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Calendar 2018

The Pollock-Krasner House and Study Center’s public programs are supported in part by grants from the New York State Council on the Arts, with the support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Legislature, the Suffolk County Office of Cultural Affairs, the Stony Brook University Research Foundation, the Pollock-Krasner Endowment Fund and the Herman Goldman Foundation. 


Renowned experts share their insights in this special spring lecture series, co-sponsored by the Pollock-Krasner House and Study Center and the Stony Brook Southampton Library.

southampton library
Stony Brook Southampton Library
239 Montauk Highway

Tuesday evenings at 7 pm.  Admission is free. 
Made possible by support from the John H. Marburger III Fund of Stony Brook University

May 22
FOCUS: Odyssey: Jack Whitten

katy siegel Katy Siegel, Eugene V. and Clare E. Thaw Endowed Chair in Modern American Art, Stony Brook University

Dr. Siegel’s focus is on the celebrated African-American abstract painter’s previously unknown sculpture, which is the subject of an exhibition at the Baltimore Museum of Art that will come to the Metropolitan Museum of Art this fall. The co-curator with Christopher Bedford of the U.S. Pavilion at the 2017 Venice Biennale, she is the senior curator for research at the Baltimore Museum of Art. Among her exhibitions at the Rose Art Museum, where she was curator-at-large, are Pretty Raw: After and Around Helen Frankenthaler and Light Years: Jack Whitten, 1971-1974. In 2016, she was co-curator with Okwui Enwezor and Ulrich Wilmes, of Postwar: Art Between the Atlantic and the Pacific, 1945-1965, which was presented at the Haus der Kunst, Munich.


June 5
FOCUS: Jackson Pollock’s Mural for Peggy Guggenheim:
Artistic Breakthroughs Combining Past and Present

elliot davisElliot Bostwick Davis
John Moors Cabot Chair, Art of the Americas, Museum of Fine Arts, Boston

Dr. Davis is currently working on the MFA Boston’s 2019 exhibition of Jackson Pollock’s Mural, painted for Peggy Guggenheim’s New York City apartment in 1943. Her focus is on the influence of indigenous Native American art on the development of Pollock’s mural imagery. She led the American Galleries Team in the creation of the Art of the Americas Wing, which opened in November of 2010. Before joining the MFA, Boston, Davis was a curator of American, British, and Contemporary drawings and prints at the Metropolitan Museum of Art. She oversees the Art of the Americas Department strategy, including two new pilot programs for curatorial practice and collection sharing, and her recent exhibitions at the MFA, Boston include: Mark Rothko: Reflection (through July 2018) and Making Modern (2016).



June 19
FOCUS: Rodin in Asia

rileyCharles A. Riley II,  Director, Nassau County Museum of Art, Roslyn Harbor

Drawing on the experience of organizing a permanent Rodin installation at a huge private museum in Taiwan, Dr. Riley will focus on the mysterious power the sculptor has exerted upon Asian aesthetics for the past century. He is the author of more than twenty books on the arts, as well as hundreds of features, news articles, exhibition catalogue essays, and reviews published in national and international magazines. He has presented exhibitions devoted to Picasso, Surrealism and contemporary art. His most recent book, Free as Gods: How the Jazz Age Reinvented Modernism, is the basis of his current exhibition, Anything Goes: The Jazz Age, on view through July 8 at the Nassau County Museum of Art.



john little barn
The John Little Barn at Duck Creek Farm
127 Squaw Road
Springs, East Hampton

