9.14/ Parrish Art: ‘Water–A (Re)Source of Inspiration’/ Water & Climate Change — 9.22, 6 PM

“Water–A (Re)Source of Inspiration”




Friday, September 22 at 6pm,

part of the Museum’s weekend symposium on water and climate change.

 Clockwise from left: Alexis Rockman. Photo: Daniel Gonzales; Edwina von Gal, John Bouvier

As part of a symposium focused on critical issues of water and climate change, the Parrish Art Museum presents Water—A(Re)Source of Inspiration, a provocative discussion on the topic on Friday, September 22, at 6pmParticipants John Bouvier, Southampton Town Councilman and Member of the Conservation Board; Alexis Rockman, artist; Edwina von Gal, landscape designer and Founder/President of Perfect Earth Project; and other participants to be announced will take part in the panel moderated by Press News Group Executive Editor Joseph Shaw.

The panelists will discuss their diverse perspectives on the topic of water and climate change through the lens of science, design, art, community, and public service to explore new thinking, behavior, technology, and policy. The goal of this investigation is to illuminate water as both a source of inspiration and a resource threatened by climate change, and enable action to address the pollution, rising tides, flooding, and other extreme weather resulting from this critical issue. The program is part of the Museum’s ongoing series, Inter-Sections: The Architect in Conversation; and (Re) Sources: Symposium on Water and Climate Change on September 22 and 23 that will identify climate change as a comprehensive environmental, social justice, and economic issue.

About the Panelists        

John Bouvier holds an MSME, University of California, Davis & Berkeley, and currently serves as Southampton Town Councilman, working on numerous water quality and related initiatives including the establishment of the Tiana Marine Center, a cooperative effort with Cornell Cooperative Extension. He led Town efforts to pass the water quality amendment to the Community Preservation Fund establishing funding for numerous water quality initiatives, as well as the Town’s efforts to create new laws to replace residential and commercial septic systems with new Innovative/Alternative systems. Bouvier worked extensively as a commercial diver and led design efforts in the design of submersibles and submersible technologies including underwater robotics. As General Manager for Oceaneering Space Systems, he was lead engineer for the NASA Space Station robotics systems. As a Flight Test Engineer, he worked with the Naval Weapons Laboratory, the Grumman Corporation and the ONR Deep Submergence Laboratory.

Artist Alexis Rockman is known for his paintings of future landscapes depicting the impact of climate change, species extinction, and evolution influenced by genetic engineering. His work has been exhibited since 1985 at the Brooklyn Museum and Smithsonian American Art Museum as well as numerous galleries around the world including the Salon 94 and the Camden Art Center in London. In 2012, Rockman worked with Oscar-winning film director Ang Lee on watercolor concept paintings and visual sequences for Life of Pi.  Many of Rockman’s works have been inspired by his travels to Costa Rica, Brazil, Madagascar, Guyana, Tasmania, Australia, and Antarctica. He often consults scientists, molecular biologists, and architects, and he has worked with conservation groups including the Lemur Conservation Foundation and is an ambassador for the Rainforest Alliance.

In 2013, Edwina von Gal founded the nonprofit Perfect Earth Project, dedicated to raising consciousness about the dangers of toxic lawn and garden chemicals to protect the health of people, their pets, and the planet. As principal landscape designer of Edwina von Gal + Co, her work is focused on simplicity and sustainability for clients worldwide, collaborating with architects including Frank Gehry, Annabelle Selldorf, Maya Lin, and Richard Meier and has been published in major publications. Von Gal is currently on the board of The Philip Johnson Glass House, as well as What Is Missing?, Maya Lin’s multifaceted media artwork about the loss of biodiversity. In 2008, she founded the Azuero Earth Project, promoting reforestation on Panama’s Azuero Peninsula. She received the Institute of Classical Architecture and Art’s Arthur Ross Award in 2012, and is the 2017 recipient of Guild Hall’s Academy of the Arts Lifetime Achievement Award for the Visual Arts.

About (Re) Sources: Symposium on Water and Climate Change

The two-day program includes a panel, workshops, and a performance that explore water from various vantage points—from a source of artistic or spiritual inspiration to a resource that is at once threatened and threatening. The symposium, created in conjunction with Platform: Clifford Ross Light | Waves, emphasizes interdisciplinary exchanges and cross-fertilizations that result in innovative solutions and new thinking. Participants include artists, architects, designers, educators, policymakers, filmmakers, fishermen, technologists, and scientists from Long Island’s East End and beyond. The symposium begins with the panel discussion on Friday. On Saturday, after nightfall outdoors on the Parrish terrace, the 21-member New York-based collective and orchestra Optipus will present The Watery Owl of Minerva, an original, nature-themed work by Bradley Eros using a variety of film/video formats as well traditional and electronic instruments made or altered by the artists; co-presented by Microscope Gallery. The Museum’s Open Studio for Families, on Saturdaymorning, will feature Water Lab!, a water-inspired workshop.


Program Schedule(Re) Sources: Symposium on Water and Climate Change

Friday, September 22, 6pm

WaterA (Re)Source of Inspiration

Panel discussion

$12 | Free for members and students


Saturday, September 23, 11am – 1pm 

Open Studio: Water Lab!

For children/families


Saturday, September 23, 8pm

Optipus: The Watery Owl of Minerva

Multi-Media outdoor performance

$20 | $5 for Members, students and Children

Friday Nights are made possible, in part, by the generous support of The Corcoran Group, Bridgehampton National Bank, and Sandy and Stephen Perlbinder. The Optipus performance at the Parrish Art Museum is made possible, in part, by the generous support of Sandy and Stephen Perlbinder. Special thanks to Rooftop Films.

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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