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Hannah Barco, Things to Come, 2013

Hannah Barco, Things to Come, 2013
photographs, vinyl text, mixed media
Courtesy of the artist
Photograph by Clements Photography and Design, Boston

 

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On View May 09, 2015 - Sep 13, 2015
Exhibition Location: Museum

Walking Sculpture 1967–2015 considers the history and practice of walking as a means for questioning social, political, economic, and artistic hierarchies. 

Featured artists include Francis Alÿs, Hannah Barco, Stanley Brouwn, André Cadere, Tyler Coburn, Kate Colby and Todd Shalom, Catherine D’Ignazio, Simon Faithfull, Shilpa Gupta, Sharon Hayes, Wendy Jacob, Joachim Koester, Melanie Manchot, Helen Mirra, Bruce Nauman, Paulo Nazareth, Michelangelo Pistoletto, and William Pope.L.

Inspired by Michelangelo Pistoletto’s 1967 performance Walking Sculpture, in which the artist rolled a newspaper sphere through city streets in Turin, Italy, Walking Sculpture 1967–2015 features an international selection of artists who engage in walking as an autonomous form of art, as cartography, as an exploration of physical experience, and as social practice. Pistoletto’s walking performance was an act of dissonance against both traditional methods of art-making and behavioral norms. In the same spirit, Walking Sculpture 1967–2015 considers artists’ use of this elemental and often overlooked act as a poetic means for questioning established conventions of seeing and thinking.

Sculpture, video, photography, and performance converge in this exhibition to address the multi-disciplinary practice of ambulation through the cityscape and the countryside. Walking Sculpture 1967–2015 is accompanied by a robust slate of public programming, including commissioned and artist-led walks in deCordova’s own Sculpture Park and in surrounding conservation lands in Lincoln and Concord, Massachusetts.

The exhibition is organized by Assistant Curator Lexi Lee Sullivan and is accompanied by a catalogue distributed by Yale University Press. Available for purchase at deCordova | Store.

This exhibition is supported in part by generous grants from the Art Mentor Foundation Lucerne, the Goldhirsh Foundation with special thanks to Donald and Jeanne Stanton, the Nathaniel Saltonstall Arts Fund, the Art Dealers Association of America Foundation (ADAA), and the Association of Museum Curators (AAMC).  Additional support for this exhibition has been provided by an anonymous donor, Joyce Linde, and The Meredyth Hyatt Moses Fund.

Featured artists include Francis Alÿs, Hannah Barco, Stanley Brouwn, André Cadere, Tyler Coburn, Kate Colby and Todd Shalom, Catherine D’Ignazio, Simon Faithfull, Shilpa Gupta, Sharon Hayes, Wendy Jacob, Joachim Koester, Melanie Manchot, Helen Mirra, Bruce Nauman, Paulo Nazareth, Michelangelo Pistoletto, and William Pope.L.

DULY NOTED COLLABORATIVE WALK
SATURDAY, MAY 9, 2 PM
Join poet Kate Colby and artist Todd Shalom to create a collaborative walk in response to deCordova’s surroundings through poetry, sound, and performance techniques. RSVP required.

BODY WISDOM WALK
WEDNESDAY, MAY 27, 6:30 PM
Explore the human gait in relation to balance, gravity, and space. Join Kevin Frank for a Sculpture Park walk that integrates Rolfing, a movement system for better bodily alignment.

IMAGINATIVE MAPPING WORKSHOP
SATURDAY, MAY 30, 10 AM
How does your experience shape your perception of the environment? Explore unconventional mapping techniques with artist Emily Garfield. For ages 16+. RSVP required.

WALKING SCULPTURE TOUR
WEDNESDAY, JUNE 17, 12 PM
With Curator Lexi Lee Sullivan

COCKTAILS AND CONVERSATION
THURSDAY, JUNE 18, 6 PM
Members only: Join Curator Lexi Lee Sullivan for a Walking Sculpture tour followed by cocktails, hors d’oeuvres, and conversation. RSVP to membership@decordova.org or 781.259.3635.

BOSTON’S PAST AND FUTURE COASTLINES
FRIDAY, JUNE 19, 4 PM
Together with performance artists and scientific experts, artist Catherine D’Ignazio leads a collective walk through Boston, tracing the city’s historical and predicted future coastlines. RSVP required.

MOVIES IN THE PARK
FRIDAYS, JUNE 19, JULY 17, AUGUST 14, 8:15 PM
Lights, camera, action! Inspired by Walking Sculpture, this outdoor series features films that focus on walking: The Wizard of Oz, March of the Penguins, and Homeward Bound.

NATURE IDENTIFIED WALK
SATURDAY, JULY 11, 10:30 AM
Join the botanical experts of the Lincoln Garden Club for a Sculpture Park walk to identify the deCordova’s varied species of indigenous and exotic flora.

WALKING SCULPTURE TOUR AND LUNCH
THURSDAY, JULY 16, 11 AM
Members only: Join Curator Lexi Lee Sullivan for an exhibition tour followed by lunch (bring your own or purchase at deCordova | Café). RSVP to membership@decordova.org or 781.259.3635.

DULY NOTED COLLABORATIVE WALK
SATURDAY, JULY 18, 2 PM AND 5 PM
Join poet Kate Colby and artist Todd Shalom to create a collaborative walk in response to deCordova’s surroundings through poetry, sound, and performance techniques. RSVP required.

SENSE OF PLACE WALK
THURSDAY, JULY 23, 6:30 PM
Experience the Sculpture Park with all your senses! Join naturalist Cherrie Corey on a walk that connects visitors to light, temperature, art, sounds, and the Park’s wild inhabitants.

STILT WALKING WORKSHOP
SATURDAY, AUGUST 8, 11 AM
Experience the Sculpture Park from new heights during a stilt lesson with a trained Simply Circus instructor. For ages 8+. RSVP required.

TIGHTROPE WALKING WORKSHOP
SATURDAY, AUGUST 8, 2 PM
Test your physical and mental balance during a tightrope lesson with a trained Simply Circus instructor. For ages 8+. RSVP required.

MUSHROOM FORAGING
SUNDAY, AUGUST 9, 10:30 AM
Join artist Wendy Jacob and the Boston Mycological Club for a mushroom hunt in the Sculpture Park. Bring a basket and a brown bag lunch.

DOG WALK
WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 12, 6:30 PM
Join Chief Curator Jennifer Gross and her dog George Eliot for a Sculpture Park walk and tour with your own canine friend. All dogs must be leashed and well-socialized.

LITERARY WALK
WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 26, 6:30 PM
Poet Cole Swensen leads an ambulatory event in the Sculpture Park that includes readings by some of literature’s greatest walkers and responsive writings.

WALKING SCULPTURE TOUR
SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 13, 12 PM
With Curator Lexi Lee Sullivan

ON THE BEATEN PATH
SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 19, 10:30 AM
How are hiking trails created? Join Acadia National Park’s Trail Supervisor Christian Barter for a walk along the Sculpture Park paths and surrounding conservation lands.

HOW FAR WOULD I GET? PERFORMANCE
SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 13, DROP IN 11 AM–2 PM
Artist Hannah Barco wears a heavy backpack laden with personal objects during this walking-inspired endurance performance in the galleries.

NIGHT WALK
SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 26, 7 PM
Join artists Erin Shirreff and Frank Heath for a Sculpture Park walk inspired by the 19th century trend of viewing relics by candlelight. Bring your flashlight! RSVP required.