Allen Memorial Art Museum, Oberlin College
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Counting in Art and Math with Sol LeWitt

January 31 - May 26, 2024
In Education Hallway

Counting in Art and Math with Sol LeWitt

January 31 - May 26, 2024
In Education Hallway

In the late 1960s, the artist Sol LeWitt began to use what he called “methodologies” to find and visualize the variations of a set of self-imposed rules. These methodologies combined concepts that articulated the rules together with processes for realizing the variations in both two and three dimensions. LeWitt didn’t prioritize one moment in his “method” above another; instead, he saw finished sculptures, reduced-scale models, and working drawings as equally valuable manifestations.

Bringing together 2D and 3D works by LeWitt and models created by Oberlin College mathematicians exploring LeWitt’s rules, this installation invites you to experience different processes of discovering and counting variations.

Image: Sol LeWitt (American, 1928–2007), 49 Three-Part Variations on Three Different Kinds of Cubes, 1967–71. Enamel on steel. Fund for Contemporary Art, 1972.77.

Organized by

Bob Bosch (OC 1985)

James F. Clark Professor of Mathematics

Ilana McNamara (OC 2024)

Hannah Wirta Kinney

Curator of Academic Programs

With assistance from

Lauren Marohn (OC 2024)

Student Assistant in Academic Programs


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