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The Art Scene: 09.05.19

Tue, 09/03/2019 - 14:23

Robert Giard Photographs

In 1985, Robert Giard, a photographer who lived in Amagansett until his death in 2002, attended a performance of Larry Kramer’s play “The Normal Heart.” That experience let him to devote his energy to photographing LGBTQ+ writers and performance artists, which resulted in “Particular Voices,” published by the MIT Press in 1997, and an exhibition at the New York Public Library.

From tomorrow through Sept. 30, the East Hampton Library will present a selection of vintage prints from that series, created between 1985 and 2002. The show has been organized to reflect Giard’s commitment to the underrepresented population of the time.

“Picturing Activism,” a panel discussion, will be held in conjunction with the exhibition on Sunday afternoon at 5. Lola Flash, a photographer; Carlos Sandoval, a filmmaker, Kathryn Szoka, a photographer and co-owner of Canio’s Books in Sag Harbor, and Rabbi Jan Uhrbach of the Conservative Synagogue of the Hamptons will participate.

Van Gogh on Film

The annual fall film series at the Pollock-Krasner House and Study Center in Springs will focus on the life and art of Vincent Van Gogh. Organized by Marion Wolberg Weiss, a film historian and art critic, the programs represent the artist in a variety of cinematic styles.

The series will kick off tomorrow at 7 with “Loving Vincent,” a film by Dorota Kobiela and Hugh Welchman that is composed of 65,000 frames hand-painted in Van Gogh’s style by more than 100 artists. The story traces Van Gogh’s life and the circumstances of his death. “Loving Vincent” will be paired with “Van Gogh’s Bedroom,” a three-minute video made in 1977 by the Springs artist Christa Maiwald.

The series will continue with Paul Cox’s “Vincent: The Life and Death of Vincent Van Gogh”; “Van Gogh,” a 1991 French film by Maurice Pialat, and Julian Schnabel’s “At Eternity’s Gate.”

Nexus of Science and Art

PubSci at the Parrish, a spinoff of Brookhaven National Laboratory’s science cafe and conversation series, will return to the Parrish Art Museum in Water Mill tomorrow at 7 p.m. with a conversation about the intersections of science and art that shape our world.

“Sculpture, Sound, and Simulation: Transforming Scientific Data Into Interactive Art” is the subject to be tackled by Melissa Clarke, an interdisciplinary artist; Paul D. Miller, a.k.a. DJ Spooky, a composer, artist and writer; Margaret Schedel, a professor of computer music at Stony Brook University, and Kevin Yager, a physicist at Brookhaven’s Center for Functional Nanomaterials.

The program will take place in the museum’s theater, where guests can purchase food and beverages. Tickets are $12, $9 for senior citizens, free for members and students.

DJ Spooky will move to the turntables for a dance party on the museum’s terrace from 9 to 11. Tickets to the party are $20, $10 for members, students, and PubSci attendees.

Artist Volunteers

An exhibition by artists who moonlight as volunteers at Guild Hall is on view at the Amagansett Library from today through Sept. 28. The show includes watercolors, paintings, collage, photographs, pottery, sculpture, and twisted branches. A reception will be held on Saturday from 5 to 7 p.m.

Solow in the City

“Robots/Femmebots,” a show of sculpture by Mia Fonssagrives Solow, who has a studio in East Hampton, will open at Findlay Galleries in Manhattan with a reception next Thursday from 6 to 8 p.m. and remain on view through Oct. 12.

Cast in polished bronze and aluminum, Ms. Solow’s works transform notable figures from her life into android creatures that suggest original African sculptures, while at the same time exploring the nature of artificial intelligence and standing as totems of a new age. 

Sciulli in Halifax

Christine Sciulli’s “Breath of the Sea” is on view at the Dalhousie Art Gallery in Halifax, Nova Scotia, through Nov. 24 as part of the three-artist exhibition “Atmospheric Events.” The piece, a site-specific 10-video installation commissioned by the gallery, projects arcs and circles of white light across tumbles of fabric installed throughout the high-ceilinged exhibition space. The rhythms of the piece reflect the pull and pulse of the ocean.

On View at Ille

“Only Love and Time,” a solo exhibition of paintings by Sebastian Blanck, will open at the Ille Arts gallery in Amagansett on Saturday with a reception from 5 to 7 p.m. Because Mr. Blank spends weekends and summers with his family on a lake in upstate New York, water and the landscape figure prominently in his work.

Many of his paintings are portraits of his family and fellow artists and musicians. His early influences include Bonnard and Vuillard, but his flat images and broad color planes reflect his experience working in Alex Katz’s studio. Taken together, his paintings represent a visual chronicle of his domestic life. The show will run through Sept. 30.

Three at Kramoris

Art by Suzzanne Fokine, Roger Sichel, and Peter Lipman-Wulf can be seen at the Romany Kramoris Gallery in Sag Harbor from today through Oct. 10. A reception will be held on Saturday from 5 to 6:30 p.m.

Ms. Fokine’s paintings, many of them done en plein air, are expressionist renderings of the East End’s waterways. Mr. Sichel’s recent work includes neo-Pop mixed media inspired by his life and by current events. Lipman-Wulf, who died in 1993, turned from sculpture to painting as a refugee during World War II. He will be represented by a selection of luminescent landscapes.

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