An Exchange with Sol LeWitt

A two-part exhibition in collaboration with MASS MoCA
Curated by Regine Basha

Cabinet: 21 January 2011–5 March 2011
Opening reception: Thursday, January 20, 7–9 pm
300 Nevins Street, Brooklyn (directions here); Tuesday to Saturday­, 12–6 pm

MASS MoCA: 23 January 2011–31 March 2011
Opening reception: Saturday, January 22, 4:30–6:30 pm
1040 MASS MoCA Way, North Adams, MA (directions here); 11 am–5 pm every day except Tuesday

Although celebrated for the revolutionary role he played in the development of both Conceptualism and Minimalism, Sol LeWitt was also renowned for his exchanges of artwork with various artists throughout his lifetime. For LeWitt, the act of exchange seemed to be not only a personal gesture, but also an integral part of his conceptual practice. In addition to encouraging the circulation of artworks through a gift economy that challenged the art world’s dominant economic model, LeWitt’s exchanges with friends and strangers have the same qualities of generosity and risk that characterized his work in general. In the spirit of continuing the artist’s lifelong philosophy of open exchange, and in conjunction with the “LeWitt Wall Drawing Retrospective” on view at MASS MoCA through 2033, MASS MoCA and Cabinet present “An Exchange with Sol LeWitt,” curated by Regine Basha. The two-part exhibition will be on view at Cabinet from January 21 through March 5, 2011 and in MASS MoCA’s Prints and Drawings Gallery from January 23 through March 31, 2011.

The works of art that LeWitt received throughout his life, as well as records of what he offered in return, are maintained by the Sol LeWitt Private Collection in Chester, Connecticut—Eva Hesse, Steve Reich, Robert Mangold, Hanne Darboven, and Robert Ryman are some of the distinguished artists whose works are included in the collection. LeWitt did not restrict this practice to established contemporaries and friends, but also consistently traded with admirers and amateur artists whom he did not know. Inspired by the artist’s code of conduct, Basha initiated an open call for images, objects, music, film, books, and ephemera. The response was overwhelming, with over one thousand submissions received from around the world. Featuring work in all media, as well as found objects and mementos, the exhibition will showcase contributions by artists such as Fia Backström, Daniel Bozhkov, Luis Camnitzer, Teresita Fernandez, Harrell Fletcher, Jenny Perlin, Paul Ramirez Jonas, Pedro Reyes, Steve Roden, and Anton Vidokle/Julieta Aranda, among hundreds of others.

Event Schedule
On Thursday, 24 February, at 12:30 pm, Cabinet will host “Pea Soup and Brownies,” a lunch featuring two of Sol LeWitt’s favorite foods. For more information, see here.

On Wednesday, 2 March, at 7:30 pm, Cabinet will host “Gifting,” a panel discussion featuring Paul Ramirez Jonas, Sal Randolph, and Veronica Roberts, and moderated by curator Regine Basha. For more information, see here.

Further information
For a PDF of the exhibition catalogue, click here (NB: the PDF is in color; the printed book is in black and white and on newsprint).
For a PDF of the press release for this exhibition, click here.
For a ZIP file of the press materials for this exhibition, click here (49 mbs).
For a PDF with a list of the artists exhibiting at Cabinet, click here.
For a PDF with a list of all participating artists, click here.


See press on “An Exchange with Sol LeWitt” in the Berkshire Eagle, Diário Popular, the John Seven Collection, the L Magazine, Magazine O Sul, ...might be good (parts one and two), and Where We Live.

Paul Ramirez Jonas, Boarding Pass, 2010. Courtesy Paul Ramirez Jonas.
This and following four images: the MASS MoCA portion of the exhibition.
This and following five images: the Cabinet portion of the exhibition.