Curator Andrea Grover talks about the exhibition “Radical Seafaring” on view at Parrish Art Museum through July 24, 2016.

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> AS THE WEATHER TURNS WARMER AND PEOPLE HEAD OUT TO THE EAST END OF LONG ISLAND, IT'S HARD TO IMAGINE THAT THE LITTLE TOWNS ALONG THE MONTAUK HIGHWAY WERE ORIGINALLY SOME OF THE LARGEST WHALING PORTS IN THE COUNTRY.

THERE ARE STILL STORIES OF CAPTAIN KIDD'S BURIED TREASURE NOT FAR FROM TIFFANY'S IN EAST HAMPTON.

SO IN KEEPING WITH THE NAUTICAL TRADITION ON LONG ISLAND, THE PARRISH ART MUSEUM IN WATER MILL CREATED A NEW EXHIBITION, 'RADICAL SEAFARING.'

THE SHOW HAS ITS ROOTS IN CONCEPTUAL AND PERFORMANCE ART AND THE MAKING OF SITE-SPECIFIC WORKS.

WE SEE HOW THESE ARTISTS MOVE FROM THE STUDIO OR PERFORMANCE SPACE TO THE WATER.

25 ARTISTS WITH WORKS THAT RANGE FROM BOATS TO THE DOCUMENTATION OF CREATIVE EXPEDITIONS, EVEN DESIGNS FOR ALTERNATIVE COMMUNITIES AT SEA.

'NYC-ARTS' SPOKE WITH THE CURATOR OF THE EXHIBIT, ANDREA GROVER.

> WE ARE AT THE PARRISH ART MUSEUM LOCATED IN WATERMILL, NEW YORK.

'RADICAL SEAFARING' REALLY CAME ABOUT JUST THROUGH OBSERVATION.

I NOTED THAT MANY ARTISTS WERE STARTING TO DO TEMPORARY PROJECTS ON THE WATER, WHETHER THOSE WERE JOURNEYS OR ACTIONS, PERFORMANCES, OR A KIND OF FIELD RESEARCH.

SO THE EXHIBIT OVERALL LOOKS AT WHAT WE ARE TERMING 'OFFSHORE ART,' AND WE'RE USING THAT TERM TO DESCRIBE WORKS OF ART THAT PHYSICALLY TAKES PLACE ON THE WATER OR REQUIRE THE WATER FOR THEIR EXECUTION.

THE FOUR CATEGORIES, OR REALLY, ABOUT THE MOTIVATIONS THAT DRIVE ARTISTS TO CREATE WORK ON THE WATER.

SO EXPLORATION IS THE FIRST CATEGORY.

TRAVELING FROM ONE PLACE TO ANOTHER BY WATERWAYS.

THE PROJECT THAT IS BEHIND ME, THE LARGE RAFT, IS BY THE ARTIST SWOON.

HER REAL NAME IS CALEDONIA CURRY.

SHE CAME TO THAT NAME AS A STREET ARTIST ON THE STREETS OF NEW YORK.

IN 2009, SWOON DEVELOPED A PROJECT CALLED THE 'SWIMMING CITIES OF SERENISSIMA,' WITH THE INTENTION OF BRINGING THREE RAFTS TO VENICE.

THESE ARE HANDMADE, VERY FUNKY RAFTS THAT A GROUP OF ARTISTS LIVED ON.

THE THREE RAFTS WERE PUT TOGETHER, LAUNCHED IN THE ADRIATIC SEA, AND THEY WERE MOTORED TO VENICE WHERE THEY ENTERED THE VENICE LAGOON AS UNINVITED GUESTS OF THE 2009 VENICE BIENNALE.

THE SECOND CATEGORY IS LIBERATION, AND THAT ARTISTS DOING THINGS ON THE WATER BECAUSE IT PROVIDES A CERTAIN ELEMENT OF FREEDOM.

PROBABLY THE MOST LITERAL PROJECT IN THE LIBERATION CATEGORY IS BY THE DUTCH COLLECTIVE KNOWN AS ATELIER VAN LIESHOUT.

IN COLLABORATION WITH WOMEN ON THE WAVES, THEY CREATED A PORTABLE GYNECOLOGICAL CLINIC.

THEY USE A MODIFIED SHIPPING CONTAINER TO MAKE A MEDICAL CLINIC THAT CAN BE PLACED ON A RENTED SHIP AND TAKEN TO PORT IN COUNTRIES WHERE ABORTION IS OUTLAWED OR ILLEGAL.

WOMEN CAN MAKE APPOINTMENTS AND THEN THEY CAN TRAVEL OUT TO INTERNATIONAL WATERS, WHERE THE SERVICES CAN BE PROVIDED UNDER THE DUTCH FLAG.

IN THE SPECULATION CATEGORY, WE HAVE A WORK BY BUCKMINSTER FULLER, THE VISIONARY ARCHITECT AND DESIGNER.

HE CREATED WHAT WAS TERMED 'TRITON CITY,' WHICH WAS A PLAN FOR HOUSING IN MAJOR URBAN AREAS THAT WOULD BE JUST OFFSHORE.

THE PROJECT WAS COMMISSIONED BY HUD, AND IT WAS PART OF LYNDON B. JOHNSON'S MODEL CITIES INITIATIVE.

