deCordova Sculpture Park and Museum

deCordova Sculpture Park and Museum DeCordova Sculpture Park and Museum is an art museum established to educate as broad a public as possible about contemporary American art and sculpture.
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Established in 1950, deCordova Sculpture Park and Museum is the largest park of its kind in New England, encompassing 30 acres, 20 miles northwest of Boston. Providing a constantly changing landscape of large-scale, outdoor, modern and contemporary sculpture and site-specific installations, the Sculpture Park hosts more than 60 works, the majority of which are on loan to the Museum. Inside, the Museum features a robust slate of rotating exhibitions and innovative interpretive programming.

Mission: DeCordova fosters the creation, exhibition, and exploration of contemporary art through our exhibitions, learning opportunities, collection, and unique park setting. We engage all visitors with exhibitions and programs that connect our audiences to contemporary art and culture.

Happy Star Wars Day! Thanks to visitor and Instagram user @bonjournino for this amazing photo taken by our Fletcher Bent...
05/04/2019

Happy Star Wars Day! Thanks to visitor and Instagram user @bonjournino for this amazing photo taken by our Fletcher Benton sculpture in the Park. To all the fans out there (four-legged and two-legged!), #MayTheFourthBeWithYou!

A detail of Maine artist Jenny Brillhart’s mixed media work “Contrapposto” for #TextureTuesdayHead to decordova.or...
05/01/2019

A detail of Maine artist Jenny Brillhart’s mixed media work “Contrapposto” for #TextureTuesday

Head to decordova.org/jenny-brillhart to learn more about Brillhart, whose paintings and collages are on view now in #deCordovaBiennial2019!

Check out this WGBH Open Studio segment on our Biennial, where WGBH Arts Editor Jared Bowen explored the exhibition and ...
04/29/2019
Open Studio with Jared Bowen: The deCordova Biennial; Actor Anne O'Sullivan as Dr. Ruth

Check out this WGBH Open Studio segment on our Biennial, where WGBH Arts Editor Jared Bowen explored the exhibition and spoke with artists Chanel Thervil, Emilie Stark-Menneg, and Yoav Horesh! #deCordovaBiennial2019 is open now through September 15.

The DeCordova Sculpture Park and Museum presents its biennial survey of contemporary arts in New England, featuring 23 artists from all six New England States.

On spring days like these—when the weather is gloomy but the flowers are blooming—we can't help but be reminded of E...
04/27/2019

On spring days like these—when the weather is gloomy but the flowers are blooming—we can't help but be reminded of Eva Lundsager's watercolors. Her paintings, on view now in #deCordovaBiennial2019, juxtapose splashes of vibrant color with washes of muted gray.

TUNE IN 🎥: Be sure to watch Open Studio on WGBH tonight at 8:30 pm for a feature on #deCordovaBiennial2019! WGBH Arts...
04/26/2019

TUNE IN 🎥: Be sure to watch Open Studio on WGBH tonight at 8:30 pm for a feature on #deCordovaBiennial2019! WGBH Arts Editor Jared Bowen spoke with Biennial artists Emilie Stark-Menneg, Chanel Thervil, and Yoav Horesh, as well as curator Sarah Montross, to dive deep into the special exhibition. Can’t tune in tonight? The segment will posted online after the program. Don’t miss it!

04/24/2019

NEW in the Sculpture Park! Next time you visit, be sure to check out David Nash’s “Spiral,” now on view in Alice’s Garden.

David Nash is a sculptor and Land Artist, making use of natural materials and the landscape as his primary mediums. Over the past decade Nash began casting bronze sculpture, either in primary forms such as spheres, cubes, and pyramids, or—like “Spiral”—in imitation of his pre-existing wooden sculptures. His incorporation of bronze casting as part of his practice continues themes of change, decay, and alteration, especially as he melts and solders metal. As some of Nash’s early wooden works begin to decay naturally, bronze versions offer a method of preserving their forms for posterity, while not interfering in the original wooden objects’ physical conditions.

