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Fear No Music will perform works by LeWitt contemporaries on February 19

From February 2 through February 21, the Douglas F. Cooley Memorial Art Gallery at Reed College will present the second half of an exhibition of works by internationally celebrated artist Sol LeWitt, a pioneer of the conceptual art movement. This part of the exhibition features a cinderblock structure, works on paper, and Wall Drawings #123 and # 716(drawn during the first part of the exhibition).

A concert by the renowned 20th-century ensemble Fear No Music, "A Few Sounds in a Large Space," will celebrate the exhibition's closing on Friday, February 19, at 8 p.m in the gallery. The group will play works by LeWitt contemporaries, including John Cage, Steve Reich, and John Adams. The concert will feature a rare performance of In C by Terry Riley, the work frequently cited as the prototype for all minimalist music. Jeffrey Payne is the group's artistic director and pianist; other featured musicians are Philip Hansen (cello), Andrew Erlich (violin), Joel Bluestone (percussion), and Michael Stirling (didgeridoo). The concert is free and open to the public, as is the exhibition.

The Douglas F. Cooley Memorial Art Gallery is open every day except Monday from noon to 5 p.m. The gallery is in the library at the south side of Reed's campus. The #19 bus stops on Woodstock at the entrance to the campus near the library, and parking is available. For more information, please call 503/777-7790.

Although of the same generation as artists Jasper Johns and Robert Rauschenberg, Sol LeWitt first gained prominence in the early 1970s as one of the founders of the conceptual art movement, which was dominant toward the end of the Vietnam War. LeWitt's works rely on a systematic approach and classical geometric components to stress the importance of reduced means, reduced emotional content, and a careful response to gallery space. LeWitt's work has been collected by major museums around the world. He recently represented the United States in the 1996 Sao Paulo Bienal in Brazil. New York's Museum of Modern Art will present a retrospective of his work next year.

The Addison Gallery of American Art, Phillips Academy, Andover, Massachusetts, owns the certificates of authenticity for the wall drawings and has granted permission to the Cooley Gallery to execute them.