Off-Site: Madoo on Shelter Island
August 16, 2019 at 7:30 pm – 8:30 pm
The Madoo Conservancy is pleased to collaborate with our friends at The Perlman Music Program, as both institutions celebrate 25th anniversaries, with an off-site Robert Dash exhibition on view during PMP’s Stires-Stark Alumni Recital Series on August 16, 17, 30 and 31, 2019, at 73 Shore Road, Shelter Island Heights, New York, 11965. This exhibition has now been extended to include Perlman Music Program’s concerts on September 14th, October 14th, and October 26th.
In October 1971, Robert Dash completed six paintings of his home and gardens at Madoo that would become maquettes for Garden magazine. Lines were chosen from the diary of his close friend James Schuyler, recipient of the Pulitzer Prize for Poetry. The following year the suite of six lithographs was printed by Yann Samson at Shorewood Atelier in New York City in two editions of 65, one in black and white and one in color. This lithographic series and others are available for sale through The Madoo Conservancy and at madoo.org.
Robert Dash remains an iconic figure, a seminal representative of the Hamptons’ rich history of artistic independence and fervor. As emissary of the urbane bucolic, his presence, intentionally or not, was and is as ward of an Edenic Sagaponack, its physical, artistic, and intellectual landscape now compromised. Brash yet philosophical, both loved and maligned, Dash’s every action was imbued with artistic intent, every relationship dependent upon intellectual and visceral pleasure or dismissed unforgivingly. Dash’s work has been exhibited nationally and internationally and is in numerous major American art collections, including the Museum of Modern Art; the Guggenheim Museum; Museum of Fine Arts, Boston; Philadelphia Museum of Fine Arts; the Corcoran Gallery; Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art; and the Parrish Art Museum. His archive of poetry and garden writings was acquired by the Beinecke Library at Yale University in 2011.
Celebrating its 25th anniversary as a public garden in 2019, The Madoo Conservancy is dedicated to the study, preservation, and enhancement of Madoo, the ever changing, horticulturally diverse garden with historic structures established in 1967 by artist, gardener, and writer Robert Dash in the village of Sagaponack, New York. At Madoo, a unique living tribute to the artistic imagination of its founder, we seek to continually engage, educate, and inspire our visitors within this entirely organic environment. The Madoo Conservancy is a nonprofit 501(c)3 public charity.
Founded in 1994 by Toby Perlman, The Perlman Music Program welcomes young musicians of rare and special talent into a richly supportive musical community. Through intensive summer programs, year-round mentoring, and on occasion, an international study or performance tour, the program offers unparalleled musical training for students ages 12 and up, who play the violin, viola, cello, bass and piano. With a faculty led by Itzhak Perlman and comprising some of the most gifted musical talents of our time, the Program offers an artistic and personal experience that changes students’ lives forever. The Perlman Music Program seeks to ensure that the very best musicians can take advantage of this opportunity, regardless of their economic background or financial means.
Image: Robert Dash, lithograph from Garden portfolio, 1971. Lines by James Schuyler. Printed on Arches paper, edition of 65.