Architecture for art
Montauk Highway is a speedy way to reach the last village at the rugged tip of Long Island. But it’s worth lingering a bit at the Parrish Art Museum along the way, a long, barn-like building set among meadows and vineyards, designed by Herzog & de Meuron to catch the light. Light is indeed everywhere, orchestrated by the architects’ commitment to the environment and the works themselves, reflecting an obsession with water, sky and nature. The pure forms express the architects’ ideal of simplicity. Concerts and performances (including choreographer Jonah Bokaer’s popular show, through October 16) are scheduled throughout the year. “Nothing will have taken place but the place,” wrote Mallarmé. And this one alone is well worth seeing.
Parrish art Museum
279 Montauk Highway, Water Mill. Tél. +1 631 283 2118.www.parrishart.org