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Herzog & de Meuron Studio Director USA Philip Schmerbeck, and Senior Partner Ascan Mergenthaler © Herzog & de Meuron. Artist Hank Willis Thomas. Photo Andrea Blanch.


Talk | Herzog & de Meuron architects Ascan Mergenthaler and Philip Schmerbeck in conversation with artist Hank Willis Thomas

Moderated by Director Dr. Mónica Ramírez-Montagut

September 3, 3 pm - 4 pm

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Join us in celebrating our 10th anniversary in Water Mill in a conversation with Ascan Mergenthaler and Philip Schmerbeck—the architects from the internationally acclaimed firm Herzog & de Meuron who designed the new buildingand Hank Willis Thomas, presenting artist and co-curator of Another Justice: US is Them–Hank Willis Thomas | For Freedoms. Moderated by Museum Executive Director Mónica Ramírez-Montagut, who holds a Ph.D. in architecture, the discussion will explore the relationship between the Museum’s design from the architects’ perspective, as well as from the viewpoint of an artist curating and exhibiting work in the space.

The innovative design by Herzog & de MeuronSenior Partner Mergenthaler and Studio Director Schmerbeck integrates architecture and landscape in a plan that both respects and reflects the singular natural beauty and rich artistic legacy of Long Island’s East End. Sited on 14 acres, the purpose-built structure suggests the vernacular architecture of sheds and potato barns that for generations doubled as artist workspaces. Inspired by the light, water, and sky that create the unique atmosphere of the region, the building features sky-lit galleries that mimic the light and proportions of typical artist’s studio.

In the exhibition Another Justice: US is Them, on view through November 6, Thomas along with other featured artists adopt dynamic and responsive approaches to activate the full volume of the architectural space. Thomas’s wall-sized works made from deconstructed flags envelop the gallery space in fabric. In the Spine, Christine Sun Kim creates an immersive pathway between the galleries with bold, vibrant notations from the American Sign Language. Outdoors on the building exterior and grounds, Thomas activates the museum’s southern-facing façade with a 55foot neon sign clearly visible from the highway. Muna Malik’s 20foot longmirrored acrylic boat sited in the Museum’s Meadowentices visitors to venture into and explore the landscape.

About Ascan Mergenthaler

Herzog & de Meuron Senior Partner Ascan Mergenthaler is in charge of projects in Europe, Asia, and the Americas and has led the realization of the de Young Museum in San Francisco; the Parrish Art Museum on Long Island, New York; the Tate Modern Project in London; the Blavatnik School of Government in Oxford; the Elbphilharmonie in Hamburg; 56 Leonard Street in New York City; and Tai Kwun, Centre for Heritage & Arts; as well as M+, a cultural center for 20th and 21st century art, design, architecture, and the moving image in Hong Kong. He is currently working on several high-profile projects, such as the Neue NationalgalerieMuseum des 20. Jahrhunderts in Berlin; and Triangle in Paristhe first high-rise since Tour Montparnassethat will significantly contribute to the Parisian skyline. Mergenthaler first joined Herzog & de Meuron as an intern in 1993. After completing his studies at Stuttgart University and The Bartlett, University College London, he became an architect at Herzog & de Meuron in 1998 and Partner in 2004.

About Philip Schmerbeck

Philip Schmerbeck is Studio Director USA at Herzog & de Meuron. He began his collaboration with the firm in Basel in 2007 and became an Associate in 2011. After relocating to the New York office in 2008, he became project manager in charge of the Parrish Art Museum through its completion in 2012. Schmerbeck has maintained oversight of a diverse range of U.S. projects as Project Director, including the completion of 215 Chrystie (Public Hotel) and160 Leroy Street in NYC. He is currently overseeing the Powerhouse Arts project, a contemporary arts fabrication center nearing completion in Brooklyn, New York, and the Brooks Museum of Art in Memphis, Tennessee. He became Studio Director USA in 2022. Schmerbeck studied Architecture at Mississippi State University, Jackson, Mississippi, and graduated in 1999 with a Bachelor of Architecture degree.

About Hank Willis Thomas

Hank Willis Thomas (b. 1976, Plainfield, NJ; lives and works in Brooklyn, NY) is a conceptual artist working primarily with themes related to perspective, identity, commodity, media, and popular culture. His work has been exhibited throughout the United States and abroad including the International Center of Photography, New York; Guggenheim Museum Bilbao, Spain; Musée du quai Branly, Paris; Hong Kong Arts Centre, Hong Kong, and the Witte de With Center for Contemporary Art, Netherlands. Thomas holds a B.F.A. from New York University, New York, NY (1998) and an M.A./M.F.A. from the California College of the Arts, San Francisco, CA (2004). He received honorary doctorates from the Maryland Institute of Art, Baltimore, MD and the Institute for Doctoral Studies in the Visual Arts, Portland, ME in 2017.

About Herzog & De Meuron

Established in Basel, Switzerland, in 1978, Herzog & de Meuron is a partnership led by Jacques Herzog and Pierre de Meuron together with Senior Partners Christine Binswanger, Ascan Mergenthaler, Stefan Marbach, Esther Zumsteg, and Jason Frantzen. An international team of over 500 collaborators including the two Founders, five Senior Partners, ten Partners, and 48 Associates work on projects across Europe, the Americas and Asia. The main office in Basel is supported by studios in Berlin and Munichin Germany; in London, UK; in New York and San Francisco in the U.S; in Hong Kong; and by site offices in Copenhagen and Paris.

Advance ticket purchase with pre-event registration is recommended. Limited tickets will be available at the door. All sales are final, non-transferable, and non-refundable.

