On January 6, longtime Museum Director/Chief Curator Christina Mossaides Strassfield will be stepping down from her role at Guild Hall to become the new Executive Director of Southampton Arts Center. Please join us in wishing her the very best in this next phase of her career.
During her tenure at Guild Hall, Christina has curated exhibitions with artists Laurie Anderson, Peter Beard, Eric Fischl, Lee Krasner, Barbara Kruger, Roy Lichtenstein, Robert Longo, Ugo Rondinone, and Cindy Sherman, to name a few, and oversaw the coordination of exhibitions with artists Winslow Homer, Ellsworth Kelly, Robert Motherwell, Robert Rauschenberg, and Andy Warhol, amongst others. She has overseen the growth of our collection of over 2,400 works by artists associated with Eastern Long Island, and organized the traveling exhibition, An Adventure in the Arts: Selections from the Permanent Collection of the Guild Hall Museum, which has journeyed cross-country since 2007 to the present day.
Christina has been a beloved part of the Guild Hall community for 29 years and will be missed. We look forward to expanding our reach further west with future collaborations.
BONUS STIRRING THE POT THIS SATURDAY
Foodies rejoice! New York Times food & wine writer Florence Fabricant returns for a special fall Stirring the Pot, this time at the new Carissa’s Bakery location at 3 Bay Street in Sag Harbor this Saturday, November 12 at 4PM. “Holiday Pie Primer with Carissa’s” will include a conversation with co-founder/Pastry Chef & Baker Carissa Waechter and Head Baker Denis Bernard while they simultaneously present a Thanksgiving pie-making demo from start to finish. Attendees will have the opportunity to sample the final product and one lucky guest will go home with a whole pie of their own!
GETTING TO KNOW GUILD HALL
What’s your name? Joe Brondo
Where are you from? I was born and raised in the same town as this great institution, East Hampton, NY. My commute is legendary.
What’s your role at Guild Hall? I am currently the Director of Digital Content, where I do many digital things but, most notably, get to make videos about our many exciting programs.
Where did you go to school and what did you study?
I studied Computer Science at Polytechnic University in Brooklyn (now NYU) before switching my major and completing my Bachelor’s degree in Communications with a focus on Theatre & Film at Southampton College, Long Island University (now Stony Brook Southampton, SUNY).
What’s your favorite Guild Hall program of all time?
Oh gosh, I’ve experienced so many amazing programs that it’s hard to isolate them, but here are just a few: Hamptons Dance Project in 2022, Philip Glass in 2019, A Thousand Thoughts by Sam Green with the Kronos Quartet in 2019, Laurie Anderson’s exhibition in 2018, Meredith Monk in 2014, The Night of 75 Starsin 2006 (a benefit star-studded variety show), the Student Art Festival, and Bluebirds in 2015.
What’s your passion? My passion is people. I love collaborating with people, performing for them, making them laugh, sharing things I created, learning from them, and lending a hand to help. What’s life without sharing and experiencing with others?
The East End edition of Swept Away: Love Letter to a Surrogate(s) by Warren Neidich came to a close on Sunday, October 30 at Main Beach in East Hampton. This community-oriented artistic project aims to create a transcontinental heartbeat across America. Sixty-five artists from Los Angeles wrote sets of instructions, in the form of love letters, to an equal number of artists from the East End who performed them in an open and improvisational way at the waters’ edge. In the spring of 2023, the reverse will occur, with East End artists writing love letters to LA artists to be executed at Will Rogers State Beach in Santa Monica in conjunction with the 18th Street Arts Center.
Did you know that select works from Guild Hall’s collection have been on the road since 2007? Landau Traveling Exhibition’s An Adventure in the Arts: Selections from the Permanent Collection of the Guild Hall Museum began at the Gulf Coast Museum of Art in Largo, Florida, and is exhibiting at its 20th venue, The Washington Pavilion in Sioux Falls, South Dakota, on view through March 5, 2023. On February 10, 2024, the exhibition will open at The Four Arts in Palm Beach, which was founded by Marjorie Woodhouse Leidy, the daughter of Guild Hall founder Mary Woodhouse. If you are in South Dakota this winter or Palm Beach in 2024, make sure you check it out!
THANKS & GIVING
“We are so lucky to have Guild Hall and the adventurous, dedicated, and in every way, completely fabulous people who keep it moving into the future. A town with the ocean, nature, and great film, theater, art, and fantastic community events. Wow. Thank you, Guild Hall.”
— Laurie Anderson, Multimedia Artist
This Thanksgiving holiday, please consider giving generously to our Annual Fund. You will support our transformative initiatives and mission by helping us raise $62,000 by December 31. Thank you from all of us at Guild Hall!
Pictured: Christina Mossaides Strassfield in 2009. Photo: Gordon M. Grant
Cherry Pie by Carissa’s. Photo courtesy of Carissa’s The Bakery.
Guild Hall team member Joe Brondo.
Artist Monica Banks at Swept Away on October 30. Photo: Jessica Dalene Photography
Andy Warhol, “Marilyn Monroe”, 1967. Screenprint. 36 x 35 inches. Collection Credit: Tito Spiga Bequest. Accession Number 91.8.6
Laurie Anderson at the opening reception of her 2018 exhibition. Photo: Daniel Gonzalez
Stirring the Pot Sponsors
Lead Sponsor: Ciuffo Cabinetry
Supporting Sponsors: Citarella and Landscape Details
Media Partners: Purist and James Lane Post
Special thanks to Lori Chemla, Carissa Waechter, and Michele VanNostran of Carissa’s Bakery.
SWEPT AWAY is supported by Bloomberg Philanthropies and The Hayden Family Foundation.
An Adventure in the Arts: Selections from the Permanent Collection of the Guild Hall Museum is made possible through support from the Choptank Foundation, The Bryn Mawr Trust Company of Delaware and the Delaware Division of the Arts.
Guild Hall’s museum programs are made possible by the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of the Office of the Governor and the New York State Legislature, an anonymous donor, Crozier Fine Arts, and funding from The Michael Lynne Museum Endowment, and The Melville Straus Family Endowment.