Surround yourself with art!Rainy days make the best museum days. Come check out work by 23 New England artists on view n...
04/20/2019

Surround yourself with art!

Rainy days make the best museum days. Come check out work by 23 New England artists on view now in #deCordovaBiennial2019! We’re open 10 am–5 on all weekend.

📸: visitor Tyffany English
🎨: artist William Binnie

We are thrilled to announce Watershed, a site-specific commission by Andy Goldsworthy. The permanent installation will m...
04/17/2019

We are thrilled to announce Watershed, a site-specific commission by Andy Goldsworthy. The permanent installation will make deCordova the only public institution in New England with an outdoor work by the internationally renowned British artist. Work is expected to begin in the Sculpture Park this spring, and anticipated to be completed by the end of 2019.

Watershed is a site-specific work designed to interact with deCordova’s unique natural environment. It is composed of an open-fronted, nine-by-fifteen-foot granite stone structure, partially-embedded in the slope of deCordova’s pond-side hill. The work will be built in a vernacular style, echoing stone walls and structures found throughout New England, using local materials and the expert assistance of Goldsworthy's team of British wallers. On the structure’s interior rear wall, stonework will radiate in concentric circles from a drain outlet centered in the wall—a powerful evocation of water’s energy and pattern.

In times of heavy rain, water that flows across deCordova’s paved upper lot will be collected and channeled underground to pour from the outlet in the work's rear wall, giving form to the usually unremarked course of groundwater across hard surfaces and allowing people to see and hear the work come to life. In dry weather the wall will stand expectantly, waiting to be activated. The work will serve to illustrate both the impermanence and the lasting effects of water, through the growth of residues like mineral deposits, moss, and patina.

Learn more about this exciting commission at decordova.org/andy-goldsworthy-watershed.

IMAGES: Andy Goldsworthy. Proposal drawing for Watershed, to be installed at deCordova Sculpture Park and Museum, Lincoln, MA. © Andy Goldsworthy, Courtesy Galerie Lelong & Co., New York

Feeling inspired by yesterday's amazing marathon runners? 💪🏼 Sign up for our 4th Annual Art and Nature 5K Trail Ra...
04/16/2019

Feeling inspired by yesterday's amazing marathon runners? 💪🏼 Sign up for our 4th Annual Art and Nature 5K Trail Race on June 22! The course begins in deCordova’s Sculpture Park, then continues through Lincoln's beautiful conservation trails alongside Flint's Pond for a fun, challenging run. Participants are also invited to warm up in a free pre-race yoga session.

Register by April 30 for a $5 early bird discount: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/5k-trail-run-tickets-54717366115

Fill your Sunday with art! It’s a great day to check out #deCordovaBiennial2019, which features paintings, sculptures,...
04/14/2019

Fill your Sunday with art! It’s a great day to check out #deCordovaBiennial2019, which features paintings, sculptures, photographs, video, ceramics, and more by 23 New England artists.

Here a visitor explores the 30+ ink drawings by New Haven artist Ken Grimes.

Who else is excited for the weekend?! It’s meant to be in the 70s tomorrow, so stop by for some fun in the Sculpture P...
04/12/2019

Who else is excited for the weekend?! It’s meant to be in the 70s tomorrow, so stop by for some fun in the Sculpture Park.

(Thank you to visitor Stephen Amelia for sharing this joyful photo from a recent trip to deCordova!)

We can’t believe this is a painting! 🌀This #deCordovaBiennial2019 work, “2019P-15 (Circle)” (2019) by Anoka Far...
04/11/2019

We can’t believe this is a painting! 🌀

This #deCordovaBiennial2019 work, “2019P-15 (Circle)” (2019) by Anoka Faruqee and David Driscoll, involves the mesmerizing optical effect of moiré, created by the deliberate misalignment of overlapping linear patterns.

Displayed near Zoe Pettijohn Schade's four colorful, patterned gouache paintings, the notebooks and marbled paper in thi...
04/10/2019

Displayed near Zoe Pettijohn Schade's four colorful, patterned gouache paintings, the notebooks and marbled paper in this vitrine offer insight into Schade’s working process, derived from her archival study of textiles and observational drawings. Be sure to check them out when you visit #deCordovaBiennial2019!

