DeCordova fosters the creation, exhibition, and exploration of contemporary art through our exhibitions, learning opportunities, collection, and unique park setting. We engage all visitors with exhibitions and programs that connect our audiences to contemporary art and culture.
DeCordova is a member-supported, 501(c)3 tax-exempt non-profit organization incorporated in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, which receives funding support from federal and state cultural agencies, private and corporate foundations, and individuals.
Established in 1950, deCordova Sculpture Park and Museum is the largest park of its kind in New England encompassing 30 acres, 20 miles west of Boston. In 2009, deCordova changed its name from deCordova Museum and Sculpture Park to deCordova Sculpture Park and Museum to emphasize its renewed focus on sculpture and to support the institution’s goal of becoming a premier Sculpture Park by 2020. Providing a constantly changing landscape of large-scale, outdoor, modern and contemporary sculpture and site-specific installations, the Sculpture Park hosts more than 60 works, the majority of which are on loan to the Museum. Inside, the Museum features a robust slate of rotating exhibitions and innovative interpretive programming.
In March of 2010, deCordova acquired its first work by an international sculptor and continues to bolster the curatorial program by exhibiting high-quality, accessible art of nationally and internationally recognized artists indoors and out. To maintain its commitment to New England artists and emphasize the quality and vitality of the art created in this region, deCordova launched the deCordova Biennial in 2010 and the PLATFORM series in 2009.
Patrons of deCordova can enjoy year round activities in the Sculpture Park and Museum, including snowshoe tours, yoga in the park, nature tours, curator and artist conversations, and many special talks, screenings, and events. Unique to deCordova, the Corporate Program provides area businesses the opportunity to support the institution and regional artists through membership initiatives and Art Loan options. DeCordova is also home to Lincoln Nursery School, the only preschool embedded in a contemporary art museum in the United States.
DeCordova welcomed John B. Ravenal as Executive Director in January 2015. Ravenal was formerly the Sydney and Frances Lewis Family Curator of Modern and Contemporary Art at Virginia Museum of Fine Arts (VMFA). He brings to deCordova extensive administrative and curatorial experience, having served as President of the Association of Art Museum Curators (AAMC), and having held curatorial positions at the Philadelphia Museum of Art and at the Wadsworth Atheneum, where he worked on the museum’s first showing of the Sol LeWitt collection.
After growing up in Providence, Rhode Island, and Washington, DC, Ravenal received his undergraduate degree from Wesleyan University in Connecticut. He earned his Master of Arts and Master of Philosophy in Art History from Columbia University. Ravenal has two college-aged children with his wife Virginia Pye, a novelist originally from Belmont, Massachusetts.