Have you seen the light?
Long Island continues to surprise us with its pleasing mix of nature and culture destinations. A few weeks ago we visited the town of Bridgehampton for the first time, where an outpost of the Dia Foundation was founded in 1983. The nonprofit foundation maintains art installations throughout the country, including a museum in Beacon, N.Y., that we featured not too long ago.
The Bridgehampton location was designed by Dan Flavin as a permanent installation of his work in an unassuming wood shingle house that blends into the neighborhood seamlessly. Flavin is best known for his use of fluorescent tube lights, and the Bridgehampton installation is a fully immersive example. Flavin grew up in the area and made early observational drawings from the landscape.
The ambient quality of the light in the area has been noted by other artists who lived and worked in the area like Willem de Koonig, Jackson Pollock, and others. It’s part of the Hamptons Art Network, a resource that will guide you to more art in the vicinity. And it pairs well with a visit to the tasting room at nearby Wolffer Estate Vineyard. We enjoyed their Summer in a Bottle rose, well, all summer.