The East Hampton Star | August 22, 2019
by Christopher Walsh
THE EAST HAMPTON TOWN BOARD voted unanimously last Thursday to designate the Art Barge and the D’Amico Studio and Archive in Amagansett as local historical landmarks.
The Art Barge, formally known as the Victor D’Amico Institute of Art, was established in 1960 by the founding director of education at the Museum of Modern Art in Manhattan, who served in that role from 1937 to 1969. He and his wife, Mabel D’Amico, built a house at Lazy Point, Amagansett, in the 1940s, and he initiated MoMA-sponsored art classes in the mid-1950s at Ashawagh Hall in Springs, according to the institute’s website. [continue reading]
The Press 27east.com | August 22, 2019
by Elizabeth Vespe
THE ART BARGE is a familiar visual landmark on the Napeague skyline, and after five decades of being used as an artist’s studio, the Victor D’Amico Institute of Art — which includes the Art Barge and the D’Amico house — has been recognized as a historic landmark as well.
The East Hampton Town Board on Thursday, August 15, voted unanimously to designate both structures as historic landmarks, which will protect them from demolition or substantial alteration, and also make them eligible for new grants. [continue reading]
The Independent | August 21, 2019
by T. E. McMorrow
SUPPORTERS of the Victor D’Amico Institute of Art, better known as the Art Barge, and the Victor and Mabel D’Amico Lazy Point house, showed up in numbers for a public hearing in front of the East Hampton Town Board Thursday evening, August 15. The board is considering whether the two structures, hot spots for art in post-World War II America, should receive historic designation.
Christopher Kohan, the executive director of the Art Barge’s board of trustees, told the board he had first come to the Art Barge in 1975. He gave a history of the iconic, idiosyncratic structure. [continue reading]
Whalebone Magazine | June 12, 2019
The Set Decorator Behind Wes Anderson’s Small Nation of Meaningful Objects
KRIS MORAN ISN’T NOT NOT-INFLUENCED BY INSTAGRAM
You may or may not know Kris Moran, but you definitely know her aesthetic. The artist, designer and set decorator (though even this lengthy list feels woefully inadequate to describe the breadth of Moran’s creative output) has helped to define the iconic on-screen looks of the likes of Wes Anderson, Barry Jenkins, Noah Baumbach and Todd Solondz. As a set decorator she populates those cinematic worlds with the objects that breath life into them and literally creates the wallpaper that backs the narratives. [continue reading]
The Independent | June 11, 2019
Artists Speak in Amagansett
by Nicole Teitler
THE VICTOR D’AMICO INSTITUTE OF ART’S Art Barge in Amagansett kicks off its annual Artists Speak series on Wednesday, June 19, at 6 PM. First up will be artist/designer/set decorator Kris Moran and author/film critic Scott A.S. Hamrah with a conversation focused on the creative process. Moran will be creating an interactive installation based on color in collaboration with The Art Barge and Fritz Horstman of The Joseph and Anni Albers Foundation.
“I speak because I think I am fortunate and like to share. Sometimes I strike a clarity that surprises people. Also, I am interested in where science and creativity intermingle and I have nowhere to share my findings literally,” Moran said. [continue reading]
Galerie Magazine | June 6, 2019
Explore the Fascinating Art Barge Docked in the Hamptons
by Jill Sieracki
WHEN THE FOUNDING DIRECTOR of the Museum of Modern Art’s education department, Victor D’Amico, and his wife, Mabel, created a home in the Hamptons nearly 60 years ago, the area was still an unpolished haven for artists and other bohemians. D’Amico wanted to continue offering arts education outside of New York City, which he did at Ashawagh Hall in the Springs, then later, on a reimagined retired World War II Navy barge in Amagansett.
