2.23/ Parrish Art — New Series: The Architect in Conversation, March 3, 6 PM




 Inter-Sections: The Architect in Conversation

kicks off with a discussion on building for art
between internationally acclaimed architect Preston Scott Cohen
and Parrish Director Terrie Sultan, Friday, March 3


Tel Aviv Museum. Photo courtesy Scott Cohen

The Parrish Art Museum is launching a new series where architects can exchange ideas and insights with leading practitioners and thinkers from myriad disciplines.  Inter-Sections: The Architect in Conversation brings together diverse voices, communities, and interest groups concerned with building and designing for a vibrant and sustainable future on the East End and beyond. It will explore the architect’s role in proposing design solutions for cultural, infrastructural, environmental, social, and geopolitical challenges. 

The Museum is planning several Inter-Sections programs per year that may include talks, panels, symposia, workshops, think tanks, and special projects that foster an open dialogue between architects and professionals in the fields of art, landscape design, technology, science, new media, academia, government, public policy, and others. The series kicks off Friday, March 3 at 6 pm with a conversation on building for art between internationally acclaimed architect Preston Scott Cohen and Parrish Art Museum Director Terrie Sultan. Subsequent programs feature a screening of the film Citizen Jane: Battle for the City, a program exploring the relationship between architecture and landscape design, and symposia on water and climate change.

“Inter-Sections will take architects beyond the focus of their discipline and engage them in conversations with practitioners and thinkers from other fields,” said Corinne Erni, Curator of Special Projects. “The Parrish will become a hub for innovative ideas that stimulate thinking and debate about the critical design and building issues of our times, with a focus on the East End put in broader, global contexts and perspectives.”

In the March 3 program, Sultan and Cohen will discuss the ramifications and considerations that come into play when building specifically for art such as cultural context and tensions, audiences and collections, as well as new roles of museums and unconventional approaches to presenting art. Cohen is the Chair of the Department of Architecture and the Gerald M. McCue Professor of Architecture at Harvard University Graduate School of Design. He won the competition to design the Herta and Paul Amir Building, an innovative structure that has become an international landmark in the center of Tel Aviv at the Tel Aviv Museum of Art. Sultan, who was appointed Director of the Parrish in 2008 and has more than 30 years of experience as a museum professional, oversaw the 34,400 square foot, $30 million project of the Herzog & de Meuron building in Water Mill from design conception through completion of construction. The talk will be followed by a signing of Cohen’s book Lightfall: Genealogy of a Museum: Paul and Herta Amir Building, Tel Aviv Museum of Art.


The next Inter-Section, organized in collaboration with the Hamptons Take 2 Documentary Film Festival, will feature a screening of Matt Tyrnauer’s timely documentary Citizen Jane: Battle for the City on Sunday, April 30 at 2 pm. The inspirational film chronicles the battle waged by legendary writer and urban activist Jane Jacobs to save historic New York City neighborhoods from the drastic redevelopment plans of power broker Robert Moses in the 1960s. The screening will be followed by a Q&A with special guests.

The Inter-Sections program on Friday, June 9 was developed in conjunction with Landscape Pleasures, the Museum’s annual garden symposium.  Architects and landscape designers will address questions such as: How can landscape design successfully weave together human activity, natural forces, and the built environment? How can architects and landscape designers work together in a more holistic context and implement low-impact and regenerative projects? Can practitioners in these disciplines help the community connect with nature’s elements—soil, water, air, plants and animals—in new and creative ways?

On Friday, September 22, the Parrish will present symposia on water and climate change in conjunction with the Parrish special exhibition Platform: Clifford Ross Light | Waves. Artists, architects, designers, policymakers, farmers, fishermen, technologists, and scientists from the East End and beyond will explore water as an artistic inspiration as well as a resource threatened by climate change through panels, talks, and World Café workshops. The emphasis of the symposia will be cross-disciplinary exchanges and collaborations, and an examination of how experts in the creative and scientific fields can create solutions for water management and protection.



Preston Scott Cohen in Conversation with Terrie Sultan

Friday, March 3, 6 pm


Citizen Jane: Battle for the City Film Screening

Sunday, April 30, 2 pm


Architects and Landscape Designers in Conversation

Friday, June 9, 6 pm


Symposia on Water and Climate Change

Friday, September 22, Time TBA  


Friday Nights are made possible, in part, by the generous support of The Corcoran Group and Bridgehampton National Bank.

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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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