WATER MILL, NY.- The Parrish Art Museum
announced a phased re-opening of the Museum to the public for the first time since mid-March, with three gallery exhibitions, exterior video projects, the inauguration of outdoor art exhibitions, public programs (which resumed July 17), and a reimagined Midsummer Party.
The exhibitions, drawn primarily from the Museums permanent collection, have been installed in three galleries. Last Meal (Series), 20012003, features 24 images by Jackie Black who researched, staged, and photographed last meals requested by death row inmates in a poignant commentary on capital punishment. Lucien Smith: Southampton Suite, 2013, marks the first museum exhibition for the Montauk and New York-based artist with 11 large-scale works that conclude his well-known rain paintings series. HOUSEBOUND: Fairfield Porter and his Circle of Poets and Painters presents poetry and paintings by Porter and friendsincluding Jane Freilicher, Larry Rivers, Frank OHara, and James Schulyerwho visited the artist and his wife, the poet Anne Channing Porter, in Southampton during the 1950s, 60s and 70s. The exhibitions are on view through January, 2021.
The Museum galleries are open Friday through Monday in 90-minute increments beginning at 11am for visitors who purchase tickets online, in advance. Visitors are encouraged to visit parrishart.org for the most current information, as opening dates and times are subject to change.
In August, the Parrish is launching Art in the Meadowa new outdoor activation of the Museums grounds featuring a phased installation of sculpture sited in the North and South meadows. Some of the works featured in what will be an ongoing program are Jim Dine, The Wheatfield (Agincourt), 19892019; Joel Perlman East Gate, 1989; and four large-scale bronze sculptures by Jaume Plensa: Carlota, Julia, Laura Asia, and Wilsis, 2019. The installation will be on view for the next 12 months, through June, 2021. The Museum grounds are open to the public every day, from 11 am 5 pm.
In lieu of the Parrishs annual Midsummer Party, cancelled this summer due to the pandemic, the Museum is marking the moment with Save the Plate: limited edition artist-designed plate provided to supporters in recognition of their contributions to the annual fundraiser. For this first year of the ongoing initiative, the Museum selected celebrated painter and Parrish collection artist Mary Heilmann, who adapted her 2020 painting Waimea. The plates are available to contributors at the $500 level and above through the Parrish website.