A Conversation with Michelle Stuart at The Parrish

Artist Michelle Stuart. Photo by Bill Milne.

Since the 1960s, artist Michelle Stuart (b. 1933) has created work that stems from her lifelong interest in the natural world and the universe. On Friday, June 11, at 6 p.m., Stuart joins Parrish Art Museum Chief Curator Alicia G. Longwell for an intimate conversation in the museum’s Lichtenstein Theater.

Longwell and Stuart will have a broad-ranging exchange about the artist’s approach to nature and abstraction and how that process has evolved throughout her career. Her multifaceted body of work includes large-scale earth works, complex multimedia installations, earth drawings, encaustic paintings, sculptural objects, drawings and prints. The photographic image has been an ancillary part of her work in the past; it is currently the primary medium. Her work references a range of influences, from history, astronomy, botany and her extensive travels to ancient archaeological sites.

Stuart is a participating artist in “Affinities for Abstraction: Women Artists on Eastern Long Island, 1950-2020, “an exhibition with works by a multigenerational roster of 42 artists who expanded the language of abstraction — and called the Hamptons home.

Tickets for the event are $12 (free for members and students). The Parrish Art Museum is at 279 Montauk Highway, Water Mill. Visit parrishart.org for details.