Join us for a special studio tour and conversation with acclaimed artists Mark Dion and Dana Sherwood for deCordova’s annual Paul J. Cronin Memorial Lecture. Dion and Sherwood often collaborate on projects that explore how dominant ideologies and public institutions shape our understanding of history, knowledge, and the natural world. Their work exposes the human desire to tame nature and impose traits and categories on animals, plants and natural phenomena. For this live event, they will share insights into their collaborative process and offer a view into their studio practice from Copake, New York, where they live and work.
Their outdoor installation Conservatory for Confectionery Curiosities is currently on view at deCordova Sculpture Park and Museum. Recalling a nineteenth-century horticultural hot-house, the octagonal windowed structure houses a display of what appears to be jellied desserts covered in insects partaking in the sugary sweets. Conservatory for Confectionery Curiosities emphasizes how humans construct heightened, artificial versions of nature, particularly in cultivated gardens and sculpture parks.