No Holds Barred: Parrish Art Museum Celebrates Women’s History Month

The Parrish Art Musuem

March marks Women’s History Month, and the Parrish Art Museum is pulling out all the stops — celebrating with three programs featuring three different women, who each represent diverse generations, cultures and practices.

“This is a terrific lineup of women artists who have a connection to the Parrish,” said Corinne Erni, Senior Curator of ArtsReach and Special Projects, said in a press release. “I much look forward to an illuminating discourse about what it means to work as a woman artist today.”

On Friday, March 8, at 6 p.m., Mary Heilmann and Mel Kendrick will kick off the festivities with a talk on their late friend, and fellow artist, Louisa Chase — whose work is on view in “Louisa Chase: Below the Surface.”

“The survey features 18 paintings and works on paper dating from 1972–2011 by the artist who provided a view into the diary of her inner life through the bold use of color in her abstract works,” according to a press release. “‘Below the Surface’ includes ‘Yellow Spooks,’ 1986; and ‘Untitled,’ 1988, two paintings in the Parrish collection, in a compendium of works on paper and large-scale paintings that provides an in-depth look at the artist’s creative approach.”

On Sunday, March 24, at 2 p.m., the Water Mill museum will screen “The Artist’s Lens: Kusama—Infinity,” a film on Japanese artist Yayoi Kusama, followed by a conversation with Parrish Director Terrie Sultan and collection artist John Torreano, co-presented with the Hamptons Doc Fest.

“Now the top-selling female artist in the world, Yayoi Kusama pushed boundaries that often alienated her from both her peers and those in power in the art world,” the release said. “Despite challenges of racism, sexism, and mental illness, Kusama endured, creating a legacy of artwork that spans the disciplines of painting, sculpture, installation art, performance art, poetry and literary fiction.”

Tickets are $15 and $5 for members, children and students.

German-born artist Bastienne Schmidt will wrap up the celebrations on Friday, March 29, with a conversation about and signing of her new book, “Grids and Threads,” starting at 6 p.m.

“Bastienne Schmidt, a Bridgehampton- and New York-based multimedia artist who has lived and worked for many years in Greece and Italy, explores concepts of identity and place through photography and painting,” a press release said. “Schmidt will discuss her artistic practice with Parrish Director Terrie Sultan, followed by a book signing of ‘Grids and Threads’ — a minimalist meditation on the concept of white space and its perception inspired by Marcel Duchamp’s ‘3 Standard Stoppages.’”

For more information, call (631) 283-2118 or visit