Dinner With Jackson Pollock: Recipes, Art & Nature - Talk, Tasting, and Book Signing

Lee Krasner (L) and Jackson Pollock (R) in the kitchen.  © Courtesy Pollock–Krasner House and Study Center, East Hampton, New York. 

This talk, book signing, and sampling with author Robyn Lea highlights her new book featuring more than 50 recipes collected from handwritten pages scrawled by Jackson Pollock, Lee Krasner, and their many friends, interspersed with Jackson’s masterworks, still lifes of the Pollock-Krasner home, and beautiful photographs of each delectable recipe. Small tastings of select items will be prepared by Chef Jackie McKay, a contributor to the cookbook, and will be distributed during the talk.

Books are $50 ($42.50 for Members), and can be pre-reserved online to be paid on the day of the program at the Museum Shop. Books can also be purchased on the day of the program but quantities are limited. Additionally, the first 30 guests to purchase the book will receive a complimentary 3-Cup CHEMEX Coffeemaker on the day of the program.

Jackson Pollock the artist needs no introduction—but lesser known is Jackson Pollock the gardener, baker, and dinner-party host. Food preparation for Jackson and his wife, artist Lee Krasner, was not a tiresome daily chore but an extension of their creative outlook that blossomed into a shared passion. Planting, gathering, fishing, and clamming for fresh seasonal ingredients connected Jackson to nature, which fed his inner creative terrain and in turn inspired many of his greatest works.

Featuring recipes collected from handwritten pages scrawled by Lee, Jackson, his mother, Stella, traded among their many friends in the town of Springs on Long Island, and gleaned from well-worn newspaper clippings tucked into their cookbooks and recipe files, Dinner with Jackson Pollock is a seamless blend of the fresh local ingredients Jackson and Lee grew and cooked, and the nature that influenced their art. Robyn Lea weaves together tales from interviews with Jackson and Lee’s family and local friends, and her photographs perfectly complement these culinary records, including still lives inside the Pollock-Krasner home, Pollock’s studio, and beautiful portraits of each delectable recipe.

From starters and entrees to side dishes, breads, and desserts, more than 50 tried-and-true favorites include Stella’s Potato Pancakes, Perle Fine’s Bouillabaisse, Jackson’s Classic Rye Bread, Jackson’s Famous Spaghetti Sauce, Jackson’s Prize-Winning Apple Pie, Elaine de Kooning’s Fruit & Grain Salad, and Rita Benton’s Pecan Torte with Mocha Frosting.

Interspersed with Jackson’s masterworks and family photo album snapshots, this deeply researched volume also includes a preface by Jackson’s niece Francesca Pollock, and a foreword by Helen Harrison, director of the Pollock-Krasner House and Study Center. Dinner with Jackson Pollock is truly a unique and insightful portrait of Pollock and a delightful taste of Springs.

About Robyn Lea

Photographer, writer and director Robyn Lea has been working internationally for the past 20 years. Her work has been featured in The New York Times, Vogue Entertaining & Travel, Vogue Italia, Architectural Digest, WSJ International, The Financial Times, Velvet, Time Magazine, Vogue Living, Harper’s Bazaar, Gourmet Traveler and Elle Decoration UK among others.

Celebrity subjects that have sat for Robyn include Willem Dafoe, Sasha Pivovarova, Isabel Lucas, Sarah Murdoch, Claudia Schiffer and Amy Arbus as well as celebrated NY-based artist, Ross Bleckner. Robyn has also exhibited internationally and has over 10 solo shows, and countless group shows. 

Recent projects include a branded film for Peroni Nastro Azzurro featuring British fashion designer, Antonio Berardi for Vogue Italia, and a self published art book chronicling her years of living and shooting in Milan. Titled Milan: Discovering Food, Fashion and Family in a Private City, the book profiles some of the city’s most iconic and fiercely private cultural figures, brands and locations including Barnaba Fornasetti, Carla Sozzani, Antonio Marras, Luisa Beccaria, Fondazione Gianfranco Ferré, Bulgari, Costume National, Villa Necchi Campiglio, Studio Achille Castiglioni and Cimiterio Monumentale among others.

Special thanks to CHEMEX for their support of this program.

Dinner With Jackson Pollock: Recipes, Art & Nature 

Talk, Tasting, and Book Signing with Author and Photographer Robyn Lea
Saturday, July 4, 2015 - 11:00am
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$10 | Free for Members
Free Admission with Book Purchase
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