Schedule for Observational Findings

Lobby Gallery

November 5 – January 31 Extended thru March 31


Genius Loci: Observational Findings


Observational Findings is framed by Samual L. Parrish’s 19th Century Colonial curio cabinet (Note 1) originally installed (1897) in the Art Museum at Southampton that Parrish founded (1940’s named Parrish Art Museum).


Encompassing objects and documentation selected by Sandrow as symbols of the “Genius Loci” of the Parrish Art Museum - past and present - during transition on this new site. The vitrine’s rotating contents – ranging from rare photographs, including those of William Merritt Chase owned by Sandrow from the earliest days of the Museum to found objects like “good luck” horseshoes and a quartz crystal, and elixir bottles unearthed from the grounds of the artist’s open air studio Shinnecock Hills (Note  2)  –  serve as reminders of the customs, such as fortune tellers, prevalent at the time in which the curio case was in the Museum founded by Parrish.


And also relate to our time (2012) when the new Parrish Museum includes a gallery dedicated to William Merritt Chase’s paintings; Shinnecock Indian Nation advocate for respect and recognition of ancestral lands. Other contemporary found objects relate to the agrarian roots (including a poultry farm) of the new Museum site - including deeds; memorials to local farmer Bradford Reeve and Artist Roy Lichtenstein; materials and processes of observation; and the golden ratio found in both nature and the proportions of the new building’s galleries.


“The prevailing spirit” of the new Parrish site reveals a social and cultural Colonial history parallel to that of America all over this land.


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Note 1: Parrish’s cabinet gifted (2012) to Hope Sandrow by Southampton Historical Museum. Sited (since 1952)  in the Rogers Mansion that was Samuel L. Parrish’s home in Southampton Village till his death (1932);  where Sandrow exhibited (2007) “(Re)Collecting an American’s Dream”.



Note 2: open air studio Shinnecock Hills located in Sandrow’s backyard within the Shinnecock Indian Contact Period Village Fort Critical Environmental Area (designated 1988). Wooded lands amongst those seized (1858) from Shinnecock Indian Nation by the Town of Southampton, managed by Samuel L. Parrish in his role as President of the Long Island Improvement Society. And that he sold privately including acreage (1891) to Jane Borrowe and E. Boudinot Colt - now Sandrow’s “backyard”. And the (1891) Carriage Gatehouse (Sandrow’s home and studio) attributed to architect Grosvenor Atterbury who Parrish hired to design his Art Museum at Southampton.