Thru December 30

Abstract Expressionism: Selections from the Guild Hall Permanent Collection

Guest Curator: Joan Marter, Ph.D. 

October 26–December 30, 2019, Moran and Woodhouse Galleries
Members Reception: October 27 from 2–4pm
Gallery Talk: October 27 from 1–2pm
This exhibition of paintings, works on paper, and sculpture celebrates Abstract Expressionist art from the Guild Hall Permanent Collection and features works that have not been exhibited in recent years combined with several notable loans.
Abstract Expressionism was an avant-garde movement of the 1950s that was a result, in part, of the dynamic interplay of artists working on the East End. Among the participants in the “artist colony” of the Hamptons were residents and summer visitors including Jackson Pollock, Lee Krasner, Willem and Elaine de Kooning, James Brooks, Charlotte Park, Robert Motherwell, and Grace Hartigan, among others.
A catalogue with color illustrations of works in the Guild Hall Collection, and an essay that illuminates the importance of East End artists to the emergence of Abstract Expressionism, will be published in conjunction with this exhibition.
Joan Marter is an American academic, art critic and author, with a Ph.D. from The University of Delaware, 1974. Marter is a “Distinguished Professor of Art History” at Rutgers University, the co-editor of the Woman’s Art Journal, the editor of The Grove Encyclopedia of American Art, the author of Women of Abstract Expressionism and co-organizer of the exhibition in 2016 (Denver Art Museum). 

Joyce Kubat: My People

Curator: Casey Dalene, Curatorial Assistant, Registrar, Lewis B Cullman Associate for Museum Education

October 26 – December 30, 2019, Spiga Gallery
Members Reception: October 27 from 2-4pm
Gallery Talk: Saturday, November 16 at 2pm
Joyce Kubat is the Top Honors recipient of the 79th Artist Members Exhibition (2017) selected by guest awards juror Ruba Katrib, who was curator at the Sculpture Center and now curator at MoMA PS1.
In this exhibition, Kubat assembles her “people,” a body of work which she has been developing since 2002. Kubat lets process lead the way in her deeply psychological figurative works, from pastels applied to damp paper creating a liquid soft skin with deep velvet pigments, to fluid pink inks that have the extraordinary transparency of flesh, Kubat is able to convey an emotionally raw narrative of human anatomy.
“The figure has always been my focus, and over the years it’s become a psychological focus, a not-always-easy-to-view focus… Art with only surface excitement seems empty. For me it has to have a serious and profound underpinning, always poignant, often humorous, relating in some way to the universal humanity common to all of us.” – Joyce Kubat
Kubat holds a BS in Psychology from Michigan State University, and continued her studies in New York City at both Brooklyn College and The Art Students League. She lives and works in Huntington, NY, and has exhibited throughout Long Island, New York City, Italy, and elsewhere.
Abstract Expressionism: Selections from the Permanent Collection
Lead Sponsors: Betty Parsons Foundation, and Lucio and Joan Noto 
Co-sponsors: Barbara F. Gibbs, and the Robert Lehman Foundation 
All Museum Programming supported in part by The Melville Straus Family Endowment, The Michael Lynne Museum Endowment, Vital Projects Fund, Hess Philanthropic Fund, Crozier Fine Arts, The Lorenzo and Mary Woodhouse Trust, and public funds provided by New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew M. Cuomo and the New York State Legislature, and Suffolk County.
Free admission is generously funded by BNB Bank and Landscape Details.

Guild Hall

158 Main Street, East Hampton, N.Y.
Phone: (631) 324-0806
Box Office: (631) 324-4050
Guild Hall, one of the first multidisciplinary centers in the country to combine a museum, theater, and education space under one roof, was established in 1931 as a gathering place for community where an appreciation for the arts would serve to encourage greater civic participation. For nearly nine decades, Guild Hall has embraced this open-minded vision and provided a welcoming environment for the public to engage with art exhibitions, performances, and educational offerings. Art and artists have long been the engine of Guild Hall’s activities and the institution continues to find innovative ways to support creativity in everyone. 



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