Current Exhibitions



Mary Ellen Bartley, Untitled 56, 2014, Photograph, 12 x 18″

Mary Ellen Bartley: Leaning Above the Page

Saturday, October 25, 2014 – Sunday, January 4, 2015

Features 19 photographic meditations selected from five different ongoing series: Standing Open, Paperbacks, Sea Change, Blue Books, and Push 2 Stops. This solo exhibition is the result of Ms. Bartley receiving Top Honors in the 2012 Artists Members Exhibition from Lilly Wei, independent Curator, Essayist and Critic for Art in America, who was the juror for Guild Hall’s 74thArtist Members Exhibition that included entries from more than 450 artists. Previously, Ms. Bartley had the unprecedented distinction of receiving the Artist Member Show’s Best Photograph award for four years in a row. Three of those pieces will be in this solo show.


Read a profile of Mary Ellen Bartley: “A Thousand Words Are Worth a Picture” by Jennifer Landes, The East Hampton Star


This exhibition is sponsored in part by The Drawing Room, East Hampton.


Joel Shapiro, For Studio, 2014, Woodcut, 20 x 17 inches, Edition of 34, Gift of Mr. William L. Bernhard and Ms. Catherine Cahill, Photo by Gary Mamay

Joel Shapiro, For Studio, 2014, Woodcut, 20 x 17 inches, Edition of 34, Gift of Mr. William L. Bernhard and Ms. Catherine Cahill, Photo by Gary Mamay

New Additions to the Guild Hall Museum Permanent Collection 2010-2014

Saturday, October 25, 2014 – Sunday, January 4, 2015

Works by Jennifer Bartlett, Victor Caglioti, Jack Ceglic, Chuck Close, Carolyn Conrad, Robert Dash, Rafael Ferrer, Eric Fischl, Cornelia Foss, Ellen Frank, Margaret Garrett, Ralph Gibson, April Gornik, Bernard Gotfryd, Balcomb Greene, Robert Harms, Mary Heilmann, Priscilla Heine, Claus Hoie, Bryan Hunt, William King, Gloria Kisch, Barbara Kruger, Christa Maiwald, Jane Martin, Mercedes Matter, Thomas Moran, Jeff Muhs, Ruth Nasca, Costantino Nivola, Alfonso Ossorio, Betty Parsons, Joel Perlman, Joe Pintauro, Daniel Pollera, Larry Rivers, Clifford Ross, David Salle, Carol Saxe, Joel Shapiro, Drew Shiflett, Arlene Slavin, Racelle Strick, Susan Vecsey, Esteban Vicente, Frank Wimberley, and Larry Zox.


“A museum isn’t necessarily a repository for the past…at its most dynamic, a museum is also an expression of the future. That’s certainly true at Guild Hall in East Hampton where 68 vibrant newly acquired works of art are currently on view…” Continue reading from Annette Hinkle’s piece in The Sag Harbor Express on December 4, 2014


“’New Additions to the Guild Hall Permanent Collection’” reflects the abundance and diversity of artistic practice on the East End of Long Island and provides a thought-provoking exhibition that beckons revisiting…” Continue reading from Stephanie De Troy’s piece in Dan’s Papers on November 20, 2014


AprilGornikSCAs part of the exhibition, The Artist Profile Archive is presenting videos of its interviews with several of the artists whose work is in the exhibition. An interview with April Gornik is currently on view exclusively at Guild Hall. In the video, April discusses her artistic process, sources of inspiration, and what she is trying to capture in her painting Light After the Storm, which is on view in the exhibition. In addition to April Gornik’s profile, those of Chuck Close and Eric Fischl are also on view.


In 1931, when Mrs. Lorenzo E. Woodhouse dedicated Guild Hall as a cultural center for the community, The New York Times noted that Howard Russell Butler’s portrait of Thomas Moran on exhibit was not a loan but an acquisition. “It marks the beginning of a permanent collection which is proposed to build up in Guild Hall,” the newspaper explained.


From the beginning more than 83 years ago, the holdings have grown significantly in size and scope. In the early 1960’s, the collection began to focus on the artists who have lived and worked in the region, including some of the country’s most celebrated painters, sculptors, photographers and graphic artists. In 1973, the museum received the distinction of being accredited by the American Alliance of Museums, and it was reaccredited in 2010. Today, the holdings of 19th, 20th and 21st century art number some 2,200 objects, and the museum continues to acquire works by donation and acquisition. This exhibition will focus on the works that have entered the collection from 2010-2014.


With its close proximity to New York City, the East End became a popular tourist destination with the onset of the Long Island Railroad in the late 19th century. The L.I.R.R. was very active in marketing the charms of the region by distributing thousands of brochures and leaflets. In the 1870s, Hudson River School painters portrayed the white sand beaches of eastern Long Island. Winslow Homer came to visit in 1872, and,  in 1878, a group of New York artists known as the Tile Club traveled to the East End and visited several of its small villages, including East Hampton. Thomas Moran and his family settled permanently in 1884. His home and studio became the center of life for artists who visited the village. In the teens, twenties and thirties, many artists, including Guy Pene du Bois and George Bellows, visited the area. Later after WWII, the Surrealists, aided by artist and philanthropist Gerald Murphy, were welcomed guests. They were followed by the Abstract Expressionist artists Jackson Pollock, Lee Krasner and Willem de Kooning; Pop artists Roy Lichtenstein, James Rosenquist and Andy Warhol; Photorealists Audrey Flack and Chuck Close; 80’s and 90’s Neo-expressionist artists Eric Fischl, David Salle; as well as many contemporary artists, such as Ross Bleckner, Cindy Sherman and Richard Prince. These artist-residents continue to make the East End the country’s foremost art colony.


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


Lead Sponsors: Carol and Raymond Merritt, Joyce and George Moss, Katharine and William P. Rayner

Co-Sponsors: Richard I. Adrian, Ambassador and Mrs. Donald Blinken



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


On view through April 15, 2015

Arlene Slavin Intersections

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. On view in the sculpture garden are Slavin’s new interwoven translucent colored garden sculptures, sited to produce shadow images that continually change as the sun moves.


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


Roy and Frieda Furman Sculpture Garden. $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.