Guild Hall opened its doors on August 19, 1931.
In the years since its founding, Guild Hall has emerged as
the primary cultural center on the East End, presenting programs in art,
education, literature and theater unequaled in range by any other area arts
institution. TheHamptons.com began their initial web presence way
back in 1995 and was Guild Hall's official website for several years. We were given beautiful collections of
art to put on our pages and hope you will enjoy them too.
Guild Hall served as a showcase for the work of then-little-known artists such as Willem de Kooning and Jackson Pollock in its early years, and drama professionals ranging from Helen Hayes and Thorton Wilder to Eric Bogosian, Timothy Hutton, and Robert Wilson who have presented work on the stage of their John Drew Theater.
In the past Guild Hall has presented several major exhibitions of paintings by such well known & local artists as Lee Krasner, series of art talks with Adam Gopnik and others, entertained the community with hugely successful summer children's performances and even world premiered Robert Wilson's Persephone, with a score by Philip Glass and also Joe Pintauro's play, Murder by Chocolate, plus the musical revue The All Night Strut. They also have a wide range of classes and workshops for adults and children, and a writers series unequaled on Long Island - Tom Wolfe, Kurt Vonnegut, Diane Ackerman, Charles Simic, Kenneth Koch, Grace Schulman, just to name a few and many others read from and discussed their work. Please visit Guild Hall and the John Drew Theater for the current schedule of events & exhibitions offered the year round.