This week, the Parrish Art Museum offers socially-distanced, docent-led walking tours of Field of Dreams, the museum’s inaugural outdoor sculpture exhibition, as well as the opportunity to meet artist Scott Bluedorn who will guide visitors through his Road Show project “Bonac Blind.”
On Friday, December 18, from 3 to 4:30 p.m., guests will be divided into small groups for the tours in the museum meadow. Afterwards, attendees are invited to enjoy festive treats including hot cider, mulled wine and holiday cookies on the outdoor covered terrace. Space is limited, advance ticket purchase with registration required. Tickets are $12 ($5 members, free for students and children) and include admission to the museum. The event will take place rain or shine. Masks are required to be worn throughout the tour.
“We at the Parrish want to say a heartfelt thank you to all who participated in and attended our Friday Nights programs during a most challenging year,” said Corinne Erni, senior curator of ArtsReach and special projects at the Parrish. “So, we’re bringing 2020 to a close with an uplifting, plein-air tour of our beautiful Field of Dreams exhibition and the ‘Bonac Blind,’ followed by a warming holiday cheer on the terrace.”
Field of Dreams features works by 10 international, multi-generational artists working in a variety of genres. The outdoor exhibition includes 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 are sculptures 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 of duck blinds used for camouflage by local hunters.
According to the artist, “The ‘Bonac Blind’ is a multi-faceted 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, East Hampton, “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.
Guests at the event also have free admission to the Parrish galleries, currently featuring the exhibitions “Lucien Smith: Southampton Suite,” “Jackie Black: Last Meals,” “Fairfield Porter: Housebound,” “Material Witness” which presents a major work by Simone Leigh, and “What We See, How We See.”
All visitors must register for timed tickets before entering the galleries. The Parrish Art Museum is at 279 Montauk Highway, Water Mill. Visit parrishart.org to register.