Pollock Krasner House: Ideal Museum on Loan, Talk, News

Ideal Museum model on loan to  

the Princeton University Art Museum

In 1949, the architect Peter Blake designed a museum to display Jackson Pollock’s work in what Blake considered to be ideal conditions. With no exterior walls, the building would be open to the view and the paintings would be “suspended between the earth and sky.” Blake believed that Pollock’s sense of space was strongly influenced by his natural surroundings, so he designed the museum to sit on the grounds of the artist’s home.
“Beyond these floating canvases,” Blake later wrote, “would be the marshes and the inlets of The Springs.”
Pollock and Blake 1949
Jackson Pollock and Peter Blake with the original model at the Betty Parsons Gallery, 1949
The original model no longer exists, but in 1995, supported by a grant from the Graham Foundation for Advanced Studies in the Fine Arts, Blake supervised a reconstruction, at the same 1/2 inch = 1 foot scale. That model, pictured below as it would have appeared on the Pollock-Krasner House grounds, is on view through January 6 in “Nature’s Nation: American Art and the Environment,” at the Princeton University Art Museum.
Ideal Museum model 1995
 Mary Gabriel, author of Ninth Street Women,  
 in conversation with Helen A. Harrison at
Canio’s Books on November 17 
In her acclaimed new book, Ninth Street Women, Mary Gabriel tells the stories of five female painters–Lee Krasner, Elaine de Kooning, Helen Frankenthaler, Joan Mitchell and Grace Hartigan–who challenged the male-dominated ethos of the New York art world in the 1950s. The author skillfully interweaves their personal and professional histories and sets them in the era’s broader social and political context. Some of her extensive research was done at the Pollock-Krasner Study Center.

Mary will discuss her work with Pollock-Krasner House and Study Center director Helen A. Harrison on Saturday, November 17 at 4 p.m. at Canio’s Books, 290 Main Street in Sag Harbor. Admission is free, and books will be available for purchase and signing.

Helen will be talking about her new book, An Accidental Corpse, at noon on Thursday, November 8 at the Roger Smith Hotel in Manhattan. That event is also free, with a book-signing to follow.

A Thanksgiving salute to our docents!

Among the many things we’re thankful for is the commitment of our docents, who volunteer their time and expertise to guide visitors through the museum.
They are Brian Craig, Ann Davis, Blossom Gluck, Roberta Green, Ruby Jackson, Tracy Jamar, Myrna Klein, Joanna Seifter, Robert Singer, Ellen White and Rose Zelenetz. Thanks, too, to Rose’s husband, Neil, who presides over our opening receptions.

We sincerely appreciate their service, and look forward to welcoming them back next spring.

Helen A. Harrison, Director

Theresa Davis, Assistant to the Director
Joyce Raimondo, Education Coordinator
David Slater, Museum Aide
Ed Harris
Ed Harris as Pollock, during filming on the Pollock-Krasner House grounds in 1999.

Happy Birthday, Ed Harris

It seems that the renowned film, stage and television actor was born to play Jackson Pollock. Ed Harris’ birth on November 28, 1950, coincided with the pinnacle of Pollock’s career: the opening day of his solo exhibition–including such masterpieces as Lavender Mist, Autumn Rhythm and One: Number 31, 1950–at the Betty Parsons Gallery.
For his title role in “Pollock,” released in 2000 by Sony Pictures Classics, Ed was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Actor. (He also directed the film.) His co-star, Marcia Gay Harden, received the Best Supporting Actress Oscar for her portrayal of Lee Krasner.


Pollock-Krasner House and Study Center
830 Springs-Fireplace Road, East Hampton, New York
A National Historic Landmark
The museum is closed for the season.
We will re-open on Thursday, May 2, 2019.
Until then, please visit our Web site,  
pkhouse.org, and take the audio tour. 
For school, camp and coach tours, and researcher access to Study Center collections in the off season, please call 631-324-4929
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