The Pollock-Krasner House and Study Center's public programs are supported in part by grants from the New York State Council on the Arts, with the support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Legislature, the County of Suffolk, the Stony Brook University Research Foundation and the Herman Goldman Foundation.


The Lichtenstein Lecture Series is held at The Fireplace Project, 851 Springs-Fireplace Road
Sundays at 5 pm. Admission free.
Made possible by a generous contribution from Dorothy Lichtenstein

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"The Full Force of His Spiritual Bellows: Thomas Hart Benton's America Today Mural"

Randall R. Griffey
Associate Curator of Modern American Art
Metropolitan Museum of Art

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"Jackson Pollock: So What's New?" (with book signing)          

Helen A. Harrison
Director, Pollock-Krasner House and Study Center




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"Protest & Celebration: Community Murals in New York City"

Jane Weissman
Community muralist
Artmakers, Inc. 



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"Restless Ambition: Grace Hartigan, Painter" (with book signing)
Cathy Curtis, author




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"Jews and Abstract Expressionism: Artists, Critics, Modernity, and Jewish Culture"         

Gail Levin
Distinguished Professor of Art History
Baruch College and the Graduate School of the City University of New York


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"Women in Action"

Joan Marter
Board of Governors Professor of Art History
Rutgers University



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"Biographies and Bodies: Self and Other in Portraits by Elaine and Bill de Kooning"

Ellen Landau
Andrew W. Mellon Professor Emerita of the Humanities
Case Western Reserve University



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"Jackson Pollock's Portrait and a Dream"

Jeffrey Grove
Independent curator



Sunday, July 26, 5–6:30 pm

vreelandJohn Drew Theater of Guild Hall, 158 Main Street, East Hampton
Tickets: $10 / $8 Pollock-Krasner House and Guild Hall members
Book online »
Box office: (631) 324-4050

Made possible by the John H. Marburger III Fund of Stony Brook University

"Peggy Guggenheim: Art Addict"
Please join us for a preview screening of Lisa Immordino Vreeland’s new film, and a conversation with the director.

As she moved through the cultural upheaval of the 20th century, Peggy Guggenheim collected not only art but also artists. Her colorful circle included Max Ernst, Jackson Pollock, Alexander Calder, Marcel Duchamp, as well as countless others. While fighting through personal tragedy, she maintained her vision to build one of the most important collections of modern art, now enshrined in her Venetian palazzo. The film is a compendium of the greatest 20th century art and the wild, iconoclastic life of one of the art world’s most powerful women.



Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays, 10 am - 11:30 pm, starting June 25

family art

Designed for people of all ages, these programs include a tour of the house and studio, a film of Pollock at work, and a hands-on painting session. Children must be accompanied by adults. Registration is required, and space is limited.

Thursdays and Fridays

Action Painting with Karyn Mannix
Call 631-329-2811 or email karynmannix@optonline to register                   

Family Art Workshops with Joyce Raimondo

"Face to Face" hosted by Marion Wolberg Weiss

Fridays in September at 7 pm  •  Admission free
In conjunction with the exhibition, "Elaine de Kooning Portrayed," this year's series focuses on portraiture in film. Art history has its share of famous portraits, from Leonardo's Mona Lisa to Warhol's Marilyn. Our film series has also become a canvas for portraiture, from first-person narratives to fictional stories in which portraits are metaphors. Each movie probes beneath superficial appearances. Film historian Marion Wolberg Weiss will introduce the films and lead discussions after the screenings. 

dekooningSeptember 4 
Gerald McCarthy, E de K: A Portrait 1983 (28 min.)
Rudolph Burckhardt, The Dogwood Maiden 1949 (21 min., silent)
McCarthy’s documentary focuses on Elaine discussing her themes and preoccupations as a painter, and observes her at work. This colorful portrait shows that trust in herself and years of discipline truly made her "the fastest brush in the East (and West, too)." In Rudy Burckhardt's comic fantasy, elopements, car breakdowns and magic take place in the enchanted forests of Wading River, Long Island. Elaine stars as the Sorceress, with Frank Safford as the Magician. Also featuring Joe Hazan, Michael Kidd, and Burckhardt himself. This is its first screening in many years, courtesy of Jacob Burckhardt.


dorian graySeptember 11
Albert Lewin, The Picture of Dorian Gray 1945 (110 min.)
In this classic Oscar Wilde tale, a corrupt young man (Hurd Hatfield) remains youthful and handsome in spite of his depravity, while his portrait gradually reveals his inner ugliness. Henrique Medina painted the innocent Dorian portrait; the decadent portrait is by Ivan Le Lorraine Albright. The film is visually striking, and also, with its notion of the artist as vampire, highlights Wilde's Romanticism.



jasonSeptember 18           
Shirley Clarke, Portrait of Jason 1967 (105 min.)
Director Clarke’s extraordinary interview with Jason Holliday (aka Aaron Payne)—house boy, would be cabaret performer and self-proclaimed hustler—documents one man’s gin-soaked, drug-fueled view of what it was like to be black and gay in 1960s America. This rarely-seen experimental work questions the very definition of a documentary. Is this film really non-fiction?



dekooningSeptember 25  
Alfred Hitchcock, Vertigo 1958 (128 min.)  
This Hitchcock thriller is a complex tale of multiple identities, in which a woman's obsession with a portrait may have led to her suicide. The acrophobic detective (James Stewart) hired to investigate her strange behavior falls in love with a woman who resembles her (Kim Novak), not realizing that they are the  same person. The literal use of a portrait reinforces Hitchcock's recurring themes of "the double" and voyeurism.




Trip to Elaine de Kooning Portraits Exhibition, October 17-18
deKooningPlease join us for a two-day excursion to Washington, DC, where we will visit the exhibition, "Elaine de Kooning Portraits," at the National Portrait Gallery. Many of Elaine's most important subjects—including her husband Willem de Kooning, art critic Harold Rosenberg, poet Allen Ginsberg, choreographer  Merce Cunningham and President John F. Kennedy—are represented in this, the most comprehensive show of her portraits ever assembled.

Our tour of the galleries on Saturday will be personally conducted by the exhibition’s curator, Brandon Fortune. Included are round-trip transportation via deluxe Hampton Jitney motor coach, one night hotel accommodations (including room taxes and baggage handling), one dinner, one breakfast, and a half-day tour of Washington sights before returning to the Hamptons on Sunday.

CLICK HERE for the itinerary and prices.