Moran Studio Opening Celebration / Friday, July 6, 6 to 8 PM


Experience the Inaugural Studio Exhibition and the World of Moran

 

Moran Studio Opening Celebration

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Benefiting the East Hampton Historical Society 

New Stewards of the Moran Studio

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Friday, July 6, 2018

6 p.m. – 8 p.m.

 

The East Hampton Historical Society, the new stewards of the Thomas & Mary Nimmo Moran Studio, has announced an Opening Celebration to be held on the evening of Friday, July 6, 2018.  The benefit will celebrate the opening of the Moran Studio Exhibition, a collaborative effort that has brought the “World of Moran” to life. Located on East Hampton’s Main Street Historic District, this charming turreted Queen Anne shingled piece of Victorian architectural is a local gem that also has the honor of being registered as a National Historic Landmark. 

Created in 1884, across from swan-filled Town Pond, this house, its garden and contents will open the eyes of visitors into the world of one of America’s power art couples:  Thomas Moran, known for his awe-inspiring Western landscapes, which were pivotal in the founding of the National Parks, and his wife, Mary Nimmo Moran, an internationally known etcher, innovator and master of the medium.  The Moran Studio is widely recognized as one of the first stand-alone artist’s studios built on the East End of Long Island.

Through a meticulous five-year restoration project, the Moran Studio has been salvaged from dilapidation, and is proud to open its doors to the public in July, 2018. 

The Thomas Moran & Mary Nimmo Moran Studio, Main Street, East Hampton, NY

“The vision of the Moran Studio,” said Maria Vann, Executive Director of the East Hampton Historical Society, “is to provide visitors ‘an experience of place’ that holds historic, artistic, and cultural value.”  With an exciting and new educational platform of events on the horizon, the Moran Studio will be a site of diversified educational programs for students and families to learn and experience topics such as art, landscape, architecture, local history, and science.  “Having visitors experience a place where history actually happened can be a very powerful tool for imagination and understanding,” said Ms. Vann.

The 2018 inaugural exhibitions comprises several galleries in Moran Studio. The main studio room will present an introduction into the life and works of both Morans. Using state-of-the-art museum wizardry, the “World of Moran” will come alive with video, artifacts, and art works – from glorious oils by both Thomas & Mary Nimmo Moran, early photographs, exotic original furnishings and textiles. There will also be a small orientation theatre and touch-screen over-views, all within the Moran’s impressive two-story high, light-filled painting room.

Mary Nimmo Moran, The Pantigo Mill from Hook Pond, East Hampton” 1880, Private Collection

In addition, a special exhibition, Acid & Ink: The Etchings of Thomas & Mary Nimmo Moran, will cover the walls of the balcony and gallery space behind the main studio room.  Selected from museums, libraries and private collectors, over 50 original prints will create a visual record of the places the Morans loved most.  From the hills of New Jersey, the wilderness of the Delaware Water Gap, the monumental Rockies to East Hampton’s own Hook Pond, this is a rare opportunity to see these exceptional and beautifully detailed images.  There will be a late 19th century etching press on display along with an original Thomas Moran copper printing plate.

 Thomas Moran, “The Resounding Sea”, Etching, 1880, Private collection

The opening week of the Moran Studio will be brimming with educational events, including the Thomas & Mary Nimmo Moran Victorian Garden Tours, hosted by the Garden Club of East Hampton, as well as children Studio and Garden Tours, led by the newly appointed Director of Education, Stacy Myers. Registration is required and space is limited. To reserve a spot, please email info@easthamptonhistory.org or call 631-324-6850.

Student sketches a Printing Press while participating in educational art class at the Moran Studio.

Under the stewardship of the East Hampton Historical Society, the Moran Studio will once again become a beacon of art and culture – as it was in its heyday – a site that serves the community, educates, and enlightens through interpretive exhibitions. The Studio and recreated 19-centrury garden invoke not only the spirits of both Thomas and Mary Nimmo Moran – but create a bridge between the founding members of the East End summer artist colony with today’s contemporary and emerging young art community.

“The significance of the Morans and their role locally and nationally is of great importance to the world of art”, said Ms. Vann, “but in a broader sense because of Thomas Moran’s role in the founding of our National Parks.”  

All proceeds from the Moran Opening Celebration at the Moran Studio support educational programs, exhibitions, and museum programming. Tickets start at $150.  For tickets, please call the East Hampton Historical Society at 631-324-6850 Ext. 1, or e-mail at info@easthamptonhistory.org .  Tickets can be purchased online by visiting the Events page on the East Hampton Historical Society’s website at www.easthamptonhistory.org.

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View from the Master Bedroom of Town Pond. 

View through Front Doors of Gardens. 

Fireplace Mantel Detail, Moran Studio. Photos by Jeff Heatley.

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The Studio of Thomas and Mary Nimmo Moran

 

In 1884, the great American landscape painter Thomas Moran and his wife, Mary Nimmo Moran, a celebrated printmaker, and their children moved into their new studio and house that Moran himself designed on East Hampton’s historical Main Street. The Studio, as it has been known since the Moran family first occupied it, comprises Thomas Moran’s studio and the rooms they lived in, as well as the gardens and outbuildings. 

The Moran Studio was the first artist’s studio built in East Hampton and it played a significant role in American art history. In its heyday The Studio was a lively center of the turn-of-the-19th-century art colony. 

Overlooking the Village Green and Town Pond, the property offers one of the most distinguished vistas on Long Island’s East End and serves as the gateway to East Hampton’s Main Street Historic District. In 1965, the Thomas Moran Studio became one of the first National Historic Landmarks in America — the highest recognition accorded by the Department of the Interior to the nation’s most historically significant properties.

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EAST HAMPTON HISTORICAL SOCIETY

www.easthamptonhistory.org

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