Eric Fischl Talks Dolls in Art at Parrish Art Museum

Eric Fischl and April Gornik
Eric Fischl and April Gornik, Photo: Barry Gordin

On Saturday, December 13 at 11 a.m., the Parrish Art Museum will present artist Eric Fischl, collector Glenn Fuhrman, former Guggenheim Museum Director and Sotheby’s North and South America Chairman Lisa Dennison, and child psychoanalyst Robert Stein in a panel  discussion exploring a recurring theme in art history—the use of inanimate objects like dolls and mannequins as surrogates for personal identity and as a means to explore profound issues of youth and beauty, violence, sexual and gender identity and loneliness.

These and related topics will form the basis of the discussion at the event, Dolls and Mannequins at Play in Contemporary Art, at the museum.

“The topic of using surrogates in art has been an engaging one for artists throughout history,” Parrish Art Museum Director Terrie Sultan says. “Bringing together this eclectic and highly informed group of people to talk about the many issues involved will make for a simulating event.”

Dolls and Mannequins at Play in Contemporary Art coincides with the exhibition Disturbing Innocence, curated by Fischl and currently on view in New York at The FLAG Art Foundation, founded by Fuhrman. Fischl and Fuhrman will bring their unique artist/curator perspectives to the discussion, in contrast to psychoanalytic interpretations from Stein (who has written on child and family therapy, art and creativity), and the world view of Dennison, who organized more than 35 exhibitions of modern and contemporary art for international art institutions during her tenure as Director of the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum.

Dolls and Mannequins at Play in Contemporary Art will give attendees the opportunity to engage with this diverse cast of presenters following their discussion of a complex theme that has inspired artists for decades. The program will provide insight into how artists think, what they make, and why they make it from both first-hand accounts and enlightened commentary.

Tickets to this event are $10 and free for members. The Parrish Art Museum is located at 279 Montauk Highway in Water Mill. Call 631-283-2118 or visit

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