The Art Scene: 09.06.18

Local Art News

Upending Conventions

Three concurrent exhibitions organized by the Halsey McKay Gallery in East Hampton through Nov. 4 are linked by the artists’ interest in upending conventions of representation. “Glade Hits” includes work by 10 artists, working in different mediums, who use the trope of landscape to hint at social unrest, environmental violence, and other existential concerns.

In the upstairs gallery, Bryan Graf’s permeable images, which suggest memory more than direct experience, reflect the precariousness of photography’s attempt to portray idealized places or ideas. 

“Phantasms,” an offsite exhibition by Arielle Falk, consists of idyllic tropical stock images intended as office backdrops that she has destroyed with a heat gun. A phone call to 631-604-5770 or an email to can secure the location of Ms. Falk’s installation.


Watercolors at Ashawagh

“Water+Color+Works,” a show of watercolors by eight artists, will be on view at Ashawagh Hall in Springs from Saturday through Sept. 16. A reception will be held on Saturday from 5 to 8 p.m., and food trucks will be at the site on Wednesday from 4 to 6:30 p.m.

Participating artists are Kirsten Benfield, Ani Antreasyan, Amy Conway, Barbara DiLorenzo, Lesley Obrock, Kate Rabinowitz, Janet Rojas, and Jerry Schwabe. The exhibition will be open daily from noon to 6, Saturdays from 9 a.m. A portion of art sales will be donated to the Springs Food Pantry. 


Radical Poster Art

“The Radical Poster Art of the Living Theatre” will open at Boo-Hooray Summer Rental in Montauk with a reception on Saturday from 4 to 7 p.m. and run through Friday, Sept. 14.

The oldest experimental theater group in the United States, the Living Theatre was founded in 1947 and led for most of its history by Julian Beck and Judith Malina. The exhibition will include performance fliers for such artists as John Cage, Cecil Taylor, and Allen Ginsberg and posters for original productions of “The Brig,” “Paradise Now,” and “Ubu Roi,” among others.