Artists’ books have taken many forms. The ’70s were a sort of golden age, when boundaries between mediums had dissolved and so many artists were creating books and other ephemera that Martha Wilson founded Franklin Furnace in Tribeca as a repository for such work. In 1993, the Museum of Modern Art purchased the Furnace’s collection, which had become the largest of its kind in the United States.
Miller at Four Seasons
Steve Miller, an artist who divides his time between New York City and a renovated potato barn in Wainscott, created an installation at the Four Seasons one night last week. The “one-night stand with Philip Johnson,” the architect who designed the restaurant, consisted of work from his series about the Amazon entitled “Health of the Planet.”
My first job after moving to Springs in 1985 was as a freelance copy editor, which made sense after years of writing. My second job, taken in 1986, was as prep cook at Bruce’s restaurant in Wainscott, which made sense only because I liked to cook. I had never worked in a restaurant or cooked professionally. Even in my home kitchen, performance anxiety was part of every undertaking. But my idea of prep work was what I did before cooking a meal at home — chopping vegetables, washing salad greens, peeling potatoes. How hard could it be?
The Hamptons International Film Festival’s Rowdy Talks series kicked off Friday morning at Rowdy Hall in East Hampton with a conversation between Barbara Kopple, a two-time Academy Award-winning filmmaker, and Julie Anderson, executive producer of documentaries and development for WNET/Thirteen. Perhaps best known for “Harlan County USA” and “American Dream,” which earned Oscars for best documentary feature in 1977 and 1991, Ms.
The Hamptons International Film Festival’s Audience Awards went to Stephen Frears’s “Philomena,” a drama starring Dame Judi Dench, and set in 1950s Ireland, and “Desert Runners,” Jennifer Steinman’s documentary about the 4 Deserts Race Series of 150-mile ultramarathons. Irene Taylor Brodsky’s “One Last Hug (. . . And a Few Smooches): Three Days at Grief Camp” won the Audience Award for best short.
Three minutes into Michael Walker’s film “The Maid’s Room,” Drina, a young, undocumented immigrant from Colombia, arrives in the Hamptons for a summer job as a maid for a wealthy white couple with a teenage son. The Lobster Grille Inn and Main Street in Southampton make fleeting appearances before Drina and her boyfriend arrive at an imposingly gated property. “It’s Drina. The maid. Remember?” she says nervously to the speakerphone. The gates open, and the drive leads to the Crawfords’ sprawling home.
Addams in Southampton
“Charles Addams: Family and Friends,” an exhibition celebrating the artwork of the creator of the Addams Family, has opened at the Southampton Center, where it will remain on view through Nov. 3. The show features almost 100 drawings and cartoons from a 60-year period.
Trailers and cranes, generators and boom lights, miles of cable and legions of production assistants are a common sight on the streets of Manhattan. While the South Fork has seen its share of one or two-trailer photo shoots, full-scale film production is less common, especially in such relatively unspoiled locations as the narrow lanes that crisscross the dunes of Amagansett.
“Witches of East End,” inspired by Melissa de la Cruz’s best-selling novel of the same name, will premiere on the Lifetime channel on Sunday at 10 p.m. The series centers on the Beauchamp family, Joanna and her daughters, Freya and Ingrid, who live in the secluded seaside town of North Hampton.
The annual Box Art Auction to benefit East End Hospice will take place Saturday from 4:30 to 7 p.m. at the Ross School Center for Well-Being in East Hampton. Now in its 14th year, the event is the hospice’s only annual fund-raiser held in East Hampton.
Each year, approximately 100 artists transform small cigar and wine boxes into works of portable art. Among this year’s participants are Jennifer Cross, Eric Fischl, Connie Fox, April Gornik, Priscilla Heine, William King, Rex Lau, Stephanie Brody-Lederman, and Frank Wimberly.
The Hamptons International Film Festival announced their annual awards Monday morning at the East Hampton Presbyterian Church.
The festival’s Audience Awards went to Stephen Frears’s “Philomena,” a drama starring Dame Judi Dench, and “Desert Runners,” Jennifer Steinman’s documentary about the 4 Deserts Race Series of 150-mile ultramarathons. Irene Taylor Brodsky’s “One Last Hug (…And a Few Smooches): Three Days at Grief Camp” won the Audience Award for Best Short.
Filmed in Bellport over a period of 18 days for $700,000, "The Maid's Room" has the look of an expensive Hollywood production. “We did everything we could to make a local film, but not a small film,” says Michael Walker, its director.