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SAC Storefront Art Project – MONICA BANKS: Inequality Bakery

On View Now at 53A Jobs Lane!

We are thrilled to continue the Storefront Art Project with artist Monica Banks and her new installation Inequality Bakery at 53A Jobs Lane!

Art in unexpected places can be jarring, evocative, and delightful. By creating the Inequality Bakery, Monica Banks aims to stop passersby in their tracks by reminding them that the occasions we celebrate, such as birthdays and anniversaries, also call to mind all those who could not attend our parties. During this global crisis of climate emergency, social injustice, and the pandemic, cupcakes threaten to bite each other, and cakes supporting dead birds, teeth, broken ladders, and pushpins all express our new reality. During this dark time, Clouds are symbols of darkness and light. The Inequality Bakery is meant to seduce with pastel colors, sparkle, and sweetness. The Southampton sidewalk is the perfect location for pondering this contradiction.

Click HERE for more about Monica’s work.

If you are interested in purchasing any of the work on view, email Monica Banks at mbanks788@gmail.com.

Thank you to Mayor Jesse Warren and the Trustees of the Village of Southampton for their support of this ongoing project as well as Melvin Heller for the use of 53A Jobs Lane.

This beautiful shop is available to rent! If you are interested please contact Karen Bellantoni at 212-331-0116 or email karen.bellantoni@ngkf.com.

Southampton Arts Center is thrilled to continue the Public Art Project, launched this past summer. In these colder months, SAC, with the support of  Southampton Village, will work with landlords and property managers with vacant shops to animate their windows with dynamic art installations featuring East End artists. Inspired by the new legislation by the Village of Southampton requiring window displays in vacant stores, SAC’s first Storefront Art Project features artist Alice Hope: Priceless at 8 Jobs Lane and Kerry Sharkey Miller: Wild Things at 84B Main Street.

About Monica Banks

Monica Banks has been creating public works, site-specific installations, and showing work in museums, galleries, and other venues for 30 years. She has won awards for recent work from The New Britain Museum of American Art; Jocelyn Miller, assistant curator at MOMA PS1; Benjamin Genocchio, former art critic for The New York Times; Marla Prather while curator in the Department of Modern and Contemporary Art at the Metropolitan Museum of Art NYC; and the curators at the Heckscher Museum of Art. In 2016 Jorge Pardo selected her work to be shown alongside his own work at the Parrish Art Museum “Artists Choose Artists.” Her work has recently been featured in The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, Brooklyn Rail, Smithsonian Magazine, Timeout New York, The Baltimore Sun, East Hampton Star, Sag Harbor Express, Artnet, and Hamptons Art Hub, and she has had solo or dual shows at Sara Nightingale Gallery in Sag Harbor every year since 2015.

Banks created “Faces: Times Square,” a block-long sculpture which stood in Times Square from 1996-2009, for which she won an award from The Public Design Commission of the City of New York. Her permanent public works are located in the Bronx, Binghamton NY, Charlotte NC, and West Nyack NY. She has done site-specific installations at The Carriage House at the Islip Art Museum, The Rockland County Center for the Arts, The American Craft Museum, and Spring Break Art Show. Her Covid-related site-specific work, Cloud Garden was installed in the Furman Garden at Guild Hall East Hampton from August to December 2020. Permanent collections holding her work include the Parrish Art Museum, The University Museum of Contemporary Art at University of Mass. Amherst, the Islip Art Museum, and the Daura Gallery at Lynchburg College.

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EARTH – Artists as Activists

Saturday Apr 17 - Sunday Jul 11

Curated by Amy Kirwin Program Partners include Drawdown East End, Peconic Land Trust, South Fork Natural History Museum, Oceana and the Peter Matthiessen Center. This timely exhibition features artists who use their talents to focus on environmental conservation and activism, whether through fine art, science, photography, film, music, prose or other forms of artistic expression. The vision for eARTh is to use art to creatively confront the alarming state of our precious planet and its inhabitants in a way that all can understand and appreciate. The intention of eARTh is to ask questions and inspire action. What can you do to make a difference? Artists include Roisin Bateman, Kristian Brevik, Scott Bluedorn, Megan Chaskey, Erica Cirino, Rossa Cole, Janet Culbertson, Thomas Deininger, Alejandro Duran, Jim Gingerich, Mamoun Friedrich Grosvenor, John Haigney, Kara Hoblin, Michael Light, Pamela Longobardi, Christa Maiwald, Tucker Marder, Janine Martel, Steve Miller, Patricia Paladines, Aurora Robson, Cindy Pease Roe, Lauren Ruiz, Jonathan Shlafer, Anne Sherwood Pundyk, Anne Seelbach, Kathryn Szoka, and Diane Tuft, plus a special project by the members of the South Fork Natural History Museum’s Young Environmentalists program. Image: Alejandro Duran; Vena, 2011