Parrish Art: Two Programs By and About Artists / PechaKucha — 9.13 & 9.14






Longwell discusses the influence of travel on Sonnier’s work;

PechaKucha features a ballroom dancer, filmmaker, pianist, bakery founder, and artists 


The Parrish Art Museum features two engaging presentations in the Lichtenstein Theater that illuminate the creative process and provide the opportunity to engage with art and artists. On Thursday, September 13 at noon, Alicia G. Longwell, Parrish Art Museum Lewis B. and Dorothy Cullman Chief Curator, will give the second of three illustrated talks on the influence of travel and other cultures on Keith Sonnier as part of the Brain Food series. On Friday, September 14 at 6pm, the Museum presents PechaKucha Night Hamptons, Vol. 25, featuring professional ballroom dancer Scott Edholm, author/filmmaker/curator Kelcey Edwards, composer/pianist Tania Eshaghoff-Friedberg, interior architect/designer Nadine Homann, landscape architect Christopher LaGuardia, multi-media artist Jane Martin, artist Miles Partington, and South Fork Bakery founder Shirley Ruch.

“I look forward to Alicia Longwell’s lively talks to learn more about the life, mind, and work of Keith Sonnier, and to celebrating the diverse and highly creative talents of the East End at our highly popular PechaKucha,” said Corinne Erni, Senior Curator of ArtsReach and Special Projects. 



At Brain Food illustrated lunchtime talks, Longwell explores the life and creative process of Keith Sonnier, whose work is on view in the Museum’s critically acclaimed exhibition Keith Sonnier: Until Today. A long-time colleague of the artist, Longwell will share her insights and provide context to the exhibition. Her talk on September 13, Ba-O-Ba focusses on the artist’s passion for global travels to India, Japan, Indonesia, Bali, and other countries. On a visit to Haiti, Sonnier came upon a boat named Ba-O-Ba. Intrigued, he used his Creole dialect to communicate with the Haitian captain, who translated the phrase as “the effect of moonlight on the skin.” The phrase became the name of a neon sculpture he created in 1969 that is on view in the exhibition. Longwell will discuss that work, and others in the exhibition that were inspired by Sonnier’s sojourns.  

At the Parrish Art Museum, Alicia Longwell has organized numerous survey exhibitions including Malcolm Morley: Painting, Paper, Process (2012), Dorothea Rockburne: In My Mind’s Eye (2011); as well as  solo exhibitions on the work of artists such as Alan Shields, Esteban Vicente, and Jack Youngerman. Longwell has authored many publications for the Parrish including Jane Freilicher and Jane Wilson: Seen and Unseen (2015); William Glackens (2014, contributing essay); William Merritt Chase in the Collection of the Parrish Art Museum, 2014; and many others Longwell received her Ph.D. degree from the Graduate Center, City University of New York, where her dissertation topic was John Graham, the subject of a critically acclaimed retrospective she organized for the Parrish Art Museum in 2017.




PechaKucha features a wide range of creatives who give compelling 6-minute and 40-second long presentations about living creatively on the East End.

Former Broadway dancer Scott Edholm is professional Ballroom and Latin teacher/competitor based in Bridgehampton. He has been teaching for the Touchdancing studio for the past 18 years. 

Kelcey Edwards is a published author, award-winning filmmaker, art curator, and the founder of Iron Gate East—a forum for creative innovation and art exhibition series based in the Hamptons.

Nadine Homann, a passionate international interior architect and designer focusing on high end residential and hospitality designs, draws her inspiration from world travel, art, cultures, nature’s beauty, and giving back.

Tania Eshaghoff-Friedberg is a Tehran-born composer/pianist who was exiled from Iran during the Islamic Revolution of 1979. At a time when Jewish Persian woman were dissuaded from pursuing their art and public performance, she created music that reached the concert halls of Carnegie Hall.

Christopher LaGuardia is the head principal of LaGuardia Design Group, a landscape architecture firm whose work has been widely published and implemented throughout the U.S. and Asia. He previously worked for M. Paul Friedberg & Partners Urban Design, and with Norman Jaffe, FAIA.

Jane Martin is an award-winning multi-media artist working in painting, photography, video stills, film, and video installation. She is represented in museum, corporate and private collections worldwide, including the Parrish Art Museum, Islip Art Museum, and Guild Hall Museum.

Miles Partington graduated from SUNY New Paltz and interned for the late sculptor William King. Recent exhibitions include Take Me Where Real Animals Are Playing at Art Space 98, as well as Motion Art Show at Ashawagh Hall, both in East Hampton.

Shirley Ruch has made a career of working with special needs people from infancy through adulthood supporting their relationships and their families. In 2016 she founded South Fork Bakery, a wholesale bakery with a mission to empower special needs members of the community through employment.



$12 | Free for Members, children, and students; includes Museum admission

  • Ba-O-Ba:  Thursday, September 13, 12pm
  • Water and Gas on Every Floor:  Thursday, September 20, 12pm


Friday, September 14, 6pm

$12 | Free for Members, Children, and Students

Advance reservations required

Friday Nights are made possible, in part, by the generous support of The Corcoran Group, BNB Bank, and Sandy and Stephen Perlbinder.


Keith Sonnier: Until Today is made possible, in part, by the generous support of The James and Charlotte Park Brooks Fund; Douglas Baxter; National Endowment for the Arts; Pace Gallery, New York; Barbara Slifka; Compass; Dorothy Lichtenstein; Barbara Bertozzi Castelli; Linda Hackett and Melinda Hackett/ CAL Foundation; The Hamamoto Family; The Evelyn Toll Family Foundation; The Mr. and Mrs. Raymond J. Horowitz Fund for Publications; Gillian Spreckels Fuller; Linda and Gregory Fischbach; and the Herman Goldman Foundation. Additional thanks to Ellen Cantrowitz; William and Bettina Cisneros; Sandy and Stephen Perlbinder; Michèle and Steven Pesner; Fred and Robin Seegal; and Michael Straus.


Parrish Art Museum

Inspired by the natural setting and artistic life of Long Island’s East End, the Parrish Art Museum illuminates the creative process and how art and artists transform our experiences and understanding of the world and how we live in it. The Museum fosters connections among individuals, art, and artists through care and interpretation of the collection, presentation of exhibitions, publications, educational initiatives, programs, and artists-in-residence. The Parrish is a center for cultural engagement, an inspiration and destination for the region, the nation, and the world.


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