Past Events

From Keith Reddin, Doug Hughes, and Carol Ostrow
Premiere of PIERRE
From Keith Reddin, Doug Hughes, and Carol Ostrow
August, 2022

The Church was delighted to host a sold our performance of the premiere of PIERRE. Reddin’s most recent play, PIERRE is a dark comedy about the life of Herman Melville featuring a Marxist-Leninist book club in Helena Montana, fanatical rare book collectors, deep family secrets, and murder. An epic ride of obsession and love, PIERRE examines what it means to be an artist in America.

Featuring Alice Hope, Laurie Lambrecht, and Candace Hill-Montgomery
Artist Roundtable
Featuring Alice Hope, Laurie Lambrecht, and Candace Hill-Montgomery
July, 2022

Celebrating our summer exhibition, Threading the Needle, The Church hosted an artists' roundtable. This forum was a place to discuss the themes of the show in more detail. On Saturday July 30, we had the opportunity to listen to and learn from Alice Hope, Laurie Lambrecht and Candace Hill Montgomery, three artists working locally and included in the exhibition. Moderated by Chief Curator Sara Cochran, the group talked about the intersections and divergences of each artist’s processes, ideas, and work in this lively and informative conversation.

With John Alexander
Knowledge Friday
With John Alexander
July, 2022

In conversation with Sara Cochran, The Church’s chief curator, John reflected on his storied and varied career and life. John is internationally recognized as a skilled draftsman and painter who creates arresting still lives, emotionally intense landscapes, and incisive and satirical portraits that tackle politics, religion, and the absurdity of the human condition. His wide-ranging artistic career is a testament to his keen mind and insatiable curiosity.

Presented by Owl and Pussycat Theatre Company
The Ecstasy of Victoria Woodhull
Presented by Owl and Pussycat Theatre Company
July, 2022

The Church was pleased to host two performances of The Ecstasy of Victoria Woodhull presented by Owl & Pussycat Theatre Company. Victoria Woodhull was a brazen and irrepressible Suffragette who was the First Woman to run for President of the United States in 1872. The audience will join Celeste in an immersive séance, where she endeavors to bring back Victoria Woodhull’s spirit to learn her full story.

Featuring Ursula M. Burns
Equality Matters in the Hamptons
Featuring Ursula M. Burns
July, 2022

The Church was pleased to host The Bridgehampton Child Care & Recreational Center for their Thinking Forward lecture Series with “Equality Matters in the Hamptons” a segment that focuses on discussing race, to open eyes and minds to all perspectives in our community. The talk “FROM THE TENEMENTS TO THE C-SUITE” featured American businesswoman and powerhouse Ursula M. Burns.

Featuring Christa Maiwald and Lucy Winton
Insight Sunday
Featuring Christa Maiwald and Lucy Winton
July, 2022

n celebration of The Church's summer exhibition Threading the Needle, an exhibition that explores how contemporary artists are using weaving and fabric processes, we heard from some of the artists involved. Christa Maiwald and Lucy Winton joined us for our Insight Sunday series, where artists discuss their practice in front of one of their works.

With Writer Gary Ginsburg
In Conversation
With Writer Gary Ginsburg
July, 2022

The Church was delighted to host acclaimed writer Gary Ginsberg for a discussion of his New York Times bestselling book: “First Friends: The Powerful, Unsung and Unelected People Who Shaped Our Presidents”. Presidential literature is replete with books about First Ladies, First Sons, First Butlers, First Chefs, First Decorators, even First Pets, but no one has ever looked at the role of the First Friend in American history and how this person helped shape the man, his presidency, and history itself.

With Artist Sheila Pepe
In Conversation
With Artist Sheila Pepe
July, 2022

The Church was thrilled to host a conversation with renowned artist, educator, and artist-in-residence Sheila Pepe. Sheila was joined by The Church’s Chief Curator Sara Cochran, who interviewed Sheila on her work featured in our Threading the Needle exhibition. Known for crocheting large-scale, ephemeral installations and sculptures, Sheila will be spending her residency installing a sight specific piece that will hang from The Church’s wooden rafters, the first time an artist has worked specifically with the historic architecture of the building.

