A Visit to the Extraordinary Sculptures in ‘Field Of Dreams’

"Arcs in Disorder: 220.5° Arc x 15” by Bernar Venet. Photo by Dana Shaw.

The Parrish Art Museum’s chief curator, Alicia G. Longwell, and museum docents will lead guests on a socially distanced “Field of Dreams” walking tour, where the 2020 Parrish Road Show artist Scott Bluedorn will be onsite to give tours of his installation “Bonac Blind,” on Friday, March 26, from 3 to 4:30 p.m. Guests will be separated into small groups for the tours, and masks are required to be worn throughout.

“I’m pleased that we continue to offer plein-air tours in the meadow for our audiences to learn firsthand about the artworks in ‘Field of Dreams’ and their creators,” said senior curator Corinne Erni.

“Field of Dreams” is the Parrish’s inaugural sculpture exhibition and on view are works by 10 international, multigenerational artists. 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,” his interpretation of duck blinds used for camouflage by local hunters.

“The ‘Bonac Blind’ is a multifaceted 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,” Bluedorn said.

First installed on the water in Springs, “Bonac Blind” now sits 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 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.

The Parrish Art Museum is at 279 Montauk Highway, Water Mill. Space for the walking tour is limited and advance ticket purchase with pre-event registration is required. Tickets are $10 (free for members, students and children) and the event will take place rain or shine. Visit parrishart.org for details.