Eric Firestone Gallery: ‘The Signa Gallery’ / Lecture by Helen A. Harrison, 8.31


The Signa Gallery: 1957 – 1960 

a lecture by Helen A. Harrison, 
Director of the Pollock-Krasner House and Study Center
On the occasion of the exhibition:
Montauk Highway II: Postwar Abstraction in the Hamptons
Friday, August 31st, 2018, 6:30 PM
John Hawkins, gallery manager (left), with Alfonso Ossorio, Elizabeth Parker and John Little, the gallery’s founders, outside the Signa Gallery at 65 Newtown Lane, September 1960. Photograph courtesy of Alfonso Ossorio.
The Signa Gallery was an epicenter of vanguard art in the Hamptons in the post-World War II period. It was an artist-run exhibition space in East Hampton, founded by John Little, Elizabeth Parker, and Alfonso Ossorio. It was active from 1957-60, and was one of the first spaces to bring the work of abstractionists and international artists to the area. Its inaugural opening attracted about 500 guests, including Marcel Duchamp. In its first season alone, Signa presented the work of many artists in Eric Firestone Gallery’s current exhibition, including Mary Abbott, Lee Bontecou, James Brooks, Paul Jenkins, Robert Motherwell, and Ibram Lassaw.
Helen A. Harrison will discuss the history of the Signa Gallery and its significance to the art scene of its time. Helen A. Harrison is an art historian, museum director, and journalist who specializes in modern American art. She is the director of the Pollock-Krasner House and Study Center in East Hampton, New York. She is the author and editor of many books and exhibition catalogues about artists of the East End of Long Island, including East Hampton avant-garde: A Salute to the Signa Gallery; Hamptons Bohemia; Larry Rivers; Alfonso Ossorio: Horror Vacui; among others. Previously she served as Curator at the Parrish Art Museum, Southampton, NY, and Guild Hall Museum, East Hampton, NY.
Montauk Highway II: Postwar Abstraction in the Hamptons is on view through September 23, 2018. Gallery Hours: MondaySunday, 10AM – 6PM.
4 Newtown Lane | East Hampton, NY 11937 | 631.604.2386 



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