GUIDED WALKING TOUR OF FIELD OF DREAMS
AND SCOTT BLUEDORN’S BONAC BLIND
FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 26, 3–4:30 pm
Senior Curator Corinne Erni and Parrish docents will take guests through the extraordinary sculptures; Scott Bluedorn will be on hand to discuss his Road Show installation
Gorman; Scott Bluedorn at the Bonac Blind. Photo: Jane Schneider
The Parrish Art Museum continues to offer its outdoor, socially distanced walking tours of Field of Dreams and the Bonac Blind on Friday, February 26, 3-4:30pm. Corinne Erni, Senior Curator of Special Projects and ArtsReach, and Parrish docents will be stationed throughout the Meadow to discuss the sculpture with guests; 2020 Parrish Road Show artist Scott Bluedorn will be onsite to give tours of his Bonac Blind. Guests will be separated into small groups for the tours, and masks are required to be worn throughout. Space is limited, advance ticket purchase with pre-event registration required. Tickets are $10 | Free for Members, Students and Children; and the event will take place rain or snow or sunshine.
“Being onsite at the Parrish brings real joy to our visitors, and I’m pleased that we continue to offer plein air tours in the Meadow for our audiences to learn firsthand about the artists and artworks in Field of Dreams,” said Erni.
Field of Dreams, the Museum’s inaugural sculpture exhibition, presents work by 10 international, multi-generational artists working in a variety of genres. The outdoor exhibition features a new installation created for the Museum by interdisciplinary artist Theaster Gates (American, born 1973), a suite of four new sculptures by Jaume Plensa (Spanish, born 1955), and new works by Parrish collection artist Jim Dine (American, born 1935). Other collection artists include Roy Lichtenstein (American, 1923-97), Joel Perlman (American, born 1943), and Joel Shapiro (American, born 1941); as well as sculpture by Max Ernst (German, 1891-1976), Bernar Venet (French, born 1941), Isa Genzken (German, born 1948) and Giuseppe Penone (Italian, born 1947). Docents will provide information on the works, and answer questions during the tour.
In addition, participants will have the opportunity to meet and chat with Scott Bluedorn about Bonac Blind, an interpretation of duck blinds used for camouflage by local hunters. According to the artist, “The Bonac Blind is a multi-faceted art intervention: a floating, off-grid microhome that references traditional Bonac culture of fishing, farming and hunting while also serving as a comment on the erosion of this culture due to the compound problems of housing crisis, climate change, and modernity.”
First installed on the water in Springs, East Hampton, Bonac Blind now is set in the Parrish Meadow amid the same switchgrass that covers the structure. Complete with off-grid amenities such as solar roof panels, solar batteries, a single bed, end table, side chair, and a wood burning stove—the tiny house features Bluedorn’s artwork and is appointed with homey and practical objects like duck decoys affixed to the ceiling, a clam rake over the window, seining nets, and a lamp made of sea kelp from Montauk.
Out of an abundance of caution and in support of efforts to slow the spread of Covid-19, the Parrish has temporarily closed the galleries, which will reopen March 12. The Meadow and the Field of Dreams remain open and free to all visitors, and the Museum continues offer a robust schedule of online experiences.
Friday Nights at the Parrish are made possible, in part, by Presenting Sponsor: Bank of America.
Additional support provided by Sandy and Stephen Perlbinder.
Field of Dreams exhibition is made possible, in part, by the generous support of the Parrish Sculpture Fund, and with the participation of Gray Gallery; Galerie Lelong & Co.; Kasmin Gallery; Loretta Howard Gallery; Glenn Fuhrman and FLAG Art Foundation; and HargreavesJones, Landscape Architects.
Parrish Road Show: Scott Bluedorn—Bonac Barge is made possible, in part, by the generous support of Sandy and Stephen Perlbinder, and Jane Wesman and Donald Savelson. Public funding provided by Suffolk County.
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.