PAST EVENTS

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CURATORS FROM THE MoMA AND THE CHURCH DISCUSSED CARS AND ART
September 13th, 2021 6pm

Come and hear about the two great shows of the moment that explore cars and contemporary art: ROAD RAGE at The Church and AUTOMANIA at the Museum of Modern Art. Co-curators of ROAD RAGE Eric Fischl, co-founder of The Church, and Sara Cochran, welcome Andrew Gardner, one of the curators of AUTOMANIA and Curatorial Assistant in the Department of Architecture and Design at MoMA for an in-depth discussion about why cars, and why now.

The evening will begin with both teams showing short illustrated presentations of their exhibition and then proceed to a lively discussion about what each exhibition hopes to communicate about cars and their aesthetic and cultural meaning in this rapidly evolving cultural atmosphere. The curators will also consider how this mechanical wonder became rich subject matter in the history of contemporary art and where we go from here in light of its powerful iconography, extraordinary engineering, and troubling science.. 

This event is free. Masks are required. 

 MOBY DICK MARATHON READING AT THE CHURCH

Harborfest returned the weekend of September 10-12. The Church will be one of the co-hosts for the annual Moby-Dick Marathon on September 10th from 6 –10PM. Sponsored by Canio’s Books, this marathon was the first of its kind.

HAMPTONS JAZZ FEST AT THE CHURCH

ALL PERFORMANCES FREE - GROUND FLOOR - ENTER AT PARKING LOT
NO TICKET NECESSARY, FIRST COME FIRST SEATED

WE ARE CO-HOSTING HAMPTONS JAZZ FEST WITH OTHER VENUES

For information about Hamptons Jazz Fest, hosted by The Church into September, please go to Hamptons Jazz Fest or organizer Claes Brondal's website.

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September 9
Olivia Foschi Quintet

  • Thursday, September 9, 2021

  • 6:00 PM–8:00 PM

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ALICE AYCOCK talk at The Church

Thursday, September 2, 6pm


Passers-by were stunned when Alice Aycock's great work Twister Grande (Tall), 2019 was installed at The church earlier this summer, with many people being stopped dead in their tracks at its whirling, explosive energy. It made us think of the creative mind at work itself! 

Aycock is an American sculptor and installation artist. She was an early artist in the land art movement in the 1970s, and has created many large-scale metal sculptures around the world. She has been show as part of Park Avenue's annual sculpture installation lining the avenue with her "Paper Chase" series. 

Aycock's drawings and sculptures of architectural and mechanical fantasies combine logic, imagination, magical thinking and science.

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LIZ COHEN spoke at The Church

Friday, August 27, 6pm


Of all the many fascinating works of art in ROAD RAGE, few are as fundamentally immersive as the stunning years-long project in which Liz Cohen has been involved. Her work mashes up opposite cultures and conditions, in this case an inexpensive "people's" East German car called a Trabant, with an El Camino. Cohen did the mechanics herself, and immersed herself in car culture generally, even going so far as to do her own modeling for her BODYWORK series.

This inventive, surprising, audacious work was the topic of her lecture at The Church.

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 Alastair Gordon interviewed Robert Rubin

Saturday, August 14, 6pm


Noted art critic and writer Alastair Gordon interviewed Robert Rubin, collector, scholar,

preservationist and film historian in a dynamic and wide-ranging talk from cars to art to preservation.

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CAR RALLY WEEKEND AT THE CHURCH

it was great on August 14 and 15 when car rally clubs 

visited The Church parking lot.

 

A highlight was the last handmade Silver Cloud Rolls Royce

from 1965, with its original paint job. 

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ERIC FISCHL ON ROAD RAGE

On August 8 at 11am, Eric Fischl inaugurated our Insight Sundays series with an exceptional talk on our show ROAD RAGE

Fischl's talk was dynamic, funny, smart and warm, and we thank the large and very receptive audience who turned out for it!

WATCH THE VIDEO HERE

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DON LEMON SPOKE ON HIS BOOK THIS IS THE FIRE

IN CONVERSATION WITH DR. GEORGETTE GRIER-KEY

PLEASE GO TO OUR VIDEOS PAGE or CLICK HERE TO SEE THIS WONDERFUL TALK

The Social Justice Committee of Temple Adas Israel, in partnership with The Church, was proud to welcome Sag Harbor resident Don Lemon, host of CNN Don Lemon Tonight for a virtual book event in celebration of his book, This Is the Fire: What I Say to My Friends About Racism.

 

In an urgent, deeply personal, riveting plea, he shows us all how deep our problems lie, and what we can do to begin to fix them. The discussion was conducted by local historian Dr. Georgette Grier-Key, the Executive Director of Sag Harbor’s Eastville Community Historical Society.

Canio's books provided signed copies of the books caniosbooks@verizon.net.  Books, without signature, can also be purchased online at bookshop.org/shop/caniosbooks.  Thank you for supporting a local independent bookstore!

Special thanks to the Social Justice Committee of Temple Adas Israel for thinking of us for this event. We were delighted to once again collaborate with Temple Adas Israel.

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DR. LESLEE STRADFORD SPOKE ON HER
WORK ON THE BLACK WALL STREET MASSACRE

Sunday, May 30, 2021

Dr. Leslee Howes Stradford is a descendant of John Batiste (J.B.) Stradford, who was an attorney, entrepreneur and the owner of the prestigious Stradford Hotel in Tulsa, Oklahoma. A prominent community member, he managed to escape in the aftermath of the 1921 Black Wall Street Massacre but those terrible events marked him and his family. Using a collection of family documents and photographs, Stradford has created a series of works on silk that depict the sophisticated and prosperous lives of the African-Americans in Tulsa before the riots and the destruction that followed. She will talk about this work in front of a limited audience at The Church.

Simultaneously,  Keyes Art, 45 Main Street, Sag Harbor, on May 27  presented an exhibition of some of the works Dr. Stradford has made relating to the her personal history and the Black Wall Street Massacre. We were honored to present Stradford's talk in conjunction with Keyes Art.

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Sag Harbor in Focus, now in its 5th year, was hosted for the first time by The Church and opened on Friday, April 30th. It ran through Memorial Day.

The show was made possible by the talent of the students and the inspirational work of their teachers at Pierson High School, Peter Solow and Liz Marchisella, with support from the Reutershan Foundation, the Cygnet Foundation, and the generosity of judge and fine art photographer Mary Ellen Bartley.

The students rose to the occasion in spite of the pandemic and political unrest. please enjoy a fine essay on the show on our REFLECTIONS page by Eric Fischl.

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IN DIALOGUE: AT THE EDGE OF THE SEA

ERIC FISCHL AND SARA COCHRAN
SPOKE ABOUT MEANING AND DYNAMICS IN THE WORKS
OF KERRY JAMES MARSHALL AND AWOL ERIZKU

Thursday, May 27 at 6pm

Fischl and Cochran presented a live-streamed webinar on the dynamics of these two works and the way they engage them. The small but engaged audience added a tremendous amount with excellent observations. 

Essays by both presenters are also available here.

The exhibition ran through Memorial Day, May 31, 2021