Our First Annual Summer Fundraiser
The Droll Ball
Our First Annual Summer Fundraiser
June, 2022

Around Midsummer—when the veil between the spirit world and ours was at its thinnest, The Church hosted The Droll Ball in collaboration with the release of Iris Smyles’ new book, Droll Tales (Turtle Point Press July 5th, 2022).

Tickets included: A signed copy of Droll Tales by Iris Smyles, one raffle ticket for a chance to win a unique print by Eric Fischl, music by The Hoodoo Loungers, dinner able bites, custom cocktails, a seance, and magic!

With Bruce Wolosoff, Michelle Ross, and Jeremy Siskind
Reflections on Matisse
With Bruce Wolosoff, Michelle Ross, and Jeremy Siskind
June, 2022

The Church is honored to have had Reflections in Music return as it continued its innovative classical programming with a concert of music inspired by the art of Henri Matisse. Following the sold out “Reflections on Debussy” performance in February, “Reflections on Matisse” was an incredibly fascinating program which featured a group of distinguished musicians assembled by Artistic Director Bruce Wolosoff.

With Peter Solow
Knowledge Friday
With Peter Solow
June, 2022

The Church was thrilled to host a conversation between extraordinary artist and art teacher Peter Solow and The Church Co-Founder April Gornik. John Russell, covering Solow’s work in The New York Times stated, “Human destiny is Mr. Solow’s subject, whether it is treated as Ingmar Bergman treats it (in terms of private involvement, that is to say) or in terms of huge predicament that has not yet defined itself. Either way, and whether on a seashore or in an unnamed metropolis, Mr. Solow holds our attention.”

Presented by The Church and Guild Hall
Behind the Work: The Jazz Continuum
Presented by The Church and Guild Hall
June, 2022

A conversation with LaTasha Barnes on the development of The Jazz Continuum was moderated by The Jazz Continuum’s costume director, Mary Jane Marcasiano held on June 16th. LaTasha Barnes was joined in conversation by collaborator Reyna Nunez and other members of the project.

Behind the Work is an ongoing series at Guild Hall that brings together performing arts collaborators for an open dialogue on the creative process and development of new works. This iteration of the series is presented with The Church as part of Guild Hall’s 2022 OFF-SITE Season. Behind the Work is co-produced with Mary Jane Marcasiano.

Performance of The Jazz Continuum
Work in Process
Performance of The Jazz Continuum
June, 2022

A work in process performance by Bessie Award Winner, dancer, choreographer,
educator, and Tradition-bearer of Black American Social Dance, LaTasha Barnes.
Programmed as part of LaTasha Barnes’ residency at The Church, the performance is a work in process presentation of Barnes’ most recent project, The Jazz Continuum, which will premiere at the Joyce Theatre in Fall 2022.

Open Rehearsal
The Jazz Continuum
Open Rehearsal
June, 2022

An open rehearsal of The Jazz Continuum led by Bessie Award Winner, dancer,
choreographer, educator, and Tradition-bearer of Black American Social Dance, LaTasha Barnes. This open rehearsal will serve as a practice session for their upcoming Work in Process Performance of the Jazz Continuum, which will be held at The Church on Sunday the 12th.

With Philip Schultz and Jill Bialosky
In Conversation
With Philip Schultz and Jill Bialosky
June, 2022

The Church was pleased to have esteemed poet Philip Schultz in conversation with editor Jill Bialosky. Featuring an excerpt reading and discussion of Schultz’s newly published memoir Comforts of the Abyss, the two conversed about Schultz’s writing school, method, and how it translates to the page. In this candid and generous book, Schultz reflects on his early life in an immigrant neighborhood of upstate New York, his first writing experiments inspired by Ernest Hemingway and John Keats, his struggles with dyslexia, and the failures he witnessed in his father’s life and his own.