Erica DiBenedetto

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Erica DiBenedetto

Modern

Profile

Erica DiBenedetto studies modern and contemporary art in the United States and Europe.  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 department positions at the Carnegie Museum of Art, a research assistantship in the Research and Academic Program at the Clark Art Institute, and graduate internships at the Williams College Museum of Art (WCMA) and the Princeton University Art Museum.  At WCMA, Erica curated The ABCDs of Sol LeWitt with Lisa Corrin, the Class of 1956 Director; the exhibition focused on the development of LeWitt’s ideas about conceptual art in the 1960s and 1970s.

She is a 2018–2019 Museum Research Consortium Fellow at The Museum of Modern Art, New York.  

Selected Publications

“Pedagogical Perspectives—Leap Before You Look: Black Mountain College, 19331957,” 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).