The grand opening of the Parrish Art Museum's new facility in Water Mill is just weeks way. View the slideshow for the most recent aerial photos of the 34,400-square-foot Herzog & de Meuron-designed building and landscape.
The museum will open its doors to the public Nov. 10, but a few select groups can get a sneak peak.
Local residents — of the Southampton and Tuckahoe school districts — and the museum's members and donors will have exclusive access starting Nov. 5.
Ground was broken July 19, 2010, on the new $26.2 million museum. The Parrish states that this is the first art museum built on the East End of Long Island in more than a century and guarantees it "will be the cultural centerpiece and most recognizable architectural landmark in the region."
The museum will include a multipurpose room for performances and other functions, a cafe, and a terrace for outdoor dining and events. The landscape is designed by landscape architects Reed Hilderbrand, using all native plants. Tree sponsorships are still available for $30 each.
The original Parrish Art Museum, founded in 1897, was located on Jobs Lane in Southampton Village, in a village-owned building. The Parrish holds the lease on the buiding until Dec. 31, but it is no longer open to the public, as the staff prepares for the move to Water Mill.
The new facility will be double the size of the original, big enough for the Parrish to put its permanent collection on display while simultaneously showing rotating exhibitions. The collection includes 2,600 works, ranging from the 19th century to the present, from William Merritt Chase, Fairfield Porter, Willem de Kooning, Lee Krasner, Roy Lichtenstein, Jackson Pollock, Esteban Vicente and many others.
The inaugural exhibition will be "Malcolm Morley: On Paper," featuring paintings, screenprints, etching and monotype by the English artist, who had lived and worked in Bellport since 1983.
The public opening lands on Veterans Day weekend, and admission will be free all three days.
Review photos of the progress:
June 2011: Parrish Project Progresses
July 2011: New Parrish in Water Mill Coming Along
October 2011: New Parrish Closer to Completion
December 2011: Roofers Work on the New Parrish
February 2012: Work on New Parrish Continues in Mild February
March 2012: New Parrish Art Museum on Track