Creative Haven: Black Artists of Sag Harbor

A community with rich African and Native American histories, Sag Harbor became home to an outstanding, emergent, and well-connected community of Black artists by the early 1960s. Drawn to the area by its historic foundations as a home to whalers in the 18th and 19th centuries and Black summer residents in the 20th century, artists brought a modern sensibility and camaraderie to their work and experiences rooted in this community. This exhibition features the work of a total of 12 artists, including Frank Wimberley (b. 1926), an outstanding abstract painter who vacationed in Sag Harbor beginning in 1960 and built a home there in 1965; abstract expressionist and collagist Al Loving (1935-2005); the talented couple Reynold Ruffins (1930-2021), a famed illustrator who was also a painter of energetic acrylic compositions, and his wife, Joan Ruffins (1932-2013), an Impressionist artist who trained at Cooper Union in the 1950s; and Nanette Carter (b. 1954), an abstract collagist who was profoundly impacted by her formative experiences with artists such as Wimberley and Loving. A rich exploration of creative work and connections between artists, the exhibition will feature 12 artists in all, including work by Claude Lawrence (b. 1944), Harlan Jackson (1918-1993), and Michael Butler (b. 1955), who is also serving as a guest co-curator of this exhibition.


Exhibition is located in our Costigan Gallery in the  Art Museum

Saturday, March 25

More dates through August 27, 2023

Long Island Museum of American Art, History & Carriages
1200 Route 25A Stony Brook, NY 11790


Arts & Culture, Family-Friendly


Suffolk County, North Shore



Adult: $10 Seniors (62+): $7 Student (6-17, College Students with ID): $5 Person with disability (personal care assistants admitted free): $3.50 Children under 6: Free Active & Retired Military: Free LIM Members: Free

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