"It’s a spring or summer must," says The Boston Globe's Marni Katz about #deCordovaBiennial2019! The Biennial is open ...
04/08/2019
Survey says - The Boston Globe

"It’s a spring or summer must," says The Boston Globe's Marni Katz about #deCordovaBiennial2019!

The Biennial is open through Sept. 15.

The deCordova Biennial presents work by local artists inspired by everything from UFOs to sunlight

It’s a great day to explore #deCordovaBiennial2019! Here a visitor contemplates Emilie Stark-Menneg’s large-scale pa...
04/06/2019

It’s a great day to explore #deCordovaBiennial2019! Here a visitor contemplates Emilie Stark-Menneg’s large-scale painting “Confirmation.”

We’re open 10 am–5 pm all weekend!

NOW OPEN!We’re thrilled to open “deCordova New England Biennial 2019” to the public today. This exhibition showcas...
04/05/2019

NOW OPEN!

We’re thrilled to open “deCordova New England Biennial 2019” to the public today. This exhibition showcases compelling and ambitious art-making in the region, featuring 23 artists from all six northeastern states. Visit to see work across diverse mediums—painting, video, sculpture, photography, fiber art, and ceramics—in all galleries of the Museum plus out in the Park.

Head to decordova.org/biennial2019 to see the full list of artists.

Today is the final (of 23) #deCordovaBiennial2019 artist highlights—the exhibition opens to the public TOMORROW! We're...
04/04/2019

Today is the final (of 23) #deCordovaBiennial2019 artist highlights—the exhibition opens to the public TOMORROW! We're looking at the elaborate tapestries of Vermont artist Bhakti Ziek.

Ziek honors the history and complexity of global weaving traditions while reconceiving the craft as a contemporary art practice. A leader in the field and devoted educator in Jacquard loom processes, she creates lustrous woven textiles that offer unusually high thread count. Words, letters, and numbers often dissolve, layer, or obsessively repeat across her fabrics, such that language itself seems to lose explicit meaning and suggests a push and pull between order and chaos. We'll display five of her weavings in the Biennial, including "Rift 3," shown here.

The #deCordovaBiennial2019 opens in just TWO DAYS, which means we have two more artists to highlight! Today's artist: El...
04/03/2019

The #deCordovaBiennial2019 opens in just TWO DAYS, which means we have two more artists to highlight! Today's artist: Elizabeth Tubergen.

Tubergen's sculptures distort architectural forms such as staircases, platforms, ramps, arches, and monuments that silently exert control over their users’ bodies and grant or bar entry. Her work comments on the ever-decreasing amount of public space available for unstructured use, and connects issues of access and visibility to non-normative behaviors and sexualities. For the Biennial she will unveil a newly commissioned large-scale sculpture, "Double Grave," out in the Park (shown here). The interactive work has multiple points of entry and U-shaped padded surfaces on which visitors can sit and linger.

Today we're taking a look at the work of Somerville-based artist Stephen Tourlentes, whose photographs will be featured ...
04/02/2019

Today we're taking a look at the work of Somerville-based artist Stephen Tourlentes, whose photographs will be featured in the #deCordovaBiennial2019 opening this Friday!

Tourlentes’ ongoing series "Of Length and Measures: Prison and the American Landscape" focuses on mass incarceration in the United States. His large-format black-and-white photographs document the rise of public and private prisons, and aestheticize their uncanny insertion into the landscape. Shot at night and from a distance, his images suggest a sense of openness and sublimity that are hallmarks of the American landscape genre—yet they carry more sinister undertones, counterbalancing the triumphalism typically associated with this tradition.

Pictured here is one of the five works from this series that will be in the exhibition: "Blythe, CA State Prison Complex," 1996.

