Director of Public Relations
Boston, MA – March 5, 2018 – The Trustees announces the third installation in its contemporary Art & the Landscape public art initiative will be coming to Castle Hill on the Crane Estate, a National Historic Landmark located in Ipswich this May. The installation will feature an original piece specifically designed for the site of Castle Hill’s former hedge maze by Berlin-based, award-winning, Polish artist Alicja Kwade who is internationally recognized for creating works that interpret and question reality, time, science, and space. Titled TunnelTeller, the new work for Castle Hill represents Kwade’s first large-scale public artwork commission in the U.S. A rapidly rising star in the art world, Kwade presented her first U.S. solo exhibition at 303 Gallery in New York in the spring of 2016 and has since opened several other international exhibitions, including two of which are now on view, ReReason at Yuz Museum in Shanghai through April 1 and Linienland at Haus Konstruktiv in Zurich through May 6, 2018.
The Trustees launched its Art & the Landscape initiative in the spring of 2016, working with independent curator Pedro Alonzo and renowned national and international artists to create site-specific, outdoor art aimed at enhancing and enriching visitor experiences at its properties. The first installation, The Meeting House was created by Los Angeles-based artist, Sam Durant for the Old Manse in Concord from the summer through fall of 2016. The second piece, A New End was created for World’s End in Hingham with Berlin-based artist Jeppe Hein where it was on view from August 2016 through September 2017. Kwade’s piece, TunnelTeller will open to the public on Saturday, May 19, 2018 and on view at Castle Hill through April 2019.
“The Crane family were industrialists known for their work with many designers and artists in their day at this iconic site” says Barbara Erickson, Trustees President & CEO. “How appropriate that a new artist is creating an original work on the site now. We are thrilled to welcome Alicja Kwade and share her new installation with our thousands of annual visitors.”
Alonzo and The Trustees invited Kwade to visit Castle Hill to create a new work of art that embodies the spirit of the place and interprets the natural and cultural surroundings with a nontraditional form of expression. Resting upon the outlines of the former hedge maze once located to the east of the Great House at Castle Hill overlooking Cape Ann and Crane Beach, the structure will draw upon the property’s gilded era majesty, the Crane family history, and the natural beauty of the surrounding landscape.
“It will be an immersive structure designed to challenge the viewer’s notions of space and perception,” says Alonzo. “At a moment of tremendous diversity in the arts where virtually any material and combination of unique mediums are being used as a means of artistic expression, Alicja Kwade stands out for her ability to use raw materials and everyday objects to create bold works that imbue meaning, creativity, and surprising functionality.”
Alonzo is an independent curator based in Boston and adjunct curator at Dallas Contemporary who specializes in producing exhibitions that transcend the boundaries of museum walls and spill out into the urban landscape. He has been working as the exclusive curator for The Trustees’ progressive Art and the Landscape initiative since its inception. Locally, he is best known for curating the giant black-and-white work by French artist JR, which was on display in the early part of 2015 on the side of 200 Clarendon in Boston (formerly known as the John Hancock Tower). He also organized exhibitions at the Institute of Contemporary Art (ICA)/Boston, where he served as an adjunct curator from 2011-2013 on high profile works by Os Gêmeos (2012), including the first Rose Kennedy Greenway mural, as well as Shepard Fairey: Supply and Demand (2009) and Dr. Lakra (2010).
The installation is expected to be completed in early May. A press preview is scheduled for Thursday, May 17 and a public opening is scheduled for Saturday, May 19 at Castle Hill on the Crane Estate during The Trustees' annual Home Sweet Home open house day. The installation will be free and open to the public with admission when the property is open, from sunrise to sunset. Join the Art & The Landscape conversation with The Trustees on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram: @thetrustees #thetrustees #artXlandscape and visit www.thetrustees.org for additional details.
About the Artist
Alicja Kwade (b.1979, Poland) has long been engaged with value systems, philosophical questions about the essence of reality, and with attempting to examine, if not resolve, issues of inherently subjective concepts such as space and time. In her sculptures, as well as installations, photographs and films, Kwade occupies herself with the structural properties of everyday objects and questioning the veracity of matter, revealing possibilities for alternate realities while examining social agreements and supposed truths. Alicja Kwade lives and works in Berlin. She received a degree in sculpture from the Universität der Künste, Berlin in 2005. For more information on her current and past exhibitions, visit the 303 Gallery website.
About Castle Hill on the Crane Estate
One of The Trustees’ most iconic properties, the Crane Estate is comprised of 2,100 protected acres consisting of Castle Hill – a National Historic Landmark that includes the Crane mansion or "Great House” – the Inn at Castle Hill, Crane Beach, and the Crane Wildlife Refuge. The property was formerly owned by Chicago industrialist Richard T. Crane, Jr., who purchased the property in 1910 because he was captivated by the beauty of the landscape. Over many years, Crane worked with a dream team eight leading architects, landscape architects, and artists to shape his summer family retreat. In 1928, he crowned the estate with a grand mansion designed by renowned Chicago architect David Adler. The family generously bequeathed the majestic estate to The Trustees in 1949 to preserve for public use and enjoyment. Today, the Crane Estate welcomes over 350,000 visitors annually from near and far, and offers year-round educational and cultural programs and activities.
About The Trustees Art and the Landscape Initiative
Many of The Trustees’ statewide scenic, cultural, and historic properties have served as a dynamic inspiration for artists, thought leaders, and innovators throughout the organization’s 126-year history. The Trustees’ Art and The Landscape initiative was built upon the success of a $26.6 million dollar “Bringing Our Stories to Life” campaign designed to preserve and engage more visitors in the organization’s collection of cultural sites. The outdoor art program kicked off in 2016 as part of The Trustees’ 125th Anniversary celebration designed to create new opportunities for members and visitors to experience its landscapes and landmarks, some of the most important and iconic in Massachusetts.
Founded by landscape architect Charles Eliot in 1891, The Trustees has, for more than 125 years, been a catalyst for important ideas, endeavors, and progress in Massachusetts. As a steward of distinctive and dynamic places of natural, historic, and cultural value, The Trustees is the nation’s first preservation and conservation organization, and its landscapes and landmarks continue to inspire discussion, innovation, and action today as they did in the past. A nonprofit supported by members, friends, and donors, The Trustees’ more than 115 sites serve as destinations for residents, members, and visitors alike and welcome millions of guests annually. www.thetrustees.org.