Excitement is mounting, as the Parrish Art Museum will open the doors to its new Water Mill home this Saturday, November 10. With a host of special events planned, the emphasis of the highly anticipated grand opening weekend will be on celebrating local culture, creativity and people.
Admission to the Parrish Art Museum during the celebrations will be free to the general public from Nov. 10 through Nov. 12. All are invited to come to the Parrish’s 34,400-square-foot Herzog & de Meuron-designed home—the first art museum built on the East End in more than a century. The Parrish’s inaugural special exhibition will be “Malcolm Morley: Painting, Paper, Process,” which will showcase more than 40 works by the British-born artist. Morely has had a house and studio on eastern Long Island since 1983.
Saturday’s special events include two programs of original music in the museum’s Lichtenstein Theater. Wind quintet Watercolors will perform a musical tribute to painter Charles Burchfield, composed by Sag Harbor native Nell Shaw Cohen. Two free shows will be held at 12:30 p.m. and 2:30 p.m. Acoustic-electronic band Gray will perform “A False Sense of Darkness” at 6 p.m. Admission to Gray’s event is $10 for Parrish members and $15 for nonmembers.
On Sunday, the Parrish will host its annual Fall Family Festival from 1–5 p.m. All are invited to enjoy the entertainment of Bubblemania, as well as face painting, stilt walkers, caricature portraits, balloon art, art activities and more.
The Parrish will inaugurate its new Lichtenstein Theater with the legendary Joshua Light Show on Friday, Nov. 9 at 6 p.m. Joshua White will create a live multimedia performance that takes cues from the East End’s storied light and the area’s creative legacy. The event will be presented in collaboration with artists Alyson Denny, Brock Monroe and Seth Kirby with original music performed by musician/producer Nick Hallett and composer Zach Layton. Tickets are $10 for Parrish members and $15 for nonmenbers.