Sam Durant: The Meeting House
Jeppe Hein: A New End
The Trustees of Reservations, Hingham & Concord, MA
Sam Durant: August 8, 2016 – October 31, 2016
Jeppe Hein: August 15, 2016 – October 31, 2017
Production | Exhibition Grant
As part of “Art & the Landscape 2016,” a public art initiative by The Trustees curated by Pedro Alonzo, VIA Art Fund supported two dynamic, site-specific works by leading artists Jeppe Hein and Sam Durant at World’s End in Hingham and Old Manse in Concord. The natural beauty of World’s End’s surrounding landscape inspired Jeppe Hein’s reflective sculpture, a mirrored labyrinth referencing the surrounding hills drumlins. Exposed and prone to the elements, the work interacted with the local vegetation, changing with the seasons. At Old Manse, Sam Durant created an oversized structure based on houses where the early former slaves of the region lived. Replicating a traditional meetinghouse, Durant activated this space through partnerships with local organizations, transforming his work into a site of gathering and discussion, focusing in part on African American writing, philosophy and spirituality.
As the nation’s first preservation and conservation organization, and the largest agricultural landowner in Massachusetts, The Trustees is considered “the museum of the Massachusetts landscape.” Trustees envisions the artistic interventions of “Art & the Landscape 2016” as more than mere beautification, but as way to inspire interaction, participation, exchange, and dialogue, and to disrupt the way that public lands are normally used and understood by visitors.