Museum and Sculpture Park
51 Sandy Pond Road
Lincoln, MA 01773
Contact: Brent Sverdloff
Tel: (781) 259-8355
DeCordova Museum, the largest museum of contemporary art in New England,
is located 30 minutes west of Boston. Its 35 acre Sculpture Park provides
a rotating permanent exhibition of contemporary American outdoor sculpture,
with over 75 works on display. This program, under the direction of Director
of Curatorial Affairs Rachel Lafo and Curator Nick Capasso, is a cross-section
of today’s outdoor sculpture, with a great variety of materials, styles,
subject matter, and content.
Sculpture Park operates with a three-tier exhibition program:
Collection: These works are few in number, and tend to include
20th-century sculpture by historically significant artists
such as George Rickey, Alexander Lieberman, and Beverly Pepper.
These works are borrowed for 1-3 year periods from artists, collectors,
galleries, and museums, and make up the bulk of work within the Sculpture
Park. Approximately 8-15 sculptures rotate in and out of the Sculpture
Park each year.
Each year DeCordova commissions a handful of artists to create site-specific,
temporary, long term (approximately 1-5 years) outdoor installations
designed expressly for specific sites in the Sculpture Park.
also organizes annual solo exhibitions of contemporary outdoor sculpture.
Exhibiting artists have included John Van Alstine, Carlos Dorrien, Nikki
Ketchman, and Robert Arneson.
core of DeCordova’s educational programming is DeCordova’s Museum School,
which is the largest non-degree granting studio art program in Massachussetts
with over 4,000 adults and children enrolled each year. Education also
happens through professional permanent and changing exhibitions, the Dr.
Kenneth Germeshausen Art ExperienCenter, teacher workshops, education
programs in schools, and by hosting other lectures and special programs.
DeCordova’s educational focus is not only on objects of art, but also
on the makers and the process of making art. Whenever and wherever possible,
the living artist is involved in DeCordova’s mission, whether as teacher
and student or educator and learner.
is $6 per person, $4 for senior citizens, students and youth ages 6-12.
Children age 5 and under are admitted free. The Sculpture Park is free.
DeCordova Museum is open Tuesday-Sunday, 11a.m. to 5p.m. and on selected
Monday holidays. The Sculpture Park is open year round. Appointments for
private viewing can be made through the Marketing Dept. by calling (781)
can visit the web site www.decordova.org
or can call the main number (781) 259-8355 to listen to recorded information;
if they phone, visitors have the option of speaking with a receptionist
to receive further directions, if needed. The DeCordova Web site has become
much more interactive and transactional. It is now possible to order items
from The Store, renew and purchase Memberships, make donations or volunteer,
order tickets for special events, and enroll for Museum School courses
- all online.
provides ample parking in an on-site lot and there is no parking fee.
Free guided public tours of the Museum’s Main Galleries take place every
Wednesday at 1pm and Sunday at 2p.m.. Free guided tours of the Sculpture
Park are given every Saturday and Sunday at 1p.m. from May to Oct. Special
guided tours of the Museum and Sculpture Park led by DeCordova Museum
Guides can be arranged for groups of 15 persons or more. Four weeks advance
notice and a deposit of $30 per tour is required to reserve a date. For
information about tours, call the Education Department at (781)259-3619.
DeCordova does not yet offer acoustiguide tours.
Park Guide ($9.95) and exhibition catalogues are available by calling
The Store @De Cordova at (781) 259-8692. De Cordova also provides a tour
of the Sculpture Park on our web site at www.decordova.org
A Sculpture Park Guide and exhibition catalogues are available and can
be purchased during a visit or via the mail (see above).
within the museum, is the Café @ De Cordova, which is open Wednesday-Sunday,
11a.m. to 3p.m.. The Store @DeCordova, which has been hailed by The
Boston Globe "the best museum store in the area" is located
in a separate building near the museum’s front entrance. The Museum Store
is open Monday-Thursday, 9:30a.m. to 7:30p.m., Friday-Saturday, 9:30a.m.
to 5:30p.m., and Sunday 11:30a.m. to 5:30p.m.. Restrooms are located within
the Museum and near the Museum School Gallery, which is adjacent to The
list of artists:
Caroline Blessing Bowne Court
John Van Alstine
Mark di Suvero
Tim de Christopher
Ursula Von Rydingsvard