Last-Minute Art Getaways: Tara Donovan’s “Platform” at the Parrish Art Museum

Get out of the city and see some art.

So you woke up late on the weekend, and need to get out of the city to see some art, but you haven’t had time to plan. No problem: We’ve done the research for you. Here’s our pick for a great emergency art getaway this weekend.

Who: Tara Donovan is a Brooklyn-based artist known for her site-specific sculptures that are solely constructed with household items. Capturing the energy of a living organism, Donovan’s installations envelop surfaces and regenerate in every direction, creating highly textured structures that draw on images of natural science. Yet up close, the detailed craftsmanship of Donovan’s work redefines the nature of the most everyday objects, with her materials ranging from Scotch Tape and polyester film to fishing lines and plastic buttons. Donovan has had solo exhibitions at the Metropolitan Museum of Art (2007-2008), the Corcoran Gallery of Art in Washington, D.C. (1999-2000), and the Pace Gallery (2014, 2011, 2006, 2003), among other institutions. Donovan has also been awarded the MacArthur Foundation “Genius” Award in 2008 and the annual Calder Prize in 2005.


Installation view of Tara Donovan’s “Platform.”
Photo: Courtesy of the Parrish Art Museum.

What: In her latest solo exhibition, Donovan employs metal and plastic wired Slinkys to produce her signature sculptures for the fourth installment of Platform at the Parrish Art Museum. Donovan has extended her skill for infusing inanimate objects with a surging energy to working with an item that flows in a notable fashion of its own, creating pieces with a cadence unmatched by that of her previous work. Platform features installations that know no boundaries, flooding into the museum’s lobby and permanent collection galleries in order to engage with the museum’s architecture and visitors in unconventional methods. The three new works, all untitled, will be on display through October 12, 2015.

Where: The Parrish Art Museum, located at 279 Montauk Highway, Water Mill, NY 11976

When: The weekend hours at the Parrish Art Museum are 10am-5pm, with free guided tours of the special exhibitions with museum admission on Saturdays.


Installation view of Tara Donovan’s “Platform.”
Photo: Courtesy of the Parrish Art Museum.

Why: Platform presents artistic energy and innovation through Donovan’s renowned style, which has never failed to compel its viewers in her numerous international exhibitions. But a trip to the Hamptons this weekend will garner more than an encounter with Donovan’s Slinky structures. Chuck Close Photographs, a special exhibition closing on July 26, is also on view at the Parrish. While Close is well-known for his enormouse painted portraits, this showcase is the first to strictly feature the artist’s photography, and includes portraits that have served as the foundation of Close’s celebrated photo-realistic paintings. On Saturday night, pack your finest attire for the Parrish Art Museum’s annual Midsummer Party, which is noted as “the highlight of the Hamptons summer social scene.” Spend the evening dining with international artists and guests to explore the Parrish Museum in a different, more jewel-toned and DJ-centric light. If you’re seeking an enriching experience beyond the Parrish Museum’s property, the Hamptons are abundant with new gallery exhibitions on display this weekend, as well as the fourth annual Art Southampton fair and Market Art + Design (formerly known as Art Market Hamptons). Click here for a full list of destinations for your getaway.


Installation view of Tara Donovan’s “Platform.”
Photo: Courtesy of the Parrish Art Museum.

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