Its realism alone sets it apart from the recently termed “zombie abstraction,” as shallow and pretty as a trophy wife, so popular these days
Above left, visitors examined an untitled work by Robert Gober that offers a view through the floor of a hyperreal pond setting. An installation view, top right, of an untitled Gober work featuring an empty wedding dress, wallpaper showing a sleeping white male and a lynched African-American male. In an untitled sculpture from 2005-6, bottom right, Mr. Gober has painted cast lead crystal to simulate a paint can. Thomas Griesel, the Museum of Modern Art, and Bill Orcutt, Matthew Marks Gallery
Robert Gober’s sinks appear in many guises in the exhibition at the Museum of Modern Art, for instance buried under real grass and dirt on a scaffold outside the museum’s second floor to recreate their installation at a collector’s property. Andrew Moore

To kick off the season, the choral society will host a three-course brunch at the Bridgehampton Inn and Restaurant on Sunday at 1
Sybille van Kempen and Molly Channing had fun recently planning a brunch at the Bridgehampton Inn to benefit the Choral Society on Sunday before the first performance of its winter concert. Durell Godfrey

This year’s festival will honor her with a special program on Saturday evening
Barbara Kopple will be honored at the Bay Street Theater. Andrew Walker
In “Jon Imber’s Left Hand,” an artist’s struggle with A.L.S. is explored. It recently won an audience choice award at a film festival in Boston and will be shown at the Bay Street Theater in Sag Harbor on Saturday at noon.

At the Parrish Art Museum in Water Mill

At the Levitas Center for the Arts at the Southampton Cultural Center

At Guild Hall
"A Spectacular Christmas Carol" will take place at Guild Hall this weekend.

At the East Hampton Library

At Guild Hall
April Gornik is one of the subjects of Sophie Chahinian’s Artist Profile Archive project, which she will discuss on Saturday at Guild Hall, where some of the profiles can be seen.

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The purchases from this year include recent work by Eric Fischl, April Gornik, Mary Heilmann, Bryan Hunt, Barbara Kruger, Thomas Moran, and David Salle
“A Piece of Sky Remembered” by Robert Harms was a gift to Guild Hall from a collector. Gary Mamay photos
April Gornik's "Light after the Storm," an oil on linen painting from 2012
Bryan Hunt, "Small Twist One" from 1978
Betty Parsons's "Viking I" has no date. It is constructed of mixed media on wood.
Christa Maiwald's "Henry Darger" is a gift from a recent members' show top honors winner.
Joel Perlman's "Big Train II" from 1998 was a gift from a collector.
This unusual Chuck Close portrait was also a gift from a collector.
Carolyn Conrad's "Moonlit Property" was a gift of the artist
"Summer Garden" by Cornelia Foss was a gift from the artist.
David Salle's "Spinning Tango Out" is an unusal top-bottom diptych and was purchased by the museum.