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.

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

Today's #deCordovaBiennial2019 artist is Yoav Horesh, who was born in Jerusalem and now lives and works in Manchester, N...
03/22/2019

Today's #deCordovaBiennial2019 artist is Yoav Horesh, who was born in Jerusalem and now lives and works in Manchester, NH. Horesh will debut a new project for the Biennial, involving a New Hampshire collective of immigrant farmers called Fresh Start Farms (part of the Organization for Refugee and Immigrant Success). In this ongoing body of work, Horesh photographs processes of cultural and social exchange, revealing the implications of migration on the local, individual level. His photographs bring greater visibility to people who have been displaced from their native countries and now are working the lands of their adopted home.

The Biennial will feature both black-and-white and color photographs, including "Isho, Somalia. Dunbarton, New Hampshire 2018," shown here.

Connecticut artist Ken Grimes explores UFOs, aliens, and uncanny coincidences through pixelated text-and-image drawings....
03/21/2019

Connecticut artist Ken Grimes explores UFOs, aliens, and uncanny coincidences through pixelated text-and-image drawings. Flying saucers, crop circles, radio antennae, and interstellar signals are among the subjects that appear most frequently in his compositions. He is fascinated by outer space and the possibility of connecting with extra-terrestrial subjects via radio frequencies—topics that may occupy many people’s minds, yet are generally considered fringe or on the edge of believability. In his words, "In a sense, a search for extraterrestrials in space or right here on earth is a search for ourselves."

See over 30 of his drawings—including this one, "Untitled (An Alien Starship)"—on view in the #deCordovaBiennial2019 starting April 5!

Sorry buddy, you can’t play fetch with this “deCordova Ball”!Artwork: Lars Fisk “DeCordova Ball,” 1999Photo: I...
03/21/2019

Sorry buddy, you can’t play fetch with this “deCordova Ball”!

Artwork: Lars Fisk “DeCordova Ball,” 1999

Photo: Instagram user rosiethehappypuppy

We're featuring Biennial artists every day as we get closer to the exhibition's opening on April 5! Today we're taking a...
03/20/2019

We're featuring Biennial artists every day as we get closer to the exhibition's opening on April 5! Today we're taking a look at New Haven-based artists Anoka Faruqee & David Driscoll, who create minute overlapping patterns in their paintings to create an effect of iridescence and movement in the mind’s eye (the mesmerizing optical effect known as moiré). We'll have four of their hypnotic, colorful works in the exhibition, including this one titled "2019P-13 (Circle)" (2019). #deCordovaBiennial2019

Behind the scenes of the #deCordovaBiennial2019: Artist William Binnie is here creating a wall collage of his gouaches (...
03/20/2019

Behind the scenes of the #deCordovaBiennial2019: Artist William Binnie is here creating a wall collage of his gouaches (swipe through to see how it’s progressed so far). You’ll have to visit once the exhibition opens April 5 to see the final display!

Today were highlighting artist Carl D'Alvia, who will have several outdoor sculptures in the Biennial. D’Alvia’s scu...
03/19/2019

Today were highlighting artist Carl D'Alvia, who will have several outdoor sculptures in the Biennial.

D’Alvia’s sculptures range from abstract and geometric to figurative and anthropomorphic, mixing absurdity with a refined sense of craft. His sculptures often appear to be soft, furry, or fuzzy, but are made of hard materials such as bronze, clay, and marble. Take "Worm," for example (one of D'Alvia's Biennial artworks, shown here) -- its faux-fur texture and form suggests an alert, serpentine creature, but it is composed of rectangular bronze blocks. See it yourself when the exhibition opens April 5! #deCordovaBiennial2019

There are only a few spots left for our summer camp The Hive! ☀️ Register now at decordova.org/camp before they're a...
03/19/2019

There are only a few spots left for our summer camp The Hive! ☀️ Register now at decordova.org/camp before they're all sold out.

