Explore Parrish Art Museum’s ‘Field of Dreams’

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

The Parrish Art Museum offers its next outdoor, socially distanced walking tours of “Field of Dreams” and “Bonac Blind” on Friday, February 26, from 3 to 4:30 p.m.

Parrish senior curator Corinne Erni and Parrish docents will be stationed throughout the meadow to discuss the sculpture with guests and 2020 Parrish Road Show artist Scott Bluedorn will be onsite to give tours of his “Bonac Blind.”

“Being onsite at the Parrish brings real joy to our visitors, and I’m pleased that we continue to offer plein air tours in the meadow for our audiences to learn firsthand about the artists and artworks in ‘Field of Dreams,’” Erni said.

The museum’s inaugural sculpture exhibition, “Field of Dreams” presents work by 10 international, multigenerational artists working in a variety of genres. The outdoor exhibition features a new installation created for the museum by interdisciplinary artist Theaster Gates, a suite of four new sculptures by Jaume Plensa and new works by Parrish collection artist Jim Dine. Other collection artists include Roy Lichtenstein, Joel Perlman and Joel Shapiro. Also on view is sculpture by Max Ernst, Bernar Venet, Isa Genzken and Giuseppe Penone. 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,” an interpretation ofduck blinds used for camouflage by local hunters.

According to the artist, “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.”

First installed on the water in Springs, “Bonac Blind” is now is set in the Parrish meadow amid the same switchgrass that covers the structure. Complete with solar panels, batteries, a single bed, an end table, a side chair, and a wood burning stove, the tiny house features Bluedorn’s artwork and 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 in Water Mill. Guests will be separated into small groups for the tours and masks are required to be worn throughout. Space is limited, advance ticket purchase with pre-event registration required. Tickets are $10 (free for members, students and children). For more information, visit parrishart.org.

Out of an abundance of caution and in support of efforts to slow the spread of COVID-19, the Parrish has temporarily closed the galleries, which will reopen March 12. The meadow and the “Field of Dreams” remain open and free to all visitors.

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