Deborah F. Bancroft With Kelly Taxter And Clare Bell

The Parrish Art Museum’s Midsummer Weekend—a benefit for the Museum comprising three distinct events that bring together artists, art collectors, curators, philanthropists, and business leaders from the Hamptons, New York City, and beyond—raised over $1 million to benefit the Parrish. The Midsummer Dance on August 13 featured a DJ Set by James Murphy (DFA Records/LCD Soundsystem); Dorothy Lichtenstein was the Honorary Chair of the Saturday Midsummer Dinner where artist Tomashi Jackson was honored; and the Midsummer Family benefit on Sunday, August 15, featured a performance by the National Circus Project and a collaborative mural workshop with artist Nathan Carter.

At the Midsummer Dance, Parrish Director Kelly Taxter and event chair Larry Milstein gave opening remarks and introduced James Murphy. The Midsummer Dinner featured remarks by Board President Mary E. Frank, Dorothy Lichtenstein, and Taxter. Ashley James, Ph.D., Guggenheim Museum Associate Curator, Contemporary Art, introduced Tomashi Jackson, who was unable to attend and addressed guests through a video statement. Jackson’s exhibition The Land Claim and Roy Lichtenstein: History in the Making, 1948–1960 are currently on view in the museum. Guests had the opportunity to view those and other special exhibitions as well as the outdoor exhibition Field of Dreams.Guests at the Midsummer Family benefit, co-chaired by Darice Fadeyi and Samantha Brand, experienced a performance by the National Circus Project, participated in a collaborative mural led by artist Nathan Carter, and enjoyed a barbecue dinner and ice cream truck.

The Midsummer Dance was chaired by Larry Milstein. The host committee included: Lizzie Asher, Serena Bancroft, Jesse Bongiovi, Jack Brinkley-Cook, Sophia Cohen, Ben Djaha, Warren Elgort, Rachel Feinstein, Carolyn Floersheimer, Alessandro Ford-Rippolone, Andrea Franchini & Cian Connor, Alexander Mason Hankin, J. Logan Horne, Sheree Hovsepian & Rashid Johnson, Kit Keenan, Vajra Kingsley, Shantell Martin, Georgia McLanahan, Noor Pahlavi, Arielle Patrick, Tripoli Patterson, Emma Portner, Joshua Pulman, Steven R. Sachs, Sydney Sadick, Ally Shapiro, Shari Siadat, Jack Siebert, Elise Taylor, Melissa Urfirer Gottesman, and Jake Wildstein.

 The Midsummer Dinner’s Artist Honoree was Tomashi Jackson. The honorary chair for the evening was Dorothy Lichtenstein, with Deborah F. Bancroft and Preston T. Phillips as the co-chairs. The host committee included: Mary and Howard S. Frank, Christina and Alan MacDonald, Sandy and Stephen Perlbinder, Patti and Mark Renton, and Robin and Frederic M. Seegal. Christie’s, Sara Friedlander was the auction host and deputy chairman.

Midsummer Family was co-chaired by Samantha Brand and Darice Fadeyi

Sponsors for the weekend: Midsummer Weekend Sponsor, Yieldstreet; Midsummer Dinner Sponsor, Chantecaille; Midsummer Dance Sponsor, Saks.



Tomashi Jackson (born 1980, Houston, TX) is a multidisciplinary artist working across painting, textiles, sculpture, and video. Through her work, she places formal and material investigations in dialogue with recent histories of displacement and disenfranchisement of people of color, resulting in formalist compositions of exuberant color, bold geometries, and intricate layers. Tomashi Jackson: The Land Claim is a multi-part exhibition of newly created work in painting, sound, photography, and archival materials that centers the experiences—past and present—of communities of color on Long Island’s East End. The exhibition includes seven large-scale paintings, a sound installation at the Museum entrance; an installation of three photographs that extend across the 32-foot lobby; and an interactive study room.

Tomashi Jackson: The Land Claim is made possible thanks to the generous support of The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts; National Endowment for the Arts; The Bandier Family Foundation; The Mr. and Mrs. Raymond J. Horowitz Fund for Publications; The Dorothy Lichtenstein ArtsReach Fund, established by Agnes Gund; Connie Tilton; The Lumpkin-Boccuzzi Family; The Deborah Buck Foundation; Miyoung Lee and Neil Simpkins; Sandy and Stephen Perlbinder; The Speyer Family Foundation, and Nina Yankowitz.

