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Outstanding Exhibition Award goes to Sol LeWitt: The Well-Tempered Grid

WCMA has won the 2012 award for Outstanding Exhibition in a University Museum for its exhibition Sol LeWitt: The Well-Tempered Grid. The prize was awarded by the Association of Art Museum Curators (AAMC) at its Annual Awards for Excellence.

From left: Erica DiBenedetto MA ’09, Curator of Special Projects Kathryn Price MA ’02, Veronica Roberts ’98, Curator of the LeWitt Collection Janet Passehl, Christianna Bonin MA ’12, and Exhibition Curator Charles “Mark” Haxthausen. Photo by Roman Iwasiwka.

Sol LeWitt: The Well-Tempered Grid, curated by Charles “Mark” Haxthausen, Professor of Art History, was the first exhibition to focus on the centrality of the grid in LeWitt’s art. The exhibition was organized in conjunction with Haxthausen’s seminar on Sol LeWitt’s wall drawings. “My goal was to use the exhibition as a means to give my students insights into the nature of the mind that conceived the wall drawings,” explains Haxthausen. “An examination of LeWitt’s evolving use of the grid across the media of drawings, gouaches, prints, artist’s books, structures, and wall drawings proved to be the ideal vehicle for that purpose.”


Photo by Arthur Evans.


Photo by Arthur Evans.

The Association of Art Museum Curators aims to support and promote the work of museum curators, as well as heighten public understanding of the curator’s role in art museums. As a part of these efforts, AAMC recognizes distinguished achievement in the field through annual awards. Awards for best exhibitions or installations are chosen through a vote by the entire membership of AAMC. The Award for Outstanding Exhibition or Installation in a University Museum was created in 2010. Previous recipients are the Pomona College Museum of Art (2011) and the Center for Art, Design, and Visual Culture at University of Maryland, Baltimore County (2010).

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