Detail, Jesse Aron Green (American, b. 1979), Force Tracking, 2011, mixed media installation. Collection of the artist.

WCMA Announces Two Special Programs in Conjunction with Sol LeWitt: The Well-Tempered Grid

For immediate release: September 28, 2012

Join us for a gallery talk and performance, Thursday, October 11 at 4:30 p.m. at the Williams College Museum of Art (WCMA). Robert Sterling Clark Professor of Art History and exhibition curator, Charles W. ‘Mark’ Haxthausen, and Associate Professor of Music Ed Gollin will explore the affinity between Sol LeWitt’s systematic artistry and Bach’s musical structure through discussion and live musical performances by Edwin Lawrence, Artist Associate in Piano, Harpsichord and Organ. This is a free public event and all are invited to attend.

On Thursday, November 1 at 6:30 and 8:00 p.m. an evening of exciting new music and contemporary dance inspired by the wall drawings of Sol LeWitt at MASS MoCA and the Williams College Museum of Art, will be presented in the MASS MoCA galleries. The Williams College Contemporary Dance Ensemble (CoDa) will perform LeWitticisms, featuring original choreography by faculty and students, and composer Tristan Perich will combine the harpsichord with electronic music in his original work Dual Synthesis. Free shuttle buses will be available for Williams students leaving Chapin Hall at 6:00 and 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $5 for students; $8 for non-students. Limited space available. Tickets can be purchased through the MASS MoCA box office (413) 666–2111. Call ahead to insure availability.

These events are presented in conjunction with the exhibition Sol LeWitt: The Well-Tempered Grid on view at WCMA September 15–December 9, 2012. Sol LeWitt: The Well-Tempered Grid is the first exhibition to focus on the centrality of the grid in LeWitt’s art. The exhibition spans nearly five decades, from 1960 until his death in 2007.

About the performers
Founded in 2010, CoDa (Contemporary Dance Ensemble) re-imagines dance on the Williams College campus by fostering collaboration across artistic and academic disciplines. Integrating the foundational techniques of modern and ballet with contemporary and popular forms of movement, music, and multimedia, CoDa focuses on the creation of original student and faculty work.

Tristan Perich‘s work is inspired by the aesthetic simplicity of math, physics and code. The WIRE Magazine describes his compositions as “an austere meeting of electronic and organic.” 1-Bit Music, his 2004 release, was the first album ever released as a microchip, programmed to synthesize his electronic composition live. His latest circuit album, 1-Bit Symphony (Cantaloupe, 2010) has received critical acclaim. The Wall Street Journal said, “its oscillations have an intense, hypnotic force and a surprising emotional depth.” His award winning work coupling 1-bit electronics with traditional forms in both music and visual art has been presented around the world, from Sonar and Ars Electronica to the Whitney Museum and bitforms gallery.