The Hive connects campers with deCordova's 30-acre Sculpture Park and Museum to explore real world ideas, unbounded creativity, and inspiring innovation. Each week features a different theme -- from "Critter and Creeper Super Beings" to "Citizens of the Universe" -- and corresponding art and nature projects.

Looking for other ways to get involved with The Hive? We're currently looking to hire a Hive Instructor, Hive Junior Instructor, and Hive Assistant Director. Check out decordova.org/opportunities for details and to apply.

Today's Biennial artist is Eli Brown, who lives and works in Boston and NYC. Brown is a multidisciplinary artist and act...
03/18/2019

Today's Biennial artist is Eli Brown, who lives and works in Boston and NYC. Brown is a multidisciplinary artist and activist examining the experiences of queer and transgender people, particularly their biological similarity to other species. For the Biennial, Brown brings artworks from "Museum of Queer Ecologies" and "Interspecies Intimacy Survival Kit," including this sculpture shown here (titled "Toxic Places") and several outdoor pieces. Tracing human development alongside that of other gender-fluid species, and presenting this research in a playful manner, Brown aims to historicize transgender identities and highlight how museums have typically excluded those outside heteronormative culture.

Stay tuned as we highlight more #deCordovaBiennial2019 artists over the next few weeks!

Behind the scenes: Pops of color brightening the #deCordovaBiennial2019 gallery walls during install! Stay tuned for mor...
03/18/2019

Behind the scenes: Pops of color brightening the #deCordovaBiennial2019 gallery walls during install! Stay tuned for more... 💜💙

Biennial artist Jenny Brillhart  lives and works in Stonington, Maine. She creates shallow dioramas, trompe l’oeil pai...
03/17/2019

Biennial artist Jenny Brillhart lives and works in Stonington, Maine. She creates shallow dioramas, trompe l’oeil paintings, and works on paper that take inspiration from the light and space in her studio. In exploring the fundamental elements of visual art—space, color, light, and form—Brillhart’s practice addresses philosophical questions about perception, experience, and memory. We're lucky enough to have eight of her artworks in the Biennial, including "Contrapposto," shown here.

We're featuring each of the Biennial artists on the days leading up to the April 5 opening -- stay tuned for more! #deCordovaBiennial2019

03/17/2019

A dash of green (and dreams of warmer spring weather...) for St. Patrick’s Day! Come explore the Sculpture Park today—we’re offering half-price admission through April 4 while the galleries are closed for Biennial installation.

Image: Letha Wilson, “Hawaii California Steel (Figure Ground),” 2017. Photo by Anchor Imagery - Photography by Rick Mansfield Jr.

Today we're featuring Biennial artist Bradley Borthwick! Borthwick, who lives and works in Portland, Maine, crafts sculp...
03/16/2019

Today we're featuring Biennial artist Bradley Borthwick! Borthwick, who lives and works in Portland, Maine, crafts sculptures and reproductions inspired by his study of the landscape, culture, and archaeology at ancient sites and cities around the world. The Biennial features a body of work Borthwick produced based on recent travels to Rome, including "Nero’s Analogue," shown here.

Follow along as we feature the remaining 20 artists in the Biennial over the next few weeks -- then visit the exhibition when it opens April 5! #deCordovaBiennial2019

Today's Biennial artist is William Binnie! Binnie lives and works in Williamstown, Massachusetts, and Brooklyn. He popul...
03/15/2019

Today's Biennial artist is William Binnie! Binnie lives and works in Williamstown, Massachusetts, and Brooklyn. He populates his paintings (like "The Vine That Ate the South," shown here) with vignettes that speak to his Southern upbringing, exploring race, religion, and politics. In addition to three such paintings, Binnie will also have a wall collage of gouaches on view in the exhibition.

Check back every day leading up to opening day (April 5) as we feature each of the artists in the Biennial! #deCordovaBiennial2019

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