The Williams College Museum of Art has won the 2012 award for Outstanding Exhibition in a University Museum for Sol LeWitt: The Well-Tempered Grid. The prize was presented by the Association of Art Museum Curators (AAMC) at its Annual Awards for Excellence in May.
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,” he says. “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.”
AAMC aims to support and promote the work of museum curators as well as heighten public understanding of the curator’s role in art museums.