American Portraits at the Parrish

Elizabeth Peyton’s “Nick in Orient,” an oil-on-board portrait
Elizabeth Peyton’s “Nick in Orient,” an oil-on-board portrait of the artist Nick Mauss, is part of the “American Portraits” exhibit opening at the Parrish Art Museum on Sunday.

    “American Portraits,” the latest in a series of shows from the Parrish Art Museum’s permanent collection, will open to the public on Sunday.
    The exhibit will spotlight tradition and innovation in  about 75 portraits, dating from as early as 1833, with a William Sidney Mount painting of Mrs. Manice, an American dignitary. Mount was based in Setauket and was part of the Hudson River School.
    There are more examples from the Parrish’s stable of artists, including William Merritt Chase, Fairfield Porter, Larry Rivers, and Chuck Close. But there are others who are not household names or typically associated with the museum, such as Joe Fig, James McNeill Whistler, Tina Barney, and Mary Ellen Mark.
    Alicia Longwell, the museum’s chief curator of art and education, organized the exhibit. According to the museum, the assembled works will “show how a diverse array of artists have addressed the themes and concepts of portraiture in a variety of media, including painting, drawing, and photography.” The exhibit will also examine the idea that every portrait reveals as much about the artist as the sitter.
    The exhibit will remain on view through Nov. 27. The day before it opens, a program for which reservations will be required, will include a screening of “Inside the Museum: American Portraits,” a video tour of the museum’s storage facilities led by Ms. Longwell. In addition, she will discuss the work in the exhibit with some of the artists. A reception will follow.
    Also on Sunday, the museum will present “Esmeralda,” a performance by the Bolshoi Ballet based on Victor Hugo’s “The Hunchback of Notre Dame,” at 2 p.m. This is the full production, which is typically seen only in excerpts.
    This is an encore presentation of a performance telecast live from Moscow on Sunday. The running time is approximately 200 minutes, including two intermissions.
    Tickets are $15, or $12 for Parrish members, and can be purchased online at or at the door.