Sam Durant: The Meeting House / Build Therefore Your Own World
Sam Durant is a multimedia artist whose work engages social, political, and cultural issues. His work has been widely exhibited in the UK, Europe, Asia and the Americas. DeCordova is pleased to announce Sam Durant as the eighteenth recipient of the prestigious Rappaport Prize, an annual award of $25,000 given to a contemporary artist with strong connections to New England and a strong record of achievement. The Rappaport Prize, established in 2000, is one of the most generous contemporary art awards of its kind. In 2010, the Rappaport Prize was endowed in perpetuity by the Phyllis and Jerome Lyle Rappaport Foundation, assuring the ongoing support of contemporary art and artists in New England.
Sam Durant’s 'The Meeting House' (2016) was a public art project at The Old Manse, a National Historic Landmark built in 1770 and former home and gathering place for politicians, thinkers, and transcendentalists including Ralph Waldo Emerson and Nathaniel Hawthorne. The sister exhibition at Blum & Poe, Los Angeles in 2017, 'Build Therefore Your Own World', introduced new works that expanded upon Durant’s premise of the interdependence between transcendentalists, abolitionists, and African American writers of pre- and post-revolutionary America in the creation of American culture and identity.
Featured in The Meeting House / Build Therefore Your Own World is a full-color photo documentation of the project in Concord, MA and Los Angeles, CA as well as new essays by Pedro Alonzo, independent curator, and Tim Phillips, pioneer in the field of conflict resolution and reconciliation; and a new collection of poems by Tisa Bryant, Robin Coste Lewis, Danielle Legros Georges, and Kevin Young, who recently became Director of the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture in New York.
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