"Art & Soul: Hamptons," a three-day event designed to celebrate art created by influential and emerging Black and Brown artists living within the Hamptons community, will launch at 7:30 p.m. on Friday at the Southampton Arts Center, with an outdoor screening of the short film "The Inventor."
The participating organizations, in addition to the arts center, are the Southampton African American Museum. Ma's House & BIPOC Art Studio, and Hidden Gem NY.
"The Inventor," directed by Philip Musey, is the story of Garrett A. Morgan, an African-American inventor whose patents include the three-signal traffic light and the precursor to the modern gas mask. Set in 1916, the film dramatizes the business and moral dilemma Garrett faced after he and his brother used his invention to rescue miners trapped in an underground inferno but were left out of the ensuing publicity entirely.
The screening will be followed by a conversation with the director, producers, and cast, moderated by Brenda Simmons, the founder of the Southampton African American Museum, and Anita Farrington, the founder and C.E.O. of STEM Impact. Tickets are $10, free for arts center members.
On Saturday, an Art Walk from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. will offer visits to the museum, the arts center, and Hidden Gem NY, a home design and gift store owned by Tanya Willock and Temidra Willock-Morsch. Art Walk tickets are $30.
While some of the weekend's events are sold out, tickets remain for the V.I.P. Soul Live Experience, featuring performances by two R&B and soul singer-songwriters, Kenny Lattimore, a Grammy nominee, and Esnavi. The concert will take place on the lawn of the arts center on Saturday, starting at 7:30 p.m., and will include a panel discussion during which BIPOC artists will discuss the history of multicultural art and their current work.
A tour of Ma's House & BIPOC Art Studio on the Shinnecock Indian Territory is set for Sunday morning at 11. The weekend will conclude with "Culinary Expo: A Black Tasting Experience," from 12:30 to 3:30. Participating chefs include Stephan Durand of Creole Garden in Tamarac, Fla.; Marc Anthony Bynum of Marc Bynum Concepts in Farmingdale, J.J. Johnson of Fieldtrip in Harlem, and Deana Smith of Poppin Patties, on Shinnecock land.
More information and a link for tickets can be found on the event's website.