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    Thursday, July 25, 2024

    In the Galleries: Celebrating Sol LeWitt’s legacy at ECSU show

    A Peter Pincus ceramic piece on display at ECSU takes its cue from Sol LeWitt. Photo courtesy of John Polak Photography

    Artist Sol LeWitt's legacy is being celebrated during the fall show at the Art Gallery at Eastern Connecticut State University in the Fine Arts Instructional Center.

    "Call Sol: The Enduring Legacy of Sol LeWitt," a show that runs through Oct. 27, traces the influence of this icon of American conceptual art on artists working in a wide variety of styles and materials. The exhibition focuses on 10 artists that LeWitt touched intellectually, formally or stylistically.

    LeWitt, a native of Hartford, was a pioneer of the minimalist and conceptual arts movements. In 1968 LeWitt created the first of the wall drawings he is well known for, which helped redefine what art is, who can make it and who can own it. The wall drawings are most often executed by people other than the artist, using his directions.

    The exhibition title is a nod to the iconic television series, "Better Call Saul," both in its alliteration and, more important, as a marker for Lewitt's generous spirit. It expresses respect for LeWitt's global popularity and local impact.

    Eastern art students executed a LeWitt wall drawing for the gallery, following the artist's instructions. LeWitt, who died in 2007, created the first of his large-scale wall drawings in 1968, helping to redefine what art is, who can make it and who can own it. Using his instructions, more than 1,350 wall drawings have been produced.

    Among the artists showing works in the exhibition are Karin Shaefer, Maria Kassianidou, Linda Lindroth, Janet Passehl, David Borawski and Edie Fake. Ceramic artists Linda Casbon, David S. East and Peter Pincus also have works on display.

    Also on view is the design for the new Babyn Yar synagogue in Kyiv, another reflection of LeWitt's legacy. Created by the Swiss firm Manuel Herz Architects in 2021, it marked the 80th anniversary of the massacre of Kyiv's Jewish population that took place during the Holocaust, one of the worst massacres of the Nazi regime.

    The exhibition will include a screening on Oct. 19 at 4 p.m. of "We Built This House," a documentary about the synagogue Beth Shalom Rodfe Zedek in Chester, whose architect, Steve Lloyd, collaborated with LeWitt.

    Gallery hours are Wednesdays and Fridays, noon to 4 p.m.; Thursdays, noon to 7 p.m.; and Saturdays, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.

    For a schedule of events and artists' talks, visit https://www.easternct.edu/art-gallery/_documents/2023-call-sol-events-schedule.pdf. For parking directions, go to https://www.easternct.edu/art-gallery/directions-parking/directions.html.

    To view the show online, visit http://easternct.meritpages.com/news/advisory--sol-lewitt-exhibition-reception-this-thursday-/38396.

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