FAIRFIELD PORTER AND FRIENDS—IN THEIR OWN WORDS
CHIEF CURATOR ALICIA G. LONGWELL IN A LIVE STREAM ILLUSTRATED TALK:
“FAIRFIELD PORTER AND FRIENDS—IN THEIR OWN WORDS”
Longwell reveals the connections between Porter, fellow artists, and writers
The close friendships and relationships between American realist painter Fairfield Porter and fellow artists and writers who visited his Southampton home are revealed in Fairfield Porter and Friends—In Their Own Words: a live-stream illustrated talk by Alicia G. Longwell, Ph.D., The Lewis B. and Dorothy Cullman Chief Curator at the Museum on Friday, April 17 at 5pm. Images from the Parrish’s extensive collection of works by Porter and his circle will be explored using the painters’ own words and those of their poet friends, all of whom wrote widely about art. The public is invited to join the discussion—part of the Museum’s Friday Nights Live! series—and take part in a live chat following the presentation. Log in information is at parrishart.org.
Porter (American, 1907–1975) and his family moved from New York to Southampton in 1949, to a rambling 19th-c. house captain’s house on south Main Street that would soon become the center of a rarefied world. Friends from the city—a roster of emerging painters and poets, critics and filmmakers—were drawn to the little village by the sea and to the life that Porter and his wife Anne, a poet in her own right, created. Painters Robert Dash, Rackstraw Downes, Jane Freilicher, Alex Katz, Larry Rivers, and Jane Wilson, as well as poets John Ashbery, Kenneth Koch, Frank O’Hara, and James Schuyler were drawn to the house where “. . . down at the end of the street there is an ocean,” as Anne Porter once wrote in a poem. In addition to painting, Porter was an accomplished writer who produced some of the most lucid art criticism and commentary of the time, notably his reviews for the magazine Art News.