By Nancy Kane
Southampton Arts Center presents CLEARING THE AIR: The Transformative Power of the Arts. Curated by Jay Davis, artist and curator of Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center’s Ambulatory Care Arts Program, a quarter of the creatives are or have been patients at Sloan Kettering or other hospitals. Artists include Hisham Akira Bharoocha, Magali Duzant, Kimia Ferdowsi Kline, Karen Flatow, Peter Fox, Cara Lynch, Pooneh Maghazehe, Matthew Raynor, Will Ryan, Hope Sandrow, Jef Sharf, Adam Sultan and Davis himself. Through December 19. Southampton Arts Center, 25 Jobs Lane, Southampton
With the 20th anniversary of the terrorist attacks on the World Trade Center this fall, the Parrish Art Museum presents Joel Meyerowitz, Aftermath: Images from 9/11, a look at the devastation and reconstruction of the WTC through the lens of Meyerowitz, the sole photographer given unimpeded access to ground zero in the wake of the tragedy. First responders and health care workers were granted free admission to the museum for the first month of the exhibit, which runs until the first week of November.
New-media and video artist Peter Campus positioned his camera around the shores of Shinnecock Bay, and the resulting six works invite the viewer to appreciate the natural beauty of the land as well as explore the gap between the artist’s intention and what the camera records. When The Hurly-Burly’s Done opens in November. Pioneering minimalist Virginia Jaramillo’s exhibit Harmony Between Line and Space brings together paintings and drawings done in her Hampton Bays studio, including two 12-foot canvases.
Sag Harbor-based artist John Torreano combines realism infused with abstraction to create works that confound the elements of time and space in A Journey Through The Universe 1968 to Present (November 7-February 20). Torreano’s works are inspired by images from the Hubble Space Telescope. Parrish Art Museum, 279 Montauk Hwy., Water Mill
East Hampton’s Guild Hall is more widely known for its live performances, but its museum is a must-see. In The Uncanny Valley (October 30-January 2), contemporary painter and sculptor Jeff Muhs uses found materials to create blurred versions of paintings, many based on the Long Island landscape, as well as concrete sculptures of female torsos. Born in Southampton, he continues to work from his studio here. And 90 Years: Selections From the Permanent Collection showcases a near-century’s worth of artists from the East End of Long Island. Over 2,500 works will be featured, including pieces by Jackson Pollock, Willem de Kooning and Roy Lichtenstein. Guild Hall, 158 Main St., East Hampton