Lived Space: Humans and Architecture

Arno Rafael Minkkinen, Self-Portrait, Castello Tancredi Gate, Bibbiano, Tuscany,
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On View Apr 04, 2018 - Sep 30, 2018
Exhibition Location: Museum

Please note: DeCordova's galleries (including Lived Space) will be closed on April 18 and 19 as we finish installing Sculpting with AirThe galleries will reopen on April 20.

 

Dewey Family Gallery

Just as expressions like “corridors of the mind” and “window to the soul” illustrate a link between architecture and our inner world, the artists featured in Lived Space explore our psychological and physical attachments to the places we build and inhabit. In their work, interior rooms function as receptacles of memory, emotion, and identity. Some artworks show the human body merging with the built environment, while others present imaginary structures that exist solely in the artist’s mind. Drawn from deCordova’s permanent collection, the exhibition includes work by Kahn/Selesnick, Sarah Malakoff, Arno Rafael Minkkinen, Abelardo Morell, and Elaine Spatz-Rabinowitz, among others. Shown together, their artwork addresses our impulse to adapt and relate to our architectural surroundings, as well as the ways in which these spaces shape and inspire us.

Shown in the Dewey Family Gallery, Lived Space also considers deCordova’s architectural history, which has undergone several transformations since its original construction. Inspired by their travels abroad, museum founders Julian and Lizzie de Cordova remodeled their summer home in 1910 to resemble a European castle. When the building became a contemporary art museum in 1950, the gallery transitioned from a private to public space. These architectural shifts, prompted by Julian and Lizzie’s personal history, dreams, and passions, suggest an intimate exchange between humans and their spaces that extends far beyond one of basic needs.

Artists in the exhibition:

Jules Aarons, Albert Alcalay, Ri Anderson, David Berger, Prilla Smith Brackett, Morgan Cohen, Elsa Dorfman, Walker Evans, Robert Ferrandini, Marcus Halevi, Tanja Hollander, Joe Johnson, David Judelson, Kahn & Selesnick, Justin Kimball, Jocelyn Lee, Mary Lum, Sarah Malakoff, Joel Meyerowitz, Arno Rafael Minkkinen, Abelardo Morell, Arnold Newman, Enrico Pinardi, William Reiter, Donald Shambroom, Elaine Spatz-Rabinowitz, Ezra Stoller, and Evan Summer.

Organized by Scout Hutchinson, Curatorial Assistant.

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Member Preview Afternoon

Tuesday, April 17, 12–2 pm 
All members are invited to an exclusive installation preview of Sculpting With Air: Ian McMahon and Jong Oh. Watch as these two artists work on their site-specific sculptures right in the exhibition galleries, and discuss their processes with curator Martina Tanga and the artists themselves. We will also join curator Scout Hutchinson for a tour of Lived Space: Humans and Architecture.

Art for April Vacation Week

Wednesday–Friday, April 18–20, 1–3 pm 
Inspired by the new spring exhibitions Sculpting with Air: Ian McMahon and Jong Oh and Lived Space: Humans And Architecture, join us as we create exciting and unexpected air and architectural sculpture experiences in the Park.

Cardboard Architecture: Flip, Fold, Tie, Tape

Sunday, May 6, 1–4 pm
Join us during ArtWeek for a day of creative fun in the Sculpture Park! Inspired by Lived Space: Humans and Architecture and the new interactive furniture projects by Boston Society of Architects’ MakeTANK committee, we will design and construct imaginative functional sculptures with cardboard in the Park.

Julian and Lizzie De Cordova’s Lived Space: An Art, Architecture, and History Tour

Saturday, May 19, 11 am–12 pm
Take an indoor/outdoor tour of the history and art of the Sculpture Park and Museum located on the former estate of Julian and Lizzie de Cordova. Learn about the transformation of the de Cordova family’s summer home built in 1880 to the “castle” structure that became the their year-round residence in 1910 to the Museum of today after 1950.

Artist Talk: Sarah Malakoff

Wednesday, May 23, 6:30–7:30 pm
Lived Space artist Sarah Malakoff’s color photographs examine the home and its psychologically charged spaces and objects. Malakoff will discuss the inspiration behind her portraits of interior spaces and offer a close look at some of the works from this series.

Curator-led Tour of Lived Space

Thursday, June 28, 12–1 pm
Join Curatorial Assistant Scout Hutchinson for a look at how the complex relationship between humans and architecture sparked the imaginations of the artists featured in Lived Space.