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Sara Cochran Will Depart The Church After Her Final Show in June

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Sara Cochran will leave her position at The Church in June. JENNY GORMAN

Sara Cochran will leave her position at The Church in June. JENNY GORMAN

authorStaff Writer on Apr 9, 2024

Sara Cochran, founding Chief Curator of The Church in Sag Harbor, will step down from her position on June 29, after the opening of her final exhibition “Are You Joking? Women & Humor.” This major art show explores the diverse ways humor is used in the work of female-identifying contemporary artists. Cochran is leaving to focus on personal projects and new opportunities.

Cochran joined The Church in December 2019 as executive director and chief curator, working closely with The Church’s co-founders, artists Eric Fischl and April Gornik, opening the arts and creativity center and artist residency during COVID-19 in spring 2021. Responding to the institution’s rapid growth, Cochran transitioned to chief curator in 2022 to focus on its ambitious exhibition program.

“It has been an extraordinary pleasure to work with Eric and April, the board, Executive Director Sheri Pasquarella, and all of my colleagues at The Church,” Cochran said. “I so enjoyed co-curating with Eric and will miss our riotous conversations about the nature and history of art. I will also miss the remarkable and welcoming communities of the East End and its natural beauty.

“But happily my departure ends on the high note of ‘Are You Joking? Women & Humor,’ a particular passion project of mine and our fifth major exhibition in four years.”

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