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The Art Scene 03.03.22

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Erika Ranee's "Wild Heart" (2021), acrylic, shellac, spray paint, and collage on canvas, will be on view at Keyes Art in Sag Harbor.

Pressing Matters    
The Church in Sag Harbor will host Printaganza, a weekend of monotype printmaking workshops with Dan Welden, a master printmaker, starting Friday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and continuing on Saturday and Sunday at the same times. 

Monotypes are unique fine-art prints, typically painted on a flat plate and then run through a press so the image is embedded into the paper. Mr. Welden will be assisted by five skilled printmakers. 

Tickets, which are $350 for each day and include all materials, can be ordered through The Church’s website.
More Afrofuturism
The final iteration of the multi-site exhibition “Afrofuturism: Reimagining the Future by Honoring Now” will open Saturday at Keyes Art in Sag Harbor with a reception from 4:30 to 6 p.m. Organized by Eden Williams and Julie Keyes, it will feature work by Thornton Dial, Erika Ranee, and Leslee Stradford.

Dial, who died in 2016, was a self-taught artist whose dense wall reliefs and sculptures made from found materials told the story of Black struggle in the South. 

Of her paintings, Ms. Ranee has said, “I take cues from the cacophony of city streets, its sounds and smells, as well as from minutiae of the natural world, and pull it all together in an intuitive visual freestyle.” 

Dr. Stradford’s art engages with social, cultural, and historical issues, as exemplified by her series “The Night Tulsa Died: The Black Wall Street Massacre, 1921.”

The exhibition will run through March 31.

Wiley and Sherald Films 
Two short films celebrating the artists Kehinde Wiley and Amy Sherald, who painted the official portraits of the Obamas for the National Portrait Gallery, will be shown at the Parrish Art Museum in Water Mill on Friday at 6 p.m. Organized with Hamptons Doc Fest, the program includes “Kehinde Wiley: An Economy of Grace” and “Bree Wayy: Promise, Witness, Remembrance.”

“An Economy of Grace” reveals how Mr. Wiley, known for his portraits of Black men, turned to depicting African-American women as part of his exploration of the image and status of African-Americans throughout history.

“Bree Wayy” focuses on the artists throughout the country who created artworks in tribute to Breonna Taylor, who was killed by police in Louisville. Ms. Sherald’s portrait of Taylor was the centerpiece of the exhibition “Promise, Witness, Remembrance” at the Speed Art Museum in Louisville.

After the screening, Corinne Erni, the museum’s senior curator, will discuss the films via Zoom with Jessica Chermayeff, the producer of “An Economy of Grace,” and Dawn Porter, the director of “Bree Wayy.” 

Tickets are $15, $5 for members and students.

Forty at Borghi
Four years ago, “Insta-Select,” an open call for a group show, opened at the Mark Borghi Gallery’s Upper East Side location. At the time, Mr. Borghi told Artnet News that “the results have been great.”

As a result, “Insta-Select V2” will open Friday at the gallery’s Sag Harbor space, where it will continue through March 31. The exhibition features works by 40 artists in a variety of mediums and styles, all selected by the gallery’s curatorial committee. The works came in response to a call for submissions on the gallery’s Instagram account in January.

A reception will be held Saturday evening.

Mixing it Up
“Locale Mélange,” an exhibition of work by three artists who often paint on the East End, will open Saturday at the Grenning Gallery in Sag Harbor with a reception from 5 to 7 p.m. and continue through April 3.

Viktor Butko, who was invited to Sag Harbor in 2016 to paint with the Russian-American Painting Alliance, brought with him “eyes fresh to our pictorial landscape,” the gallery says.

The geographic history of humans and cultures is a major inspiration for Paton Miller, whose paintings evoke ideas that are both ancient and contemporary.

The paintings of Darius Yektai, often begun outdoors and finished in the studio, combine his bold use of color with his ongoing study of art history. 

Potpourri in Bridge
“Open 2 Interpretation,” a show of work by six artists working in a variety of mediums and styles, will open at the White Room Gallery in Bridgehampton on Saturday and remain on view through April 10. 

Fringe is a Pop artist from South Africa whose work borrows from high and low culture. Edward Lentsch’s abstract mixed-media paintings are informed by his interest in science and mysticism, while Joseph Kraham makes artworks from Lego pieces, acrylic paint, and technology.

Manaz Raiszadeh creates abstract paintings with acrylic paint, oil pastels, paper scraps, crayons, and charcoal mediums. Jane Waterous’s array of mediums and techniques are inspired by New York City’s streets and Bahama’s beaches. Linda Zacks’s mixed-media works incorporate wood, torn paper, rusty metal, ink, duct tape, Polaroids, and other materials.

Featured on “FBI”
In 1969, the artist William Tarr, who had a studio on Springs-Fireplace Road for many years, created “Rejected Skin,” a sculpture that sits on the plaza at 77 Water Street in Lower Manhattan. The work consists of three blocks of aluminum panels compressed by a trash compactor. The panels were originally meant for the façade of the building, but were rejected due to their imperfections. Hence, the work’s title.

The installation can be seen in “Ambition,” the March 8 episode of the CBS-TV show “FBI,” on Tuesday at 8 p.m. The episode is about gun rights.

Indigenous Talks
Programming in conjunction with the Southampton Arts Center’s exhibition “Outcropping: Indigenous Art Now” will continue with two talks this weekend. On Saturday at 3 p.m., the birth workers Amira Nation and Ahna Red Fox will hold a traditional birth doula workshop. 

The artist Jeremy Dennis, who organized the exhibition, will lead a tour of the galleries on Sunday afternoon at 3. Both programs are free, but the talk will be limited to 30 participants.

This article has been modified from its print version to include the screenings at the Parrish Art Museum.

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