On Thursday, August 19, Guild Hall in East Hampton will celebrate its 90th birthday all day and night with a variety of community programs and events. Guests are encouraged to drop by over the course of the day for workshops, tours, performances, dancing, and free cupcakes.
“For our 90th year, Guild Hall made sure that its unique role as one of the first multidisciplinary centers in the country was known far and wide through the publishing of the book Guild Hall for All, the production of a short film, The Sandbox: Guild Hall 1931-2021, and fresh programming that pays tribute to our history,” says Guild Hall’s executive director Andrea Grover. “We truly are a sandbox for creativity.”
The day’s festivities will begin at 11 a.m. with artist Viv Corringham and the founders of Gesso, Henna Wang and Michael Reynolds, who will be giving a personal tour of “Full of Noises: A Village Soundwalk,” followed by “Paint Like Pollock!” with the Pollock-Krasner House & Study Center in front of the building from 3 to 5 p.m., and Family Gallery Tours with Guild Hall’s FAQ Team at 3:30 p.m. and 4:30 p.m. The current exhibition, “Robert Longo: A History of the Present,” will be on view in the galleries for extended hours from noon to 8 p.m.
At 7:30 p.m. the New York City Ballet will present “On & Off Stage” indoors in the John Drew Theater. This unique and intimate look at NYCB with principal dancer Adrian Danchig-Waring, will include excerpts from the company’s world-renowned repertory.
As the sun goes down the exterior of the building will be lit up with a special video installation, “TimeSpace,” by artist Christine Sciulli that will serve as the backdrop for an outdoor silent dance party from 8 to 11 p.m. in front of the building and in the John Drew Backyard Theater. The grounds of Guild Hall will come alive in a quietly energetic way as DJ’s spin tunes from the ‘70s to today, streaming into three channels on headphones. No matter what, the perfect dance song will be piping into the ears of the crowd for optimal grooving.
Citarella will be offering complimentary birthday cupcakes all day, and the eAT Coffee Bar inside Guild Hall will be open for refreshments and cocktails from noon to 11 p.m.
In case of rain, the guided sound walk, outdoor video installation and silent dance party will be canceled. “Paint Like Pollock” will be moved indoors. Please note that all guests over the age of 2 are required to wear face coverings inside, regardless of vaccination status.
Guild Hall is at 158 Main Street in East Hampton. Visit guildhall.org for details.