Spanning nearly 30 acres, deCordova Sculpture Park and Museum features contemporary art and sculptures in a beautiful, scenic park setting. The largest park of its kind in New England, the sculpture park and museum provides “a constantly changing landscape of large-scale, outdoor, modern and contemporary sculpture and site-specific installations.” At any time, guests are treated to more than 60 works hosted by the Park. Most of the works are on loan to the Museum. In addition, the sculpture park and museum hosts lectures, discussions, readings, book and film series, art tastings, performances, studio workshops, family programs, summer camps, and school/group visits.
The deCordova Sculpture Park
and Museum sits on the former estate of Julian de Cordova, a Jamaican immigrant
who worked his way up to successful businessman. His passion for travel
and art led to a massive collection of art and artifacts. De Cordova opened his
estate to the public to share his assortment of paintings, sculptures, and
other exquisite items. He gave his property to the Town of Lincoln upon
his death with the request that the town turn his estate into a public art
museum. The museum officially opened in 1950 and was the only art museum
at the time that focused on living New England artists.
By the 1980s, more museums and
small galleries that focused on modern regional art were being
established. A new director named Paul
Master-Karnick arrived in 1982 and used his skills to strengthen the curatorial
programs and the deCordova museum. He
introduced the deCordova Annual Exhibition with features the works of emerging
artists in the New England region.
In 2008, Dennis Kois became the
museum’s new director. He perceived that the museum had changed its focus from
all art to a primary interest in sculpture. Therefore, he convinced the Museum’s
leadership to change the name of the establishment from the deCordova Museum
and Sculpture Park, to the deCordova Sculpture Park and Museum, placing more
emphasis on the statuesque art that adorns the property.
In addition to providing an
indoor-outdoor venue to the enjoy various types of artwork, deCordova instructs
artists through classes for various skill levels. There is even a $25,000 annual prize awarded
to an established regional sculpture artist.
The artist’s work is prominently displayed in the gallery.
The museum is open year-round
and features rotating exhibits and programs. The sculpture park displays works
by nationally and internationally recognized 20th and 21st century artists.
There are at least 60 pieces on display at any given time, which are a part of
collection works, loans, or site-specific projects. In addition, the sculpture
park and museum hosts lectures, discussions, readings, book and film series,
art tastings, performances, studio workshops, family programs, summer camps,
and school/group visits.