INSIGHT SUNDAY with Christine Sciulli  & Special Guests including

Donnamarie Barnes, David Rattray, and Meghan McGinley

SUNDAY, May 19, 2024 | 10:30 AM

Christine Sciulli Installing “Breath of the Sea”


Non-Members: $10 / Members: Free with RSVP                                                                                        


In this final Insight Sunday of our Spring exhibition, Christine Sciulli, visual artist, lightworker, mother, and activist speaks about her site-specific work, “The Weight of Water,” and introduces specialists in Reparative Justice. We welcome you to a special Insight Sunday that invites participants to see art not only as a catalyst for change but also as a platform offering a call to action. Christine will speak about the conception of the work and the impetus to create it, as well as the physical process of installing it, before we learn about connections and history leading to New York State’s historic Reparations study committee as well as ways we can all participate. Speakers will include Donnamarie Barnes and David Rattray from the Plain Sight Project, Meghan McGinley, Director of Education at the Sag Harbor Cinema, and a representative of The New York State Community Commission on Reparations Remedies.

Named in memorium of the estimated 1.8 million Africans resting in the Atlantic Ocean after escaping the Middle Passage from disease, murder, or suicide, “The Weight of Water,” invites viewers into a safe and open space to reflect and asks the question: what can each of us offer to healing and repair for societal crimes & injustices originating by way of water?

The Plain Sight Project, which “seeks to restore the stories of the enslaved and free people of color to their essential place in American History,” joins us to shed light on the work they do, the impact they are making, and the various ways people can help. This includes the “Forgetting to Remember” Project, a collaboration between Sag Harbor Cinema and Plain Sight Project. Sag Harbor Cinema’s Education director, Meghan McGinley and the “Forgetting to Remember” Project team helped facilitate the creation of an inquiry-driven social studies curriculum based on Plain Sight Project research, which has already been implemented in some of our East End 7th-12th grade programs. After the presentation, there will be a brief Q&A with the speakers. Join us for a conversation that illuminates artistic practice, highlights community, and spotlights curiosity.


Insight Sundays, held the last Sunday of each month, provide individual artists with the opportunity to talk in-depth about their processes, techniques, and concepts in the presence of their work. The program allows the audience to see through the artist’s eye. It is a monthly program open to the public and free to our members. Christine’s work is included in our Spring exhibition, Space – Sight – Line, on view March 10 – May 25th during our exhibition hours, Wednesday through Sunday 12 PM – 5 PM. 



Christine Sciulli, a visual artist based in NYC and Amagansett, has created immersive light installations in North American and European galleries, museums, and festivals including the American Academy of Arts and Letters, Center for International Light Art, Cologne’s MAKK, Guild Hall, Parrish Art Museum and Smack Mellon Gallery. Her lighting design for the Samsung Rodin Pavilion in Seoul, South Korea won an IALD Award of Merit.  Sciulli’s practice extends to community activism, producing Jeffrey Colvin’s “Present Tense: Black Lives Matter(ed)”, co-creating the female empowerment project  “Battle of the Fantasy Girl Bands” and voter advocacy outreach “Chase the Erase” funded by The Center for Artistic Activism, as well as “Project Project Vote.” She holds an MFA from Hunter College and a Bachelor of Architectural Engineering from Penn State. A studio instructor in Lighting at Parsons School of Design, Sciulli is currently pursuing graduate studies in Social Work at NYU.


(View the events calendar here) The Church was established in 2019 by artists Eric Fischl and April Gornik. Housed in a deconsecrated 19th-century church, its doors were opened in April 2021. Our mission is to foster creativity and to honor the living history of Sag Harbor as a maker village. The East End represents an exceptional artistic legacy, spanning the practices of Indigenous art of several centuries ago, Abstract Expressionists of the mid 20th Century, and the many celebrated writers, makers, musicians, and visual artists of the recent past and current moment. Core programming includes visual art exhibitions, concerts and events, educational programming, workshops, lectures, and an artist’s residency.

The Church   

48 Madison Street   

Sag Harbor, NY 11963    




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