Today, the Victor D’Amico Institute of Art—colloquially known as the Art Barge—continues to inspire with classes and workshops for adults and children, as well as a series of programming, like Artists Speak, which kicks off June 19 with a conversation between artist, designer, and set decorator Kris Moran and author A.S. Hamrah. [continue reading]
Sag Harbor Express Magazine | May 20, 2019
Art on a Barge: D’Amico’s Dream Could Be Protected Forever
by Michelle Trauring
“VICTOR D’AMICO” is a name Christopher Kohan knew long before he put a face to it — his own art teachers often referring to the man who once taught them.
The founding director of the Museum of Modern Art Education Department, D’Amico had established himself as an artist, teacher and progressive visionary, a fierce believer in the endless creative potential within every human being. His innovative learning experiences revolved around that ideology, and he sought to unlock it at every turn, from 1937 to 1960 in New York.
By the mid-1950s, he had expanded his reach to the East End, starting with MoMA-sponsored classes at Ashawagh Hall in Springs before, eventually, craving more control and a place to call his own. [continue reading]
The Independent | April 23, 2019
Repairs, Historic Status for Art Barge
by T.E. McMorrow
THESE ARE EXCITING TIMES for supporters of the Victor D’Amico Institute of Art, better known as the Art Barge, along with the D’Amico Lazy Point house.
Last week, the East Hampton Town Zoning Board of Appeals unanimously approved a permit for needed bulkhead repairs for the iconic structure, which sits on the edge of Napeague Harbor, and is reached by artists and art lovers alike via a sandy dirt road from Napeague Meadow Road.
Now, the East Hampton Town Board appears poised to designate that structure, along with the Lazy Point property, as historic landmarks. [continue reading]
The East Hampton Star | April 17, 2019
Landmarks May Make it Official
by Jamie Buffalino
IN MARCH 1960, VICTOR D’AMICO, the director of the Museum of Modern Art’s education department, saw his dream of creating a dramatic East End venue for painting classes become reality when a retired Navy barge made its way from Jersey City to its current site at Napeague Harbor. Almost 60 years later, the East Hampton Town Board is considering a historical-landmark designation for the Art Barge, as the structure is known, and for the modernist house that Mr. D’Amico and his wife, Mabel, built at Lazy Point in 1940. [continue reading]
The Independent | March 6, 2019
Art Barge Work Sails Toward Approval
by T.E. McMorrow
THE FIRST STEP IN A RENOVATION of the Victor D’Amico Institute of Art in Napeague, better known as the Art Barge, had the East Hampton Town Planning Department and the town’s zoning board of appeals crying, “All aboard,” after a public hearing held February 26.
The current application before the ZBA for the Art Barge, which is owned by the Museum of Modern Art in Manhattan, is a request for a permit allowing it to replace, and heighten by 18 inches, 200 feet of bulkheading on Napeague Harbor. Brian Frank, the head environmentalist for the town planning department, told the board that the department had considered allowing the application to move forward administratively, but elected to go the public hearing route because of the fragile nature of Napeague Harbor and the area surrounding the Art Barge. [continue reading]
27east.com/The Press Newsgroup | June 26, 2018
The Art Barge: A Hidden Haven On Napeague Harbor Brings East End Artists Together
by Julia Halsey
STEP INSIDE THE ART BARGE IN AMAGANSETT, and you’ll feel as if you’ve been sailed out to the middle of the Atlantic Ocean.
Literally a retired 500-ton World War I Navy barge, the Art Barge was tugged to Long Island in 1960 by art educator Victor D’Amico, and has sat proudly on the shore of Napeague Harbor ever since.
