Talks on Art, Film, and Architecture in Amagansett
For the fourth consecutive year, the Amagansett Library has a series of programs in September that focus on the art, artists, and cultural institutions of the East End.
Art/History/Amagansett, which has been organized by Ellen T. White, a writer and editor, will kick off on Saturday at 6 p.m. with a screening of “Modern Tide: Midcentury Architecture on Long Island,” an Emmy Award-winning documentary by Jake Gorst. Subsequent programs will focus on the Hamptons International Film Festival, the artists Elizabeth Strong-Cuevas and Alexis Rockman, and Micky Wolfson, an art collector.
“With the Art/History/Amagansett series, we want to create a really intimate atmosphere for conversations with artists and about the art that has become a part of our identity,” said Ms. White. “We also want to focus on the organizations that are the backbone of our cultural lives. What’s so very cool is the way our guests rise to the occasion, giving their time and really investing in making these conversations deep, personal, and often funny.”
“Modern Tide” explores the disappearing heritage of mid-20th-century architecture on Long Island through natural disasters and redevelopment. Among the many architects whose work is featured are Frank Lloyd Wright, Marcel Breuer, Philip Johnson, and Andrew Geller, the filmmaker’s grandfather. Bill Chaleff, an architect whose office is in Water Mill, will discuss the issues raised by the film after the screening.
The evolution of the Hamptons International Film Festival over the past 26 years into a cultural phenomenon will be the subject of a conversation among Anne Chaisson, the festival’s executive director, David Nugent, its artistic director, and David E. Rattray, the editor of The Star, on Sept. 15.
Ms. Strong-Cuevas is known for her monumental sculptures, many of them heads, which are fabricated in bronze, stainless steel, aluminum, and marble. She will discuss her work, which refers to “outward exploration and inner meditation,” with Christina Strassfield, museum director and chief curator of Guild Hall, on Sept. 22.
The subject of Alexis Rockman’s work is the natural world, which he has represented in immediate field drawings of plants and animals and in detailed oil paintings depicting the dystopian consequences of climate change, genetic engineering, and pollution. In a program called “Future Shock,” he will talk about his work with Andrea Grover, Guild Hall’s executive director, on Sept. 29.
The final program, set for Sept. 30, will feature a screening of “Souvenirs: The Many Worlds of Micky Wolfson,” Vera Graf and Max Scott’s documentary about a collector who has founded museums in Miami Beach and Genoa, Italy. The directors will attend the screening, which, like “Modern Tide,” is co-presented with the Hamptons Take 2 Documentary Film Festival.
Reservations are required for the free programs, all of which take place at 6 p.m.