Exhibition Archives - Guild Hall

Three Artists. Three Curators. One Collection.

Cynthia Daignault, Awol Erizku, and Ewan Gibbs curate selections from the contemporary art collection of Amanda & Glenn Fuhrman

Organized with The FLAG Art Foundation

Members Opening Reception: TBD

Three singular presentations of artworks selected by artists Cynthia Daignault, Awol Erizku, and Ewan Gibbs from the collection of Amanda & Glenn Fuhrman, on view June –July, 2022. Amassed over the past three decades, the Fuhrmans’ collection focuses on contemporary art and includes some of the most important and groundbreaking artists of the twentieth and twenty-first centuries, many of whom are being exhibited in the Hamptons for the first time. Daignault, Erizku, and Gibbs—each of whom are part of the Fuhrmans’ collection and have exhibited at The FLAG Art Foundation—were invited to serve as curators, creating three shows within one exhibition that reflect their own sensibilities, interests, and respective practices as a painter, sculptor and photographer, and draughtsman.  

“As longtime residents of the Hamptons, Amanda and I are thrilled to be able to work with Guild Hall on this dynamic presentation of works from our collection,” stated Glenn Fuhrman. “Cynthia, Awol, and Ewan have become close friends of ours over the years, and each brings an incredible knowledge of art history, a discerning eye, and an enthusiasm for contemporary art that we deeply respect. We are looking forward to seeing the results of their research and vision, and we’re excited to share it with the broader community of the Hamptons this summer.” 

Cynthia Daignault Selects: Gina Beavers, Cecily Brown, Nigel Cooke, Sarah Crowner, John Currin, Ellen Gallagher, Annie Lapin, Julie Mehretu, Chris Ofili, Elizabeth Peyton, Gerhard Richter, Cinga Samson, and Lisa Yuskavage

Awol Erizku Selects: Louise Bourgeois, Joseph Cornell, Roe Ethridge, Robert Gober, Andy Goldsworthy, Andreas Gursky, David Hammons, Jim Hodges, Ellsworth Kelly, Wayne Lawrence, Robert Lazzarini, Simone Leigh, Robert Mapplethorpe, Tony Matelli, Josephine Meckseper, Ron Mueck, Paul Pfeiffer, Ed Ruscha, Arlene Shechet, Cindy Sherman, Yinka Shonibare, Hiroshi Sugimoto, Jeff Wall, Fred Wilson, and Francesca Woodman

Ewan Gibbs Selects: Noriko Ambe, Vija Celmins, Ben Durham, Dan Fischer, Richard Forster, Tom Friedman, Tim Gardner, Franz Gertsch, Gauri Gill, Mark Grotjahn, Karl Haendel, David Hammons, Jim Hodges, Ellsworth Kelly, Cary Kwok, Dr. Lakra, Butt Johnson, Roy Lichtenstein, Graham Little, Christian Marclay, Brice Marden, Tom Molloy, Jonathan Owen, Raymond Pettibon, Elizabeth Peyton, Richard Phillips, Alessandro Raho, Charles Ray, Ed Ruscha, James Siena, Lorna Simpson, Ken Solomon, Robert Therrien, Wayne Thiebaud, Jim Torok, Cy Twombly, Justin Wadlington, Mark Wagner, Kehinde Wiley, and Steve Wolfe

90 Years: Selections from the Permanent Collection

A selection of paintings, sculptures, photographs, and works on paper showcasing 90 years of collecting Artists of the Eastern End of Long Island.  From its earliest days, the museum collected and showcased artists who lived and worked in the area. The mission of the museum has held fast and a selection over 2,500 works will be featured including works by Jackson Pollock, Willem de Kooning and Roy Lichtenstein.

Moran and Woodhouse Galleries
Curator: Christina Strassfield

Jeff Muhs: Winner of the 2018 Annual Guild Hall Artist Members Exhibition

Winner of the 80th Annual Guild Hall Artist Members Exhibition (2018), Jeff Muhs was selected by Connie Choi, Associate Curator,  The Studio Museum of Harlem., New York. Jeff Muhs is a contemporary American artist known for both his paintings and sculptures. Engaged in exploring art history as well as using found materials, the artist’s practice includes blurred versions of paintings, expressive abstractions based on the Long Island landscape, and concrete sculptures of female torsos tightly bonded in various materials. Born in 1966 in Southampton, NY, his father was a sculptor who taught Muhs wood carving at a young age. Going on to attend the School of Visual Arts in New York during the mid-1980s, Muhs directed his focus towards painting before returning to sculpture later in his career. The artist’s works are held in the collections of the Guild Hall Museum in East Hampton, NY, the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, and the Hunter Museum of American Art in Chattanooga, TN, among others. Muhs continues to work from his studio in Southampton, NY. 

