By Stephanie Murg | July 7, 2016 | Culture
The Parrish Art Museum’s annual Midsummer Party brings art lovers and revelers together for a celebration of creativity.
The 2015 Midsummer Party.
Nature has a way of smiling on the Parrish. Since inaugurating its new Herzog & de Meuron-designed home in 2013, on the site of a former tree nursery in Water Mill, the museum’s annual Midsummer Party has been enhanced by a dreamy shroud of fog and illuminated by a “supermoon.” “Each year, something special happens within the natural environment that adds a level of beauty to the evening that we can’t predict,” says Director Terrie Sultan. What she can predict for this year’s soirée, on July 9, is an art-filled celebration of the creative people who make their homes on the East End.
Along with cocktails, dinner, and dancing, guests will get a first look at choreographer Jonah Bokaer’s response to the museum’s open-ended invitation to present a project within the context of its “Platform” exhibition series.
The gathering will honor Barbara J. Slifka, a longtime Parrish trustee whose philanthropic endeavors span the visual and performing arts as well as environmental and social causes. “Barbara is a tremendously cultured woman who has made an enormous difference in the lives of others,” says Sultan. “She has a wonderful sense of humor and adventure, embraces new ideas and experiences, and shows her enthusiasm for life with a terrifically winning smile. Her support for the Parrish has been transformational to us, and we are thrilled to have this opportunity to honor and salute her.” 279 Montauk Hwy., Water Mill, 283-7006.
Photography by Joe Schildhorn/bfa.com (Party); Marisela La Grave (Neither); Carly Erickson/bfa.com (Slifka)