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2017 Hours: Open 10am-5pm, May 27th-October 9th
Chesterwood, a National Trust Historic Site, is the country home, studio and gardens of America’s foremost sculptor of public monuments, Daniel Chester French (1850-1931), creator of the Minute Man and Abraham Lincoln for the Lincoln Memorial. Situated on 122 acres in the idyllic hamlet of Glendale near Stockbridge, Massachusetts, it is a Historic Site owned and operated by the National Trust for Historic Preservation.
Inspired by the natural beauty of the Berkshire Hills, French purchased the former Marshall Warner farm in 1896. Each year, during the month of May, he left his permanent home and studio in New York for six months and moved with his family to Chesterwood, where he worked on over 200 public and private commissions. Many of French’s plaster sketches, including models of his Abraham Lincoln for the Lincoln Memorial, are on view today in his Studio as well as in the permanent exhibit, Daniel Chester French: Sculpting an American Vision, in the Barn Gallery.
OUT OF SITE: Contemporary Sculpture at Chesterwood – June 16th – October 9th, 2017
This year’s iteration of the annual contemporary sculpture exhibition, Out of Site: Contemporary Sculpture at Chesterwood on view June 16 through October 9, celebrates Chesterwood as a site for creativity.
The exhibition features the work of 14 artists invited by guest curator Sharon Bates to develop new projects or to adapt existing works that directly respond to the environmental, cultural, and aesthetic attributes of the landscape at Chesterwood.
Read more about the installation here.