Spiga Gallery

Robert Longo and Shirin Neshat in conversation

Following current New York State guidelines, Guild Hall will no longer require six feet of social distancing in the John Drew Backyard Theater (with the exception of our KidFEST shows). Guests ages 5 and up attending any show besides a KidFEST performance must show proof of full vaccination or recent negative COVID-19 test results. Scroll down for full details.

Artists Robert Longo and Shirin Neshat will discuss process of visual artists making and directing films – how the approach is different, and what the advantages are of being an artist involved in creating cinema. Longo will also discuss his directorial debut with the film Johnny Mnemonic which celebrated its 25th Anniversary last year, and was transferred from color to black and white – the artist’s original intention.


IMPORTANT ANNOUNCEMENT REGARDING PROGRAMS IN THE JOHN DREW BACKYARD THEATER

Following current New York State guidelines, Guild Hall will no longer require six feet of social distancing in the John Drew Backyard Theater (with the exception of our KidFEST shows). Guests ages 5 and up attending any show besides a KidFEST performance must show proof of full vaccination or recent negative COVID-19 test results. Masks are required for all shows for all patrons over the age of 2.

In order to attend non-KidFEST programs in the John Drew Backyard Theater, guests will be responsible for displaying proof of one of the following on arrival:

  • Full vaccination, meaning both doses of either the Pfizer or Moderna vaccine or one dose of the Johnson & Johnson vaccine received at least 14 days prior to the day of the program
  • A negative test result from a COVID-19 test taken within 72 hours of the day of the program
  • A negative test result from a COVID-19 Antigen test taken within six (6) hours of the program’s scheduled start time
  • Current New York State Excelsior Pass with proof of vaccine or negative testing/Antigen results. Click HERE to download the free app for seamless entry

Note: Social distancing will continue to be required indoors, for outdoor KidFEST performances, and on the rest of the grounds. Guests will not need to show proof of vaccination or negative test results in these spaces. Please stay home if you don’t feel well, have exhibited symptoms of COVID-19 in the past 10 days, have tested positive for COVID-19 within the past 10 days, or been in contact with someone with COVID-19 in the past 10 days.

Robert Longo: A History of the Present

Robert Longo’s exhibition, A History of the Present, is a celebration of and a critical investigation into the span of American history bookended by Abstract Expressionism and the current moment in which we live. In two adjacent galleries Longo juxtaposes America’s past with its present through 17 monumental, highly labor-intensive charcoal drawings that act as mirrors into history.

The exhibition begins with Longo’s Gang of Cosmos series–exquisitely rendered, highly sensitized black and white translations in charcoal–based on prominent paintings from the American Abstract Expressionist movement. Many of the artists who made the works upon which these interpretations are made lived and worked in the East End of Long Island, making the ubiquity of the local landscape’s presence in the abstractions at once mesmerizing and inevitable.

Considered the most advanced American art at the time, Abstract Expressionism was championed for being monumental in scale, romantic in mood, expressive of freedom and uniquely American in spirit. These works embody America’s willful rise out of the ashes after the world tried to destroy itself during the Second World War. Longo’s personal fascination with this era is no coincidence: he was born around the beginning of it and bore witness to the assassination of President John F. Kennedy, an event which took place as the Abstract Expressionist influence was beginning to wane.

Pictures in the second gallery comprise The Agency of Faith, echoing our current state of affairs, and posing questions about our national and environmental narratives. A massive wave drawing anchors the visual energy of the gallery and serves as a reminder of nature’s enigmatic, unrelenting power. Longo’s connection to the ocean and surfing the East End goes back decades and inspired his creating the classic wave drawing–the largest wave Longo has made to date and specifically for this exhibition. A quiet wing of a fallen bird evinces nature’s vulnerability. Yet once the viewer encounters a drawing depicting a field of cotton alongside a drawing of a closely cropped Native American headdress, the seeming innocuousness of the natural imagery begins to unravel to expose a more provocative narrative. Longo presents us with captivating images both of our American crimes and answered calls to action, unleashing an urgency to acknowledge our shared burdens and therefore shared responsibilities. Longo’s signature, velvety charcoal chiaroscuro activates the power of beauty, seducing the viewer into a state of, if not unadulterated optimism, renewed faith in our agency to create possibilities for our future.

