After a long design process, Herzog & De Meuron’s Parrish Art Museum is set to open the 10th of November. The project marks the first art museum to be built on the East End of Long Island in more than a century, and intends to become a cultural centerpiece as one of the most recognizable architectural landmark in the region. “We could not be prouder of this amazing accomplishment,” Director Terrie Sultan said. “The new building is a beautiful embodiment of the creative legacy of the East End…The Parrish will take its place as a real center for cultural engagement for the entire East End.”
More about the museum after the break.
Herzog and de Meuron’s elegantly minimaltic 600+ ft corrugated metal roof seems to float just above the plains of 14-acre Hampton site, a move which emphasizes the relatonship of art to nature while referncing the venracular architecture of the East End.
The 34,400 sqf building nearly double the size of the existing facility in Southampton, allowing the museum to showcase some of its collection of more than 2,600 works to be shown for the first time in the museum’s 115-year history. The project also includes a flexible 2,400 square foot multipurpose room, a café which can open onto an expansive covered terrace, and a great walkway to allow for contemplation of the landscape.
Surrounded by a designed landscape by Reed Hilderbrand, the museum rests within an environment of native plants that evoke the iconic features of the East End—meadow, wetland, scrub woodland, and long views of expansive sky and horizon.
Upon opening day, visitors will view an exhibition of Malcolm Morley: On Paper free of charge.
“The galleries are the heart and soul of the new Museum,” said Alicia Longwell, Lewis B. and Dorothy Cullman Chief Curator, Art and Education. “Now, for the first time, the Parrish will have the wherewithal to make available on a permanent basis our distinguished collection of American art, while simultaneously presenting special exhibitions.”
Construction Photos via Flickr by Parrish Art Museum.