• Field of Dreams


    On August 20, 2020, the Parrish opened Field of Dreams, our inaugural sculpture exhibition created to extend the galleries outdoors and activate the Museum’s meadows with work that engages and responds to the Parrish’s architecture and landscape. The exhibition series is part of the Museum’s new Art in the Meadow initiative that enlivens the grounds with performances, projections, and works of art.

    Jaume Plensa (Spanish, born 1955) Carlota (oak), Laura Asia (oak), Wilsis (oak), Julia (oak), 2019, Bronze, various sizes. Installation view, Parrish Art Museum, Water Mill, NY. Courtesy Gray, Chicago/NY and Galerie Lelong & Co., NY Photo: Jenny Gorman

  • Lucien Smith: Southampton Suite


    For an artist as young as Lucien Smith (b. 1989), it may seem odd to hear him use the word “nostalgia” when speaking about paintings from 2013. He had recently finished his studies at the Cooper Union, and his paintings, made by filling an empty fire extinguisher with paint and spraying the canvas, became widely known soon after his 2011 graduation. What appealed to the artist was the way he was able to replicate a natural process—rain—with a manmade tool. For the first Rain Paintings series Murmur of the Heart, the artist used blue and yellow paint, but after this initial investigations he began to use a monochromatic approach, perhaps taking a cue from the traditional depiction of rain in Japanese woodblock prints.

  • Jackie Black: Last Meal


    The Parrish Art Museum presents Jackie Black: Last Meal, a series of photographs recreating the last meal requests of 23 individuals on death row in Texas between 1984 and 2001. Artist and activist Jackie Black (American, born 1958) embarked on the project in 2001 with a blank slate: “I didn’t know enough about it. The more engaged I got in the subject and learned, the more I saw how very unfair the system is. Almost all of the executed people are poor, some of them obviously had mental issues, so it’s very unfair. I’m a strong anti-death penalty person now.”

    Jackie Black (American, born 1958), Johnny Frank Garrett February 1992 , from Last Meal (Series), 2001–2003. Archival pigment on paper, 12 x 12 inches.

  • Housebound: Fairfield Porter and his Circle of Poets and Painters


    The Parrish Art Museum presents Housebound: Fairfield Porter and his Circle of Poets and Painters, an exhibition featuring the work of painter Fairfield Porter, poet Anne Channing Porter, and their circle of artist and poet friends who had many shared experiences in the village of Southampton, NY during the 1950s, 1960s and 1970s. The project is an extension of a series of online discussions presented remotely due to the pandemic, that has sparked widespread and renewed interest in Porter and this significant period of mid-twentieth century American arts and letters.

    Fairfield Porter (American, 1907–1975), Penobscot Bay with Yellow Field, 1968. Oil on canvas, 38 1/4 x 55 1/4 inches. Parrish Art Museum, Water Mill, N.Y., Gift of the Estate of Fairfield Porter, 1980.10.148

  • Maya Lin: Bay, Pond, and Harbor (Long Island Triptych)


    Bay, Pond, & Harbor depicts three landmark bodies of water on the East End of Long Island: Mecox Bay, Georgica Pond, and Accabonac Harbor. By using recycled cast silver, Lin captures the reflective, precious, and jewel-like quality of water. Through works of extraordinary beauty, the artist asks us to envision waterways as the irreplaceable circulatory system of the planet and consider how our actions can destabilize this fragile balance.

    Maya Lin (American, born 1959), Bay, Pond, & Harbor (Long Island Triptych), 2014. Recycled silver, dimensions variable. Courtesy the artist and Pace Gallery, New York

  • Saul Steinberg, Untitled

    What We See, How We See


    What We See, How We See is a seven-part exhibition that contextualizes work by a variety of artists through the lens of how they see and interpret the world around them. Individual galleries based on specific themes feature paintings, works on paper, photographs, and sculpture, opening with the diverse image making of artists Richard Prince, Dorothea Rockburne, and David Salle, among others.

    Saul Steinberg (American, born Romania, 1914–1999), Untitled, 1980. Untitled, 1980. Colored pencil, pastel, pencil, crayon and rubber stamp on paper (Strathmore) folded in half. Parrish Art Museum, Gift of the Saul Steinberg Foundation © 2019 Saul Steinberg Foundation/Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York



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