 

TIMED TICKETS AND VISITOR INFORMATION

To ensure the health and safety of its visitors in response to the COVID-19 pandemic, Guild Hall has instituted the following measures:

  • Reservations to visit the Museum are recommended. You can reserve timed tickets online or by calling 631-324-0806 Thursday-Monday, 12-5 p.m. Drop-ins are also welcome!
  • Visitors are asked to be on time for their appointment. Visits are for a maximum of one hour and no more than 50 people will be allowed in the museum galleries at a time.
  • Visitors should enter through the left most front door of the building and check in with the Receptionist at the box office. A one-way footpath proceeds throughout the museum.
  • Masks are required in the building for all patrons over the age of 2.
  • Social distancing of at least 6 feet is encouraged in the museum galleries and lobby.

Alexis Rockman: Shipwrecks

Guild Hall is proud to present Alexis Rockman: Shipwrecks. This exhibition of new paintings and works on paper by American artist Alexis Rockman looks at the world’s waterways as a network by which all of history has traveled. The transport of language, culture, art, architecture, cuisine, religion, disease, and warfare can be traced along the routes of seafaring vessels dating back to and in some cases predating the earliest recorded civilizations. Through depictions of historic and imagined shipwrecks and their lost cargoes, Alexis Rockman addresses the impact—both factual and extrapolated—that the migration of material culture, people, plants, and animals has on the planet. The artist’s virtuosity with paint and his appreciation for the marine landscape genre connect this body of work to maritime art history and its abundant sociological themes. This timely exhibition is propelled by impending climate disaster and the current largest human migration in history, which is taking place in part by water.

An excellent platform for the discussion of the 2020 global pandemic, Alexis Rockman: Shipwrecks examines the long history leading up to globalization, including the exploitation of humans, animals, and natural resources, and the ways in which all parts of the planet are now inextricably connected.

Inclusive of non-Western depictions of waterborne vessels and journeys, Alexis Rockman: Shipwrecks departs from traditional euro-centric maritime images associated with the Age of Exploration and embraces other periods and global regions that contributed to the history of seafaring.

Curator
Andrea Grover, Executive Director of Guild Hall

March 6 to May 31, 2021: Peabody Essex Museum, Salem, MA
June 12 to July 26, 2021: Guild Hall, East Hampton, NY

Enoc Perez: Paradise

Moran & Spiga Gallery 
Curator: Christina Strassfield 

Enoc Perez is a  contemporary  Puerto Rican born multimedia  artist best known for his paintings and oil stick drawings. Perez’s Guild Hall exhibition, Paradise, will explore the theme of natural disasters. Through large-scale paintings, Perez refers to the devastation that Puerto Rico experienced during the 2017 Hurricane Maria. Instead of focusing on the physical destruction, the artist paints bent, but not broken, palm trees to represent the hope that Puerto Rico will move forward and recover.

The exhibition will include paintings, sculpture and drawings that have been created specifically for Guild Hall’s installation. Paradise will be exhibited in the Moran and Spiga galleries and will be made up primarily of works that have never shown.

TIMED TICKETS AND VISITOR INFORMATION

To ensure the health and safety of its visitors in response to the COVID-19 pandemic, Guild Hall has instituted the following measures:

  • Reservations to visit the Museum are recommended. You can reserve timed tickets online or by calling 631-324-0806 Friday-Sunday, 12-5 p.m. Drop-ins are also welcome!
  • Visitors are asked to be on time for their appointment. Visits are for a maximum of one hour and no more than 50 people will be allowed in the museum galleries at a time.
  • Visitors should enter through the left most front door of the building and check in with the Receptionist at the box office. A one-way footpath proceeds throughout the museum.
  • Masks are required in the building for all patrons over the age of 2.
  • Social distancing of at least 6 feet is encouraged in the museum galleries and lobby.