In honor of National Camera Day, the Parrish Art Museum in Water Mill will host a new event “Say Cheese” on Sunday, June 29, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Participants will learn about how photography has shaped American culture and be able to engage in creative activities, see photographic work from the permanent collections, and see a theater-sized camera obscura in the Liechtenstein Theatre. It is open to photographers of all skill levels.
Visitors will be able to participate in “Artlympics” challenges, such as creating the best moment with a museum employee or best camouflage attempt in front of an artwork. The museum also encourages participant to share these feats through camera phones and the popular photography-sharing app, Instagram. There will also be “Op Spots” around the museum, perfect for creating optical illusions and trick photography, and a photo booth, provided by Super Booths, Inc. Local photographers will also share their insights and experiences through demonstrations and mini-lessons.
“The phenomenon of cell phone and personal photography prompted us to design a program that embraces this everyday impulse and acknowledges that the medium has been evolving and expanding the way we understand history and culture for nearly 200 years,” said Andrea Grover, curator of Special Projects, in a release.
The program is included with the museum’s admission, which is $10 for adults and free for members, children and students.
The Parrish, which is the oldest cultural institution on the East End of Long Island, is committed to the educational outreach and serves as a dynamic cultural resource for the community with a rich creative background.
For more information, call (631) 283-2118 or visit www.parrishart.org.