It’s an art-world weekend in the Hamptons, as the East End’s biggest museum hosts its annual Summer Gala, and other institutions offer like-minded events. Here are some highlights.
The Pollock-Krasner House
830 Springs-Fireplace Road,
Thursdays, Fridays, 10 a.m.
Could a child of six do it? Abstract art has long had critics who think it is easier than it looks. At this August workshop, at the former home of action-painting giant Jackson Pollock, guests are invited to drip paint much as the master did. A tour of the house is included in the $25-per-person event, and all ages are welcome.
Amagansett Free Library
215 Main Street, Amagansett
Aug. 14, 11 a.m.
Expect some arty types at this book reading. James Frey is not only the infamous author of A Million Little Pieces (and a thorn in Oprah’s side), but he’s the co-owner of the hipper-than-thou Lowest East Side Half Gallery. At this event, he’ll read from his first book, set in Los Angeles, Bright Shiny Morning.
Antiques Auto Show
17 Meeting House Lane,
Aug. 21, 11 a.m.
Those who doubt antique cars are art hasn’t ever owned a vintage sports car or floored it in an Aston Martin. This picturesque event is in its fourth year. Some 1950s Buick Convertibles will be on view here, along with cars stretching all the way back to the 1910 Model T.
Salomon Contemporary Warehouse
6 Plank Road, Unit 3, East Hampton
Aug. 22, evening
Five years ago, James Salomon, then best known for his work at the Mary Boone galleries, opened what’s since become the most influential contemporary art gallery in the Hamptons region. The dealer will team with Bomb magazine for a Bomblive! Party at his gallery in the East Hampton woods on Aug. 22.
Antiques & Design in the Hamptons
Bridgehampton Historical Society
Corwith House Museum,
2368 Montauk Highway
Stella Show Management Co. has been doing antique fairs at the Pier and elsewhere in New York for three decades, and, unlike stuffier rivals, it exhibits works from all styles and eras. This August event takes place Friday afternoon, plus all day Saturday and Sunday. Insider’s tip: Admission is normally $8, but free passes can be printed from the Web site. www. StellaShows.org
The Parrish Art Museum
25 Jobs Lane, Southampton
Aug. 14, Champagne reception
The Southampton institution opens “Underground Pop,” an inventive show that offers the chance to spot an artist before fame hits. Ten little-known artists mingle pop culture themes or materials with the handcrafted Folk Art aesthetic. At a time when much art is overproduced, slick or high-tech, this show promises a more personal experience. A Champagne gala officially kicks off the show Saturday, Aug. 14; It’s free for members and $10 for others. The show opens to the public the following day and runs through Oct. 3. http://www.parrishart.org