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Friday Nights at the Parrish are made possible, in part, by Presenting Sponsor:

Additional support provided by Weill Cornell Medicine – Southampton and The Corcoran Group

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Talk | Herzog & de Meuron architects Ascan Mergenthaler and Philip Schmerbeck in conversation with artist Hank Willis Thomas

Moderated by Director Dr. Mónica Ramírez-Montagut

September 3, 3 pm - 4 pm

REGISTER

LIVESTREAM

$12 | Free for Members

Join us in celebrating our 10th anniversary in Water Mill in a conversation with Ascan Mergenthaler and Philip Schmerbeck—the architects from the internationally acclaimed firm Herzog & de Meuron who designed the new buildingand Hank Willis Thomas, presenting artist and co-curator of Another Justice: US is Them–Hank Willis Thomas | For Freedoms. Moderated by Museum Executive Director Mónica Ramírez-Montagut, who holds a Ph.D. in architecture, the discussion will explore the relationship between the Museum’s design from the architects’ perspective, as well as from the viewpoint of an artist curating and exhibiting work in the space.

The innovative design by Herzog & de MeuronSenior Partner Mergenthaler and Studio Director Schmerbeck integrates architecture and landscape in a plan that both respects and reflects the singular natural beauty and rich artistic legacy of Long Island’s East End. Sited on 14 acres, the purpose-built structure suggests the vernacular architecture of sheds and potato barns that for generations doubled as artist workspaces. Inspired by the light, water, and sky that create the unique atmosphere of the region, the building features sky-lit galleries that mimic the light and proportions of typical artist’s studio.

In the exhibition Another Justice: US is Them, on view through November 6, Thomas along with other featured artists adopt dynamic and responsive approaches to activate the full volume of the architectural space. Thomas’s wall-sized works made from deconstructed flags envelop the gallery space in fabric. In the Spine, Christine Sun Kim creates an immersive pathway between the galleries with bold, vibrant notations from the American Sign Language. Outdoors on the building exterior and grounds, Thomas activates the museum’s southern-facing façade with a 55foot neon sign clearly visible from the highway. Muna Malik’s 20foot longmirrored acrylic boat sited in the Museum’s Meadowentices visitors to venture into and explore the landscape.

About Ascan Mergenthaler

Herzog & de Meuron Senior Partner Ascan Mergenthaler is in charge of projects in Europe, Asia, and the Americas and has led the realization of the de Young Museum in San Francisco; the Parrish Art Museum on Long Island, New York; the Tate Modern Project in London; the Blavatnik School of Government in Oxford; the Elbphilharmonie in Hamburg; 56 Leonard Street in New York City; and Tai Kwun, Centre for Heritage & Arts; as well as M+, a cultural center for 20th and 21st century art, design, architecture, and the moving image in Hong Kong. He is currently working on several high-profile projects, such as the Neue NationalgalerieMuseum des 20. Jahrhunderts in Berlin; and Triangle in Paristhe first high-rise since Tour Montparnassethat will significantly contribute to the Parisian skyline. Mergenthaler first joined Herzog & de Meuron as an intern in 1993. After completing his studies at Stuttgart University and The Bartlett, University College London, he became an architect at Herzog & de Meuron in 1998 and Partner in 2004.

About Philip Schmerbeck

Philip Schmerbeck is Studio Director USA at Herzog & de Meuron. He began his collaboration with the firm in Basel in 2007 and became an Associate in 2011. After relocating to the New York office in 2008, he became project manager in charge of the Parrish Art Museum through its completion in 2012. Schmerbeck has maintained oversight of a diverse range of U.S. projects as Project Director, including the completion of 215 Chrystie (Public Hotel) and160 Leroy Street in NYC. He is currently overseeing the Powerhouse Arts project, a contemporary arts fabrication center nearing completion in Brooklyn, New York, and the Brooks Museum of Art in Memphis, Tennessee. He became Studio Director USA in 2022. Schmerbeck studied Architecture at Mississippi State University, Jackson, Mississippi, and graduated in 1999 with a Bachelor of Architecture degree.

About Hank Willis Thomas

Hank Willis Thomas (b. 1976, Plainfield, NJ; lives and works in Brooklyn, NY) is a conceptual artist working primarily with themes related to perspective, identity, commodity, media, and popular culture. His work has been exhibited throughout the United States and abroad including the International Center of Photography, New York; Guggenheim Museum Bilbao, Spain; Musée du quai Branly, Paris; Hong Kong Arts Centre, Hong Kong, and the Witte de With Center for Contemporary Art, Netherlands. Thomas holds a B.F.A. from New York University, New York, NY (1998) and an M.A./M.F.A. from the California College of the Arts, San Francisco, CA (2004). He received honorary doctorates from the Maryland Institute of Art, Baltimore, MD and the Institute for Doctoral Studies in the Visual Arts, Portland, ME in 2017.

About Herzog & De Meuron

Established in Basel, Switzerland, in 1978, Herzog & de Meuron is a partnership led by Jacques Herzog and Pierre de Meuron together with Senior Partners Christine Binswanger, Ascan Mergenthaler, Stefan Marbach, Esther Zumsteg, and Jason Frantzen. An international team of over 500 collaborators including the two Founders, five Senior Partners, ten Partners, and 48 Associates work on projects across Europe, the Americas and Asia. The main office in Basel is supported by studios in Berlin and Munichin Germany; in London, UK; in New York and San Francisco in the U.S; in Hong Kong; and by site offices in Copenhagen and Paris.

Advance ticket purchase with pre-event registration is recommended. Limited tickets will be available at the door. All sales are final, non-transferable, and non-refundable.

More information surrounding our COVID-19 protocol →

Friday Nights at the Parrish are made possible, in part, by Presenting Sponsor:

Additional support provided by Weill Cornell Medicine – Southampton and The Corcoran Group