The Parrish Art Museum Curator of Special Projects, Andrea Grover, was awarded a 2014 Emily Hall Tremaine Exhibition Award to realize the upcoming, 2016 exhibition, Radical Seafaring, scheduled to be on view at the Parrish Art Museum from April through July 2016.
Radical Seafaring was one of only three exhibitions to receive this prestigious biennial award, announced recently by the Emily Hall Tremaine Foundation. In addition to the $150,000 grant, the Museum will receive a living artist stipend to compensate artists whose existing work will be included in the exhibition.
The Exhibition Award—established in 1998 to honor art collector Emily Hall Tremaine—rewards innovation and experimentation at the curatorial level. It supports strong thematic exhibitions that challenge audiences and expand the boundaries of contemporary art.
Radical Seafaring will survey the practice of artist-initiated projects on the water from its roots in conceptual and performance art of the 1960s and 70s, to an abundance of recent phenomenological research and site-specific works that involve relocating the studio, the laboratory, or the performance space to the water. The exhibition and publication will feature approximately 25 artists with works that range from artist-made vessels, to documentation of creative expeditions, to speculative designs for alternative communities at sea, dating from the 1960s to the present day. Public programs will make up a critical component of the exhibition, with on- and off-site commissions, boat trips, and artist-led excursions around East End waterways.
“The Museum Board of Trustees and I are extremely proud of Andrea,” said Parrish Art Museum Director Terrie Sultan, “for her highly original concept for the exhibition. Radical Seafaring is a perfect example of how the Parrish Art Museum’s programming responds to the natural setting and artistic life of Long Island’s East End in its commitment to illuminating the creative process.”
Andrea Grover states, “I am immensely grateful to the Emily Hall Tremaine Foundation for their support of this adventurous exhibition that is especially timely as climatologists anticipate the effects of rising sea levels, changes in weather patterns, and the associated impact on coastal zones. The Parrish Art Museum on the East End of Long Island, surrounded by water in a community steeped in its own maritime tradition, is a perfect setting for Radical Seafaring.”