The public is invited to join the live-streamed gallery talk that resumes

the Museum’s online Friday Nights Live! series

Lucian Smith with works from his exhibition Southampton Suite. Photo: Gary Mamay

Abstract painter Lucien Smith will discuss Southampton Suite—his exhibition of 10 large-scale painting currently on view at the Parrish Art Museum, with Alicia G. Longwell, Ph.D., The Lewis B. and Dorothy Cullman Chief Curator at the Museum. Resuming the Museum’s online Friday Nights Live! series, the live-streamed talk on Friday, October 2, at 5pm, will be filmed in the gallery in front of Smith’s paintings. The public is invited to join the talk, which can be accessed online only (no onsite audience). Log in information is at

“I’m delighted to kick off our Friday Nights Live! fall series with Lucien Smith, a dynamic and reflective artist based here on the East End, and welcome him back to the Parrish after working with him as one of the Jurors for the 2019 Artists Choose Artists exhibition,” said Corinne Erni, Senior Curator of ArtsReach and Special Projects.

Lucien Smith (b.1989) is best known for his process-based works that employ both accidental and improvisational marks to create loose, all-over compositions. Organized by Alicia Longwell, Lucien Smith: Southampton Suite brings the artist’s Rain Paintings series to conclusion with the 10 large-scale paintings created in a plein air studio that he constructed on the East End during the summer of 2013. With the 9 x 7 ft acrylic on unprimed canvas Southampton Suite paintings, the artist created an immersive environment that continues his quest to “. . .replicate a natural process with manmade tools.” The ten works on view here from 2013 have never been shown as a group.

As an artist who grounds his work in the historical context of making art, Smith was inspired by Julian Schnabel’s open-air studio, Andy Warhol’s oxidation paintings, and Hans Hartung’s use of a garden sprayer to apply paint. Smith’s paintings, made by filling an empty fire extinguisher with paint and spraying the canvas, became widely known soon after his 2011 graduation from Cooper Union. The artist was attracted to the process of replicating a natural process—rain—with a manmade tool. For the first Rain Paintings series, Murmur of the Heart, Smith used blue and yellow paint. After this initial investigation he began to use a monochromatic approach, taking a cue from the traditional depiction of rain in Japanese woodblock prints.



Live-Streamed Conversation:

Chief Curator Alicia Longwell and Painter Lucien Smith

Friday, October 2, 5pm


Friday Nights at the Parrish are made possible, in part, by Presenting Sponsor: Bank of America.

Additional support provided by Sandy and Stephen Perlbinder.

Lucien Smith: Southampton Suite is organized by Alicia G. Longwell, Dorothy and Lewis B. Cullman Chief Curator, Art & Education. The exhibition is made possible, in part, thanks to the generous support of Marty and David Hamamoto, Caroline Hirsch and Andrew Fox.

The Museum’s exhibitions and programs are made possible, in part, by the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew M. Cuomo and the New York State Legislature, and the property taxpayers from the Southampton Union Free School District and the Tuckahoe Common School District. 


Parrish Art Museum

Inspired by the natural setting and artistic life of Long Island’s East End, the Parrish Art Museum illuminates the creative process and how art and artists transform our experiences and understanding of the world and how we live in it. The Museum fosters connections among individuals, art, and artists through care and interpretation of the collection, presentation of exhibitions, publications, educational initiatives, programs, and artists-in residence. The Parrish is a center for cultural engagement, an inspiration and destination for the region, the nation, and the world.


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