BALTIMORE EXPRESSED DEEP INTEREST IN HAVING TRITON CITY ANCHORED OFF OF ITS SHORE LINE, BUT WHEN JOHNSON LEFT OFFICE AND NIXON CAME IN, THE PROJECT WAS SHELVED.

THE THIRD CATEGORY IS FIELD WORK, AND YOU CAN THINK OF THAT AS ARTISTS WHO ARE OPERATING ALMOST AS PLANAR SCIENTISTS.

THEY'RE TAKING TO THE WATER TO COLLECT INFORMATION AND DATA AND TO EXPERIENCE FIRSTHAND THE COMPLICATED RELATIONSHIP THAT HUMANS HAVE TO THE NATURAL ENVIRONMENT.

IN 2013, MARK DION WAS PART OF WHAT WAS CALLED EXPEDITION GYRE, AND THIS WAS A TRIP THAT WAS ORGANIZED IN COLLABORATION BETWEEN THE ALASKA SEA LIFE CENTER AND THE ANCHORAGE MUSEUM.

IT WAS AN OPPORTUNITY FOR A MULTIDISCIPLINARY GROUP TO TRAVEL 450 MILES ALONG THE ALASKA COASTLINE TO WITNESS FIRSTHAND THE BUILDUP OF PLASTIC DEBRIS THAT'S EXPELLED FROM THE NORTH PACIFIC GYRE.

SO, DION WAS AMONG THE ARTISTS ON THE TRIP.

THERE WERE ALSO SCIENTISTS AND WRITERS, AND HE COLLECTED MARINE PLASTICS, AND THESE RANGED FROM HOUSEHOLD ITEMS TO FISHING ITEMS, TO ITEMS FROM THE TSUNAMI IN JAPAN.

HE'S ASSEMBLED THEM IN WHAT HE CALLS THE 'CABINET OF MARINE DEBRIS,' AND THIS IS AN ASSORTMENT OF PLASTICS THAT ARE ORGANIZED BY KIND AND COLOR AND DISPLAYED IN AN OVERSIZED HUTCH THAT APPEARS LIKE A KITCHEN HUTCH.

AND IT'S SORT OF A REMINDER TO US THAT EVERY DAY WE ARE USING THESE MATERIALS THAT ARE ULTIMATELY NOT DISPOSABLE, AND THEY DO NOT GO ANYWHERE WHEN WE THROW THEM AWAY.

THEY END UP IN OUR ENVIRONMENT, AND THEY END UP CREATING HAVOC FOR WILDLIFE AND MARINE LIFE.

ONE OF THE OTHER IN THE EXHIBITION IS COURTNEY LEONARD, WHO WAS RAISED NOT TOO FAR FROM WHERE WE ARE HERE IN THE MUSEUM ON THE SHINNECOCK RESERVATION.

HER WORK REALLY LOOKS AT THE HISTORY OF THE SHINNECOCK PEOPLE AND THEIR LIVELIHOOD OR THEIR WAY OF LIVING HAD EVERYTHING TO DO WITH THE BOUNTY OF THE WATER.

SO THEY WERE VERY ACCOMPLISHED FISHERMAN AND WHALERS.

COURTNEY'S WORK LOOKS AT THESE LOST ANCESTRAL TRADITIONS.

HER CLAY WORKS OFTEN LOOK LIKE SOMETHING THAT YOU WOULD HAVE SEEN DURING THE WHALING ERA.

SO THE WORK WE HAVE ON EXHIBIT IS CALLED 'BREACH,' WHICH HAS MULTIPLE MEANINGS.

BREACH, A WHALE BREACHING, A BREACH OF CONTRACT.

THESE ARE MICACEOUS CLAY VESSELS THAT ARE HAND BUILT TO LOOK LIKE THE TEETH OF SPERM WHALES.

MAYBE THE BOUNTY OF A VERY PRODUCTIVE HUNT FOR WHALES.

IN 2007, THE ARTIST DUKE RILEY BUILT A REPLICA OF AN AMERICAN REVOLUTIONARY WAR PRIMITIVE SUBMARINE THAT'S KNOWN AS THE TURTLE.

IT WAS A ONE-PERSON SUBMARINE.

HE LAUNCHED IT IN RED HOOK HARBOR AND ATTEMPTED TO GET A LITTLE TOO CLOSE TO THE 'QUEEN MARY.'

HE WAS ARRESTED AND THE SUB WAS CONFISCATED.

THIS PIECE WAS CALLED 'AFTER THE BATTLE OF BROOKLYN.'

BUT DUKE WAS REALLY QUESTIONING A LOT OF THE ENFORCEMENTS THAT WERE PUT IN PLACE AFTER 9/11 AND THE EFFECTIVENESS OF HOMELAND SECURITY AND SAID SOMETHING TO THE EFFECT THAT, 'NEW YORK HARBOR IS NO SAFER TODAY THAN IT WAS 1776.'

I'M ANDREA GROVER, AND WE ARE AT THE PARRISH ART MUSEUM IN WATERMILL, NEW YORK, AND I INVITE YOU TO COME TO SEE 'RADICAL SEAFARING,' THE FIRST MUSEUM SURVEY OF WHAT WE ARE TERMING 'OFFSHORE ART' -- ARTISTS' PROJECTS THAT TAKE PLACE ON THE WATER.