November 07, 2012

Parrish Grand Opening

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The Parrish Art Museum will open the doors of its new, 34,400-square-foot Herzog & de Meuron-designed home in Water Mill on Saturday. The new museum will include 12,200 square feet of exhibition space—three times that of the museum's former home on Jobs Lane in Southampton.

Dedicated galleries will showcase masterworks of art from the permanent collection. Ranging from the nineteenth century to the present, the Parrish's holdings include more than 2600 paintings, sculptures, and works on paper by many of America's most influential artists, a selection of which will be on view year-round. "We are filled with excitement at what is certain to be a life-changing experience," commented Parrish Director Terrie Sultan.

Seven skylit galleries will be devoted to the Parrish's collection. "Selected Recent Acquisitions: Building a Collection" will showcase paintings and sculpture never before exhibited at the Parrish, including works by Louise Nevelson, Dorothea Rockburne, and Keith Sonnier. "Look and Look Again: Contemporary Observation" will include works by some of today's most celebrated artists, among them Ross Bleckner, Chuck Close, April Gornik, Mary Heilmann, and Donald Sultan.

"American Views: Artists at Home and Abroad" will feature a stellar collection of nineteenth, twentieth, and twenty-first-century works that chart the course of American landscape painting. Childe Hassam, Jane Freilicher, and Jane Wilson are among the artists included in this gallery.

Three galleries focus on individual artists; William Merritt Chase, Fairfield Porter and Esteban Vicente.

Finally, "Collective Conversations" will organize a dialogue among works of abstract expressionism, figuration, and pop that encourages close looking and nuanced readings, and will include works by Willem De Kooning, Dan Flavin, and Alfonso Ossorio, among other leading practitioners.

The museum will present as its inaugural special exhibition Malcolm Morley: Painting, Paper, Process, a career-spanning exhibition of more than 40 works by the British-born artist, who has maintained a house and studio on eastern Long Island since 1983.

The Platform series, organized by Curator of Programs Andrea Grover, is an innovative artist-driven approach to programming within the building and grounds of the new Parrish Art Museum. In Genius Loci (the prevailing spirit of a place), inaugural Platform artist Hope Sandrow will respond to the opening of the new building by creating temporary installations that integrate art and cultural objects used in rituals and ceremonies that mark a beginning or rite of passage.

The opening weekend will feature three performances in the Lichtenstein Theater. The Joshua Light Show, founded by multimedia artist Joshua White, will perform on Friday at 6 PM. Watercolors, a musical tribute to the painter Charles Burchfield by composer and Sag Harbor native Nell Shaw Cohen, will be presented on Saturday at 12:30 PM and 2:30 PM. Gray, an experimental acoustic-electronic music band founded in 1979 by artists Michael Holman and Jean-Michel Basquiat and reformed in 2010, will play on Saturday at 6 PM.

The annual Fall Family Festival will take place Sunday from 1 to 5 PM.

For more visit www.parrishart.org.

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