From museum shows to lecture series and gallery openings, there’s a bevy of art to be enjoyed out east
In addition to barbecues at friends’ oceanfront homes, beachy rum cocktails at Sunset Beach, and ceviche at Coche Comedor, art is integral to the fabric of the Hamptons experience. With an array of art and design events woven throughout July and August, there is much to be celebrated and even more to be seen. From museum shows to lecture series and gallery openings, fun and educational events for people of all ages abound. For the philanthropic set, star-studded galas at spaces such as the Parrish Art Museum and the Watermill Center raise funds to support shows by emerging and established contemporary artists like Jean-Luc Mylayne and Lawrence Weiner, whose work will be making a splash out east this summer.
The Parrish Art Museum
One of the most prominent art museums in the Hamptons, the Parrish kicks off its summer festivities with its annual Midsummer Party on July 13, bringing together artists, art enthusiasts, and philanthropists to support the museum. Currently on view through July 28 are Thomas Joshua Cooper’s 49 photographs exploring the meaning of taking refuge, Jean-Luc Mylayne’s large-scale photographs juxtaposing nature and manmade elements, and Renate Aller’s dreamy prints that engage with romanticism, memory, and place.
The LongHouse Reserve Sculpture Garden
On 16-acres in East Hampton, the LongHouse Reserve is home to a stunning collection of more than 60 sculptures, including works by Buckminster Fuller, Yoko Ono, and Willem de Kooning, among other artistic luminaries. Currently on view at this unique outdoor museum and garden is Stephen Talasnik’s ephemeral site-specific waterborne installation, “Echo,” and an interactive installation by Lawrence Weiner, “Out of Sight.”