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Olivia Parker, Blackbird Aviary, 1981 (detail)

Olivia Parker, Blackbird Aviary, 1981 (detail)
From the "New Works" Portfolio 37/50, gelatin silver print, Gift of the Photographic Resource Center, made possible through Massachusetts Council on the Arts and Humanities partial funding

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On View Apr 07, 2017 - Sep 10, 2017
Exhibition Location: Foster Galleries

This exhibition presents one year of collecting—1982—at deCordova Sculpture Park and Museum. Drawn entirely from the permanent collection, it focuses on the collecting practices of the museum as a way of reflecting upon how art museums form their collection and the justifications for accessioning art.

Highlighting the strength of deCordova’s permanent collection, the year 1982 reveals that deCordova was, in many ways, at the forefront of institutional collecting. Photography was a dominant acquisition medium in 1982, at a time when many museums were only just starting to consider photography a fine art worthy of being acquired. Additionally, many prints entered the collection, which underscores one of the ways the museum has demonstrated its longstanding support of New England artists. Five female artists—Mags Harries, Olivia Parker, Jane Tuckerman, Sage Sohier, Felice Regan—were represented in these acquisitions, which speaks to deCordova’s commitment to New England-based women in the arts. Lastly, the Museum acquired socially engaged art that addresses questions of ecology, environment, and politics, showing that deCordova was an active participant in sociopolitical discussions. Pulling back the curtain on an important aspect of the art museum’s cultural role, this exhibition allows visitors a unique look into the mechanics of forming and maintaining an art collection.  

Organized by Martina Tanga, Koch Curatorial Fellow.

Support for this exhibition was generously provided by an anonymous donor.

Artists:
Daniel Chester French
Arthur Hill Gilbert
Steven Halpern
Olivia Parker
Daniel Devine
Jane Tuckerman
Christopher James
Eric Shambroom
Daniel Ranalli
William Burke
Sage Sohier
Eugene Richards
Roswell Angier
Bong Tae Kim
Karl Baden
Ray Johnson
David Bumbeck
Evan Summer
David Becker
Herbert Waters
Larry Rivers
Warrington Colescott
Mags Harries
Lowry Burgess
Felice Regan

Curator-led Tour of Let It all Hang!
Wednesday, April 26, 1 pm
How are museum art collections formed and shaped over time? Koch Curatorial Fellow Martina Tanga delves into museum collecting practices during this tour of Let It All Hang!.

Collecting Photographs in 1980s Boston
Thursday, June 8, 6:30 pm
Michelle Lamunière, photography specialist at Skinner Auctioneers and former photography curator at the Harvard Art Museums, will be in conversation with Boston-based photographer Karl Baden in the galleries of the exhibition Let It All Hang!  1982, A Year of Collecting at deCordova, with a special focus on the extraordinary photographic works that came into the museum's collection in 1982.  

Curator-led Tour of Let It all Hang!
Wednesday, August 16, 12 pm
How are museum art collections formed and shaped over time? Koch Curatorial Fellow Martina Tanga delves into museum collecting practices during this tour of Let It All Hang!.