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AK Contemporary: Sol LeWitt

Friday, September 5, 2014, 7:30 pm

Poster for Sol LeWitt, 2014

$5 general admission
FREE for Members

7:30 pm
Lecture: “Sol LeWitt: The Art of the Conceptual”
With Curator of Education and Community Engagement Jessica DiPalma 

8 pm
Film: Sol LeWitt, 2014

“Conceptual artists leap to conclusions logic cannot reach,” said Sol LeWitt (American, 1928–2007) in a rare audio interview from 1974. Notoriously camera-shy, LeWitt refused awards and rarely granted interviews, yet in Chris Teerink’s sensitive cinematic portrait, the pioneering Conceptual artist comes alive. 

LeWitt’s artwork can be seen as obsession pushed to the limit of paradox and absurdity: simple ideas, communicated simply—often with a set of instructions sent by fax—lead to overwhelming visual and intellectual complexity. Using extensive interviews and documentation of artwork installed around the world, Teerink’s acclaimed film explores the artist’s work and philosophy while documenting the 2011 installation of LeWitt’s Wall drawing #801: Spiral, in Maastricht, the Netherlands. When the painstaking work is done and the scaffolding taken away, the result is transformative.

Photo courtesy of Icarus Films

This program provides a unique opportunity to see this film—which opened theatrically on May 7, 2014—in Western New York.


The AK Contemporary series focuses on contemporary artists. Each program in the series begins with a lecture in which Curator of Education and Community Engagement Jessica DiPalma provides an in-depth look at the artist’s life and work and concludes with the screening of a documentary film in which the artist is featured. This series marks the first time many of these films have been screened in Western New York. View All Upcoming Programs

On the first Friday of every month—from 10 am to 10 pm—admission to the Gallery’s 1962 Knox Building is free. Events and art classes are offered for FREE for Members and for a small fee for non-members. Learn More