Field of Dreams, the Parrish Museum's inaugural outdoor sculpture exhibition, marks the first appearance of two bronze sculptures by Jim Dine: The Hooligan, 2019, and The Wheatfield (Agincourt), 1989-2019. Standing at nearly nine feet tall in Parrish’s Entry Meadow, The Hooligan draws inspiration from the iconic Venus de Milo. A prominent motif across Dine's media-spanning practice, the repetition and seriality of the Venus in Dine’s compositions has been seen as an act of subversion, exacerbating its status as an icon.
Exhibited in the Great Meadow is Jim Dine’s The Wheatfield (Agincourt). First conceived in 1989 and reworked in 2019, this monumental assemblage expresses a life’s work of collected signs and symbols. Tools, branches, parrots, Venuses, Pinocchios, apes and cats, and one large skull cover the axle of an enormous piece of farm equipment, imagined from those seen in the grain fields surrounding the artist's home and studio in Walla Walla, Washington. Offering a visual timeline of the artist’s most celebrated motifs, the present and newly expanded version of The Wheatfield is one of Dine’s most ambitious works to date.