"Now Here," an exhibition of work by the No W here Collective, made up of Alice Hope, Toni Ross, and Bastienne Schmidt, will open at the Amagansett Life-Saving Station on Saturday and continue through Sept. 30. A reception is set for Sunday from 4 to 6 p.m.
Organized by Christina Strassfield, Guild Hall Museum's director and chief curator, many of the works in the exhibition will respond to the Life-Saving Station's faking box, a device used for coiling lines attached to a shot to prevent tangling or knotting. The box was used in the 19th and early 20th centuries to rescue sailors stranded at sea.
The artists will exhibit works inside the building, on the porch, and on the grounds. In the crew quarters, they will create installations in response to the room and the faking box. The outdoor installations will address the site, as well as the box.
“The concept of saving one another, sharing the inspiration of the ALSS, the guiding presence of the architecture of the building, and the ocean which surrounds us, is the core of the dialogue which has created the site-specific installations that the artists have crafted within and outside of the ALSS building," said Ms. Strassfield.
Works indoors can be seen Fridays through Sundays from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. or by appointment; outdoor installations are on view at all times. The artists will be onsite to answer questions and lead a tour of the exhibition on July 31 at 3 p.m. A panel discussion will take place on Aug. 20 at 5 p.m.