Watermill Center Fall Open House, an artist studio tour and a merlot tasting from vineyards around the world are some of our top picks for things to do this weekend in The Hamptons and North Fork. Also expect to find talks and conversations on art and the art world taking place on the East End of Long Island this weekend.

Watermill Center Fall Open House

"INXILE" by Álvaro Restrepo, a collaborative ceremony between El Colegio del Cuerpo and the Shinnecock Nation. Image Courtesy of the artist & Watermill Center.

"INXILE" by Álvaro Restrepo, a collaborative ceremony between El Colegio del Cuerpo and the Shinnecock Nation. Image Courtesy of the artist & Watermill Center.

The Watermill Center hosts its Fall Open House on September 17 - 18, 2016. The event is free and offers visitors the chance to tour the performance lab and Robert Wilson's collection. 

Events kick off on Saturday with Artist Talks by two of its artists-in-residence, Noel McKenna and Zeinab Shahidi Marnani. McKenna's Talk begins at 1 p.m. and presents new works relating to the local landscape or inspired by the Watermill Center’s collection. Iranian artist Zeinab Shahidi Marnani's Talk follows at 2 p.m. where she will discuss her experimental video documentary project. Click here for details on both.

Sunday features an Open rehearsal by Álvaro Restrepo. The performance in process is based on a massive ceremony the artist created in 2010 in his native country of Colombia to honor the victims of internal displacement, according to Watermill Center. The Open Rehearsal features members of the Shinnecock Nation and eight dancers from El Colegio del Cuerpo in a collaborative ceremonial performance.

The Watermill Center is located at 39 Water Mill Towd Rd, Water Mill, NY 11976.

Click here for more details. Events are free but RSVPs are required.

Guild Hall Curator Talk

Guild Hall Museum Director/Chief Curator hosts a Gallery Talk on "Aspects of Minimalism" on Saturday, September 17, 2016 at 2 p.m. The exhibition is the first on the East End to delve deeply into the importance and range of Minimalism and its lasting influence, according to the museum. The show includes works by Donald Judd, Dan Flavin, Agnes Martin and others. The exhibition will run until October 10, 2016. 

The Museum at Guild Hall is located at 158 Main Street, East Hampton, New York 11937.

For event details, click here. For a review of the show, click here.

Artist Studio Tour

The Artist Alliance of East Hampton (AAEH) hosts a free artist studio tour on Saturday and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. The self-guided tour features 16 studios in The Hamptons, set from Bridgehampton to Amagansett. For the full list of artists and a tour map, click here. The tour includes artists Ted Asnis and Casey Chalem Anderson. Click here for a preview of the art in their respective studios. On Sunday, a post-studio tour reception will be held at the home of AAEH's President Peter Gumpel from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m.

Click here for event details.

Art/History/Amagansett Conversation Series

A discussion on the origins of the Halsey McKay Gallery, artist-gallery relationships, and the difference between the New York and East End art markets are topics of conversation on Saturday at 6 p.m. as part of the Art/History/Amagansett Conversation series. “How It All Began: Halsey McKay Gallery” features gallery co-founder and co-director Hilary Schaffner and gallery artist Patrick Brennan in a discussion moderated by Douglas F. Maxwell, an art advisor and professor at NYU.

The series continues on Sunday at 6 p.m. with "Website and Social Media Savvy for Artists" presented by artists and entrepeneurs Steve Miller and Colin Goldberg, who creates artist websites through his website design and branding studio Everbeta. 

Events are free and open to the public with a reservation which can be made by calling 631-267-3810 or online by visiting amaglibrary.org. The series is supported, in part, by Hamptons Art Hub and East End Arts. The Amagansett Library is at 215 Main Street, Amagansett, N.Y.

Amagansett Free Library is located at 215 Main Street, Amagansett, NY 11930.

Click here for more details.

Lenz Winery’s Merlot World Classic

Lenz Winery is hosting its 27th annual Merlot World Classic on Saturday, September 17, 2016 from 5:30 to 8 pm. The Merlot World Classic featuring tastings from wineries from the East End and from regions around the world paired with a selection of artisanal cheese. Area wineries participating include Wölffer in Sagaponack, Lieb Cellars, Lenz Winery, Pindar, Martha Clara and others. Tickets are $50 or $30 for Lenz Winery members.

Lenz Winery is located at 38355 NY-25, Peconic, NY 11958. For reservations, call 631-734-6010 or e-mail office@lenzwine.com.

Click here for more details.

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