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Swept Away: Love Letter to a Surrogate(s)

Swept Away, 2022. Photo: Joe Brondo for Guild Hall

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Sat, September 24, 6:00 pm
Sat, October 15, 10:00 pm
101 Ocean Avenue
East Hampton, NY 11937


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Join us at Main Beach on four consecutive Saturday nights – September 10, 17, 24, and October 1 between 6-10PM for a series of unmissable happenings!

In collaboration with Guild Hall’s Museum Director/Chief Curator Christina Mossaides Strass­field, artist Warren Neidich will curate performances and time-based exhibitions at Main Beach on select Saturdays in East Hampton. Swept Away is meant to take place at the water’s edge between 6-10PM, and the syncopated sound of the surf will provide the background acousmatics. This poetic project in some ways harkens back to the “Happenings” staged by Allan Kaprow across the South Fork in 1966.

Artists living on the East End will be asked to participate in momentary performative gestures of immateriality, like making sandcastles, singing a song, reciting poetry, making a sculpture that interacts with the tide, using natural color dyes to make temporary paintings in the tide, skywriting, and more.

This outdoor and public exhibition reinvigorates Warren Neidich’s artist project entitled, Love Letter to a Surrogate, (2013) with a new one entitled, Swept Away, to create the title Swept Away: Love Letter to a Surrogate(s). Love Letters to a Surrogate (2013) was a work created by  Neidich between artists in Brussels who wrote LA artists descriptions of works that they wanted artists to complete for them at the Torrance Art Center in Torrance, California. Additionally, LA artists wrote to Belgian artists with a similar request which was installed at MUSAC, in Antwerp in 2013.

  • Warren Neidich

    Warren Neidich is an American post-conceptual artist, writer and theorist, who splits his time between Los Angeles, Berlin and East Hampton. Neidich has been exploring scientific and philosophical ideas in his art for the past 30 years.

    He was a professor at Kunsthochschule Weißensee School of Art, Berlin and visiting scholar at Otis College of Art and Design, Los Angeles. Neidich is the founding director of the Saas-Fee Summer Institute of Art. 

    To learn more visit https://www.warrenneidich.com/

  • Christina Mossaides Strassfield

    Christina Mossaides Strassfield is the Museum Director/Chief Curator of Guild Hall Museum in East Hampton, New York. This title was given to her in January 2009.  She had been the Curator at Guild Hall Museum from 1990-1996 and returned in 2002.  One of her standout achievements while overseeing the artistic leadership and overall management of the Museum has been the exemplary Museum Exhibition schedule which she has either curated herself or directly oversaw as program manager. During her tenure she has transformed what was once a small sleepy museum into a vital Mecca for the visual arts which has been recognized by reviews in The New York Times, Art in America, Art News, New York Magazine, The New York Sun, Newsday and many other publications. The mission statement of the museum is to showcase the artists who have an affiliation with Eastern Suffolk County. Close proximity to NYC has made the Hampton’s the summer home for most of the New York Art world. This has allowed Strassfield to forge close relationships with the artist’s, dealers and collectors who shape the New York Art World.  She has been instrumental in coordinating exhibitions which have received acclaim from art critics as well as the general public. At Guild Hall she is charge of curating the collection of over 2500 objects, works of art by artists associated with the Eastern Long Island including acquisitions and collections care. Strassfield launched the Guild Hall Collector’s Circle and has cultivated many gifts for the collection, oversees the acquisitions and loan process, and guides the Museum Committee on collections in addition to organizing the traveling exhibition of works from the collection which has traveled cross-country since 2007 and continues to be booked.  In 2009 she Co-Chaired a Symposium at Hofstra University on the artist Perle Fine. In 2010 she was appointed Professor at Dowling College where in 2011 the Museum Studies Minor was launched under her leadership.  She currently teaches as an Adjunct Professor at the State University of New York, Suffolk Community College, Eastern Campus.

    She is in charge of all aspects of administrating Guild Hall Museum and all exhibition related work. Management responsibilities for the museum include budgeting, fundraising, grant writing, major gift cultivation, marketing, publicity, research, conservation, education, exhibition design, AAM Museum accreditation as well as disaster, long range and strategic planning.  She has been published in catalogues, articles and has participated in symposiums, scholarly talks and on numerous panels.  She has appeared on News 12, NPR on WLIW, Plum TV, Cablevision, and LTV and on the radio.  She continues to be involved in the arts and has served on the art board of the LongHouse Foundation and has been on the executive board of the Long Island Museum Association and is a member of the prestigious ARTTable which recognizes leadership roles by women in the Arts.  

    Her community involvement includes being elected to two 5 years terms on the Southampton School Board where she co-chaired the Budget Committee that oversaw the school districts then 62 million dollar budget.  She also served on the Finance and Audit, Academic Advisory and Academic Enrichment Committees.  Since 2019 she has served on NYFA’s Nominating Committee.

    She has also served on her church’s Parish council and was the President of their Philanthropic Society.

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Guild Hall’s museum programs are made possible by the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of the Office of the Governor and the New York State Legislature, an anonymous donor, Crozier Fine Arts, and funding from The Michael Lynne Museum Endowment, and The Melville Straus Family Endowment.


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