October 19, 2022

2022 Cronin Memorial Lecture

Images Courtesy of The Forge Project, Brian Adams, and the Peabody Essex Museum.

Join us for a conversation among Julie Decker, Director/CEO, Anchorage Museum, Jane Winchell, Director of the Art & Nature Center and Leader of the Museum Climate & Environment Initiative, Peabody Essex Museum, and Candice Hopkins, Executive Director, Forge Project for our 2022 Paul J. Cronin Memorial Lecture. Moderated by Jessica May, Managing Director of Art & Exhibitions, The Trustees, and Artistic Director, deCordova Sculpture Park & Museum, this panel of leading museum figures will share ideas with one another about the relationship of art and arts organization to climate change discourse. Decker, Winchell, and Hopkins reveal the ways in which their organizations are forging connections between the cultural, artistic, and natural resources under our care.


About Candice Hopkins

Candice Hopkins is a citizen of Carcross/Tagish First Nation and lives in Albuquerque, New Mexico. Her writing and curatorial practice explores the intersections of history, contemporary art, and indigeneity. She is the Executive Director of the Forge Project. 

About Julie Decker

Julie Decker, PhD, is the Director/CEO of the Anchorage Museum in Alaska, a leading center for scholarship, engagement, and investigation of Alaska and the North. Decker’s career has been focused on the people and environment of Northern places and building projects and initiatives that are in service to local and global communities.

About Jane Winchell

Jane Winchell has been the director of the PEM’s Dotty Brown Art & Nature Center since its founding in 2003. She started at PEM in 1992 as curator of the Natural History collection and led development of the museum’s original Art & Nature Center, as well as the newly revamped and expanded center that opened in 2013.

About the Paul J. Cronin Lecture

The Paul J. Cronin Memorial Lecture series was established in 1981 to consider topics broadly focused on changing attitudes towards twentieth and twenty-first century art. The Cronin Lecture series is made possible by a generous grant to deCordova from the Grover J. Cronin