Nights at the Round Table at Watermill Center
The Watermill Center will launch Nights at the Round Table, a new series of intimate biweekly presentations by the center’s community fellows, staff members, and alumni, on Wednesday at 5:30 p.m. with the first of four programs.
“The idea for this event was inspired by our community fellows, who are longtime friends of the Watermill Center and serve as ambassadors for the center and the artists,” said Kelly Dennis, the center’s public programs and residency coordinator. “We brainstormed ideas while seated in our formal dining room at the round table designed by Robert Wilson, and the name sprang up from there.”
The first program will feature Hope Sandrow, a conceptual artist who uses video, mixed media, installation, sculpture, performance, and social practice to explore the natural history of everyday life.
Ms. Sandrow will discuss “The Fabric of time and space spacetime,” a project commissioned by the U.S. State Department and permanently installed in the American Embassy in Jakarta, Indonesia. The work emerged from her conversations with Bali Aga, the indigenous people of Bali; Manggarai native weavers; Komodo wood carvers, and World Wildlife members. Ms. Sandrow’s work reflects and informs the collection of Indonesian works on display at the center.
Shane Weeks, another Community Fellow and a member of the Shinnecock Indian Nation who is a tribal cultural consultant, will speak on Jan. 30 about the connection between his tribe and the community of Southampton.
In addition to exploring the Shinnecock Nation’s history and his connection as a tribe member to the Watermill Center, Mr. Weeks will share the first installment of a new project focused on using film to bridge the gap of cultural awareness between the Shinnecock, local, and global communities.
Ginew Benton, a member of the Ojibway Nation who grew up on Shinnecock Nation territory, will show his film “Looking Glass” on Feb. 13. In it, a young Native American man experiences the murder of his father and, using science and traditional National American knowledge, builds a time machine in an attempt to save him.
The final program, set for Feb. 27, will feature Ryder Cooley, a performance artist and former Watermill Center resident, and a selection of slides and music and performance videos from her interdisciplinary work. She will lead a discussion about how to survive as an independent artist in an increasingly product-driven and privatized society.
The programs are free, but advance registration on the center’s website is required. While Wednesday’s program is fully subscribed, a place on a waiting list can be secured by calling the center at 631-726-4628.