The Museum is grateful to Night Gallery, Los Angeles and Tilton Gallery, New York, for their in-kind support.

The Parrish is pleased to partner with The Watermill Center in support of Tomashi Jackson’s project and acknowledge their generous partnership through their Inga Maren Otto Fellowship.

 Roy Lichtenstein: HISTORY IN THE MAKING, 1948–1960

Roy Lichtenstein: History in the Making, 1948–1960 is the first major museum exhibition to investigate the early work of the 20th century American artist, who became a founder of the Pop Art movement. Providing an illuminating prologue to Lichtenstein’s well-known comics-inspired imagery, the exhibition tells the largely overlooked story of his early career, when formal experimentation and a keen eye for irony irrevocably defined his art. Through approximately 90 paintings, drawings, sculpture, and prints—many never before seen—Roy Lichtenstein: History in the Making introduces a revisionist starting point for a new understanding of the artist’s work and establishes a fresh context for this period in 20th-century modern American art.

Roy Lichtenstein: History in the Making, 1948–1960 is co-organized by the Colby College Museum of Art, Waterville, Maine, and the Nasher Museum of Art at Duke University, Durham, North Carolina.

Support for the exhibition and its national tour is provided by the Roy Lichtenstein Foundation.

Additional catalogue support is provided by the Wyeth Foundation for American Art.

 The presentation of Roy Lichtenstein: History in the Making, 1948–1960 at the Parrish Art Museum is made possible thanks to the generous support of the Roy Lichtenstein Foundation; The Liliane and Norman Peck Fund for Exhibitions; Bank of America Private Bank; Gagosian Gallery; Barbara and Richard Lane; Barbara Bertozzi Castelli; Ellen Cantrowitz; and Jacqueline Brody.          


Field of Dreams is an outdoor exhibition presented across the Museum’s 14-acre grounds and features work by 10 international, multi-generational artists working in a variety of genres, including Monument in Waiting, 2020, a work created for the Museum by Theaster Gates (American, born 1973); the neon sculpture Work No. 2210: EVERYTHING IS GOING TO BE ALRIGHT, 2015, by Martin Creed (b. 1968, Wakefield, UK); and a suite of four new sculptures by Jaume Plensa (Spanish, born 1955): Carlota (oak), Julia (oak), Laura Asia (oak), and Wilsis (oak), 2019. Works by Parrish collection artists include The Wheatfield (Agincourt), 1989-2019, and The Hooligan, 2019, by Jim Dine (American, born 1935); Tokyo Brushstroke I and II, 1994, by Roy Lichtenstein (American, 1923–97); Eastgate, 1989, by Joel Perlman (American, born 1943); and Untitled, 2014, by Joel Shapiro (American, born 1941); plus Isa Genzken (German, born 1948), Two Orchids, 2014/2015; Giuseppe Penone (Italian, born 1947), Idee di pietra (Ideas of Stone), 2008; and Bernar Venet (French, born 1941), Arcs in Disorder: 220.5° Arc x 15, 2006.

 Field of Dreams is made possible, in part, by the generous support of Jane Squier in memory of her husband Jack Squier; Glenn Fuhrman and FLAG Art Foundation; Irma and Norman Braman Philanthropic fund in honor of Mary Frank; In The Works Fund at The Chicago Community Fund, and Daniel Shedrick, and with the participation of Gray Gallery; Galerie Lelong & Co; Kasmin Gallery; and Hargreaves Jones, Landscape Architects. We are grateful to Friends of the Field contributors Jackie Brody and Yanina and Allan Spivack for their generosity and shared vision for this project.

 About the Parrish Art Museum:

Inspired by the natural setting and artistic life of Long Island’s East End, the Parrish Art Museum illuminates the creative process and how art and artists transform our experiences and understanding of the world and how we live in it. The Museum fosters connections among individuals, art, and artists through care and interpretation of the collection, presentation of exhibitions, publications, educational initiatives, programs, and artist residencies. The Parrish is a center for cultural engagement, an inspiration and destination for the region, the nation, and the world.

Photo Courtesy Of Lawlor Media Group