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"Wall Drawing #1144, Broken Bands of Color in Four Directions" by Sol LeWitt, 2004 | MoMA Education

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- Hi, my name is Lisa Libicki, I'm a School Programs Educator here at MoMA. This is Sol LeWitt's Wall Drawing #1144, Broken Bands of Color in Four Directions. Looking at this work, it's obviously really eye-catching and visually dazzling, and kids really get excited to see it when we turn the corner. They immediately notice the four-panel construction. Oftentimes they've studied tessellations in class and they'll say, "These are four tessellations." And then maybe that same student and another student will refine that observation and be like, "Wait a second, these aren't identical rectangles. "They shift in scale and length." I love immediately introducing the idea that Sol LeWitt didn't paint this himself, and I think students are really sort of generally taken aback, whether they're kindergartners or twelfth graders. And it's fun to watch that reaction. Usually it immediately generates questions, like "How do they know what to do? "Where was the connection between the artist and the people? "Was the artist here to watch them do it?" I say that this drawing or painting is based on a set of instructions that usually comes along with a diagram, and that's what the museum purchased, or in this case actually was given. I think oftentimes when students react, "Wait a second, this is unfair," it oftentimes leads to the musicians in the group that are in their school's band to be like, "Oh wait, someone else composed this music, "we all play it and let the audience experience it, "but we're not gonna claim "that we wrote that Beethoven song. "He gets the credit, and he deserves the credit." I often bring students here as a last work in a tour no matter what the theme might be, because I feel like it adds a new dimension that usually hasn't been grappled with, with any other object. But sometimes I feel like I like to end tours, rather than tying everything together, like, exploding everything, and leave students like craving more answers, more questions.