Log In   ·   Become A Member

East Hampton Historical Society To Host "Thomas Moran Discovers The American West"

Courtney File

Above Tower Falls, Yellowstone, Thomas Moran. Courtesy of Guild Hall. Gift of Ruth B. Moran.

After being gifted to the Yellowstone National Park in the 1940s, works from Thomas Moran, the founder of East Hampton's artists' colony, has made its way back to the Hamptons and will be highlighted as part of the East Hampton Historical Society's "Thomas Moran Discovers the American West" exhibition.

Located at 229 Main Street in East Hampton, in the newly renovated Moran studio, the historical show displays parts of Moran's involvement in the 1871 Hayden Expedition to Wyoming as well as its influence on the art world and the National Parks Service.

The exhibition's home actually belonged to the Moran's family. In 1884, Thomas Moran along with his wife and children moved into the house on the historic Main Street. The abode was actually designed by Thomas Moran. This studio was the first built in East Hampton, and has played a crucial role in American art history. Luckily this historical home was saved from its decay, by a five-year restoration project in July 2018.

"The vision of the Moran Studio," said Maria Vann, Executive Director of the East Hampton Historical Society, "is to provide visitors 'an experience of place' that holds historic, artistic, and cultural value. Having visitors experience a place where history actually happened can be a very powerful tool for imagination and understanding," said Ms. Vann.

So, the Moran Studio is returning to its former glory as a "beacon of art and culture," and with the help of Moran's historical pieces, it will continue to be a place where the community can educate and enlighten themselves through art.

"The significance of the Moran's and their role locally and nationally is of great importance to the world of art," said Ms. Vann, "but in a broader sense because of Thomas Moran's role in the founding of our National Parks."

The exhibition, which was curated by Richard Barons, the East Hampton Historical Society's Chief Curator, will also feature rare loans from the National Park Service, including period maps, stereographic cards, wood engravings, photographs and key late 19th century publications.

"Thomas Moran Discovers the American West" will open on Saturday, June 29, and run through Saturday, November 9.

For more information go to https://easthamptonhistory.org.

Related Articles:

Be the first to comment on this article. (Just fill out the form below)

Submit Your Comment

Please note, you are not currently logged in. Your comment will be submitted as a guest.
To submit your comment as a member, please click here.
Your Name:
* Comments will be reviewed and posted in a timely fashion
* All fields are required
Please type the word 'water'
(For spam prevention, thanks)
East End Tick Control
The East End's only New York State licensed dedicated tick and mosquito control specialists!

Hamptons Carpet One Floor & Home
We pay less,and so do you.With over 1,000 stores in our buying group, we can get the lowest prices from the best flooring manufacturers — and pass the savings on to you.Visit our other locations: Hamptons Carpet One Floor & Home, 675 North Sea Road,Southampton, NY 11968

Southampton Masonry-Visiting the Southampton or the Wainscott locations is an exciting experience.
Southampton Masonry has been serving Long Island's masonry and tile needs since 1975. Delivering quality products from Manhattan to Montauk for over three decades. The company's continued success is due primarily to their number one priority: customer satisfaction, with a promise of prompt and courteous service from the professional, knowledgeable staff. Southampton Masonry has the largest inventory on the east end. As direct importers they can offer a large variety of the finest quality products at the most competitive pricing for both your interior and exterior projects.

Southrifty Drug 54 Jagger Lane, Southampton Village
Southrifty Drug is a small, neighborhood pharmacy with limited shelf space, and we have to be very selective about which over-the-counter items we carry. As a result you'll find a no nonsense concentration of very effective, high quality and useful products on our shelves. In this new section, we feature a number of these products that we feel are especially worthy of your consideration.

Burner Law Group, P.C.
Burner Law Group, P.C. are full service elder law attorneys concentrating in the areas of Estate Planning, Trust and Estate Administration and Litigation, Special Needs Planning, Guardianship and Elder Law. Offices in East Setauket‚ NY, Westhampton Beach, NY, and New York, NY.

Suburban Propane in Bridgehampton, New York has been serving proudly supporting our community for 90 years.
Suburban Propane has been serving the energy needs for home owners and business in the Hampton’s for decades. We offer friendly service by local professionals you know and trust, plus the peace of mind that comes from knowing we are among the leaders in the industry for safety.