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SAC opens new exhibition, Heroines of the Abstract Expressionist Era, curated by Christina M. Strassfield on view through December 17, 2023

October 15, 2023: Southampton Arts center, 25 Jobs Lane in Southampton, hosted an opening reception for the new exhibition: Heroines of the Abstract Expressionist Era, a collection of 32 female artists from the Abstract Expressionist era – the first major American art movement. Curated by Chistina M. Strassfield from the renowned collection of Rick Friedman and Cindy Lou Wakefield, the 100 pieces is the first-ever exhibition to feature female abstract artists of the era from New York City to the Hamptons.

Christina M. Strassfield, Irene Tully and Cindy Lou Wakefield.


SAC opens new exhibition, Heroines of the Abstract Expressionist Era, curated by Christina M. Strassfield on view through December 17, 2023

October 15, 2023: Southampton Arts center, 25 Jobs Lane in Southampton, hosted an opening reception for the new exhibition: Heroines of the Abstract Expressionist Era, a collection of 32 female artists from the Abstract Expressionist era – the first major American art movement. Curated by Chistina M. Strassfield from the renowned collection of Rick Friedman and Cindy Lou Wakefield, the 100 pieces is the first-ever exhibition to feature female abstract artists of the era from New York City to the Hamptons.

Intended as a celebration of women and their place in art history, the exhibition is an opportunity to explore their masterful compositions and discover the stories behind each brushstroke. An invitation from these talented artists to explore their artistic universe .

ARTISTS ON VIEW: Mary Abbott • Alice Baber • Janice Biala • Nell Blaine • Dusti Bonge, Louise Bourgeois • Elaine de Kooning • Dorothy Dehner • Lynne Drexler • Amaranth Ehrenhalt, Perle Fine • Audrey Flack • Helen Frankenthaler • Jane Freilicher • Grace Hartigan • Carol Hunt, Buffie Johnson • Lee Krasner • Fay Lansner • Emily Mason • Mercedes Matter • Joan Mitchell, Louise Nevelson • Charlotte Park • Betty Parsons • Irene Rice Pereira • HIlla Rebay • Ethel Schwabacher Hedda Sterne • Michael Corinne West • Jane Wilson

The film, FIGURES TRANSFORMED, directed by Lana Jokel was screened at 4pm on Saturday prior to the opening reception. 

Next week – Joe Landry’s radio play, WAR OF THE WORLDS: THE PANIC BROADCAST. A cautionary tale and a reflection upon the power of media unfolds in this retelling of the October 31,1938 broadcast directed by Michael Disher.

HEROINES OF THE ABSTRACT EXPRESSIONIST ERA is on view through December 17, 2023
GALLERY HOURS Friday-Sunday 12-5 pm
25 Jobs Lane, Southampton southamptonartscenter.org
Photography: Barry Gordin

Bridget LeRoy and Diane Masciale.
Christina M. Strassfield, Rick Friedman and Genevieve Linnehan.
Eileen Warner and Harold Zuckerman.
Star Black and Patrick Christiano with TRUMAN.
Denise Bernschein and Paul C. Romin.
Rick Friedman and Nathan Slate Joseph.
Jo Ann Secor and Architect Lee H. Skolnick.
Rick Friedman and Cindy Lou Wakefield.
Oscar Molina, Robert Lohman, Christina M. Strassfield (Executive Director Southampton Arts Center) and Carolina Molina.
Jacqui Lofaro and Christina M. Strassfield.
Christina M. Strassfield and Lana Jokel.
Julie Keyes
Christina M. Strassfield, Joel Perlman and Rick Friedman.
Christina M. Strassfield
Diane Masciale