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    Walden, revisited

    Presented by at deCordova Sculpture Park & Museum

    October 31, 2014 - April 26, 2015


    Walden, revisited

    Walden, revisited features works by contemporary artists inspired by Walden–the pond; the book published in 1854 by natural history philosopher, social critic, and early environmentalist Henry David Thoreau; and the connection and disconnection between the two. In 1845, Thoreau (1817–1862) embarked on a now-legendary two-year, two-month, and two-day venture into the Concord woods to write and live “Spartan-like.” He immortalized his experiment in Walden; or Life in the Woods, which extols the virtues of a life simplified to “only the essential facts,” spent in a self-built, one-room cabin near the shores of Walden Pond.

    Today, 160 years after its first publication, Walden is firmly ensconced in the canon of great American literature. It remains the foundational text for American nature writing, and its message of living simply, economically, and intentionally has resonated throughout subsequent generations. In the wake of the Great Recession and the growing urgency of climate change, Walden emerges again as a home-grown American handbook dedicated to self-reliance and a life lived with, not against, nature.

    These same topics loom large as contemporary artists rethink their relationship to society, the environment, and the role of art within culture. Walden, revisited brings fifteen artists to deCordova, the pond’s neighbor, to contemplate and review the less explored legacies of this great American memoir through and in contemporary art practices.

    Walden, revisited features sculpture, installation, performance, painting, drawing, and video, alongside new commissions. Artists include James Benning, David Brooks, William Cordova, Spencer Finch, Futurefarmers, William Lamson, Ana María Gómez López and Pamela Jordan, Jane D. Marsching, Michael Mercil, Oscar Palacio, Gina Siepel, Lisa Sigal, Jennifer Sullivan, Deb Todd Wheeler, and Hilary Wilder.

    deCordova Sculpture Park & Museum

    51 Sandy Pond Road
    Lincoln, MA 01773

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    Admission Info:

    Adults:  $14
    Seniors (65+): $12
    Students: $10
    Children 12 and under: FREE

    General Day and Time Info:

    Every day, 10 am–5:30 pm


    DeCordova Sculpture Park and Museum is located 20 miles from Boston, 15 miles from Cambridge, and is easily accessible from several major highways. Parking is free of charge.

    Public Transportation
    The Fitchburg/South Acton Line of the MBTA Commuter Rail stops in Lincoln, less than two miles from deCordova. From the Lincoln station, walk north on Lincoln Road 1.5 miles and turn left at Sandy Pond Road. DeCordova is located a half mile down the road on the right.

    For taxi service to deCordova from Lincoln station contact Sunshine Taxi in Concord at 978.369.1752.

    If you are visiting deCordova from the metropolitan Boston area, sign up with Zipcar to borrow wheels for the day. Zipcar users receive a $2 discount on the regular Adult admission of $14.


    Accessibility Information: Currently, no accessibility information is available for this event.

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