ARTH 469 Fall 2012 Sol LeWitt: On the Wall

Over a span of four decades Sol LeWitt conceived nearly 1300 wall drawings, of which a representative survey of ninety-two can be seen at MassMoCA in an exhibition curated and designed by the artist himself. The very concept of the wall drawing was partly inspired by LeWitt's encounter with Italian Renaissance fresco painting, and he once remarked that he "would like to produce something that I would not be ashamed to show Giotto." Yet, while LeWitt's wall drawings are a triumphant extension of the millennia-old tradition of mural art, they also constitute a radical intervention in that genre and in art-making itself, challenging conventional notions of authorship, medium, composition, and execution as well as venerable assumptions about the very nature of mural art. This seminar, with classes taking place in the galleries, will explore these issues in depth. Coinciding with the seminar and serving it as a teaching and research resource will be an exhibition at WCMA on LeWitt's use of the grid as a generative matrix for works across media.
Class Format: seminar
Requirements/Evaluation: each student will be responsible for leading one class discussion, plus oral presentation of a research paper, to be submitted in revised, written form at semester?s end, and a ten-minute critical commentary on another student's oral presentation
Additional Info: not available for the Gaudino or Pass/Fail options
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Prerequisites: permission of the instructor
Enrollment Preference: senior Art History majors and Art History M.A. students
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Divisional Attributes: Division I
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Enrollment Limit: 14
Expected Enrollment: 14
Class Number: 1346
ARTH469-01(F) SEM Sol LeWitt: On the Wall Division 1: Languages and the Arts Mark Haxthausen
R 1:10 PM-3:50 PM Lawrence 002 1346
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