Parrish Art: Radical Seafaring — Andrea Grover Wins 2014 Tremaine Award


Parrish Art Museum’s Special Projects Curator, Andrea Grover,

Wins the Emily Hall Tremaine Exhibition Award

To Realize 2016 Exhibition Radical Seafaring

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The Waterpod Project at Brooklyn Bridge Park Pier 5, 2009, by artist Mary Mattingly, slated to participate in Radical Seafaring at the Parrish Art Museum. Photo: Mike Nagle

Parrish Art Museum Curator of Special Projects, Andrea Grover, was awarded a 2014 Emily Hall Tremaine Exhibition Award to realize the upcoming, 2016 exhibition, Radical Seafaring, scheduled to be on view at the Parrish Art Museum from April through July, 2016. Radical Seafaring was one of only three exhibitions to receive this prestigious biennial award, announced recently by the Emily Hall Tremaine Foundation. In addition to the $150,000 grant, the Museum will receive a living artist stipend to compensate artists whose existing work will be included in the exhibition.

The Exhibition Award—established in 1998 to honor art collector Emily Hall Tremaine—rewards innovation and experimentation at the curatorial level by supporting strong thematic exhibitions that challenge audiences and expand the boundaries of contemporary art.

Radical Seafaring will survey the practice of artist-initiated projects on the water from its roots in conceptual and performance art of the 1960s and 70s, to an abundance of recent phenomenological research and site-specific works that involve relocating the studio, the laboratory, or the performance space to the water. The exhibition and publication will feature approximately 25 artists with works that range from artist-made vessels, to documentation of creative expeditions, to speculative designs for alternative communities at sea, dating from the 1960s to the present day. Public programs will make up a critical component of the exhibition, with on-and off-site commissions, boat trips, and artist-led excursions around East End waterways.

Parrish Art Museum Director Terrie Sultan comments, “The Museum Board of Trustees and I are extremely proud of Andrea for her highly original concept for the exhibition. Radical Seafaring is a perfect example of how the Parrish Art Museum’s programming responds to the natural setting and artistic life of Long Island’s East End in its commitment to illuminating the creative process.”

Andrea Grover states, “I am immensely grateful to the Emily Hall Tremaine Foundation for their support of this adventurous exhibition that is especially timely as climatologists anticipate the effects of rising sea levels, changes in weather patterns, and the associated impact on coastal zones. The Parrish Art Museum on the East End of Long Island, surrounded by water in a community steeped in its own maritime tradition, is a perfect setting for Radical Seafaring.”

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Emily Tremaine Foundation and Exhibition Award

The Emily Hall Tremaine Foundation, headquartered in New Haven, Connecticut, was founded by Emily Hall Tremaine, a life-long collector of contemporary art. Since 1992, the Foundation has been active in the arts as well as the fields of learning disabilities and the environment.

The Foundation’s selection of Emily Hall Tremaine Exhibition Award winners was determined through a three-person jury including Jennifer Gross, Deputy Director for Curatorial Affairs and Chief Curator at deCordova Sculpture Park and Museum, Lincoln, Massachusetts; Kristine Kuramitsu, Independent Curator based in California; and Steven Matijcio, Curator at the Contemporary Art Center, Cincinnati, Ohio. The other winners in 2014 were Ruth Estévez and Sohrab Mohebbi receiving $115,800 for Hotel Theory to be mounted at REDCAT, California Institute of Arts, Los Angeles, California; and Christian Larsen receiving $150,000 for Philodendron: From Pan-Latin Exotic To American Modern to be mounted at The Wolfsonian at Florida International University, Miami Beach, Florida

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The Parrish Art Museum is the oldest cultural institution on the East End of Long Island, uniquely situated within one of the most concentrated creative communities in the United States. The Parrish is dedicated to the collection, preservation, interpretation, and dissemination of art from the nineteenth century to the present, with a particular focus on honoring the rich creative legacy of the East End, celebrating the region’s enduring heritage as a vibrant art colony, telling the story of our area, our “sense of place,” and its national—even global—impact on the world of art. The Parrish is committed to educational outreach, to serving as a dynamic cultural resource for its diverse community, and to celebrating artistic innovation for generations to come.

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