Source: The Independent

Parrish Closes Doors ‘Til November

by Emily Toy

September 12, 2012

Southampton’s Jobs Lane will be without one of its oldest inhabitants this fall.

The Parrish Art Museum closed its doors to the public on September 4, as the staff began preparations for the museum’s move to its new facility: a 34,400-square-foot Herzog & de Meuron-designed building on Montauk Highway in Water Mill slated to open on November 10.

Set to cost about $25 million, the new museum will sit on 14 acres of land and will be the first art museum built on the East End of Long Island in over a century. Its exhibition space has tripled, allowing for the museum to present an installation of permanent collections, which will be allotted 7600-square-feet at the same time as temporary exhibitions, slated to receive 4600-square-feet.

In addition to the gallery space the 615-foot building will house, there will be a 2400-square-foot multipurpose room that can be configured for a range of uses, including film screenings, lectures, live performances, seminars, dinners and receptions. A cafe will be located next to the lobby and is expected to offer salads, sandwiches, desserts, as well as beer and wine. The cafe is expected to feature menu items from local vineyards and farms.

Outside, the surrounding terrace will be used for festivals, performances and workshops. A cast concrete bench and covered walkway surround the museum.

“This will be a watershed moment not only for the museum, but also for the community,” said Parrish Director Terrie Sultan, referring to the new structure. “With this new building, the Parrish will take its rightful place as a major museum and a center for cultural engagement.”

Two events will take place at the Jobs Lane location before the end of the year. The first is a Pecha Kucha gathering on September 20, a rapid-fire presentation by members of the local creative community. Parrish Presents, the museum’s Thanksgiving weekend sale is scheduled for November 23 to November 25. The offices will remain at the Jobs Lane location until early to mid October.

The grand opening of the new Parrish is scheduled for November 10. It will be free to the general public and will continue throughout the long Veterans Day weekend to November 12. A series of special previews will begin on November 3 for museum donors, government officials, trustees, the building team, artists, members and community groups.

Galleries have been closed since September 5 and will remain closed until November 9.