April 08, 2010

Yale art gallery director to speak at SIUC

by Andrea Hahn

CARBONDALE, Ill. -- Jock Reynolds, Henry J. Heinz II Director of the Yale University Art Gallery, comes to Southern Illinois University Carbondale as part of the Visiting Artist Program on April 13.

Reynolds presents a free lecture, “Sol LeWitt: A Wall Drawing Retrospective,” at 7 p.m. in the University Museum Auditorium.

Reynolds’ discussion focuses on the Sol LeWitt Wall Drawing Retrospective project created by the Yale University Art Gallery in cooperation with the Massachusetts Museum of Contemporary Art and the Williams College Museum of Art. Artists and art students invested six months in preparing for the nearly one acre-large retrospective, which opened on Nov. 15, 2008. The display of large-scale wall drawings, representing LeWitt’s career from 1969 to 2007, is on display for 25 years. Reynolds was a key player in this project, and he brings the lessons learned, and the beauty of the experience, to his discussion.

LeWitt (1928-2007), an American artist, was a leading proponent of Minimalism and Conceptual art. While he may be most famous for his wall drawings, he was also notable for art in other media, including drawing, printmaking and painting.

The lecture is free and open to the public. The Student Fine Arts Activity Fee helped fund Reynolds’ visit to SIUC.