Dennis Kois, Director of deCordova Sculpture Park and Museum, discusses the synthesis of art, place and idea:
“A transformative art experience for me was my first visit to Marfa, Texas to visit Chinati. The sculptor Donald Judd bought an old Army base, and installed a lot of his own work in the old artillery sheds and out in the nearby desert. His abstract, minimalist sculptures—simple aluminum or concrete boxes in endless variations—had never really blown my skirt up. I just didn’t get them. But seeing his sculptures there in Marfa, in the most austere and minimal environment you can imagine, it all came together and suddenly made sense to me. It was, and still is, the best synthesis of art, place, and idea I’ve ever seen. Going back there—which is a travail, it’s about a hundred miles past the middle of nowhere—is hugely replenishing. It is a pilgrimage everyone who loves art and ideas should make once in their lifetime.”
deCordova Sculpture Park and Museum
51 Sandy Pond Road, Lincoln, MA 01773
Established in 1950, deCordova Sculpture Park and Museum is the largest park of its kind in New England, encompassing 35 acres and situated 20 miles northwest of Boston. DeCordova’s greatest and most unique asset is the Sculpture Park. The natural dialogue between indoors and out – as well as art and landscape – fundamentally defines the visitor experience. The park is programmed as a new media gallery with rapid turnover, site-specific projects and experimentation. Inside, the Museum features a robust slate of rotating exhibitions and innovative, interpretive programming. In March of 2010, deCordova acquired its first work by an international sculptor and continues to bolster the curatorial program by exhibiting high-quality, accessible art of nationally and internationally recognized artists. Patrons of deCordova can enjoy year-round activities including snowshoe tours, yoga in the park, sculpture park installation tours, family programs, special talks, art-making events, and curator and artist conversations.