Parrish Art Museum Introduces FRESH PAINT: A Dynamic Platform for Contemporary Art and Teen Education

The new collaboration with The FLAG Art Foundation reinforces the Parrish’s role as a hub for contemporary art and community engagement

Water Mill, NY | May 15, 2024 — The Parrish Art Museum proudly announces the launch of FRESH PAINT, an innovative exhibition program developed in collaboration with The FLAG Art Foundation. The FRESH PAINT initiative will spotlight the latest works by both emerging and established artists, fostering a direct response to contemporary issues and cultural movements. FRESH PAINT builds upon the Parrish Art Museum’s legacy of fostering community engagement and showcasing diverse artistic voices.

Scheduled to debut on June 8, 2024, FRESH PAINT will present a rotating series of SINGLE-ARTWORK EXHIBITIONS housed in the Creativity Lounge at the Parrish Art Museum. The inaugural installation features a multi-layered piece by artist Lauren Halsey and will be on view from June 8, 2024 through August 25, 2024.

FRESH PAINT circumvents traditional exhibition planning timelines, which extend years into the future, and provides a platform for the Parrish and FLAG to be responsive to cultural events and promptly showcase freshly created artworks and ideas. This approach fosters a timelier dialogue between the Museum, visitors, and our surrounding community. FRESH PAINT will extend its impact beyond exhibition spaces through educational initiatives like ARTscope. This teen-focused program offers participants a comprehensive exploration of the visual arts, career pathways, and practical experience in museum operations. From writing blogs to curating small exhibitions, participating students gain valuable skills and insights while receiving a stipend for their contributions.

Each new artwork will be accompanied by two sets of interpretative texts: One will be a commissioned piece of writing, creating focused and thoughtful conversations between the visual arts and authors, critics, poets, scholars, and beyond; the other will be created in collaboration with members of the Parrish Teen Council ARTscope and other museum youth groups.

As a result, FRESH PAINT will be in dialogue with a multitude of views, resulting in a rich tapestry of perspectives and insights. Accompanying public and educational programs, such as talks, tours, and art-making activities for all ages, will connect these in-the-moment masterpieces directly to our audiences and community.

“Collaborating with The FLAG Art Foundation on this initiative is a significant step forward for the Parrish. We will ensure that the interpretations and discussions around the artworks are rich and multilayered, reflecting the varied perspectives that relevant artworks allow us to constantly unpack,” said Mónica Ramírez-Montagut, Executive Director, Parrish Art Museum.

Glenn Fuhrman, founder of The FLAG Art Foundation said, “FLAG and the Parrish are artist-centric institutions at their core, and I couldn’t be happier to collaboratively program FRESH PAINT, an initiative that, in real-time, highlights new work by the most significant artists working today. I’m particularly excited to engage world-class writers and local students to create a critical and expansive dialogue around these artworks.”

The FRESH PAINT series builds on a recent focus on projects at the Parrish that highlight diverse artists responding to cultural change. In 2017, Aggie Gund established the Dorothy Lichtenstein ArtsReach Fund at the Parrish, which recognizes that the Museum serves a year-round and increasingly diverse community. Spearheaded by Chief Curator Corinne Erni, ArtsReach has allowed collaborations with artists that include Hank Willis Thomas, Tomashi Jackson, Barthélémy Toguo, and the local Shinnecock Nation. FRESH PAINT represents another bold step forward for the Parrish, further connecting our community to the artists of today and the aspirations of tomorrow.

About The FLAG Art Foundation
The FLAG Art Foundation is a non-collecting, nonprofit exhibition space that mounts solo, two-person, and thematic group exhibitions centering on emerging and established artists from around the globe. Organized by a diverse community of curators and thinkers within and beyond the art world, FLAG opened to the public in 2008 and has staged over 100 exhibitions celebrating the work of nearly 1,000 artists. Committed to providing education and resources for its surrounding community, and across New York City, all exhibitions and programs—including artist talks, artist-led workshops, and guided tours for school and museum groups—are free and open to the public.

The FLAG Art Foundation was founded by Glenn Fuhrman, an art patron and philanthropist, and alongside his wife Amanda, a Co-Founder of The Fuhrman Family Foundation. Fuhrman is a Trustee of New York-Presbyterian Hospital, New York, NY, The Museum of Modern Art, New York, NY, and The Tate Americas Foundation, New York, NY, and is a Board Member of The Institute of Contemporary Art in Philadelphia, PA. He is also a Board Member of the 92nd Street Y, New York, and The Central Park Conservancy, New York, NY.

About the Parrish Art Museum
The Parrish Art Museum is a place to discover and connect with artists and art with a focus on the rich creative legacy of the East End and its global impact on the art world. Inspired by the natural setting and historical artistic community of Long Island’s East End, the Parrish Art Museum celebrates its legacy through a distinctive contemporary lens and socially conscious global context. The Parrish illuminates the creative process and how art, architecture, and design transform our experiences and our communities, and how we relate to the world. Access to relevant cultural engagement, artistic inspiration, a natural environment, and architectural ingenuity characterizes the Museum experience as a unique destination for the region, the nation, and the world.



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