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September 10, 17, 24, and October 1, 2022 – 7-10PM

August 30, 2022—East Hampton, NY — As part of GUILD HALL: OFFSITE, SWEPT AWAY: Love Letter to a Surrogate(s), the second and final exhibition of 2022, will commence on September 10 and run for four consecutive Saturdays through October 1, from 7-10PM at East Hampton’s Main Beach (101 Ocean Avenue, East Hampton). The project was conceptualized by Warren Neidich who created the successful Drive by Art event in 2020. It is co-curated and co-coordinated by Christina Mossaides Strassfield, Museum Director/Chief Curator of Guild Hall, Anuradha Vikram, Los Angeles based independent curator, and Los Angeles based conceptual artist Renee Petropoulos.

In reference to the East Hampton event, Strassfield remarked “With Guild Hall being under renovation we felt this was a wonderful way to bring accessible art to our community and have everyone feel welcome and enjoy themselves. We are delighted to have the chance to expand the museum’s reach through our collaboration with our West Coast partners.”

Swept Away: Love Letter to a Surrogate(s) is a community-oriented artistic project that aims to create a transcontinental heartbeat across America,” said Neidich. Sixty-five artists from Los Angeles will write sets of instructions, in the form of love letters, to an equal number of artists from the East End of Long Island who will then perform them in an open and improvisational way at the waters’ edge in front of the pavilion at Main Beach in East Hampton. In the spring the reverse will occur; with East End artists writing love letters to LA artists to be executed at Will Rogers State Beach, Santa Monica in conjunction with the 18th Street Arts Center.

Regarding the Los Angeles happenings, Anuradha Vikram and Renee Petropoulos shared “Over two consecutive days, West Coast artists will respond to prompts submitted by their East Coast counterparts that address themes of deep ecology and the interdependence of humans with other living beings and ecological networks. Each artist will be limited to using only what they and their collaborators can carry to the shoreline and retrieve at the close of their action.”

These ‘Art Happenings’, borrowing a term of Allan Kaprow, who’s famous Happening #3 was performed in East Hampton in August,1966, will likewise create ephemeral performative gestures and time-based works. They might take the form of building a sandcastle, singing a song, reciting poetry, dancing, surfing, making a sculpture that interacts with the tide, interventions with shells, doing a light projection, picking up garbage on the beach, etc.

The general community is invited to enjoy the performances amidst the pounding of the surf which will act, on one hand, as an acoustical backdrop and, on the other, as a reminder of the importance of the sea in the prevention of ecological degradation brought on by climate change. Its protection is imperative and as Neidich has stated “It is hoped that through these combined experimental gestures and performances, a sense of solidarity between local and national artists and their respective diverse communities will emerge, and through them, new innovative social tools and structures with which to confront the ecological catastrophe.”


The list of East End and West Coast artist pairings is as follows:

EAST END ARTISTS                                        LOS ANGELES ARTISTS

Pamella Allen                          >          >          Jade Gordon + Megan Whitmarsh

Suzanne Anker                       >          >          Margarethe Drexel

Elena Bajo                               >          >          Jasmine Orpilla

Lillian Ball                                >          >          Dana Duff

Monica Banks                         >          >          Jamie Ross

Dianne Blell                             >          >          Lisa Anne Auerbach

Scott Bluedorn                        >          >          Robert Herbst

Sanford Biggers                      >          >          Sterling Wells

Megan Chaskey                      >          >          Lionel Popkin

Scott Chaskey                          >          >          Kathryn Andrews

Philippe Cheng                        >          >          David Horvitz

Andrea Cote                            >          >          Nina Waisman

Ivana Dama                             >          >          Rodrigo Arruda

Peter Dayton                           >          >          Anita Pace

Katrina Del Mar                       >          >          Taisha Paggett + Meital Yaniv

Jeremy Dennis                        >         >          Debra Disman

Sabra Moon Elliot                    >          >          Rochelle Fabb

Carol Edwards                        >         >          Pamela Hudson

Eva Faye                                 >          >          Patty Chang + David Kelly

Saskia Friedrich                      >          >          Fran Siegel

Margaret Garrett                      >          >          Susan Kleinberg

Veronica Gonzales                 >          >          Cassandra Marketo

Kimberly Goff                          >          >          Cheri Gaulke + Xochi Maberry-Gaulke

Jeremy Grosvenor                  >          >          Vincent Johnson

Jerelyn Hanrahan                    >          >          Andrew Berardini

Candace Hill Montgomery       >          >          Anna Joy Springer

Virva Hinnemo                         >          >          Sam Shoemaker

Alice Hope                               >          >          Krysten Cunningham

