“Promised Land Remembered,” organized by The Victor D’Amico Institute of Art, will travel to the Amagansett Free Library — located at 215 Main Street — and open with a reception on Sunday, November 4, from 1 to 3 p.m.
The exhibition — a version of which was on view at The Art Barge earlier this year — consists of early tempera on paper paintings by Mabel D’Amico, circa 1939 to the 1940s, accompanied by a brief historical narrative about Promised Land, illustrated with selected period photographs reproduced from local public collections, including Mabel’s own.
“Altogether, the paintings, photographs, and historical research recall and relay the overall historically significant activity of this former fishing port and menhaden processing plant located off Cranberry Hole Road in Amagansett,” a press release said. “‘Promised Land Remembered’ depicts the presence and impact of Promised Land in the socio-economic history of Amagansett and, in drawing Mabel and Victor D’Amico to this area, Promised Land exerted specific influence on the cultural and artistic history of the East End.”
During the opening reception, Christopher Kohan, president of The VDIA, will give a talk with environmental planner Rachel Gruzen and founder of the Smith Meal Co. fish factory David Clarke about Mabel and Victor D’Amico’s connection with Promised Land, the history and context of the menhaden industry, and recollections of the fish factory and activity there.
Admission is free, but registration for the talk is required. For more information, call (631) 267-3172 or theartbarge.org.