Photo courtesy of The Watermill Center


Tour of The Watermill Center

The Watermill Center was founded in 1992 by avant-garde visionary and theater director Robert Wilson as an interdisciplinary laboratory for the arts and humanities providing a global community the time, space and freedom to create and inspire.

Executive Director, Elka Rifkin, will lead us through the singular Watermill Center, focusing on the history and mission, the library and art collection. We may also meet some of the just-arrived artists in residence and learn about their projects.

Friends FREE
Other Guests $15/person

For full details about the event email us
For reservations by phone, call 631.267.3172


Saturday, November 16, 2019, 9am-3pm
Visit to the Kabakov Studio

Continuing a tradition of studio visits that dates back to the mid-1950s, Individual and Family Friends attended a private tour of Emilia and Ilya Kabakov’s studio on the North Fork. This is an exclusive opportunity to experience the expansive studio and collection of artworks of these pioneers of installation art.

Originally from Russia, Emilia and Ilya emigrated to the USA and have together produced, since 1989, over 200 immersive installations and other conceptual works based both in reality and fantasy, metaphorically addressing ideas of utopia, dreams, and fear to reflect on the universal human condition. A graphic artist and children’s book illustrator early on, Ilya has painted throughout his career.

We were honored to have the Kabakovs as guest speakers in our 2019 Artists Speak series and had the privilege of accessing the couple’s East End home/studio compound where we viewed firsthand paintings, sculptures, and collaborative projects in the place where they are conceived.

We are grateful to Emilia and Ilya Kabakov, Volunteers of Guild Hall, Hamptons Hopper, and our Friends for their support of this program

Portrait of Ilya and Emilia Kabakov by James Salomon, 2019

A Letter From a Friend about the Autumn Art Excursion

Although I live a couple of hours away, I became a Friend of the Victor D’Amico Institute of Art this year specifically to support the mission and spirit of two places that truly sustain and inspire me: The D’Amico Studio and Archive, and The Art Barge. I had no expectation of anything in return, so I was excited and surprised to receive an invitation to a private tour of The Moran Studio with Richard Barons, East Hampton Historical Society Curator, followed by a visit to the Gardiner Mill Cottage Gallery with Terry Wallace, owner of Wallace Gallery in East Hampton. After the tour, the invitation stated that we would enjoy some light refreshments at the neighboring Hedges Inn.

I was further amazed to find that this rare opportunity was available to me, as a Friend of the Institute, at no charge! I took the day off, and looked forward to the trip for weeks beforehand. Finally, the day after Halloween, I took a crisp Autumn drive out to East Hampton.

I really can’t say enough about how incredible the day was… [continue at right]

Friday, November 1, 2019, 1-3pm

Visit to Moran Studio and Gardiner Mill Cottage

We were pleased to invite our Individual and Family Friends on an excursion to the historic heart of East Hampton where we were treated to a private tour of The Moran Studio with East Hampton Historical Society Curator, Richard Barons, then a visit to the Gardiner Mill Cottage Gallery with Terry Wallace, owner of Wallace Gallery in East Hampton, who discussed the collection of historic paintings. Our tour culminated with light refreshments at the neighboring Hedges Inn.

We are very grateful to the East Hampton Historical Society, Wallace Gallery, and Hedges Inn for their generous support of this event.

SUNDAY, JUNE 2nd, 2019

MAKE ART WITH US! from 12-3 pm at the Eco-Expo

The day includes programming featuring environmental scientists, NGOs, and community leaders tackling water conservation issues, plus family-friendly activations highlighting local eco-initiatives and celebrating the natural beauty of Long Island.

10-12pm Talks + Presentations | RSVP
12-3pm Eco-expo + Food Tastings | No RSVP Required

Take part in the family friendly portion of the Water Views Festival and dive into an art experience based in collage technique using the Collage Turntable designed by our founder, Victor D’Amico. Motivated by the water theme of the event, participants of all ages will be guided through hands-on art making by Christopher Kohan, President of The Victor D’Amico Institute of Art.

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Sunday, May 19th, 2-4pm

Join us as we warm up for a dynamic Summer 2019 season of classes and events

Summer Exhibition MAY 19 – SEPT 7

Four Glass Artists
Andy Stenerson
Marianne Weil


will be open for visitors to tour the building, learn about its history, get information about our summer schedule, and absorb the breathtaking natural surroundings

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Find more information about the exhibition under Exhibits



at The Amagansett Library
November 3-30, 2018

Sunday, November 4th, from 1-3 pm

Christopher Kohan, President of The VDIA, will be joined by guest speakers Rachel Gruzen, Environmental Planner, Educator, and co-organizer of the exhibition, and David Clarke, grandnephew of Gilbert P. Smith, founder of the Smith Meal Company at Promised Land. They will share history, stories, and memories of Promised Land, respectively covering aspects of the D’Amico’s connection with the fish factory, the menhaden reduction industry, and the Smith Meal Company.

*AUTUMN CRITIQUE at The Mabel and Victor D’Amico Studio and Archive

MICHAEL ROSCH | Sun., Oct 21st, 2-4 pm


SUE GUSSOW | Sun., Sept 30th, 11am-1pm

*ARTISTS SPEAK September 5th, 6 pm


in conversation with Casey Dalene
more information under Artists Speak


hosted by the East Hampton Chamber of Commerce

Saturday, September 8th, 5-8pm
Join us for a night of networking: Enjoy complimentary drinks, light refreshments and live music while taking in the beautiful view and great conversation!

Admission is FREE!

*D’AMICO’S FRIENDS through 8 September, 2018
inaugural exhibit of artworks by Friends of The VDIA

*ARTISTS SPEAK August 15th, 6 pm


in conversation with Esperanza Leon
more information under Artists Speak

*D’AMICO’S FRIENDS 19 August-8 September, 2018
inaugural exhibit of artworks by Friends of The VDIA

Opening Reception on Sunday 19th August 11:30 am to 1:30 pm

*ARTISTS SPEAK July 25, 6 pm

Eunice Golden in conversation with Gail Levin

more information under Artists Speak

*BARGE-IN July 2–6, 1–4pm
Open house week at The Art Barge
Visit, get acquainted, take in the view, take a class, or see the exhibition

Barge-In Week kicks off with an Opening Reception on Sunday 1st July, 11:30 am to 1:30 pm, for the exhibition

The Finder’s Eye | The Barge Gallery
June 30-July 28, 2018
curated by Teri Kennedy

More information about exhibitions can be found under Exhibits.

Mabel and Victor D’Amico: What is Creative Education? | The Barge Studio
As part of BARGE-IN week this special, free class with instructor and D’Amico scholar Sara Torres invites you to discover what creative education is through the key concepts that drove Mabel and Victor D’Amico’s practice. Through a series of painting, collage, and drawing experiences rediscover your greatest endowment: the power to create. See class details for registration.


*SPRING CRITIQUE at The Mabel and Victor D’Amico Studio and Archive

Saturday, March 24th with George Negroponte and Sunday, March 25th with Michael Rosch | 2 to 5 pm


advanced registration required

Please contact us with questions or if you encounter issues registering.