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Guild Hall Announces 2011 Summer Season

Originally Posted: May 23, 2011

Guild Hall celebrates 80 years on the East End. (Eileen Casey)

East Hampton - Guild Hall of East Hampton announced the 2011 Summer Season. From Memorial Day weekend through Labor Day (and beyond), Guild Hall has programming that will delight, dazzle, and inspire.

"This is Guild Hall's 80th season celebrating artists on the East End," says Ruth Appelhof, Executive Director. "Since our doors first opened in 1931, we have remained committed to enriching lives through the arts."

Season highlights include Colin Quinn, direct from Broadway, on stage in the John Drew Theater for a three-week run of "Long Story Short," which is directed by Jerry Seinfeld. The reviews all endorse this performance as nothing less than "Hilarious!"

Summer exhibitions feature the works of Bryan Hunt, Clifford Ross in June and July, and Richard Prince, whose exhibition will be celebrated at Guild Hall's Summer Gala in August. The show will run through October 10.

The classical music series returns again this year. James Lipton joins our SummerDocs, presented in partnership with HIFF, as a host of one screening and, our friend and trustee, Alec Baldwin, returns to host the other two.

"Stirring the Pot" Conversations with Celeb Chefs is a new series that will have mouths watering with behind the scenes stories of those who could stand the heat in the kitchen and have the tales to tell.

KidFest is a perennial Guild Hall favorite and features arts and crafts and live performances every Wednesday afternoon in July and August for children of all ages.

The Hamptons Institute enters its second year, after a successful debut last season, and is guaranteed to spark thoughtful discussion on the issues and challenges that are shaping our world.

There are literary readings featuring award-winning poets and celebrities. The Garden Tour boasts another season of a rare glimpse behind the hedges of some of the Hamptons most beautiful gardens.

In August, Guild Hall celebrates their 80th birthday with a night of stars. The Summer Gala will once again be the party of the summer and The Clothesline Art Sale is an opportunity for art lovers to purchase works by local artists at affordable prices!

This is the season to experience the extraordinary at Guild Hall!

Guild Hall Summer Season 2011

Through October 9, 2011
The Museum at Guild Hall presents "Twin Towers Tragedy: Photographs by John Jonas Gruen. The exhibition opens Saturday, September 3 from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. and runs through October 9, 2011. This exhibition commemorates the 10th anniversary of 9/11. The exhibition of 24 photographs pays tribute to New York City and its brave citizens. The exhibition will be on view in the Boots Lamb Education Center. This is the first time these images will be exhibited. A talk by the artist is scheduled at 5 p.m. on September 3. Gruen notes "My immediate impulse was to rush down there to see if I could help in some way. I quickly learned that immediate access to the devastation would be impossible. But on the following day, which happened to be my birthday, I picked up my camera and went downtown. The dust was indescribable. Police were everywhere as was the National Guard, called out to patrol the streets, marching in formation with rifles at the ready. And Con Edison was everywhere, looking for dangerous leaks and repairing what they could. Almost everyone wore gauze facemasks to protect themselves from the dust and the fumes. Hundreds of reporters, photographers and civilians gathered where they could. The feeling was that of outrage and sorrow."

Christina Mossaides Strassfield, Museum Director/Chief Curator, selected the 24 works for the exhibition. She notes that after 9/11 many artists created works of art to express their feeling and the mood of the country. Some of the work they created was very cleansing for the artists who had witnessed one of the worst experiences of their lives. John's photographs of the days following this tragic event capture a moment in time that we will never, and should never, forget.

Gruen goes on to say "The entire country and the entire world changed as a result of New York's Twin Tower Tragedy. Although 10 years have now passed, the event remains an unforgettable turning point in every New Yorker's life. For me, the photographs I took will always be a reminder of what could (and did) suddenly befall the innocent and the unprepared. Mostly, they bring back the real pain of those days that permanently and irrevocably changed our world and the way we live in it."

Gruen was born in Paris, France, and received his early education in Berlin and Milan. The son of a European-based journalist, Gruen continued his education in New York and in Iowa, where he received his BA and MA degrees from the University of Iowa.

In his career as a journalist, author and photographer, Gruen has built a distinguished reputation in these fields. His apprenticeships as photographer began in the mid-1950s, when he worked for a renowned New York agency and had personal and professional contact with some of the greatest photographers of the day, such as Brassai and ManRay. These contacts and Gruen's subsequent work as an art, music and dance critic for leading publications, such as The New York Herald Tribune, The New York Times, New York magazine, Vogue, ARTnews, and Dance Magazine, placed him in the midst of a creative world that gave him access to artists, musicians, actors, writers and poets, whom he not only wrote about but also photographed.

Gruen thus amassed an archive of photographs which has been exhibited throughout the United States. More than 200 of his portraits are in the collection of the Whitney Museum of American Art where they were exhibited in 2010. His photographs of New York City, its people, its streets, parks, and monuments celebrate Gruen's versatility as a photographer working in the black and white genre of past American masters. Gruen and his wife, the painter Jane Wilson, make their home in New York City and Water Mill.

 • Through October 10
In this exhibition, Richard Prince, a part-time student of the East End of Long Island and the 2009 Guild Hall Lifetime Achievement Award Winner in the Visual Arts, will show a new body of work that uses appropriated imagery. This imagery is based on the series of photographs of the artist Jackson Pollock at work. Jackson Pollock was one of the leaders of the Abstract Expressionist movement, the quintessentially vanguard art movement in America. Sponsored in part through the generosity of Lead Sponsors: Barbara and Richard Lane, Alexandra and Steven Cohen, and Mark Borghi Fine Arts; and Co-Sponsors The Broad Art Foundation, Denise LeFrak and John Calicchio, and Ray Learsy and Melva Bucksbaum.

The Shop At Guild Hall
Get inspired and discover great gifts, such as one-of-a-kind jewelry and ceramics by local East End artisans; a wide selection of books featuring regional artists, poets, writers, and celebrity chefs; wonderful educational toys for children and much, much more.

Guild Hall, 158 Main Street, East Hampton, New York 11937; 631-324-4050; Tickets online at GuildHall.org or at Box Office; theatermania.com; or 1-866-811-4111. Box Office is open seven days a week, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. or until 30 minutes after curtain on show nights.

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Updated: May 18, 2011, 12:32 pm
Appeared In: the arts >> museum news