Guild Hall — Recollections: Selections from the Permanent Collection, Oct 21 / Dec 31

GUILD HALL, East Hampton


Recollections: Selections from the Permanent Collection

On View October 21 – December 31, 2017


Guild Hall Member Opening Reception: October 21, 2017

Gallery Talk: Sunday October 29, 2pm

Recollections will feature masterworks from Guild Hall’s Permanent Collection, alongside some of the Museum’s rare and unusual works. This exhibition, organized by Jess Frost, Associate Curator/Registrar, Guild Hall Permanent Collection, is the first of an annual series that will be drawn from the collection and archives, and coincides with a major digitization project to enable greater educational access to Guild Hall’s notable holdings.

Eighty-six years after Mrs. Lorenzo E. Woodhouse dedicated Guild Hall as a cultural center for the community in 1931, the Guild Hall Museum has amassed over 2400 works by artists associated with the institution and the region. The Permanent Collection includes paintings, sculpture, prints, watercolors, photographs, and drawings dating from the 19th Century to today by internationally distinguished artists such as Thomas Moran, Childe Hassam, Jackson Pollock, Lee Krasner, Willem de Kooning, Cindy Sherman, Mary Heilmann, and Frank Stella, and many more whose work is representative of major art movements from American Impressionism to Contemporary art.

Highlights of the Recollections exhibition include a number of significant works recently on view as part of the traveling exhibition Guild Hall: An Adventure in the Arts, which was presented in fifteen U.S. venues over the past decade. One such painting is Fairfield Porter’s The Plane Tree, 1964, an example of a particularly unique work in Guild Hall’s collection. The close-cropped foliage in this painting, combined with the obvious absence of the horizon line, creates a formal relationship to the Abstract Expressionist works in the exhibition, such as Elaine de Kooning’s painting Bacchus #63, 1982. This painting is from a series of works de Kooning began in the mid 1970’s. Based on a 19th century sculpture of the Roman god of wine and intoxication, the expressionistic work moves from figure to abstraction through the fluid and gestural energy of the form on which it was based.

Artist Al Loving was known for his hard-edge geometric paintings, aligned with those of Frank Stella, until the 1970s when the artist changed course dramatically. He began constructing banner-like paintings built from brightly colored strips of stained canvas. Born out of his African American family’s quilting tradition, remnants of previous paintings were sewn together on a simple wooden support and hung like banners. The immediacy of these works, and the artistic freedom connected them, is revealed in Loving’s Untitled, c. 1975.

Frank Stella’s Lanckorona III, 1971, is another rarely seen work from the Collection. Several works from the Lanckorona series were on view in the 2015 exhibition, Frank Stella: A Retrospective, at the Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, and this fabric, felt, wood, acrylic and canvas construction will be prominently included at Guild Hall.

Recollections marks a new era in making the Permanent Collection publicly searchable and accessible online and through greater exhibition exposure. In 2015, Guild Hall appointed Jess Frost as Registrar and the institution’s first Associate Curator of its Permanent Collection. Under the guidance of Museum Director Christina M. Strassfield, Frost began building a comprehensive digital catalog of the Museum’s holdings, a project that will enable Guild Hall to share its Collection online, invite scholarly research, loan works to other institutions, and mount more Permanent Collection exhibitions.

In 2017, Guild Hall was awarded a $5,000 grant from The Robert Lehman Foundation in support of this and future Permanent Collection exhibitions, and the Museum was one of 75 institutions chosen to participate in the inaugural year of the Collections Assessment for Preservation (CAP) program. Administered by the Foundation of the American Institute for Conservation of Historic and Artist Works, the CAP program will fund a comprehensive report to identify the conservation priorities of the Permanent Collection.


Sunday, October 29 at 2pm

Recollections: Selections from the Permanent Collection

Gallery Talk with Jessica Frost, Associate Curator/Registrar of Permanent Collection and Exhibition Curator

The tour of the exhibition includes a lively discussion on how the cataloguing process informed the selection of works on view. Insights into many of the works in the show will be provided along with some delightful anecdotes found in the exploration of museum’s archives. Recollections marks a new era in Guild Hall Museum’s objective to making the full scope of the collection available to the public. Free, reservations are strongly encouraged at or Sponsored in part by the Robert Lehman Foundation


FREE MUSEUM ADMISSION GENEROUSLY FUNDED BY BRIDGEHAMPTON NATIONAL BANK AND LANDSCAPE DETAILS. Museum Hours: Monday, Friday & Saturday 11am-5pm & Sunday noon-5pm. Guild Hall, 158 Main Street, East Hampton, New York 11937, 631.324.0806,

Harvey Ginsberg Postcard Collection. Courtesy of the East Hampton Library’s Long Island Collection.

Founded over 80 years ago, Guild Hall is the Hampton’s year-round visual and performing arts center wholly dedicated to serving the residents, members, families, and artists of the East End. The center offers enriching experiences by presenting relevant and meaningful programs and events, working in collaboration with artists, and providing a meeting place for the community.

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