"Certainly, the artists on view in this year’s Biennial are connected, even as they work individually in their studios...
04/02/2019
At deCordova, New England Artists Take A Biennial Bow

"Certainly, the artists on view in this year’s Biennial are connected, even as they work individually in their studios. Every two years, thanks to the deCordova, the public gets a little glimpse of the passion that unites them."

Thank you to Pamela Reynolds and WBUR 90.9 FM for this feature on our Biennial! Check it out to learn more about the exhibition (including interviews with several of the artists), then come visit the show once it opens Friday!

Encompassing every corner of the museum, as well as part of the sculpture garden and terrace, the exhibit only scratches the surface of the vast range of art-making happening regionally.

We can’t wait for #deCordovaBiennial2019 to open to the public this Friday, April 5! Until then, we’re continuing hi...
04/01/2019

We can’t wait for #deCordovaBiennial2019 to open to the public this Friday, April 5! Until then, we’re continuing highlighting each of the 23 artists every day — today’s artist: Chanel Thervil!

Thervil is a painter, sculptor, and activist whose work is made for, and sometimes by, her surrounding community. As a Haitian American artist, she is interested in the radicalized politics of representation. She inserts diverse, everyday subjects and people of color into the genre of the portrait bust, whose history is dominated by representations of celebrated white men. The Biennial features a selection of these multimedia portraits, featuring family members, friends, and mentors, painted onto a carved plywood base. (Pictured here: “Glee,” 2017)

Today's #deCordovaBiennial2019 artist highlight is Emilie Stark-Menneg! Stark-Menneg’s works are at once exuberant, pl...
03/31/2019

Today's #deCordovaBiennial2019 artist highlight is Emilie Stark-Menneg! Stark-Menneg’s works are at once exuberant, playful, and sinister, often evoking a realm where adventure and fantasy converge. For the Biennial, Stark-Menneg presents a new body of work titled "Confirmation," a video and large-scale painting that explore a decade-long friendship and collaboration with poet Lyrae Van Clief-Stefanon. Shown here is a still from the video element of the installation, which was filmed in a Victorian mansion in Portland, Maine.

Today we're featuring Biennial artist Sheida Soleimani! Based in Providence, Solemani is the daughter of two Iranian ref...
03/30/2019

Today we're featuring Biennial artist Sheida Soleimani! Based in Providence, Solemani is the daughter of two Iranian refugees who were violently persecuted by the government before moving to the United States. Many of her constructed photographs are concerned with state violence, media saturation, and international politics—in particular, Middle Eastern history and politics that are underrepresented in Western media. For the Biennial, she presents works from her satirical, collage-based series "Medium of Exchange," in which she parodies the greed and recklessness of oil oligarchs and politicians (shown here: "Minister of Petroleum, Venezuela," 2017). #deCordovaBiennial2019

Boston artist Alexandria Smith works with a repertoire of fragmented body parts and coming-of-age narratives that she co...
03/29/2019

Boston artist Alexandria Smith works with a repertoire of fragmented body parts and coming-of-age narratives that she constantly develops and reconfigures in paintings and wall collages. For #deCordovaBiennial2019, she is creating a site-specific collage mural within the brick archway of our third-floor lobby. Check out the progress so far, and then be sure to come see the final work once the exhibition opens in one week from today! (Swipe to see an example of her paintings, "The Skin We Speak.")

Providence, RI artist Jordan Seaberry incorporates his family history and larger African-American narratives into his la...
03/28/2019

Providence, RI artist Jordan Seaberry incorporates his family history and larger African-American narratives into his large-scale canvases, bringing history painting into the present. For #deCordovaBiennial2019, Seaberry presents collaged paintings from his recent semi-autobiographical series, "The Wanderer," based on his family’s migration from the American South to Chicago in the early twentieth century. The large-scale painting "The Wanderer Part II" (shown here) monumentalizes the passing down of family folklore and a history of journeying, sacrifice, and risk. See it starting April 5 when the exhibition opens to the public!

