2012 Beckwith Lecture: Veronica Roberts
September 19, 2012
Veronica Roberts, Director of Research, Sol LeWitt Wall Drawing Catalogue Raisonné and Adjunct Curator of Contemporary Art, Indianapolis Museum of Art, will deliver the lecture “Boston’s First Sol LeWitt Wall Drawing” on September 19, focusing on Wall Drawing # 118, which was first installed at the School of Museum of Fine Arts, Boston in 1971. Delving into the challenges and rewards of researching this artist’s unique body of conceptual art, she will also highlight the special importance LeWitt attached to his collaborations with art students at SMFA and schools across the country and abroad.
Established in 1978 by Leo and Betty Beckwith (daughter Carol is an alumna), the Beckwith series was created to further SMFA student development by featuring artists and cultural thinkers of national and international stature.
Veronica Roberts is a New York-based curator, writer and Sol LeWitt scholar. She first met LeWitt when she worked closely with the artist to coordinate his 2000 retrospective for the Whitney Museum of American Art. In the fall of 2013, the Montclair Art Museum will feature her exhibition, “Eva Hesse and Sol LeWitt,” the first show to look closely at the ways the artists’ decade-long friendship had a crucial impact on their lives and artistic practices. Roberts previously worked at the Museum of Modern Art in New York, where she curated the 2010 exhibition, “Lee Bontecou: All Freedom in Every Sense.” She holds a B.A. from Williams College and an M.A. in art history from the University of California at Santa Barbara.
Lecture location: Alfond Auditorium, Museum of Fine Arts, Boston