For nearly six decades the vessel as served as a hub for arts education on the East End, the vast seascape view serving as an endless source of inspiration for the artists who gather there. It is one of the two sites that encompasses the Victor D’Amico Institute of Art, the second being the former home of Victor D’Amico and his wife, Mabel D’Amico, at Lazy Point. [continue reading]
EAST Magazine | June 2018
Gone to the Promised Land
by Glyn Vincent
featuring artwork by Mabel D’Amico
A LOST WORLD ONCE EXISTED IN AMAGANSETT, a colorful, clamoring community built on the high-stakes seafaring pursuit of menhaden (or bunker). Glyn Vincent chases ghosts at the old Promised Land Fish Factor, to unearth the very relevant story of the disappearance—and resurrection recently—of “the most important fish in the sea”. [continue reading]
Trebuchet Magazine | May 15, 2018
Art is on the house!
by Sara Torres Vega
SPRINKLES, ketchup, charcuterie, beer, bread, jam, pasta, pickles, candy, sushi, pizza, ice cream, dumplings, oysters and art are considered by many not worth making at home. These items, people say, should be bought instead because their production involves smelly, time consuming processes, and the result is sometimes disappointing when compared to the outcome we have in mind. In the series of aforementioned elements, there is however one that doesn’t quite fit on the list, and yet is consumed with the same voracity as the rest: art. [continue reading]
The East Hampton Star | August 3, 2017
Artists in their Element(s)
by Judy d’Mello
IT’S AS FAR FROM 53rd STREET AS YOU CAN GET, Victor D’Amico once said about the Art Barge on Napeague Harbor, which he founded in 1963, most likely referring to the spiritual distance between the beached idyll for artists and midtown Manhattan’s Museum of Modern Art, where he served as … [continue reading]
Modern Magazine | August 22, 2016
WITH STACCATO MID-ATLANTIC DICTION, a radio announcer says, “There’s something going on now, up there on 53rd Street and Fifth Avenue.” It’s December 1949 and what’s going on is the Children’s Holiday Carnival at the Museum of Modern Art in New York, an initiative conceived by the museum’s founding director of education, Victor D’Amico, a man with an exceptional ability to adopt a child’s eye view. “If a four-year-old comes into the museum, he sees practically nothing,” D’Amico explains to the host. “He sees the bottoms of paintings or, more so, he just sees adult legs.” For four to eight-year-olds only, the carnival allowed children to experience art unobstructed by appendages or rules.
Over a five-decade career, D’Amico would nurture the artistic impulses of generations of young people, among them a teenaged Diane Arbus and longtime MoMA curator William Rubin. Today D’Amico’s unique vision continues in the forms of the Children’s Art Carnival in Harlem and the Art Barge art education center in Amagansett, Long Island. His remarkable legacy is preserved in the MoMA archives. But his inimitable spirit permeates the Victor and Mabel D’Amico Studio and Archive, housed in the residence in Lazy Point, Long Island, that D’Amico built with his wife, collaborator, and fellow art educator, Mabel. [continue reading]
27east | May 25, 2014
The Mabel And Victor D’Amico House In Amagansett, Where Art And Life Converge
It is a sunny and buoyant Mother’s Day and I am sitting on a small beach, a spit of land in Napeague overlooking Hicks Island. A windsurfer glides by. Some seagulls swoop down and disappear as well. Behind me stands Mabel and Victor D’Amico’s home—the Mabel and Victor D’Amico Studio and Archive—a framed white house almost 75 years old.
While this is the day to contemplate my own parent who had left me an inspiring world view and valuable lessons, I am also remembering the D’Amicos, a symbolic mother and father to thousands of art students and instructors who taught about life and values: a belief that the arts are a humanizing force which vitalizes all aspects of being alive. [continue reading]
The East Hampton Star | November 8, 2001
Art Barge Keeps on Creating
by Carissa Katz
VICTOR D’AMICO, the founder of the Art Barge, and his wife, Mabel, built their house on Lazy Point’s Shore Road during World War II when building materials were rationed. So, as was their habit, they devised a creative solution to the shortage of wood, reusing the timber from an UpIsland house. The resulting structure, which is now open to the public by appointment, may be one of the D’Amicos’ greatest works of art.
An ever-evolving entity into which they poured their considerable talents and ingenuity, it is part mid-20th-century modern, part fish shack, and a wonderful window into the lives of its late owners. [continue reading]