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Parrish Art Museum’s "Midsummer Party" To Honor Louise Riggio And Leonard Riggio And Maya Lin

Nicole Barylski

The Midsummer Party attracts hundreds of Parrish supporters. (Photo: Patrick McMullan/PMC)

The Parrish Art Museum in Water Mill will hold its beloved annual Midsummer Party on Saturday, July 13.

"For decades, the Midsummer Party has been the perfect recipe for bringing together artists and the community to celebrate the special relationship between the Museum and the cultural life of this unique region," stated Parrish Director Terrie Sultan.

The yearly soiree attracts hundreds of notable artists, art collectors, curators, philanthropists, and business leaders from the Hamptons, New York City, and beyond. The 2019 iteration will fête Louise and Leonard Riggio and artist Maya Lin, while previous honorees have included Ross Bleckner, Beth Rudin DeWoody, Agnes Gund, Chad Leat, Dorothy Lichtenstein, Inga Maren Otto, Katharina Otto-Bernstein, Clifford Ross, Barbara J. Slifka, and Keith Sonnier.

"To a great extent the history of the Hamptons was written by the great artists who were inspired by the surrounding environs. As their art and fame flourished, the mission of the Parrish Art Museum morphed over time to reflect the dynamic evolution of their works," honoree Leonard Riggio reflected.

The evening will commence with cocktails at 6:30 p.m., followed by dinner catered by Olivier Cheng Catering & Events on the Mildred C. Brinn Terrace at 7:30 p.m. The live auction action will begin at 9 p.m., and the Late Night Party will take over the Lichtenstein Theater at 10 p.m.

Attendees will also be privy to the exceptional exhibitions on display, including Thomas Joshua Cooper: Refuge; Renate Aller: The Space between Memory and Expectation; Jean-Luc Mylayne: A Matter of Place; as well as the Museum's current permanent collection installation Every Picture Tells a Story.

Deborah F. Bancroft and Preston T. Phillips will serve as Midsummer Party co-chairs, with a host committee of Mary and Howard S. Frank, Laura Lofaro Freeman and James L. Freeman, Chad A. Leat, Denise LeFrak, Christina and Alan MacDonald, Larry Milstein, Sandy and Stephen Perlbinder, Kathy Reilly, Frederic M. Seegal, Marcia Dunn Sobel, and Joey Wölffer.

Larry Milstein will chair the Late Night Party, where artist Shantell Martin will be the honorary guest. DJ Alice Longyu Gao will provide the Late Night tunes.

"Our profound thanks are owed to the past and present patrons who had the wisdom to underwrite its growth, and to the succession of museum professionals who had the genius to create and expand this priceless landmark," Riggio added.

Tickets to the Midsummer Party start at $1,500, while Young Patron (Ages 21-35) tickets are available for $500. Tickets to the Late Night Party are $150.

The Parrish's mission is to "illuminate the creative process and how art and artists transform our experiences and understanding of the world and how we live in it by fostering connections among individuals, art, and artists through care and interpretation of the collection, the presentation of exhibitions, publications, educational initiatives, programs, and artists-in-residence."

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

Nicole is the Editor-in-Chief of Hamptons.com where she focuses on lifestyle, nightlife, and mixology. She grew up in the Hamptons and currently resides in Water Mill. www.hamptons.com NicoleBarylski NicoleBarylski

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