Sundays in July and August at 5 pm. Admission is free.
Made possible by a generous contribution from Dorothy Lichtenstein


michael schreyach July 8:  Pollock’s Density

Michael Schreyach
Trinity University, San Antonio

With book signing


jennifer farrell July 15: Samuel M. Kootz and the Kootz Gallery

Jennifer Farrell
Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York

With book signing


catherine craft July 22: The Natures of Arp

Catherine Craft 
Nasher Sculpture Center, Dallas



jed perl July 29: Calder: The Conquest of Time

Jed Perl
The New School, New York

With book signing 

doreen bolger August 19: The Case of the Missing Renoir

Doreen Bolger
Director Emerita, Baltimore Museum of Art



judith stein August 26: Richard Bellamy, Eye of the Sixties

Judith E. Stein
Author and independent curator

With book signing



jogn drew theatre John Drew Theater of Guild Hall
158 Main Street
East Hampton

Sunday, August 12 at 3 pm.   Admission is free. 
Made possible by support from the John H. Marburger III Fund of Stony Brook University 


barbara rose Barbara Rose

Lee Krasner: The Long View 
Film screening and discussion

One of the foremost commentators on modern American art, the renowned art historian, critic, curator and filmmaker will revisit her 1978 documentary and share her insights into Lee Krasner’s life and career. Her portrait is illuminated by her close friendship with the artist. Barbara Rose has been a contributing editor at Art in America, Artforum and Vogue, an art critic for New York, art editor of Partisan Review, associate editor of Arts, editor-in-chief of the Journal of Art and a two-time recipient of the College Art Association’s award for Distinguished Art Criticism. She is the former senior curator of the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, where she organized Lee Krasner’s 1983-84 traveling retrospective exhibition, and the producer of eight films. Her books include American Art Since 1900 and Autocritique: Essays on Art and Anti-Art.


pk housePollock-Krasner House and Study Center
830 Springs-Fireplace Road
East Hampton

Fridays at 7 pm.  Admission is free.
Made possible by a grant from the Suffolk County Office of Cultural Affairs

Imagining Art as Place
This year’s series, hosted by film historian Marion Wolberg Weiss, brings us lesser-known movies by distinguished directors from diverse countries. A common hallmark is an engaging artistry based on a sense of place that drives the plot, theme and style. From kinky SoHo in Martin Scorsese’s comedy, After Hours, and working-class Vienna in Museum Hours to a saint’s blasphemous evolution in My Mother’s Smile and the gruesome re-creation of Pieter Bruegel’s characters in  The Mill and the Cross, provocative art leads the way. Dr. Weiss will introduce the films and lead discussions after the screenings.

after hoursSeptember 7
Martin Scorsese, After Hours1985 (100 min.)

Mild-mannered word processor Paul Hackett (Griffin Dunne) experiences a life-changing night as he wanders through SoHo, initially to keep a date but instead trying to escape a group of quirky, quixotic artists while encountering Kafka-like adventures.

Teri Garr, Cheech and Chong and John Heard contribute to the kooky cast, proving that both art and life can be equally crazy.


museum hoursSeptember 14
Jem Cohen, Museum Hours2012 (106 min.)

An unconventional locale, this austere Viennese museum is a place of loneliness for both the guard and the female foreigner who befriends him.

Yet as they explore an often drab Vienna while visiting the woman’s dying cousin, they learn how art and life can be similar—simultaneously surreal and ordinary.


my mothers smileSeptember 21
Marco Bellocchio, My Mother’s Smile, 2002 (102 min.)

It’s no surprise that Bellocchio’s film was banned by the Catholic Church: the hero, an artist of children’s books, does not support the idea that his mother should become a saint. And no wonder.

He is an atheist, refusing to be pressured by the Church and his family alike.  Nor does his mentally ill brother, who murdered his mother, help to resolve matters. Bellocchio, a friend of Pier Paolo Pasolini, influenced radical Italian cinema in the mid 1960s.


mill and crossSeptember 28
Lech Majewski, The Mill & the Cross, 2010 (95 min.)

This surreal film, showing the daily life of 16th century Flanders as experienced by Pieter Bruegel the Elder, is both a historical journey and an emotional rollercoaster.

Rutger Hauer plays Bruegel from inside his own painting, discussing the development of his work and his feelings about it. The original characters literally come to life, leaving the viewer mesmerized.





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