We're continuing our daily Biennial artist highlights with Zoe Pettijohn Schade (Watertown, MA)! Schade composes seeming...
03/27/2019

We're continuing our daily Biennial artist highlights with Zoe Pettijohn Schade (Watertown, MA)! Schade composes seemingly endless repetitions of patterns, miniature figures, marbling, and fine gold-papered details in her dense, meticulously composed paintings. Her Biennial works (like this one, titled "Crowd of Monkeys: 100th Monkey") combine repeating imagery—a skull, medieval sculpture, a toy soldier, a stuffed monkey—appearing like fever dreams with layers alternately divulging and concealing their contents. #deCordovaBiennial2019

Biennial artist Jonathan Mess (who lives and works in Jefferson, Maine) repurposes leftover ceramics to create new, laye...
03/26/2019

Biennial artist Jonathan Mess (who lives and works in Jefferson, Maine) repurposes leftover ceramics to create new, layered compositions that ooze and melt together when fired. His process is guided by his ecological awareness and drive for sustainability: from the waste around him, he creates new possibilities. For the Biennial, he assembled several cross-section slabs that recall natural history displays of geological specimens or archeological artifacts (like "Landfill No.27: Western Cross Sections," shown here). #deCordovaBiennial2019

We’re a few weeks away from the opening of #deCordovaBiennial2019, a survey of 23 New England contemporary artists! To...
03/25/2019

We’re a few weeks away from the opening of #deCordovaBiennial2019, a survey of 23 New England contemporary artists! Today's daily Biennial artist highlight is Eva Lundsager, who lives in Brookline and works in Somerville.

For the Biennial Lundsager presents 15 works from her 2018 "Invitation" series, all featuring bursts of watercolor on a background of muted Sumi ink. While the paintings engage with traditional notions of beauty, they also contain an unexpected juxtaposition of murky neutrals with bright splashes of color. Responding to this tension, Lundsager says, “I love beauty but I am interested in a bent beauty, an awkward beauty.”

Congratulations to deCordova Biennial artists Chanel Thervil Artworks and Alexandria Smith Studio for being selected for...
03/25/2019
Meet The ARTery 25 — Millennials Of Color Impacting Boston Arts And Culture

Congratulations to deCordova Biennial artists Chanel Thervil Artworks and Alexandria Smith Studio for being selected for WBUR 90.9 FM's "The ARTery 25 — Millennials Of Color Impacting Boston Arts And Culture"!

Check out the inspiring list, then be sure to visit "deCordova New England Biennial 2019" once it opens April 5!

This cohort of creatives is shaping Boston's arts landscape in daring and refreshing ways.

An artist of Seneca and Tuscarora heritage, George Longfish blends Pop Art aesthetics with subjects concerning Native Am...
03/24/2019

An artist of Seneca and Tuscarora heritage, George Longfish blends Pop Art aesthetics with subjects concerning Native American art and identity. His paintings, drawings, and collages often pair iconic Native imagery with stenciled texts, rendered in vibrant colors. As he paints animals and humans, he communicates with them spiritually, inviting them to dictate the direction in which the work progresses. Longfish is both liberating his subjects from history and also calling them into the present to narrate overlooked histories of indigenous communities in the United States.

See his work in #deCordovaBiennial2019 starting April 5 -- and keep following along as we feature exhibiting artists each day leading up to the opening!

Today we're exploring the work of Biennial artist Erin Johnson, who lives and works in Portland, Maine. Johnson works pr...
03/23/2019

Today we're exploring the work of Biennial artist Erin Johnson, who lives and works in Portland, Maine. Johnson works primarily with film and video installation, blurring the line between fact and fiction and developing layered narratives through fieldwork and interviews. The exhibition will feature her two-channel video "Heavy Water," part of Johnson’s larger investigation into human intervention in the natural environment.

This work focuses on the Savannah River Site, a nuclear reservation in South Carolina owned by the US Department of Energy. It is narrated by a senior biologist on the site, who has been tracking a population of wild dogs that he believes to be descendants of the first dogs to enter North America via the Bering Land Bridge some 12,000 years ago. #deCordovaBiennial2019

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