The opening reception for the newest exhibition at Clinton Academy Museum, “Living Well is the Best Revenge: A Jazz Age Fable of Sara and Gerald Murphy” was a huge success. Held at the Clinton Academy Museum in East Hampton last weekend, the new exhibit explores the fascinating lives of the Jazz Age’s most intriguing couple, whose story started and ended in the Hamptons.
Gerald and Sara Murphy were, to many of their contemporaries, the most beautiful couple of the 1920s. They influenced many works of art and literature of the period: F. Scott Fitzgerald’s ”Tender Is the Night,” Ernest Hemingway’s ”A Moveable Feast,” Philip Barry’s play ”Hotel Universe,” John Dos Passos’s ”Big Money,” and Pablo Picasso’s neo-classical masterpiece ”Woman in White.”
For the opening reception, Laura Donnelly, the Murphy’s granddaughter, was a special guest of honor. Her gift to the East Hampton Historical Society of nine antique file boxes full of Wiborg family papers (Sara’s parents) dealing with the running of their East Hampton summer mansion, the Dunes, during eight summers starting in 1912, was the inspiration for the exhibition. Also in attendance was Laura’s brother, Sherman Donnelly, Robert A.M. Stern, Peggy and Ed Sherrill, Nina Gibson, Joan and Bob Osborne, Patsy LaBranche, Jennifer Borg, Mary Libby, Cassandra and Rich Look, Frank Newbold, Pamela Eldridge, Kendell Cronstrom, Alejandro Saralegui, Whitney Fairchild, Dorothy Spears and Alexis Rockman, Frazer Pennebaker, among others. In case you missed it, there’s still plenty of time. Make sure to stop in to check it out sometime between now and October 10 when the show closes.