Erica-Lynn Huberty                 >          >          Sandeep Mukherjee

Terri Hyland                             >          >          Joseph Mosconi

Ruby Jackson                         >          >          Alice Könitz

Ilya + Emelia Kabakov            >          >          Carolyn Castano

Carlos Lama                           >          >          Elisabeth Houston

Laurie Lambrecht                    >          >          May Sun

Joseph Liatela                         >          >          Badly Licked Bear

Donald Lipski                         >          >          Raul Baltazar

Sutton Lynch                           >          >          Yrneh Gabon Brown

Josephine Meckseper             >          >          Jiayun Chen

Paul Miller                                >          >          Lucia Santini Ribisi

Tanya Minhas                          >          >          Allison Wyper

Richard Mothes                       >          >          Kristin Calabrese

Michelle Murphy                      >          >          Sarah Beadle

Jill Musnicki                             >          >          Victoria Vesna

Eileen O’Kane Kornreich        >          >          Iman Person

Dalton Portella                        >          >          Ryat Yezbick

Jaanika Peerna                       >          >          Marcus Kuiland Nazario

Toni Ross                               >          >          Sharon Barnes

David Rothenberg                   >          >          Beatriz Cortez

Will Ryan                                 >          >          Jody Zellen

Sara Salaway                         >          >          Melinda Altshuler

Matthew Satz                         >          >          Katie Grinnan

Bastienne Schmidt                 >          >          Jisoo Chung

Barry Schwabsky                    >          >          David Schafer

Christine Sciulli                       >          >          Karen Lofgren

Arlene Slavin                           >          >          Jenny Yurshansky

Janice Stanton                        >          >          Kearra Gopee

Christina Sun                          >          >          Catherine Scott

Carol Szymanski                    >          >          Xiouping

Sara Vandeerbeek                  >          >          Alicia Serling

Ryan Wallace                         >          >          Joshua Aster

Ross Watts                             >          >          Justine Harari

Allan Wexler                            >          >          Dan Kwong

Nina Yankowitz                       >          >          Francesca Gabbiani

Darius Yektai                           >          >          Barbara McCarren + Jud Fine

Almond Zigmund                     >          >          Marissa Mandler



Visit for more information. A schedule of happenings will be posted as the event dates approach.


Guild Hall’s museum programs are made possible by the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of the Office of the Governor and the New York State Legislature, an anonymous donor, Crozier Fine Arts, and funding from The Michael Lynne Museum Endowment, and The Melville Straus Family Endowment.






Warren Neidich uses written texts and neon-light sculptures to create cross-pollinating conceptual works that reflect upon situations at the border zones of art, science, and social justice. His performative and sculptural work Pizzagate Neon (2018), recently on display at the Venice Biennale 2019, analyzed, through a large hanging neon light sculpture, fake news and the post-truth society. Selected exhibitions include the Whitney Museum of American Art, PS1 MOMA, White Columns, Walker Art Center MIT List Visual Art Center, (Cambridge), Los Angeles County Museum of Art, National Museum of American Art (Washington D.C., US), Museum Ludwig (Köln, Germany), Haus Der Kunst (Munich), Zentrum für Kunst and Media (Karlsruhe, Germany), ICA London, Palais Tokyo (Paris, France), Villa Arson (Nice, France) and Kunsthaus Zürich. He has been a visiting lecturer in the Departments of Art at Brown University, GSD Harvard University, Columbia University, Princeton University, University of California, Los Angeles, the Sorbonne in Paris, France; and the University of Oxford and Cambridge University in the UK. His work has been the subject of over 150 magazine and newspaper articles, including The New York Times, Time Magazine, Artforum, Art in America, Kunstforum International, The Art Newspaper, Smithsonian Magazine, The Chicago Tribune, Hyperallergic, Artnet, GQ, Forbes, Vogue IT, Monopol, Performance Art Journal, , Time Out, The New Yorker, New York Magazine, Los Angeles Times, The Village Voice, and Frieze.



Guild Hall is the cultural heart of the East End: a museum, performing arts, and education center, founded in 1931. We invite everyone to experience the endless possibilities of the arts: to open minds to what art can be; inspire creativity and conversation; and have fun.

Guild Hall has served four generations and introduced audiences to the most storied artists and performers of our time. Now as we approach our centennial, we have embarked on a state-of-the-art renovation to match the caliber of our artistry for twenty-first-century audiences. The facility-wide Capital Improvements Project & Campaign includes top-of-the-line physical and technological enhancements to better deliver on our mission as an artist-driven, interdisciplinary institution.

GUILD HALL: OFFSITE was launched in late spring 2022, temporarily moving programming to select East End locations, featuring dynamic and unmissable exhibitions and events with artists both local and from around the world.

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