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Wall Works at deCordova

Natalie Lanese, Retro Future, 2011 acrylic and collage Installation at deCordova Sculpture Park and Museum Courtesy of the Artist Photo by Tony Luong

There’s still time to catch Wall Works at the deCordova Sculpture Park and Museum in Lincoln, on view through April 22, 2012. For the exhibition six artists were invited to create site-specific wall installations in response to the deCordova’s permanent collection. The artists—Kysa Johnson, Natalie Lanese, Caleb Neelon, Alison Owen, Justin Richel, and Mary Temple—explored the Museum’s database of 3,500 objects. Each then selected an artwork to serve as a source of inspiration for their proposed wall work

Wall Works is part of a new initiative at the deCordova to creatively approach exhibitions from their permanent collection. The project seeks to invite contemporary artists to act as curators for their own exhibitions, drawing works from the institutional vault and mining the collection for new relationships and meaning. By showcasing the extensive holdings of the deCordova, as well as the work of the participating artists, Wall Works creates a dialogue between the collection and contemporary art practice.

Located in Lincoln, Massachusetts, deCordova attracts more than 100,000 visitors from New England, and tourists from around the world, to its campus each year. With more than 3,400 works in its holdings, deCordova is an important permanent collection of New England contemporary art.