Sunday, March 21, 2010

Getting Modern in the Country: The DeCordova Museum and Sculpture Park, Lincoln, MA

In a past life, I was a museum educator.  In my present, I'm a dadventurer.  In my next, I hope to be a sculptor.  In all three, I am always dreaming about the DeCordova and thankful by family loves it every bit as much as I do.  Next to Storm King in New York, there are few sculpture parks as pleasant and expansive as this lovely spot in Lincoln.

Every time we arrive, there are new, wonderfully contemprorary works alongside some old faithfuls.  I can never get enough of the Pine Sharks, one of my all-time favorite.  Sydney is still coming to terms with sharks that swim amongst the trees in mid-air, and now Elijah joins him in the confusion.  Lij did love Breon Dungan's Torsion, one of many local artists, Dungan from Truro.

But I must confess that as much as we love wandering the grounds all the way to Sandy Pond, it is the contemporary exhibits in the museum that spark the best conversations.  The 2010 DeCordova Biennial has some wonderfully provocative works.  We got stuck at Phil Lique's Shark; American Dream for a while.  I just hope the boys early passion for sculpture inspires them to enroll at the Museum School, a wonderful resource for budding artists in MetroWest.  I may never have made it as a welder, but thanks to the DeCordova and our favorite artist book The Dot, by Peter Reynolds, I think Sydney's caught the spark.


scott davidson said...

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