Pictured Above: Sabina Streeter, Dressed Up for the Wrecking Ball (1888–2023). Charcoal on paper, 24″ x 36″.
In tandem with its current exhibition Port + Harbor: Preservation, Not Speculation by Sabina Streeter, Floyd Memorial Library will be holding a panel discussion on Historic Preservation on the East End (and where does new development fit in?), on Saturday, Jan. 13 at 3 p.m.
Panelists include Maziar Behrooz, founding architect of mb_architecture, Sag Harbor and Manhattan, Tara Cubie, the Preservation Director of Preservation Long Island and Sabina Streeter, the exhibition artist who lives in Sag Harbor
Greenport Mayor Kevin Stuessi will moderate the panel.
The exhibition, on view through Feb. 4, is a comparative architectural and historic profile of Greenport and Sag Harbor, two traditional maritime villages facing the pressures of modern consumerism. It documents these two villages through paintings, drawings, collages, and photographs, sometimes using materials commonly employed in construction and architecture, such as vellum, blueprint, and plywood.
Ms. Streeter is a contemporary artist whose portraits and architectural drawings are based on classical traditions and include a diverse range of present and historical subjects. Her work dramatizes issues of history, popular culture and, most recently, the tussle between building preservation and development.
As a long-time resident of Sag Harbor, Ms. Streeter has grown increasingly concerned about overdevelopment and compromises to the historic integrity of her hometown and other East End villages. This concern is materialized in images recording building development, such as dumpsters and boarded-up buildings.