5.11/ Parrish Art: Open House — ‘Art, Collaboration & Community’ — May 21

Kathy Engel at NYU Moratorium May Day.



SUNDAY, MAY 21, 1 – 4PM


The public is invited to a free Museum day featuring a panel moderated by
NYU Associate Arts Professor Kathy Engel, gallery tours, print making, 
music, and refreshments

The Parrish Art Museum is hosting a panel discussion and activities based on the theme of Art, Collaboration, and Community  as part of a free, public Open House on Sunday, May 21. The panel, from 1pm–2pm, is moderated by Kathy Engel, Chair and Associate Arts Professor in the Art and Public Policy Program at New York University, Tisch School of the Arts, and an advisor in NYU’s Gallatin School of Individualized Study. Panelists include artists Darlene Charneco and Jeremy Dennis, and Dr. Georgette Grier-Key, director of the Eastville Community Historical Society who is also actively involved with East End cultural and arts organizations.  

“With this event, the Museum’s Education Committee is seeking to explore the relevance of art in the current political climate,” said Museum Education Director, Cara Conklin-Wingfield. “They were particularly interested highlighting the value of immigrants and other under-recognized populations.”

The conversation will address thought-provoking topics such as what shared experiences with art teach us about bias, history, ourselves, and one another; how art and politics intersect, inform, overlap, and challenge each other; and how artists deploy their work to stimulate constructive critical inquiry of social, economic, and political issues.

Following the discussion, visitors are invited to contribute to a Q&A with the panelists and join activities in the studio and galleries, which include a printmaking workshop based on the tradition of political protest posters with artist/educator Andrea Cote; interactive tours of specific art works and galleries in the Museum led by bilingual educator Grisel Baltazar; and light fare and music in the Museum lobby. Studio and galleries activities will both be bi-lingual. All activities are free of charge and open to the public.

The entire community is invited to the panel, which will be of particular interest to artists, educators, activists, and anyone interested in the intersection of creativity and collaboration. At the discussion, panelists will speak briefly about their current activities and Engle will pose questions to them including: What is you greatest challenge at this moment as an artist and a conscious, engaged person?  What is the relationship between what you create, your community, and the world? Following the panel, guests may stop into the studio to create mixed-media prints using stenciling, collagraph, and monoprinting techniques, participate in interactive gallery discussions, and enjoy light refreshments and world music and reggae spun by DJ J.Til.  


About the Panel

Kathy Engel, moderator, is a poet who has founded and directed social justice and human rights organizations, and worked in the nexus between art and social change internationally and domestically as a communications, strategic, creative consultant and producer for more than 35 years. Her practice has proposed injection of the imagination and art in efforts related to prison reform, domestic violence, economic, gender, and racial justice, peace, education, health, and U.S. policies in Haiti, Central America, the Middle East, and South Africa, suggesting a re-imagining necessary for meaningful change. Through Lyrical Democracies: A Poetic Journey, co-founded and co-directed with Alexis De Veaux, Engel offers community workshops, gatherings, poetry performances and group dialogues, interactive community building projects, community meals, and other services.

Artist Darlene Charneco, born in the Bronx and currently residing in Southampton, creates layered mixed media models and tactile maps that explore ways of seeing human settlements, communication networks, and communities through a biological lens. With shifts in scale perception, Charneco strives to re-orient the viewer into contemplation of the various interactions and types of symbiosis that people are continually co-evolving with other species and the living surface systems around and below us. Charneco has had solo exhibitions over the past two decades in galleries including Arlene Bujese in East Hampton, Avram Gallery in Southampton, SCOPE Miami, Christina Ray and Morgan Lehman Galleries in New York; as well as in group shows nationwide.  

Jeremy Dennis, visual artist and member of The Shinnecock Indian Nation, works toward resolving issues of indigenous identity, assimilation, and tradition. Throughout his analysis of American history and post-colonialism thinking Dennis questions and disrupts social norms, popular culture references, and historic narratives in relation to indigenous people. Looking to the past, he traces the source of issues that affect Native American communities today, and works toward creating an awareness of histories and interactions between contemporary America and a seemingly distant culture. Many of these questions arise from living in the environment that many indigenous people face, growing up on a reservation, omissions of relevant history in education, and subtle cultural influences.

Georgette Grier-Key is an East End painter, arts administrator and cultural historian who is an adjunct professor of History and Political Science at Nassau Community College; Vice President of the Association of Suffolk County Historical Societies, Cultural Partner for Sylvester Manor of Shelter Island, New York; and guest curator at venues including the Sara Nightingale Gallery, Watermill, and the Suffolk County Historical Society of Riverhead. Dr. Grier-Key also an advisor to the Long Island Indigenous People Museum and Research Institute and advocates for the preservation and celebration of Long Island history with an emphasis on African-American, Native-American, and Mixed-Heritage historical reconstruction.






Sunday, May 21, 1pm – 4pm

1pm – 2pm


Lichtenstein Theater


2pm – 4pm  




The Parrish Art Museum’s educational programming is supported, in part, by Fiona and Stanley Druckenmiller, George P. Mills, Long Island Community Foundation, H. Peter Haveles Jr., May and Samuel Rudin Family Foundation, The John J. McDonnell and Margaret T. O’Brien Foundation, Bobbie Braun/The Neuwirth Foundation, Patricia and David Rung, Town of Southampton, and The Walji Family. The Museum’s exhibitions and programs are made possible, in part, by the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew M. Cuomo and the New York State Legislature.

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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