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Boston and Lincoln, MA – July 8, 2019 – The Trustees of Reservations (The Trustees) is pleased to announce deCordova Sculpture Park and Museum has officially become a part of the organization as of July 1, 2019. Both nonprofit institutions have been working closely together to pursue a permanent relationship that would bring deCordova under the umbrella of The Trustees. Following a two-year process, the organizations are pleased to report that all official and legal requirements have now been fulfilled and the work of integration is in process. The organizations are in the final stages of completing a $15 million fundraising campaign to secure deCordova’s endowment and to support some immediate needs. While the campaign has received gifts to date totaling $12.5 million, both organizations are hoping the news of the integration will inspire more people to get involved.
“We have been saving places since 1891 and have protected more than 117 special places but the integration of deCordova Sculpture Park and Museum represents one of the most significant and complicated integrations in our history” says Barbara Erickson, Trustees President & CEO. “We believe that by protecting deCordova forever, the museum will thrive and grow and, in the process will connect thousands more visitors to art and nature through innovative and intriguing exhibitions and programs.”
“A pivotal moment in deCordova’s history, this integration marks what we hope will become the beginning of a new era for a dynamic museum and sculpture park,” adds John Ravenal, deCordova’s Executive Director. “Becoming a part of The Trustees creates a more sustainable future for our nationally recognized sculpture park and contemporary art museum and offers The Trustees another platform for providing compelling contemporary art experiences for members and visitors.”
As part of The Trustees statewide network of scenic, natural, and cultural sites, deCordova will continue to operate as a 501(c)3 nonprofit and focus its mission on providing contemporary exhibitions, outdoor sculpture, and innovative learning and engagement programs for all ages. In keeping with the wishes and will of Julian de Cordova who donated the property to the Town of Lincoln in 1948, the land and buildings will continue to be owned by the Town but maintained by The Trustees. Lincoln residents will still have free access to the grounds and museum and deCordova members will now have expanded benefits and access to all Trustees properties.
Visitors to deCordova this summer will have an opportunity to experience one of the first collaborations when the Trustees’ Art and the Landscape project brings internationally acclaimed artist Doug Aitken to deCordova. The project will present New Horizon, a one-of-a-kind, multifaced art experience traveling to Trustees sites across Massachusetts. Featuring a 100-foot-tall hot air balloon, New Horizon will float over The Trustees’ natural and cultural landscapes reflecting and illuminating the world in new and unexpected ways and feature live events and happenings that are each unique gathering of leading minds and groundbreaking performers. At deCordova, members and visitors will be able to experience New Horizon during two daytime family events and an evening happening featuring conversations with Jeneé Osterheldt, Culture Writer for the Boston Globe and Gideon Lichfield, editor-in-chief of MIT Technology Review on the Future of Information. The evening happening will also feature an illuminated balloon light spectacle after sunset accompanied by musical performances by Julie Byrne, Julianna Barwick, and Mary Lattimore. For tickets and more information, visit www.thetrustees.org/newhorizon.
This fall, deCordova will unveil a new work by internationally renowned artist Andy Goldsworthy. The work, Watershed, a major installation designed to interact with deCordova’s unique natural environment was commissioned by deCordova specifically for the site. The nine-by-fifteen-foot stone structure is permanently embedded in the slope of deCordova’s pond-side hill. The work has been built in a vernacular style, echoing stone walls and structures found throughout New England, using local materials and the expert assistance of Goldsworthy's team of British wallers. On the structure’s interior rear wall, stonework will radiate in concentric circles from a drain outlet centered in the wall—a powerful evocation of water’s energy and pattern. Goldsworthy’s intention for the work is to bring attention to both the impermanence and the lasting effects of water as it is collected and channeled underground to pour from the outlet in the work’s rear wall. DeCordova is the only institution in New England with a publicly accessible installation by the artist, underscoring its role as a leading U.S. sculpture park and deepening the discourse on contemporary sculpture in our community and beyond for generations to come.
The Trustees is one of the Commonwealth’s largest nonprofits, with a membership of 140,000 people and a 128-year legacy of caring for iconic cultural and natural sites for the public’s use and enjoyment, currently including 118 special places across Massachusetts, such as Castle Hill on the Crane Estate in Ipswich, Fruitlands Museum in Harvard, and World’s End in Hingham. DeCordova Sculpture Park and Museum is the largest park of its kind in New England encompassing nearly 30 conserved acres, with a mission to inspire, educate, and delight with contemporary art from New England and beyond through sculptures in the landscape and museum exhibitions.
For those who wish to donate to the campaign, please contact Trustees’ Associate Director of Philanthropy, Jennifer Klahn at firstname.lastname@example.org. For more information on the integration, please visit thetrustees.org/decordova.
About The Trustees
Founded in the City of Boston by landscape architect and open space visionary Charles Eliot in 1891, The Trustees is the nation’s first and the Commonwealth’s largest preservation and conservation nonprofit. For more than 125 years, we have worked to preserve and protect dynamic natural and cultural sites--from beaches and community gardens, to farms, historic homesteads, designed landscapes, and hiking trails—for public use and enjoyment. Today we are working to engage a larger constituency of Massachusetts residents, members, visitors, and public and private partners in our work to help protect our beloved and fragile natural, ecological, cultural, and coastal sites for current and future generations. To learn more, visit www.thetrustees.org.
About deCordova Sculpture Park and Museum
Established in 1950 and located just twenty miles west of Boston, deCordova Sculpture Park and Museum is dedicated to fostering the creation and exploration of contemporary sculpture and art through a dynamic slate of rotating exhibitions, innovative learning opportunities, a constantly changing thirty-acre landscape of large-scale, outdoor, modern and contemporary sculpture, and site-specific installations. To learn more, visit www.decordova.org.