Erica DiBenedetto



Erica DiBenedetto studies modern and contemporary art. Her interests include the relationships among art, architecture, and language, as well as the reception of earlier art historical moments in twentieth-century work. Erica's dissertation, “Drawing from Architecture: The Conceptual Methods of Sol LeWitt’s Art, 1960–1980,” examines how LeWitt approached the historical problem of art’s relationship to architecture largely through drawing, with consequences for both artistic and architectural practice. Her work has been supported by a Donald and Mary Hyde Summer Research Award from Princeton University, the Patricia and Phillip Frost Predoctoral Fellowship at the Smithsonian American Art Museum, and the Morgan-Menil Predoctoral Fellowship at the Morgan Library and Museum and the Menil Collection.

Erica holds a master’s degree from the Williams College Graduate Program in the History of Art and an interdisciplinary bachelor’s degree from Carnegie Mellon University. Her professional experience includes curatorial positions and graduate internships at the Carnegie Museum of Art, the Clark Art Institute, the Williams College Museum of Art, and the Princeton University Art Museum. In 2018–2019, she was a Museum Research Consortium Fellow at The Museum of Modern Art, New York.

Selected Publications

“Monumental Dreams: A Story for Houston, ca. 1969,” The Menil Collection Online Publications, published May 17, 2021.

“LeWitt’s Locations, to a Point,” in Locating Sol LeWitt, ed. David Areford (New Haven: Yale University Press, 2021).

“Pedagogical Perspectives—Leap Before You Look: Black Mountain College, 1933–1957,” exhibition review, Art Journal 76:2 (Summer, 2017): 162-165.

“Sol LeWitt,” in Allgemeines Künstlerlexikon: Die Bildenden Künstler aller Zeiten und Völker (De Gruyter, 2015).

“Gridding the Subject: Sol LeWitt’s Autobiography,” in Sol LeWitt: The Well-Tempered Grid, exhibition catalogue, ed. Charles W. Haxthausen (Williams College Museum of Art, distributed by D.A.P., 2012).

Selected Exhibitions

Dream Monuments: Drawing in the 1960s and 1970s (co-curator, Kelly Montana), Menil Drawing Institute, May 21–Sep 19, 2021

The ABCDs of Sol LeWitt (co-curator, Lisa Corrin), Williams College Museum of Art, November 14, 2008–May 17, 2009