WATER MILL — 1/5/2023—Artist Mel Kendrick, whose work is featured in a new, comprehensive exhibition at the Parrish Art Museum, and his longtime friend and fellow artist Carroll Dunham will discuss their careers as artists and approach to artmaking on Saturday afternoon, January 14 from 3–4pm at the Museum. Kendrick and Dunham were both former studio assistants to Parrish collection artist Dorothea Rockburne. The talk is presented in conjunction with Mel Kendrick: Seeing Things in Things—the first major survey of Kendrick’s (American, b. 1949) work highlighting his four-decade career that explores how the artist pushes the limits of materials including wood, rubber, and concrete to create sculpture that lays bare the process by which it was made.

The talk in the Lichtenstein Theater will be introduced by Corinne Erni, Deputy Director of Curatorial Affairs and Senior Curator of ArtsReach and Special Projects. Admission to this program and the exhibition galleries $5 Members, Students | $10 Seniors, Member’s Guest | $16 Adults (nonmember); Advance ticket purchase with pre-event registration is recommended.


Mel Kendrick

Mel Kendrick’s sculptures have drawn widespread critical acclaim throughout his career. He is a three-time recipient of a National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship and received the both the Francis J. Greenburger Award and the American Academy of Arts & Letters’s Academy Award. Kendrick’s work is represented in the collections of leading museums across the U.S., including the Museum of Modern Art, The Metropolitan Museum of Art, and the Whitney Museum of American Art, New York; National Gallery of Art, Washington, D. C.; Walker Art Center, Minneapolis; Philadelphia Museum of Art; Yale University Art Gallery, New Haven; The Art Institute of Chicago; Nasher Museum of Art, Durham, NC; Parrish Art Museum; Addison Gallery of American Art, Andover, MA; Dallas Museum of Art; Museum of Fine Arts, Houston; and Hood Museum of Art, Dartmouth College, Hanover, NH. International venues include Australian National Gallery, Canberra; Centro Cultural Arte Contemporano, Mexico City; and Daimler Kunst Sammlung, Berlin.


Carroll Dunham

Carroll Dunham (b. 1949, New Haven, CT) is a contemporary American painter, whose career has encompassed elements of Abstract Expressionism, Surrealism and Neo-expressionism, moving from abstraction to figuration. Dunham has held global solo exhibitions at Museum Ludwig, Cologne, Millesgården, Stockholm; and Drammens Museum, Drammen, Norway, followed by a mid-career retrospective was held at the New Museum of Contemporary Art, New York. Dunham’s work is held in numerous esteemed collections including the Art Institute of Chicago, Brooklyn Museum, Museum of Modern Art, Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles, Philadelphia Museum of Art, Walker Art Center, and Whitney Museum of American Art, among others. 


Seeing Things in Things

On view through February 19, 2023, Seeing Things in Things features nearly 70 major works including new sculptures and wall pieces, a grouping of small 3-dimensional “sketches,” works on paper, and photographs from the early 1980s to the present. Through his creative inquiry, Kendrick invites viewers to think about the relationships between representation and abstraction, sculpture and the body, organic and synthetic, and natural and made by hand. A richly illustrated 192-page book, co-published with and distributed by Rizzoli Electa, accompanies the exhibition and in on sale in the Museum Shop.

Mel Kendrick: Seeing Things in Things was organized by the Addison Gallery of American Art, Phillips Academy, Andover, Massachusetts and curated by Allison Kemmerer, The Mary Stripp and R. Crosby Kemper Director. The presentation at the Parrish Art Museum is organized by Corinne Erni, Deputy Director of Curatorial Affairs and Senior Curator of ArtsReach and Special Projects, with additional support from Kaitlin Halloran, Curatorial Assistant and Publications Coordinator and Brianna L. Hernández, Curatorial Fellow.

Support for public programs is provided by Weill Cornell Medicine – Southampton and The Corcoran Group.



The presentation of Mel Kendrick: Seeing Things in Things at the Parrish Art Museum is made possible, in part, thanks to the generous support of Dorothy Lichtenstein, Imperfect Family Foundation; William R. Peelle, Jr.; Fiona and Eric Rudin; Jack Shear; The Drawing Room, East Hampton; The Evelyn Toll Family Foundation; Agnes Gund; Linda Hackett, Melinda Hackett: CAL Foundation; David Nolan Gallery, New York; Sandy and Stephen Perlbinder; Susan Dunlevy; Hugh J. Freund and Sandra Wijnberg; Francis J. Greenburger; Elliott and Mimi Meisel; John L. Thomson; Raymond J. Learsy; and Carol LeWitt.

The Parrish Art Museum’s programs are made possible, in part, by the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Kathy Hochul and the New York State Legislature, and by the property taxpayers from the Southampton School District and the Tuckahoe Common School District.


The Parrish Art Museum strives to illuminate the creative process, casting light on how art transforms our experience and understanding of the world in which we live. The Museum fosters connections between individuals, art, and artists through the care and interpretation of the collection, as well as the presentation of exhibitions, publications, educational initiatives, and programs. A center for cultural engagement with a focus on the East End of Long Island, the Parrish is a source of inspiration and a destination for the region, the nation, and the world.




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