Hamas Comes to the Hamptons

Visitors to the Hamptons who are hoping to add some state-sanctioned terror with a heavy dose of the Israeli perspective to their vacation are in luck: Hamas is coming to town. Sort of. An art collective called Artists 4 Israel has announced that it plans to stage an exhibition called “The Bomb Shelter” at the Vered Gallery in East Hampton, New York, that involves a fully operational shelter designed to simulate the experience of living in the Israeli town of Sderot, which is frequently buffeted by Hamas rocket attacks.

The show will open 9 p.m. Saturday, a late start that should provide an extra creepy atmosphere to the whole project, which also includes the “deceptively calm Tzeva Adom” warning sound and a “multi-media museum” that is designed to “to showcase the amazing beauty and strength of its residents.” The group has documented the creation of the installation on their blog, which also offers information about a project called “Speak Truth to Power,” a showcase for “Hip-Hop in support of Israel” at downtown Manhattan club Le Poisson Rouge.

Those looking for some more light-hearted Hamptons art fare can consult ARTINFO’s guide to the cultural activities happening there this summer. Dia’s Dan Flavin Institute in Bridgehampton may be one particularly refreshing choice after time at the terror exhibition.