Current Exhibitions

At Five in the Afternoon, 1949, casein and graphite on paperboard, 15 x 20 inches, Estate of Helen Frankenthaler, Inc., ©VAGA, NY

Robert Motherwell: The East Hampton Years, 1944-1952

Saturday August 9 – Monday October 13

Guest Curator: Phyllis Tuchman, prominent art critic

When Robert Motherwell was in his seventies and looking back at the period when he lived in East Hampton, he recalled, “I did my best work there.” In this spirit, we will call attention to Motherwell’s early work and explore the contributions that Motherwell made to the Abstract Expressionist movement in the context of our East End artist’s community. While in East Hampton, Motherwell lived and worked in a house and studio designed by Pierre Chareau, the inimitable French architect. A show devoted to the paintings Motherwell made during those remarkable years has never been mounted. Focusing on two dozen important works from seventeen major museums and five private collections, Robert Motherwell: The East Hampton Years, 1944-1952 will surprise even those who think they know this pioneering American abstractionist’s art well.


Watch the Robert Motherwell Gallery Talk with Guest Curator Phyllis Tuchman from September 7, 2014


Read Hamptons Art Hub’s Review “At Guild Hall, Motherwell’s Process of Evolution Revealed” by Gabrielle Selz


Read “The Inquisitive Guest Visits a Motherwell Retrospective,” by Jeffrey Slonim, Architectural Digest


Watch the Robert Motherwell Panel Discussion at Guild Hall from August 9, 2014


Read Barbaralee Diamonstein-Spielvogel’s interview with Robert Motherwell conducted before an audience at the New School for Social Research, New York, in 1977



$7 Suggested Admission. Museum hours: Mon, Fri, & Sat 11am-5pm; Sun noon-5pm. 


Major Sponsor: Dedalus Foundation

Lead Foundation: Helen Frankenthaler Foundation and The Willem de Kooning Foundation

Lead Corporate: Dayton Ritz & Osborne and Chubb Insurance, Wally Findlay Galleries

Leaders: Marjorie F. Chester, Steven and Lucy Cookson, Rebecca Cooper, Susan and Steven Jacobson, Barbara and Richard Lane, Dorothy Lichtenstein, Ninah and Michael Lynne, Fern and Lenard Tessler

Co-Sponsors: Barbara L. Goldsmith Foundation, Bernard Jacobson Gallery, Marty and Michele Cohen, Roy Furman, Michael Hecht, Bruce Horten, Lillian Heidenberg Fine Art, Linda Lindenbaum, Robert Menschel and Janet Wallach, Cheryl and Michael Minikes, Joan and Lucio Noto, Pamela and Edward Pantzer, Penske Automotive Group, Rona and Richard Roob, Carol and Lawrence Saper, Lowell M. Schulman and Dianne Wallace, Sydney and Stanley Shuman, Theo Hios Fund, Thomas Twomey and Judith Hope, and Barbara and Mark Zand

Additional support from June Noble Larkin Gibson and John Gibson, Nina Gillman, Leonard Goodman, Harry Kamen, Esperanza Leon, NancyJane and Jeffrey Loewy, Susan and Morris Mark, and Jane and Barton Shallat

Media Sponsor: Avenue on the Beach


01 Arlene Slavin, Intersections-Gardens #1, 6 x 4 feet, Stainless steel frame, stainless steel wire, and PVC vinyl strips, photo by Arlene Slavin web

Arlene Slavin, Intersections-Gardens #1, 6 x 4 feet, Stainless steel frame, stainless steel wire, and PVC vinyl strips, photo by Arlene Slavin

Arlene Slavin Intersections

Friday, May 23 – Monday, October 13

New York-based artist Arlene Slavin has created more than 30 public sculptures. She received her BFA at Cooper Union and MFA at Pratt institute and has exhibited with Alexander Milliken, Brooke Alexander, and the Fischbach Galleries. She’s had 21 solo exhibitions and 80 group shows, including the Whitney Biennial in 1976. Her work is in the permanent collections of the Metropolitan Museum of Art, Harvard’s Fogg Art Museum, Chase Manhattan Bank, and Prudential Life Insurance. Guild Hall will exhibit a new series of sculptures and paintings referencing work Slavin exhibited in the mid-1970s. Like her early work, these sculptures and paintings are pencil, diagonal, grid-based with layers of lush, translucent stained colors. In many paintings, the X provides a recognizable entrance into an abstract world as the viewer’s eye scans and jumps from color to color slowly entering into the depth of the painting.


Read Arlene Slavin: Color, Light and Shadows by Mark Segal in The East Hampton Star


$7 Suggested Admission. Museum hours: Mon, Fri, & Sat 11am-5pm; Sun noon-5pm. 








All Museum programming is made possible in part though the generosity of Crozier Fine Arts, The Harold and Mimi Steinberg Charitable Trust, the Helen Hoie Fund, The Lorenzo and Mary Woodhouse Trust, Melville Straus Family Endowment Fund, and with public funds from the New York State Council on the Arts and Suffolk County.


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AAM_Emblem_FullColor_CS5 copyGuild Hall Museum has been accredited by the American Alliance of Museums (AAM) since 1973.