A series of evenings with distinguished artists at The Art Barge
Wednesdays 6 pm | $20 / $18 Friends

tickets available online one week prior to each talk

Join us for the 2019 series COLLABORATIONS

conversations, exhibitions, and installations from
creators in film, design, and the visual arts

JUNE 19  Kris Moran and A.S. Hamrah

JULY 17 Emilia and Ilya Kabakov

AUGUST 14 Maira and Alex Kalman

After Speak eats by Harbor Market & Kitchen


Kris Moran is an artist, designer, and set decorator for film and television who has collaborated with acclaimed directors Barry Jenkins, Noah Baumbach, Wes Anderson, Todd Solondz and others. Her vision in set decoration and props can be found in Moonrise Kingdom, The Royal Tenenbaums, If Beale Street Could Talk and many more award-winning films. She applies her craft to live events, restaurant interiors, and hotels as well. As an artist, Kris’s drawings, prints, and videos are magical in their play with medium and sophisticated in their simplicity. Her studio work serves as inspiration for art direction and event design.

A. S. Hamrah is the author of The Earth Dies Streaming: Film Writing, 2002-2018. He has been the film critic for n+1 since 2008 and was the editor of the magazine’s film review. His writing appears in Harper’s, Bookforum, The BafflerTANK, and Cineaste. He has worked as a movie theater projectionist, a semiotic brand analyst, a football cinematographer, a zine writer, and for the film director Raúl Ruiz. He lives in Brooklyn, N.Y.


Widely known as pioneers of instal­lation art, Ilya and Emilia Kabakov are among the most celebrated artists of their generation. Together, they have produced over 200 immersive installations and other conceptual works addressing ideas of utopia, dreams and fear, to reflect on the universal human condition. Ilya and Emilia Kabakov have collaborated together since 1989.


Maira and Alex Kalman (mother and son) have created Sara Berman’s Closet, an installation that was at the Metropolitan Museum or Art for nine months. This summer it will be an outdoor monument to independence on independence mall, Philadelphia. Described as “the apostle of simplicity” Sara Berman (Kalman’s mother and grandmother respectively) left her husband of 38 years at the age of 60 and discovered a new life of liberation. The recreation of her closet  – a symbol of order and beauty –  reveals the journey of life, from the monumental to the mundane.

Maira Kalman is an author and illustrator of more than twenty-eight books for adults and children. A contributor to The New York Times and the The New Yorker, she is the co-creator with John Heginbotham of a ballet based on her book, The Principles of Uncertainty. Represented by the Julie Saul Gallery, she has exhibited her work at museums worldwide. She owns a pair of Toscanini’s pants and lives in NYC.

Alex Kalman is a designer, creative director, curator, and inventor. He is the owner of What Studio? and the founder of Mmuseumm. A contributor to the New York Times, his work has been exhibited at museums worldwide. He lives in NYC.


image credits: Kris Moran (photo by Zoltan Tombor) and A.S. Hamrah (photo by Lesley Unruh); Emilia and Ilya Kabakov (photo by Roman Mensing); Maira and Alex Kalman (photo by Andrew White)


June 13th | Judith Hudson

July 25th | Eunice Golden

August 15th | Audrey Flack

September 5th | Peter Spacek

Wednesday, September 5th, 6 pm

Tickets are $20 / $18 Friends

Peter Spacek was raised in California and his love of drawing brought him to New York to pursue a career in editorial illustration. His love of surfing brought him further east to Montauk. He has worked for most major magazines and newspapers and his whimsical and humorous style resulted in a large body of work used in children’s books, animation, and advertising. Spacek is currently the editorial cartoonist for The East Hampton Star and has a line of humorous beach culture cards and graphic apparel sold under the Ditch Ink brand. When he is not drawing and cartooning, surfing or chasing fish in his kayak, he creates scrimshaw fine art on recycled surfboards. He will be talking with Casey Dalene, the current Curatorial Assistant/Registrar at Guild Hall, who has specialized in emerging and mid-career artists living and working on the East End of Long Island through artUnprimed, an online art gallery and consultation service. She is also an artist and textile designer and, like Spacek, lives and works full-time in East Hampton.

Wednesday, August 15th, 6 pm

Tickets are $20 / $18 Friends

Audrey Flack was an early guest in ARTISTS SPEAK, invited in 1986 when the series was first organized by Howard Kanovitz. She is recognized for pioneering the genre of Photo-Realism and notably for being the first Photo-Realist to have a painting acquired by the Museum of Modern Art. She began her career at the height of Abstract Expressionism breaking with abstraction in the 50s, evolving from Figurative Realism into Photo-Realism in the 60s through the 70s, when she painted much of her best-known iconic work. Flack made a decisive shift from painting to sculpture in the early 1980s. Inspired by religion and mythology, and a need for a new feminine principle in public sculpture, she created a series of heroic women and goddess figures that has changed the landscape of public art. The conversation with Esperanza León will explore her evolution with an emphasis on her inspiration in Renaissance and Baroque art, and the humanist approach to representing women in her work, …real yet idealized… the ‘goddesses in everywoman’.

