Hamptons 2014 Fall Preview: Parrish Art Museum

Roy Lichtenstein's "Brushstrokes" sculptures outside the Parrish Art Museum in Water Mill.
Roy Lichtenstein's "Brushstrokes" sculptures outside the Parrish Art Museum in Water Mill. Photo credit: Jeff Healy

The Parrish Art Museum in Water Mill has been an East End institution for more than 115 years. The Parrish’s  permanent collection boasts internationally recognized artists like Chuck Close, Larry Rivers, Fairfield Porter, William Merritt Chase, Ross Bleckner and Roy Lichenstein. In addition, there are a number of rotating exhibitions.

On Friday, September 26, the Parrish Art Museum screens Enter Here, a film by Amei Wallach about the work and lives of Ilya and Emilia Kabalov, the celebrated artists from Russia who now live on the North Fork. Enter Here was edited by Ken Kobland and co-produced by Kipjaz Savoie. The film begins at 6 p.m., and is free for museum members, children and students.

The next day, at 11 a.m., “Watershed”—a series of short talks on water issues on the East End given by artists, writers, scientists and environmental advocates—takes place in the Lichtenstein Theater. This is presented in conjunction with “Platform: Maya Lin,” an installation by ecological artist Maya Lin.

On Sunday, September 28, at 10 a.m., there will be a marshland and woodland guided walking tour of Accabonac Harbor. This tour requires reservations in advance. The tour begins at the Merrill Lake Sanctuary entrance on the east side of Springs Fireplace Road. Organizers recommend bringing long pants, binoculars and closed shoes.

Judith Dolkart, director of the Addison Gallery of American Art at Phillip Academy Andover, will be delivering a lecture on the relationship between artist William Glackens and philanthropist Albert C. Barnes on Saturday, October 4, at 11 a.m. The exhibition “William Glackens” is on view through October 13. This survey of Glackens’ career includes some 75 works loaned by private collections and leading museums across the U.S. The exhibition traces the artist’s career from the mid-1890s to the 1930s, his achievements as a member of the radical American painters group known as The Eight, and his thorough embrace of Modernism, including his role as advisor to Dr. Albert Barnes in amassing Barnes’ stellar art collection. Glackens’s paintings of Long Island’s Bellport Harbor are also featured. “William Glackens” is curated by writer and art historian Avis Berman. A fully illustrated exhibition catalogue, edited by Berman and published by Skira Rizzoli, provides additional context for this major exhibition.

“The Artist’s View: Steven and William Ladd” will take place on Sunday, October 26 at 11 a.m. This event will comprise a gallery tour of Steven and William Ladd’s exhibition, “Mary Queen of the Universe,” hosted by the brothers themselves. Space is limited, so reservations are encouraged.

On Sunday, November 2, at 11 a.m., the museum will host “The Curator’s View: Jill Brienza on Alan Shields,” which is an insider’s tour of the exhibit “Alan Shields: In Motion,” hosted by guest curator Jill Brienza.

Artist Andrea Cote will be leading “Gesture Jam,” a theatrical figure-drawing class, on Friday, November 14, at 6 p.m. This event will feature dramatic poses from models, drinks available for purchase and a DJ’d track list. Bring your own sketchpad and materials and enjoy this lively class.

The last installment of PechaKucha Night Hamptons of 2014 will take place on Friday, December 12, at 6 p.m., ending PechaKucha’s annual run on a high note. As the official site for the Hamptons, the Parrish joins more than 700 cities globally in hosting PechaKucha Nights, named for the Japanese term for “chit-chat.” Each invited presenter gets 20 slides and 20 seconds per slide to talk about living creatively on the East End. This is a great opportunity to establish new relationships, learn about local resources, and hear from the many artists, writers, musicians, farmers, baymen, winemakers, chefs, designers, architects and other creative professionals of our region.

The Parrish has also recently announced a special Resident Benefits cars for locals in the Southampton and Tuckahoe school districts. The card will give residents free admission to the galleries and many of its programs, along with discounted admission to workshops and select programs. Eligible participants can sign up for the card online or in person at the museum.

The Parrish Art Museum, 279 Montauk Highway, Water Mill. 631-283-2118, parrishart.org

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