Parrish Artwork Museum Announces New Director

The Parrish Artwork Museum, which showcases function by Prolonged Island artists, declared Wednesday that Kelly Taxter will be its future director. She succeeds Terrie Sultan, who helmed the museum for 12 years ahead of stepping down in June.

Taxter, who owned a gallery for many decades and is at this time the Barnett and Annalee Newman Curator of Present-day Art at the Jewish Museum, reported the job will allow her to merge her curatorial history with her entrepreneurial spirit.

“We’re at a critical second for modify in the art globe,” she reported. “And I’m excited to be a component of it. I hope to make the museum appropriate year-round, on equally a nearby and world-wide stage.”

The Parrish was started in 1898 in Southampton Village on Extensive Island’s East Conclude. In 2012, a 34,400-sq.-foot facility, intended by the Swiss architects Herzog and de Meuron and showcasing sky-lit galleries and porches, opened a few miles absent in Water Mill, N.Y.

Sultan oversaw the building and also organized extra than a dozen exhibitions and projects with Chuck Close, Tara Donovan and Maya Lin during her tenure.

Considering that becoming a member of the Jewish Museum in 2013, Taxter has organized big surveys of functions by Marc Camille Chaimowicz and Rachel Feinstein and was a co-curator of an exhibition on Isaac Mizrahi. She also led commissions, projects and exhibitions with Eliza Douglas, Eva LeWitt and Vivian Suter, and will serve as visitor curator upcoming calendar year for the initial U.S. study of the filmmaker Jonas Mekas, who died in 2019.

The Parrish’s galleries have been shut considering that Jan. 5 amid climbing coronavirus instances, nevertheless the museum hopes to reopen them in early spring. An outside sculpture exhibition in the museum’s 14-acre meadow, “Field of Goals,” stays open and no cost to readers.

The museum is identified for its yearly summer fund-increasing gala, which is a emphasize of the Hamptons social period and commonly draws in a lot more than 500 attendees.

Mary E. Frank, the president and co-chair of the museum’s board, mentioned that closing their doorways from March as a result of early August previous 12 months meant they skipped out on earnings from the prime summer time time. The museum minimize its funds past yr to $4 million from $5.5 million and implemented momentary layoffs and furloughs, she claimed.

The museum features additional than 3,000 parts from the 19th century to the present in its long-lasting selection, such as function by Jackson Pollock, Roy Lichtenstein, Lee Krasner and Willem de Kooning.

Taxter will formally start off her new part on March 22.