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Saturday, June 22, 2019

NATIONAL | ArtTable Summer Day Trip to The Hamptons

Start Date: 6/22/2019 10:45 AM EDT
End Date: 6/22/2019 7:00 PM EDT

Venue Name: Bus will meet at East Hampton Jitney Stop

East Hampton, NY  United States 

Organization Name: ArtTable NY

ArtTable NY
Email: programs@arttable.org
Phone: 212 343 1735 Ext. 13


Members | $150
Guests | $200


ArtTable’s summer trip to the Hamptons returns this year! This trip will feature a studio visit with the prolific artist Ross Bleckner, lunch at the Water mill home of Bonnie Lautenberg, a visit to the Dan Flavin institute and to the personal collection of Bill and Phyllis Mack, as well as a tour and reception at Guild Hall. Enjoy a relaxing summer day with members exploring Eash Hampton, Watermill and Bridgehampton.

Please note: Transportation to and from East Hampton is not included in this trip. A private ArtTable bus will pick up the group at the East Hampton Jitney Station to provide transportation between all locations on the itinerary. At the end of the day, the bus will return the group to the Hampton Jitney.

The Hampton Jitney is available to book 21 days prior to the reservation (June 2nd). To book your Jitney see

Getting there
Departs NYC at 8:15 AM; 40th Street - South Fork Only 10:45 AM East Hampton

Getting back:
Departs East Hampton at 7:00 PM arrives 9:30 PM NYC


11:00 AM Studio Visit with Ross Bleckner 
Our day will begin with a visit to Ross Bleckner’s studio in East Hampton, pictured
here, in the New York Times. Emerging as a prominent artist in New York during the AIDS crisis in the 1980s, Bleckner’s paintings are an investigation of change, loss, and memory, often suggesting meditations on the body, health and disease, much like a memento mori. “The idea that the body is so perfect, until it’s not perfect. It’s a fragile membrane that separates us from disaster.” His immersive paintings, whether pure abstraction of stripes or dots, or more representational renderings of birds, flowers, and brains, elicit a powerful hypnotic and dizzying effect. Smoothly layered on the canvas surface against a darker gray background, Bleckner’s famous multicolored volumetric circles or “cells” look like droplets of blood or molecules viewed under a microscope.

To this day, Bleckner is the youngest artist to receive a midcareer retrospective at the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, at the age of 45. His paintings can be found in several major museums, such as the Museum of Modern Art and in the Whitney Museum of American Art in New York, as well as numerous exhibitions, including at the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, San Francisco; Martin Gropius Bau, Berlin; Reina Sofia, Madrid; L.A. County Museum, Los Angeles; Kunstmuseum Luzern, Luzern; and Zentrum Paul Klee, Ber.


12:30 PM Visit to Jacqueline Humphries at The Dan Flavin Institute
ArtTable members will have the chance to visit the Dan Flavin Institute during the opening day of the Jacqueline Humphries exhibition. Members will enjoy light refreshments and rose, while hearing from the Institute's curators.

Established in 1983 as a permanent installation of Flavin’s work, this renovated firehouse holds a permanent installation of nine works in fluorescent light created by the artist between 1963 and 1981, and a gallery for changing exhibitions. Planned by the artist for the second-floor gallery of the space, the permanent installation traces Flavin’s practice from 1963 -- when he decided to work solely with standard fluorescent fixtures and tubes -- to 1981, just before the presentation was realized. In creating this exhibition, Flavin conceived of the sculptures and the architecture as a single, unified installation. By manipulating the formal, phenomenal, and referential characteristics of light, the installation asks viewers to consider a series of contrasts -- between colors, intensities of light, structure and formlessness, the obvious and the mysterious, and the serious and the humorous.

Originally built as a firehouse in 1908, the building operated as a church from 1924 to the mid-1970s, and was renovated under the direction of the artist to evoke the building’s former uses: a newel post in the entrance hal
l is painted red in memory of the building’s years as a firehouse, and the original church doors have been moved to the entrance of a small exhibition space on the second floor that contains memorabilia, including a neon cross, collected from and about the church.




1:30 PM Lunch at the home of Bonnie Lautenberg
From East Hampton, we’ll head west to the home of Bonnie Lautenberg. Bonnie Englebardt Lautenberg is an esteemed photographer, collector, writer, philanthropist, and businesswoman. We’ll be having a delicious lunch al fresco in her Water Mill home. Lautenberg’s collection includes, Michelene Thomas, Cindy Sherman and many more. 

3:30 PM Collection visit to the Home of Bill and Phyllis Mack
Following lunch, we’ll head to the nearby home of Bill and Phyllis Mack. The Macks have been collecting for many years and are involved in a number of New York based arts institutions, including the Guggenheim. Mrs. Mack also serves on the board of Penn’s Institute of Contemporary Art and has hosted many Wharton/Penn events. “Please enjoy seeing it as we enjoy living with it”- Phyllis Mack. 

5:15 PM Tour of Tony Oursler: Water Memory and Toast at Guild Hall: 
We’ll finish the day with a curatorial walk through of Tony Oursler: Water Memory, with Christina Mossaides Strassfield, Museum Director/Chief Curator of Guild Hall, followed by a reception in the garden.

Fresh off of his dynamic Public Art Fund Commission, Tear of the Cloud, which was on view at Riverside Park this past October, Guild Hall is pleased to turn over the entire museum to this noted artist who will delve into the subject of water and notions of “magical thinking” for the East End. Oursler has developed a new multimedia series of works which incorporate glass, computers and water. Thematically, the ubiquitous element of water becomes a repository for our belief systems as the artist references the development of cartography and the subsequent vanishing of sea monsters, Hollywood movies and evil maritime spirits, counterculture and the pseudoscience of water memory.

6:30 PM Bus departs for East Hampton Train Station

Thank you to Linda Fischbach, ArtTable member, for helping to organize this program. 

From Top:
ArtTable Day Trip to the Hamptons 2017
Ross Bleckner, Untitled. 2019 Courtesy of the artist and Petzel Gallery, New York.
Home of Bonnie Lautenberg
The Dan Flavin Art Institute, Bridgehampton, New York. Photo: Bill Jacobson Studio, New York


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