Doug Aitken: New Horizon | Happening

This event last occurred on July 20, 2019, 5—9 pm.

Join us in celebrating Doug Aitken: New Horizon, an artwork installation presented as part of The Trustees’ Art & the Landscape initiative. Hear a talk about the Future of Information with MIT Technology Review editor Gideon Lichfield, and listen to a musical performance by Julie Byrne, Julianna Barwick, and Mary Lattimore—all while experiencing internationally-acclaimed artist Aitken’s stunning, reflective hot air balloon in the Sculpture Park.

Event is rain or shine! In case of severe weather, we will cancel by noon on the day of the event.


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Related Event: Doug Aitken: New Horizon | Family Day, 11 am–12:30 pm and 1–2:30 pm (separate ticket required)


Event tickets are required to visit deCordova on this day.

Happening ticket prices:

  • $25 members
  • $40 nonmembers
  • Free for children 6 and under
  • Get your separate Family Day tickets here (11 am–12:30 pm timeslot) or here for the 1–2:30 pm timeslot

Normal deCordova hours do not apply on this day. DeCordova will only be open 11 am­–3:30 pm for the Family Day and 5–9 pm for the Happening. Please note that the balloon will be deflated between 2:30 pm and 5 pm.

Off-Site Parking and Shuttle

Parking for the Family Day and Happening events will be off-site (Reservoir Place, 1601 Trapelo Rd, Waltham, MA) with shuttles running all day. Parking is free.

  • Parking is available on-site for accessibly purposes only; please contact Sarah Oh to arrange parking in advance:

Shuttle Schedule

  • Family Day: The first shuttle will leave for deCordova at 10:45 am, and the last shuttle will leave deCordova at 3:30 pm.
  • Happening: The first shuttle will leave for deCordova at 4:45 pm, and the last shuttle will leave deCordova at 10 pm.

The shuttle ride is approximately 10 minutes.

Food and Drink

Food trucks will be on-site with food available for purchase starting at 5 pm (to be announced soon!). You are also welcome to bring your own picnic (alcohol not allowed).

Notch Brewery will be on-site with beer for purchase.

About Gideon Lichfield

Gideon Lichfield has been the editor in chief of MIT Technology Review since December 2017. He spent 16 years at the Economist, first as a science and technology writer and then in postings to Mexico City, Moscow, Jerusalem, and New York City. In 2012 he left to become one of the founding editors of Quartz, a news outlet dedicated to covering the future of the global economy that is now widely recognized as one of the most innovative companies in digital media. Gideon has taught journalism at New York University and been a fellow at Data & Society, a research institute devoted to studying the social impacts of new technology. He grew up in the UK and studied physics and the philosophy of science.

About the Installation

The Trustees presents New Horizon, an artwork installation and series of happenings by artist Doug Aitken. Untethered from a single location, New Horizon traverses the Massachusetts landscape creating dynamic flashpoints for conversation, music, and assembly. These experiences are composed of a series of live events taking place across the state, all centered around a stunning, reflective hot air balloon and gondola that vividly contrasts with the raw and natural settings of New England.

On view at select Trustees properties July 12–28, 2019. Learn more here.


Event Type: 
Artist Talks and Lectures
Exhibition-Related Programs
Sculpture Park Programs
Music and Film
Member Programs