Former New York Times Sports Columnist

Robert Lipsyte  Speaks on

Strike Fast, Dance Light: Artists on Boxing


Saturday, July 1st, 2023 | 4 PM



Non-Members: $20

Members: $10



                                                                                                                 Let’s get ready to RUMBLE! American sports journalist and former Sports and City columnist for The New York Times, Robert Lipsyte, will be in conversation with Chief Curator Sara Cochran to discuss the sport (and art) of boxing. Having covered boxing for the NYT during the Muhammad Ali era, Lipstye comes prepped with an impressive perspective and knowledge on boxing. Lipstye was a finalist for the 1992 Pulitzer Prize in Commentary and author of the YA best-selling boxing novel, “The Contender.” Lipsyte is sure to bring stimulating and dynamic insights into the brutal yet beautiful world of boxing. This talk is part of the exciting programs that further explore this Summers 2023 exhibition, Strike Fast, Dance Lightly: Artists on Boxing, in collaboration with the FLAG Art Foundation.



Robert Lipsyte is a former sports and city columnist for the New York Times who covered boxing in the Muhammad Ali era and wrote the YA best-seller, “The Contender,” a boxing novel. He was a finalist for the 1992 Pulitzer Prize in Commentary and an Emmy award winner as host of the Channel 13 nightly public affairs show “The Eleventh Hour.” He lives on Shelter Island.


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. 

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