The Art Scene 02.21.19

Jorge Santos's painting "Wanderer" is included in the "Rich in Black History" exhibition at RJD Gallery in Bridgehampton.

At Eastville

“Genesis and Transcendence: The Paintings of Michael A. Butler” will open at the Eastville Community Historical Society in Sag Harbor with a reception tomorrow from 5 to 7 p.m. and continue through April 21.

Mr. Butler’s subject matter ranges from historical references to imaginative imagery that has been described as magical realism, a term defined by Alfred Barr for a 1943 exhibition at the Museum of Modern Art as “the work of painters who by means of an exact realistic technique try to make plausible and convincing their improbable, dreamlike, or fantastic visions.” 

The historical society is open on Wednesday afternoons and most Saturdays. A call to 631-725-4711 can determine its accessibility.

Leah Schrager at Roman

“Leah Schrager: Manifestations” will be on view at Roman Fine Art in East Hampton from tomorrow through March 17, with a reception set for Saturday from 6 to 8 p.m. The artist’s first solo show at the gallery will feature new photographic works from her “Reality Instagram Project.”

Ms. Schrager’s work, which includes paintings, digital art, and online performance, mixes a painterly aesthetic with bodily forms to explore themes of sexuality, representation, fandom, arousal, and commercialism.

“Rich in Black History”

In honor of Black History Month, the RJD Gallery in Bridgehampton will show “Rich in Black History,” work by Jules Arthur, Stefanie Jackson, Harmonia Rosales, Jorge Santos, and Phillip Thomas, from Saturday through March 16.

At the opening reception on Saturday from 6 to 8 p.m., Don Lemon, the anchor of “CNN Tonight,” will discuss African-American history with Cristina Cuomo, a writer, editor, and founder of Purist magazine. Cocktails, hors d’oeuvres, and music will round out the evening.

The gallery has announced that it is accepting submissions until March 1 for the 10th annual Hamptons juried art show to benefit the Retreat, which will be held at the gallery from April 13 through May 19. Works will be judged by Richard Demato, the gallery’s director, and his staff. Chosen works will be announced by email on March 8. The entry fee is $50 per piece, and the Retreat, a safe haven for families in crisis in the Hamptons and on the East End, will receive 100 percent of entry fees and 50 percent of sales. More information, including submission guidelines, is at

An Early Spring

“Secret Garden,” an exhibition of flower paintings, drawings, and photographs, will open at MM Fine Art in Southampton with a reception on Saturday from 6 to 8 p.m. and remain on view through March 16.
Among the artists whose work will be included are Jennifer Cross, Cara De Angelis, Cornelia Ross, Anna Jurinich, Bruce Lieberman, Justin Lyons, Mary McCormick, Louise Peabody, Dan Rizzie, David Slater, Paul Solberg, Donald Sultan, Christophe von Hohenberg, and Darius Yektai.

Call for Submissions

The White Room Gallery in Bridgehampton has issued a call for submissions for two upcoming exhibitions. Midnight tomorrow is the deadline for submissions for “Black and White,” which will open at the gallery on March 1 and continue through March 31. Selections will be announced on Saturday.

The submission deadline for “Retro” is midnight on April 11. Selections will be announced by April 12, and the show will run from April 25 through May 19. Application guidelines can be found on the gallery’s website or by calling the gallery at 631-237-1481 or Kat at 646-431-3182.

Mimi Gross at Firestone

The Eric Firestone Gallery of East Hampton is presenting “Mimi Gross: Among Friends, 1958-1963,” a show of the artist’s early paintings and works on paper, at its Manhattan outpost at 4 Great Jones Street from next Thursday through April 20. A reception is set for next Thursday from 6 to 8 p.m.

The exhibition focuses on Ms. Gross’s portraits of friends, family, and acquaintances in the communities she lived in and traveled through, including the Lower East Side, Provincetown, Mass., and Florence, Italy. 

The daughter of the sculptor Chaim Gross, she grew up surrounded by art and artists, attended Bard College, and exhibited her work for the first time in 1958 at City Gallery, an artists cooperative founded by Jay Midler and Red Grooms, the multimedia artist with whom she collaborated on many large installations.

Cultural Bus Tour

The Southampton Town Arts and Culture Committee has invited the public to join its second cultural road tour on Sunday at 12:30 p.m., when the bus will leave Southampton Town Hall for visits to the Parrish Art Museum in Water Mill and the Dan Flavin Art Institute in Bridgehampton.

The committee will be represented by Southampton Town Councilman Tommy John Schiavoni and the artists Hope Sandrow, the committee’s founding chairwoman, and Jeremy Dennis, a committee member. Mr. Dennis and Terrie Sultan, the director of the Parrish, will lead a tour of that institution’s permanent collection installation and the 2019 Student Exhibition.

Carly Haffner, caretaker of the Dan Flavin Art Institute, part of the Dia Art Foundation, will conduct a tour of Flavin’s permanent installation and “Dis-Play II,” a mixed-media work by Keith Sonnier.

The tour is free, and the bus will return to Southampton by 4:30 p.m. Seating is limited; reservations can be made by calling 631-287-5745.

Southampton Artists Show

The annual winter show of artwork by members of the Southampton Artists Association is on view at the Southampton Cultural Center through March 3. Receptions will take place on Saturday from 5 to 7 p.m. and Friday, March 1, from 5 to 7.