Allyn Art Museum’s latest exhibition, Sol LeWitt: Artist and Collector at Play, examines friendship, humor and collaboration in modern and contemporary art, with art from the Sol LeWitt Collection. The exhibition will be on view through Oct. 16.

The pioneering conceptualist artist Sol LeWitt (American, 1928–2007) collaborated with many artists and cultivated deep and lasting artistic friendships, acquiring a wide range of modern and contemporary art. Exploring LeWitt’s own art and that of his friends and contemporaries, this exhibition focuses on vibrant, dynamic, and humorous objects, with loans from the LeWitt Collection in Chester, Connecticut, and related art from the Lyman Allyn’s collection.

With close to 40 objects, the exhibition includes art from the late 1960s onward, as artists sought new ways of working and exploring ideas, rejecting traditional art forms and methods. Sol LeWitt: Artist and Collector at Play includes work by John Baldessari, Alighiero Boetti, Jenny Holtzer, Jean-Michel Basquiat, Mel Bochner, Robert Lazzarini, and On Kawara, among others.

An opening reception will be held Friday, Jul. 22 from 5 to 7 p.m. Space is limited for this in-person event, and reservations are recommended by calling 860.443.2545 ext. 2129 or emailing [email protected].

To accompany the exhibition, Lyman Allyn curator Tanya Pohrt and LeWitt Collection curator Janet Passehl will lead a gallery talk on Wednesday, Sept. 21 from 5:30 to 7 p.m. To learn more about this event or to reserve a spot, email [email protected].

This exhibition is made possible with support from the Department of Economic and Community Development, Office of the Arts; and an anonymous foundation.

For more information, please contact Rebecca Dawson by email at [email protected].

About the Lyman Allyn Art Museum
The Lyman Allyn Art Museum welcomes visitors from New London, southeastern Connecticut, and all over the world. Established in 1926 by a gift from Harriet Allyn in memory of her seafaring father, the Museum opened the doors of its beautiful neo-classical building surrounded by 12 acres of green space in 1932. Today, it presents a number of changing exhibitions each year and houses a fascinating collection of over 17,000 objects from ancient times to the present, including works from Africa, Asia, the Americas and Europe, with particularly strong collections of American paintings, decorative arts and Victorian toys and doll houses.

The museum is located at 625 Williams Street, New London, Connecticut, exit 83 off I-95. The museum is open Tuesday through Saturday, 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m., Sundays 1:00 – 5:00 p.m.; closed Mondays and major holidays. For more information call 860.443.2545, ext. 2129 or visit us on Facebook or at

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