The Best Art and Design Events Coming to the Hamptons This Summer
Memorial Day marks the unofficial start of the Hamptons’ season and its whirlwind of social gatherings. Amid charity fundraisers and restaurant openings, there are a number of other arts events coming to the East End this summer. Here, a preview of several new exhibits and exhibitions of design-focused galleries, shops and pop-ups, and unique experiences coming to South Fork.
New works at the LongHouse Reserve
One of East Hampton’s most scenic scenery, the LongHouse Reserve expands its outdoor art selection with temporary installations by Niki de Saint Phalle, Moko Fukuyama, and more. In July, the 16-acre garden will debut a new iteration by Cheng Tsung Feng fish trap house, “a lodge that captures the essence of the local fishing community,” says manager Carrie Rebora Barratt. Celebrating this Year of “Land, Place and Spirit” continues the vision of the LongHouse’s late founder, Jack Lenor Larsen. “Jack’s core mission was to teach life through art in all its forms,” Barratt explains. “The new works are innovative, provocative, beautiful, garden-friendly and precisely what Jack wanted every year: change.”
“Start” at the Parrish Art Museum
Co-curated by creative partners Mickalene Thomas and Racquel Chevremont, collectively known as Two Black Women, the group exhibition ‘Set It Off’ at the Parrish Art Museum in Water Mill highlights the work of such exciting talents as Torkwase Dyson , Leilah Babirye, Kennedy Yanko and February James, whose striking painting On my own (2022) is shown here. Until July 24.
Frank Stella at the Ranch
Major sculptural pieces made over the past three decades by American artist Frank Stella, a master of minimalism, are on display at the ranch in Montauk until July 20. For those caught up in the social whirlwind of the season, four monumental sculptures, including his famous Wooden Star I—will remain installed on the bucolic ground until November 1st.
“Abstract Nature: Vivian Springford, Wolf Kahn and Emily Mason” at Christie’s Southampton
Christie’s Southampton’s new outpost at 1 Pond Lane kicks off the season on May 27 with the new sales exhibition ‘Nature Abstracted: Vivian Springford, Wolf Kahn and Emily Mason’. The presentation focuses on three American painters who embraced the power of color to express captivating patterns found in nature: Vivian Springford (1913-2003) was an abstract painter active on the New York art scene throughout the second half of the 20e century. Wolf Kahn was known for Realism and color field painting while his wife, Emily Mason, created a very unique response to abstract expressionist painting, modifying traditional techniques by thinning oil paint to create the effect of watercolor. The auction house, located in a renovated art deco building that was once an auto repair shop, is open to the public Wednesday through Sunday from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.
“The house chose me! As soon as I walked into the house, I got chills,” designer Lisa Perry says of discovering the chic 1960s modernist residence she turned into her latest project, Onna House. Celebrating the work of artists and designers who identify with women, Onna House is a hub for emerging designers and new collectors looking for pieces at an affordable price. Gallery. The curated selection of collectible art, furniture and design fills the newly restored East Hampton house which opens Memorial Day weekend with an exhibit of tapestries woven by textile artist Mitsuko Asakura.
“Faith Ringgold: Jazz Stories” at South Etna
Hot on the heels of her hit show at New York’s New Museum, which runs until June 5, Faith Ringgold’s art is now heading East for the season. South Etna in Montauk presents “Faith Ringgold: Jazz Stories”, an exhibition of recent works by the pioneering designer. Featuring five of her “Story Quilts”, the display includes over 20 drawings, paintings, sculptures and prints from the artist’s “Jazz Stories” series, which she started in 2004. To bring the exhibition to life, the South Etna Montauk Foundation has worked closely with its gallery ACA Galleries. “Faith Ringgold: Jazz Stories” will be in theaters from May 28 to June 25.
Sag Harbor continues to cement its reputation as a true design destination with the opening of the 1818 Collective. The original idea of Analisse Taft-Gersten, founder of ALT for Living, and interior designer Kristin Fine, the space is filled with an exclusive mix of vintage and contemporary furnishings, accessories, textiles and pieces from artisans such as Pietro Franceschini, Olivia Cognet and the duo BassamFellows. Open to trade and “curious design”, as Taft-Gersten explains it, the concept store also serves as an outpost of Chandra Johnson’s SOCO Gallery.
Cora Sheibani at Sotheby’s
Confined to her home at the start of the pandemic, pioneer british jeweler Cora Sheibani found herself spending countless hours in her courtyard garden in Kensington, London, rearranging and repotting his plants. The idyllic activity inspired one of Sheibani’s most playful collections to date, Pottering Around, which features encrusted jewelry plant rings and vibrant creeper vine earrings. Spear last fall, the whimsical painting made its US debut at Sotheby’s in East Hampton in a special sale exhibition from August 11 to 21.
Alfredo Paredes Shelter Island Store
This summer, designer Alfredo Paredes is teaming up with Shelter Island mainstay Ram Design to offer a selection of his meticulously crafted upholstered furniture and storage items. Textiles by Rogers & Goffigon and curated artwork by New York gallery owner Robin Rice also debuts at the North Ferry Road site. The introductions will join Ram Design founder Cristina Peffer’s collection of homewares, decorative accents and vintage accessories.
Hunt Slonem at East Hampton Gardens
Artist Hunt Slonem transforms the barn of this Gingerbread Lane flower shop and design boutique with his whimsical ‘collection’. From June to August, the space will be filled with antique furniture, unique wall coverings and 19th century artwork, as well as a plethora of entertaining essentials from Slonem’s Hop Up shop. Look for tableware suitable for indoor and alfresco dining, cashmere throws, sumptuous bedding and a range of hostess gifts, all featuring the artist’s beloved butterflies, bunnies and birds .
Vineyard of the Wölffer estate
Nothing says summer in the Hamptons like Summer in the bottle. Shortages of the beloved Long Island rosé, easily identified by its charming bottle, painted with a cascade of flowers, are known to cause panic, but now there’s an addition to the Wölffer Estate wine family that’s just as eye-catching and delicious. The new take on the classic wine, harvested in Côtes de Provence (pictured), offers a sophisticated counterpoint to its local sibling.
Shou Sugi Ban Accommodation
With its zen design, spa and wellness program and culinary offerings, Shou Sugi Ban House in Water Mill attracts health-conscious Hamptonites looking to rejuvenate in a charming environment. The retreat recently added a geodesic dome and this year is offering classes focused on healing through sound, aerial yoga and plant-based diets. “We are delighted to bring a new, set focused on longevity experiences and modalities at the Hamptons, which will complement our therapies,” says its founder, Amy Cherry-Abitbol.
Art dealer Robert Mnuchin and his daughter, Valerie, open a Shelter Island restaurant serving Provencal-style dishes made with local ingredients. Named after a family patriarch known for his travels in Europe, Leon 1909 plans to start welcoming guests in July.
A version of this article first appeared in our Summer 2022 issue under the title “Summer Scen”. Subscribe to the magazine.