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The Ladd Brothers Debut At The Parrish During Live Performance

Elsie Boskamp

William and Steven Ladd performing Faith. (Courtesy Photo)

The Parrish Art Museum will present "Steven and William Ladd: Mary Queen of the Universe," an exhibition in which the fraternal team will display sculptures, drawings and prints that explore the boundaries of design and fashion, and fine art and craft. The exhibit will be open to the public from Sunday, October 26, 2014 through Monday, January 19, 2015.

The brothers used non-traditional materials, including fabric, belts and beads, to portray memories of their childhood experiences in St. Louis, in which they attended Catholic grade school, Mary Queen of the Universe, which the exhibition is named for.

The show features 24 sculptures, 10 handcrafted artists' books and over 25 drawings and prints and "will be a compelling experience for visitors," according to Parrish Art Museum Director, Terrie Sultan. The core of the exhibit is a series of 12 sculptures, or "landscapes," that each consist of 24 custom-made boxes installed on the walls in individual grids.

Much of their exhibition also focuses of theatrical elements and color. "Each color triggers a story," Steven Ladd said. In past shows, the Ladd brothers have presented their art through performance, and will do so at the Museum's The Artist's View program on Sunday, October 26th. At 11 a.m., the Ladd brothers will take part in a live performance where they will transform one of their largest works, Faith, from its tower formation into a landscape.

The Parrish Art Museum is located at 279 Montauk Highway in Water Mill. For more information, call 631-283-2118 or visit parrishart.org.

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