Rappaport Prize Lecture: Sam Durant

This event last occurred on October 26, 2017, 6:30—7:30 pm.

The public is invited to attend the Rappaport Prize Lecture with Sam Durant at deCordova Sculpture Park and Museum. Doors will open at 6 pm.

This event is FREE but registration is requested.

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** Seating is limited and available on a first come, first served basis. We recommend arriving early to find a seat.

** The lecture takes place in the Museum gallery building. Please enter through the front door by the parking lot and check in at the lobby front desk. You can then take the stairs or elevator to the third floor.


About the Artist
Sam Durant works in a variety of media—including painting, sculpture, drawing, and installations—to address the varying relationships between culture and politics. He draws inspiration from American history and engages subjects as diverse as the civil rights movement, southern rock music, and modernism. His art makes connections between history and present ongoing sociocultural debates, often calling attention to forgotten events from the past. Durant grew up in the Boston area, and exposure to an educational culture emphasizing democratic ideals, racial equality, and social justice created the framework for his artistic perspective.

He has recently created major public art projects: Scaffold (2012), installed at the Walker Art Center in 2017 and now in an ongoing process of transformation after mediations with Dakota Native American elders, represented gallows used in seven hangings from 1859 to 2006 sanctioned by the U.S. government; Labyrinth (2015) in Philadelphia, PA, addressed mass incarceration; and The Meeting House (2016) in Concord, MA, examined the subject of race in colonial and contemporary New England. In 2012–13 Durant was an artist in residence at the Getty Museum in Los Angeles where he collaborated with the education department to produce a social media project called What #is a museum?

Born in Seattle in 1961, Sam Durant grew up in Massachusetts and is now based in Los Angeles. He earned a Bachelor’s degree from Massachusetts College of Art in Boston, and a Master of Fine Arts from California Institute of the Arts in Valencia, CA. Durant currently teaches at the California Institute of the Arts in Valencia, CA.

About the Prize
The Rappaport Prize is an annual art award presented by the deCordova Sculpture Park and Museum through the generosity of the Phyllis & Jerome Lyle Rappaport Foundation. The Foundation has funded a $25,000 prize, given to a contemporary American artist each year since 2000, making it among the longest-running and most generous contemporary art prizes in the United States. The Rappaport Prize has come to symbolize DeCordova's commitment to supporting the best art and artists in the region, as well as the donor's commitment to recognizing and supporting leadership in diverse fields throughout New England.

Event Type: 
Artist Talks and Lectures
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