Audrey Flack, Macarena Esperanza, 1971, oil on canvas, 66 x 46 inches. Courtesy of the Artist.
Installation photo of Eunice Golden's paintings "Metamorphosis #12" 1973 oil on unstretched canvas 111 x 49 in. and Crucifixion #1 © 1969 oil on canvas 42 x 72 in., in the exhibition "In the Cut:The Male Body in Feminist Art" at the Stadtgalerie Saarbrucken, Germany from May 18 to Sept. 30, 2018

Eunice Golden is an early feminist artist of the 1960s known primarily as a figurative expressionist. She has had a career spanning over five decades and evolving through a variety of mediums including painting, film, photography, performance, and most recently digital. Her work has been widely exhibited and written about, notably by Richard Meyer in the encyclopedic catalog of the exhibition, WACK! Art and The Feminist Revolution 1965-1980 (Los Angeles MoCA, 2007). Golden is a 2015 recipient of The Pollock-Krasner Foundation Grant and is most recently part of the group exhibition In the Cut: The Male Body in Feminist Art at the Stadtgalerie in Saarbrücken, Germany, on view through September 30, 2018.

Wednesday, July 25th, 6 pm

Tickets are $20 / $18 Friends

Eunice Golden among her peers pushed the envelope and the development of the feminist approach from the 1960s onward so that her work set in motion a precedent for the next generation of feminist international artists. -Dr. Andrea Jahn, Curator, In the Cut: The Male Body in Feminist Art

Gail Levin is a Distinguished Professor of Art History, American Studies, Women’s Studies, and Liberal Studies at Baruch College and the Graduate Center of the City University of New York known for her biographies on Edward Hopper, Judy Chicago, and Lee Krasner. In addition to her specialization in the work of Edward Hopper, feminist art, abstract expressionism, and Eastern European Jewish influences on Modern art, Levin is an artist who works with photography, photo-collage, and collage.

First talk of the season!

Wednesday, June 13th, 6 pm

Judith Hudson, Untitled, 2017, watercolor and gouache on paper, 22.25 x 29.25 in. Courtesy of the Artist and Tripoli Gallery

On Wednesday 13th June at 6 pm, The Art Barge will host the first of this season’s ARTISTS SPEAK. Judith Hudson will discuss her art and process, personal and professional history, and current topics related to her most recent work in an informal conversation with fellow artist Lucy Winton. Hudson and Winton share various interests, ideas, and aesthetics so that a lively dialogue on art and social issues will take place, particularly with regard to the work Hudson is currently exhibiting in Under the Covers at Tripoli Gallery: how she arrived at this material, content, and place in her work.

A brief reception will follow the talk.

Advance ticket purchase is recommended due to limited capacity.
Tickets are $20 / $18 Friends

ARTISTS SPEAK began in the summer of 1983 when Howard Kanovitz, artist and trustee of The Victor D’Amico Institute of Art, organized the first talks and arranged with Fraser Dougherty and his newly formed public access television company, LTV, to film the events. The inaugural series was held at The Neighborhood House in East Hampton and included Jimmy Ernst, Howard Kanovitz, Elaine de Kooning, Larry Rivers, and Syd Solomon. It proved to be a popular art event, filling the space for each talk. Its success propelled a move in 1986 to the larger more centrally located space of the East Hampton Middle School auditorium in the village of East Hampton, where the series was presented through 1988. The series was revived in 2013 as a mid-week evening event held on-site at The Art Barge on the shore of Napeague Harbor in Amagansett. LTV continues to film the talks and a complete video collection to date is archived at the LTV Studios, a selection of which is available online through ltveh.org.

Past ARTISTS SPEAK guests have included:

Original Artists Speak Promotional Material and Tickets, 1983, D'Amico Studio and Archive Collection


Robert Dash

Alfonso Ossorio

Elizabeth Strong-de Cuevas

Eric Fischl

Chuck Close

Dan Flavin

Audrey Flack

Robert Giard

Valerie Jaudon

William King

Ibram Lassaw

Alfred Leslie

Alfonso Ossorio

Philip Pearlstein

James Rosenquist

David Salle

Miriam Shapiro

Jack Youngerman

April Gornick

Bryan Hunt

Alice Aycock

Keith Sonnier

Donald Lipski