2020 Exhibitions at the

East Hampton Historical Society

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Doug Kuntz & The Baymen:

40 years of Photographs

JULY 25 through NOVEMBER 28
CLINTON ACADEMY(Second Floor)
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This exhibition follows Doug Kuntz’s photographic fascination with our baymen from his earliest pictures to right now. At times dramatic or intimate, these photographs form an artist narrative that follows over 40 years of his celebrating the daunting work that is the heritage of harvesting from the sea.
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Doug Kuntz is a professional freelance photographer who has produced thousands of images for CBS 60 Minutes, Rolling Stone, The New York Times, The Guardian and Vanity Fair. He has covered crises from superstorm Sandy to refugees on Lesvos. Back in the 1980’s, working with Adelaide de Menil and Peter Matthiessen, Kuntz originated the project that became “Men’s Lives: The Surfmen and Baymen of the South Fork.” This publication chronicled the disappearing way of life of the commercial fishermen of Eastern Long Island. Doug was the curator and archivist for the project and contributed photographs along with Dan Budnik, Gilles Peress, Danny Lyon and others.
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Image: Catching the Dory Coming Ashore: The Havens Crew, Doug Kuntz, 1982
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A FASCINATION WITH SEA & SKY:

Paintings & Etchings by the Morans

and Their Circle

JUNE 20 through OCTOBER 10
THOMAS & MARY NIMMO MORAN STUDIO
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The poet & writer, Nathaniel Parker Willis, once wrote that the American landscape was like “an Eden new sprung from the ocean.” This lush nation of waterfalls and snow-capped mountain peaks had been virtually ignored by its artists until the early 19th century. It was all about portraiture and history painting then. But by the time English-born painter Thomas Cole made his 1825 ramble up the Hudson River to the majestic Catskills, his romantic visions begin to capture the imagination of pre-Civil War Americans. Cole’s pictures went far beyond topographic depictions; his landscapes were about the spirituality of nature—its hugeness and its mystery.
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By the 1850’s, artists like Albert Bierstadt and Frederic Church explored the wilds of both North and South America. A feeling of patriotism began to be equated with the newly opened American West. By the time of the aftermath of the War Between the States, Thomas Moran had ventured into the canyon of the Yellowstone and exhibited the grandeur of our wild west on huge canvases that captured the attention of an American public still grieving at the loss of lives during the war.
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By the mid 1870’s until the 1890’s some of the most beautiful American landscape paintings and etchings were created by a cadre of artists with New York City connections. Many of these painters were friends of Thomas and Mary Nimmo Moran. This exhibition brings together their works that still illustrate the timeless beauty that these artists created while finding inspiration in one of their favorite subjects, the play of light on water and sky.
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Image: East Hampton Beach, 1894 by Thomas Moran, Private Collection, Image courtesy Questroyal Galleries
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Take Me Out to the LVIS Fair:

A Century of Summertime Fun in East Hampton

JULY 25 THROUGH NOVEMBER 28
CLINTON ACADEMY(Second Floor)
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Starting in the 1920’s, newspapers and society publications anxiously awaited the annual festivities from the East Coast’s famous watering places. East Hampton’s Ladies Village Improvement Society Fair was one of the most photographed events of our summer season, handily exceeding gulf tournaments and horse shows. It’s combination of local club members, community kids and summer celebrities, has made this charity activity a feast for the photogravure and social columns of magazines and newspapers. By the 1930’s it was not an exception to fine illustrations of the fair’s fashion show appearing in California gazettes.
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This exhibition celebrates 50 years of the L.V.I.S. Fair as seen through the lenses of countless cameras and a select group of photographers who documented the fair from the 1920’s up to the 1960’s. Some like Bert Morgan were famous, while others were anonymous players for the big syndicates like ACME Newspictures, P&A Photos and AP wire photos.
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These photos allow us the privilege of exploring the excitement of the Fair as if in a time machine. This is the Village’s family album.
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Image: Little Mary Grace Harris, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Victor Harris shown as she dressed as a pirate and dispensed balloons.
Collection of East Hampton Historical Society

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