Log In   ·   Become A Member

Dr. Sara Cochran Selected As The Church's Executive Director And Chief Curator

Nicole Barylski

Dr. Sara Cochran. (Photo: Sean Deckert)

While The Church in Sag Harbor is a ways away from opening, Dr. Sara Cochran has been named the inaugural Executive Director and Chief Curator.

Founded by local artists and philanthropists Eric Fischl and April Gornik, The Church will offer artist residencies, exhibition space, and serve as a creativity center. Its mission is to "foster creativity on the East End to honor the living history of Sag Harbor as a 'maker' Village" by "championing new and traditional technologies through collaboration, education and outreach."

"Sara is an exceptional and professional curator and director who has had a transformative, enriching effect on all the institutions she's led" Fischl relayed, "and we are tremendously lucky to have her join us in Sag Harbor."

"In her curatorial practice, she has also brought communities whose voices had not been heard to the fore. She is much more than a maker of exhibitions and understands our intent for The Church," Gornik added.

Dr. Cochran, who previously served as Director and Chief Curator at the Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art, most recently partnered with artist Gregory Sale on his year-long project, Future IDs on Alcatraz Island in the San Francisco Bay. While at the Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art, she curated eight exhibitions, including notable projects with Betye Saar (2016) and Postcommodity (2015). Dr. Cochran was also responsible for varied programming, such as discussions with Founding Guerrilla Girl Kathe Kollwitz, Robert Irwin, Tom Sachs, Henry Rollins, Megan Rapinoe, and Dan Savage, national film premiers, stand-up comedy, a book club, maker events, an escape room and more. During her tenure as Curator of Modern and Contemporary Art at the Phoenix Art Museum, Dr. Cochran planned fifteen exhibitions, including debuting and traveling Kehinde Wiley's Memling Series in 2013. She also held curatorial positions at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art and Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum earlier in her career.

Dr. Cochran earned her Ph.D. in the History of Art from the Courtauld Institute of Art in London and has a Masters from Université de la Sorbonne, Paris IV.

"I am extremely excited about the opportunity to work with Eric, April and the Board to shape this ambitious organization at the crucial time of its founding," Dr. Cochran said. "Since its beginning in the 18th century, Sag Harbor has had a unique global focus. It has had an extraordinary tradition of creativity and innovation, from whaling to watch making, as well as in the visual arts, writing and music. I look forward to defining The Church's programs and building partnerships in the area and across the nation as we work to create a space for artists and community in this rich historic place and cultural environment."

Housed in a deconsecrated Methodist Church built in 1835 that is being updated by Lee H. Skolnick Architecture + Design Partnership, once fully renovated the space will offer a myriad of events, including presentations, partnerships with other cultural institutions, educational programs, artists in residencies, outreach events, and more.

"While we have made significant progress in defining the form of our outdoor space through the creation of our side yard garden and gathering area's grading and stone retaining walls, most of our progress has been hidden from view," Lee H. Skolnick of Lee H. Skolnick Architecture + Design Partnership said about the renovation process on The Church's website. "The many elements of infrastructure - sprinklers, power, ductwork, etc. - have been carefully threaded through the site and building to preserve its architectural and natural integrity. In fact, these many interventions have been proceeding at warp speed and we are thrilled by the cooperative and collaborative spirit and performance of our contractor, Moises Cerdas, and his skilled and dedicated subcontractors."

In addition to The Church, The Prime House, a Colonial-era home located in the heart of Sag Harbor, will offer a space for artists-in-residence that can accommodate up to five writers at time.

For more information, visit www.sagharborchurch.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

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
What color is a firetruck?
(For spam prevention, thanks)
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.

Hamilton Hoge
As the owner’s representative our practice encompasses all aspects of a project from pre-purchase property due diligence, program development iterations, advisement on systems, analyze contracts/vendors, critical path analysis, feasibility and schedule. The strength of our approach is in facilitating organized communication. We strongly analyze all representations and warranties for the protection and benefit of our client.

The Citarella Standard. We’re passionate about sourcing and selling the world’s best seafood. When you order our fresh seafood online, what you receive always reflects the unrivaled standard of our markets. It’s hand-prepared, never frozen, and shipped overnight. 631-283-6600.