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The Art Scene 09.21.23

Mon, 09/18/2023 - 13:23
Monica Banks will be in the sculpture garden at the Leiber Collection in Springs to talk about her current body of work there, "Sweet: A Collaboration With Birds."

POSTPONED: "A Bird Happening" at the Leiber Collection

Art For the Birds
The "Bird Happening" with Monica Banks has been postponed due to predictions of stormy weather. A new date and time will be announced soon.

In conjunction with its fourth annual "Garden of Friends" exhibition, the Leiber Collection in Springs will host a "bird happening" with Monica Banks on Saturday afternoon at 4. 

Ms. Banks creates intricate conceptual porcelain sculptures of everyday domestic objects such as cakes, pies, teacups, and pastries. Her works in the Leiber sculpture garden are tea party scenes that not only entice the viewer to take a closer look, but attract the garden's avian visitors as well.

Saturday's event will feature a conversation between Ms. Banks and Ann Fristoe Stewart, the Leiber Collection's director and curator; refreshments, and photographs and video of birds interacting with the installation.

Multimedia at Ashawagh
The Mannix Project will take over Ashawagh Hall in Springs with its second annual "Painting + Sculpture + Mixed-Media" exhibition on Saturday and Sunday, with a reception set for Saturday from 5 to 8 p.m.

Participating artists are A.G. Duggan, Bill Kiriazis, Chip Haggerty, Dan Welden, Edward Cortes, Edward Joseph, Elaine Grove, Gary Chiappa, James Koskinas, Jim Mannix, Jim McGarvey, Joyce Kubat, Julie Schumer, Karyn Mannix, Mary Antczak, Roz Dimon, Teresa Lawler, Tucker Johansson, and Veronica Mezzina.

Talking "Celestial"
Leo Villareal, whose "Celestial Garden," a monumental LED artwork accompanied by a soundscape and artist-designed furniture, is at Guild Hall, will be there on Saturday at 3 p.m. to discuss the piece with Kathleen Forde, an independent curator and consultant.

"Celestial Garden," which is approximately 10 feet high and 28 feet wide, consists of LEDs, custom software, electrical hardware, steel, and a vinyl diffusion layer that softens the light. The imagery is generative, not pre-recorded, and the forms move, change, and grow without a preconceived outcome.

Tickets are $20, $18 for members.

High on Experimentation
"Drunk vs. Stoned 3," a group exhibition of work by 70 contemporary artists, is now on view through Oct. 28 in the East Barn and West Barn at the Ranch in Montauk, as well as at the Ranch at the Dock, 484 West Lake Drive in that hamlet.

The first two iterations of "Drunk vs. Stoned" took place in New York City in 2004 and 2005. All three are explorations of the relationship between intoxication and artistic experimentation. In the current show, "the lowered inhibitions and impulsive decisions of 'drunk' stand in stark contrast to the heightened sensitivity and methodical meandering of 'stoned,' " says the gallery. Art works have been selected to represent one of the two mind states.

Indigenous Weaving
Upon This Ground, a collaborative workshop series presented by the Bridgehampton Museum and Ma's House & BIPOC Art Studio, will bring Tammie Dupuis to the Nathaniel Rogers House, 2539 Montauk Highway, Bridgehampton, Friday from 3 to 5 p.m.

Born and raised on the Flathead Reservation in northwestern Montana, Ms. Dupuis describes her work as intercultural, due to her mixed heritage. Her father was Qlispe and Selis, while her mother was the daughter of non-Indigenous settlers who moved to the reservation in the 1920s.

The workshop will focus on the history and traditional weaving practices of Indigenous people living in eastern Washington, northern Oregon, and western Idaho.

Paint and Silk
A show of recent paintings by Amy Wickersham, an abstract artist from Sag Harbor who works with dyed silk and paint, will open at Kathryn Markel Fine Arts in Bridgehampton on Friday, with a reception from 5 to 7 p.m. It will run through Oct. 10.

Ms. Wickersham's work involves a process of discovery. She first develops a painted composition on the canvas and then applies transparent pieces of dyed silk that appear to float, giving the surface depth and luminosity. "Unlike a stroke of paint on a canvas, I can move pieces of dyed silk around the canvas before I commit -- as in a collage," she has said.

Grant for Parrish    
The Parrish Art Museum in Water Mill has received a $198,000 grant from the Institute of Museum and Library Services. The funds will be used to evaluate, improve, and expand Access Parrish, an existing gallery experience and art-making program that serves people with special needs.

The program has reached more than 500 individuals and has expanded over time to include partnerships with incarcerated women and victims of domestic violence.

This article has been modified from its original and print versions to reflect the postponement of "A Bird Happening" at the Leiber Collection.

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