Almond Zigmund, Gridded Commune, 2023, approximately 14 ⅞ x 26 feet, Acrylic paint. Photo: Gary Mamay.


WATER MILL, NY, 3/1/2023—On the first weekend in March, the Parrish will launch a reimagined concept for the Museum Café by Elegant Affairs, and unveil the first artwork created for the space: Gridded Commune (2023), a site-specific mural by collection artist Almond Zigmund. Setting the stage for the Café as a welcoming environment that encourages conviviality and lively exchange, Gridded Commune is a celebration of social space and community-building. Affirming the theme of community, Elegant Affairs will emphasize locally sourced products and goods, promoting the creativity of the food industry businesses of the region and supporting the bounty of produce grown on Long Island.

“We are thrilled that these two new projects have come to fruition to celebrate our 125th anniversary year,” said Melanie Crader, Deputy Director of Operations & Administration. “They are among the initiatives the Parrish has implemented to enhance the museum experience for our visitors and community.”

“Elegant Affairs believes that a focused, curated, and purposeful café program at the Parrish will greatly enhance the guest experience,” said Peter Lentz, General Manager of Elegant Affairs. “Our mission is to shine a light on the wonderful variety of local food and beverage ventures and inspire museum goers to truly appreciate all our region has to offer.” 

Almond Zigmund’s artistic practice focuses in part on large-scale site-responsive installations and paintings that combine geometry, vivid color, and aspects of the built environment. In Gridded Commune, the artist has created a spatial field of dynamic patterns and vibrant color blocks that asserts itself in the space. The large figures, positioned in dialogue with one another, are set against a grey grid—echoing the Museum’s iconic architecture. 

Elegant Affairs’ Café at the Museum will offer a variety of fresh sandwiches and baked goods prepared daily, showcasing vendor partners and supporting new businesses by helping to bring their products to market. Vendors include Blue Duck Bakery & Café, The Hampton Grocer, Mecox Dairy Farm, Sag Harbor Honey, Southfork Bakery, Southampton Cheese Shoppe, Springs Fireplace; Channing Daughters Winery, Wolffer Estate Vineyard; Kid Squid Brewery, Springs Brewery, and Westhampton Brewery. Current menu items include sandwiches and snack packs from Southampton Cheese Shop; fresh baked goods, coffees, and beverages from many venders; and snacks from Sand Bars Handcrafted and North Fork Potato Chips.

There is no Museum admission fee to visit the Café, and Museum members receive a 10% discount.  


Almond Zigmund

Raised in Brooklyn, Almond Zigmund creates sculptures and installations that often suggest walls, barricades, enclosures, and other aspects of the built environment. The architectonic works engage the eye and the body at once, offering generous amounts of visual stimulation while also inducing visceral reactions to the virtual and actual spaces. Zigmund has exhibited her work in Zurich, Berlin, New York, Los Angeles, and Las Vegas, among others, with public and private installations and commissions for the Parrish Museum of Art, the CMA in New York City, Lisa Perry’s Onna House, and other institutions. Numerous public commissions include, most recently, a work for the newly designed US Embassy in Asuncion, Paraguay. Her large scale murals have been on view at Brookfield Art at One NY Plaza, the NYC Department of Transportation, The Whitman Walker Health Center in Washington DC, Guild Hall in East Hampton, NY, and the University of Laverne in Los Angeles. 


Zigmund received her BFA from Parsons School of Design, in New York and Paris, and MFA from the University of Nevada, Las Vegas, where she studied with the MacArthur Award-winning critic, Dave Hickey. The East Hampton-based artist was featured in the Parrish exhibitions Remembering the Future (2007), Parrish Road Show (2013), and Artists Choose Artists (2016).


Elegant Affairs

Elegant Affairs is a full service off-premise caterer serving social, corporate, and non-profit parties and events in Manhattan, NYC, Long Island, and the Hamptons, ranging from corporate gatherings, weddings, beach soirees, or private celebrations at home. Elegant Affair’s team consists of a group of dedicated planners, culinary professionals, front and back of the house staff who strive for excellence. It offers an array of seasonal local cuisine that is beautifully presented and created for each event.  


Parrish Art Museum

Inspired by the natural setting an 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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