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September 10, 17, 24, and October 1, 2022 – 7-10PM

Satellite image of Hurricane Laura approaching the Gulf Coast, 8.26.2020.
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August 30, 2022—East Hampton, NY — As part of GUILD HALL: OFFSITE, SWEPT AWAY: Love Letter to a Surrogate(s), the second and final exhibition of 2022, will commence on September 10 and run for four consecutive Saturdays through October 1, from 7-10PM at East Hampton’s Main Beach (101 Ocean Avenue, East Hampton). The project was conceptualized by Warren Neidich who created the successful Drive by Artevent in 2020. It is co-curated and co-coordinated by Christina Mossaides Strassfield, Museum Director/Chief Curator of Guild Hall, Anuradha Vikram, Los Angeles based independent curator, and Los Angeles based conceptual artist Renee Petropoulos.

In reference to the East Hampton event, Strassfield remarked “With Guild Hall being under renovation we felt this was a wonderful way to bring accessible art to our community and have everyone feel welcome and enjoy themselves. We are delighted to have the chance to expand the museum’s reach through our collaboration with our West Coast partners.”

Swept Away: Love Letter to a Surrogate(s) is a community-oriented artistic project that aims to create a transcontinental heartbeat across America,” said Neidich. Sixty-five artists from Los Angeles will write sets of instructions, in the form of love letters, to an equal number of artists from the East End of Long Island who will then perform them in an open and improvisational way at the waters’ edge in front of the pavilion at Main Beach in East Hampton. In the spring the reverse will occur; with East End artists writing love letters to LA artists to be executed at Will Rogers State Beach, Santa Monica in conjunction with the 18th Street Arts Center.

Regarding the Los Angeles happenings, Anuradha Vikram and Renee Petropoulos shared “Over two consecutive days, West Coast artists will respond to prompts submitted by their East Coast counterparts that address themes of deep ecology and the interdependence of humans with other living beings and ecological networks. Each artist will be limited to using only what they and their collaborators can carry to the shoreline and retrieve at the close of their action.”

These ‘Art Happenings’, borrowing a term of Allan Kaprow, who’s famous Happening #3 was performed in East Hampton in August,1966, will likewise create ephemeral performative gestures and time-based works. They might take the form of building a sandcastle, singing a song, reciting poetry, dancing, surfing, making a sculpture that interacts with the tide, interventions with shells, doing a light projection, picking up garbage on the beach, etc.

The general community is invited to enjoy the performances amidst the pounding of the surf which will act, on one hand, as an acoustical backdrop and, on the other, as a reminder of the importance of the sea in the prevention of ecological degradation brought on by climate change.

Its protection is imperative and as Neidich has stated “It is hoped that through these combined experimental gestures and performances, a sense of solidarity between local and national artists and their respective diverse communities will emerge, and through them, new innovative social tools and structures with which to confront the ecological catastrophe.”

The list of East End and West Coast artist pairings is as follows:

Pamella Allen > Jade Gordon + Megan Whitmarsh

Suzanne Anker > Margarethe Drexel     
Elena Bajo  > Jasmine Orpilla  
Lillian Ball > Dana Duff        
Monica Banks > Jamie Ross      
Dianne Blell > Lisa Anne Auerbach    
Scott Bluedorn > Robert Herbst  
Sanford Biggers > Sterling Wells  
Megan Chaskey > Lionel Popkin  
Scott Chaskey > Kathryn Andrews
Philippe Cheng > David Horvitz               
Andrea Cote > Nina Waisman                         
Ivana Dama > Rodrigo Arruda                      
Peter Dayton > Anita Pace       
Katrina Del Mar > Taisha Paggett + Meital Yaniv          
Jeremy Dennis > Debra Disman              
Sabra Moon Elliot > Rochelle Fabb           
Carol Edwards > Pamela Hudson           
Eva Faye > Patty Chang + David Kelly        
Saskia Friedrich > Fran Siegel      
Margaret Garrett > Susan Kleinberg          
Veronica Gonzales > Cassandra Marketo
Kimberly Goff > Cheri Gaulke + Xochi Maberry-Gaulke         
Jeremy Grosvenor > Vincent Johnson
Jerelyn Hanrahan > Andrew Berardini
Candace Hill > Anna Joy Springer
Virva Hinnemo > Sam Shoemaker 
Alice Hope > Krysten Cunningham
Erica-Lynn Huberty > Corazon del Sol 
Terri Hyland > Joseph Mosconi 
Ruby Jackson > Alice Könitz
Ilya + Emelia Kabakov > Carolyn Castano
Carlos Lama > Elisabeth Houston 
Laurie Lambrecht > May Sun                     
Joseph Liatela > Badly Licked Bear
Donald Lipski > Raul Baltazar  
Sutton Lynch > Yrneh Gabon Brown
Josephine Meckseper > Jiayun Chen
Paul Miller > Lucia Santini Ribisi      
Tanya Minhas > Allison Wyper  
Richard Mothes > Kristin Calabrese         
Michelle Murphy > Sarah Beadle  
Jill Musnicki > Victoria Vesna             
Eileen O’Kane Kornreich > Iman Person  
Dalton Portello > Ryat Yezbick
Jaanika Peerna > Marcus Kuiland Nazario        
Toni Ross > Sharon Barnes             
David Rothenberg > Beatriz Cortez              
Will Ryan > Jody Zellen      
Sara Salaway > Melinda Altshuler         
Matthew Satz > Katie Grinnan             
Bastienne Schmidt > Jisoo Chung
Barry Schwabsky > David Schafer              
Christine Sciulli > Karen Lofgren
Arlene Slavin > Jenny Yurshansky       
Janice Stanton > Kearra Gopee              
Christina Sun > Catherine Scott            
Carol Szymanski  > Xiouping         
Sara Vandeerbeek > Alicia Serling    
Ryan Wallace > Joshua Aster    
Ross Watts > Justine Harari  
Allan Wexler > Dan Kwong      
Nina Yankowitz > Francesca Gabbiani    
Darius Yektai > Barbara McCarren + Jud Fine           
Almond Zigmund > Marissa Mandler  

Visit guildhall.org/sweptaway for more information.

A schedule of happenings will be posted as the event dates approach.

Guild Hall’s museum programs are made possible by the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of the Office of the Governor and the New York State Legislature, an anonymous donor, Crozier Fine Arts, and funding from The Michael Lynne Museum Endowment, and The Melville Straus Family Endowment.


Photo: Satellite image of Hurricane Laura

approaching the Gulf Coast, 8.26.2020.



Warren Neidich is an American post-conceptual artist, writer, and theorist, who splits his time between Los Angeles, Berlin, and East Hampton. Neidich has been exploring scientific and philosophical ideas in his art for the past 30 years.

He was a professor at Kunsthochschule Weißensee School of Art, Berlin and visiting scholar at Otis College of Art and Design, Los Angeles. Neidich is the founding director of the Saas-Fee Summer Institute of Art. warrenneidich.com



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For more information about this and other programs, visit GuildHall.org.



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