MUSEUM LOOK – AUGUST 2012

Curious about what Long Island museums have to offer in August? This month, there's a liberal mix between historical art and contemporary works. A new gallery (and building) opens in Southold with a group landscape show curated by Grenning Gallery. A major show of Currier and Ives prints is on view in Riverhead.

Solo shows in museums across Long Island include Marc Chagall (1887-1985), William Sidney Mount (1807-1868), Eric Fischl, Elizabeth Strong-Cuevas, Adam Bartos and Eileen Dawn Skretch.

HAMPTONS

EAST HAMPTON HISTORICAL SOCIETY – EAST HAMPTON, NY

"THE LONG ISLAND EXPRESS: RARE PHOTOGRAPHS OF EAST HAMPTON AFTER THE 1938 HURRICANE" is exhibited through Oct 8. The show was inspired by the discovery of hurricane pictures tucked into two family photo albums. The photographs were enlarged and curated into a show with over 125 images illustrating the force of the historic hurricane. Donations are appreciated.
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The exhibition is presented at the Clinton Academy, 151 Main Street, East Hampton, NY.   www.easthamptonhistory.org
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GUILD HALL MUSEUM – EAST HAMPTON, NY

"BEACH LIFE" A solo show of figurative paintings by Eric Fischl presents 15 paintings made from 1983 to 2010 with beach as backdrop.

"Stephanie and Lily Margaret" by Eric Fischl, 2006. Oil on linen, 75 x 40 inches. Collection of Peter Brant. Courtesy Guild Hall Museum.

On view are Also on view is the photography portfolio “America: Now + Here.” The project was conceived and spearheaded by Fischl. Both are exhibited through Oct 14.

"STRONG-CUEVAS: PREMONITIONS IN RETROSPECT" remains on view through Labor Day. Sculptures are installed in the outdoors Frieda and Roy Furman Sculpture Garden. Drawings are exhibited in the Wasserstein Family Gallery.

Guild Hall is located at 158 Main Street, East Hampton, NY. www.guildhall.org

PARRISH ART MUSEUM – SOUTHAMPTON, NY

"THE LANDMARKS OF NEW YORK" presents 90 photographs of selected landmarks in New York City. Architectural icons include the Woolworth Building, Rockefeller Center, the Plaza Hotel, the Brooklyn Bridge and St. Patrick’s Cathedral. Less familiar sites are also part of the exhibition.

"LIMINAL GROUND: Adam Bartos Long Island Photographs, 2009-2011" presents 16 evocative pigment prints in a large-scale format revealing often overlooked places because of their off-the-grid locations or ordinary nature.

Both exhibitions are on view through Sep 4. These are the final shows at the Southampton location. The museum moves to its new building in Water Mill in November.

The Parrish Art Museum is located at 25 Jobs Lane, Southampton, NY. parrishart.org.

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Joseph Papp Public Theater exhibited in "The Landmarks of New York" at the Parrish Art Museum.

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POLLOCK-KRASNER HOUSE AND STUDY CENTER – SPRINGS, NY

“MEN OF FIRE: José Clemente Orozco and Jackson Pollock" pairs art by the Mexican artist with Pollock's to demonstrate the influence Orozco's murals had upon Pollock's artistic development. Art in the show was loaned from multiple private and public collections. These include Tate Gallery, the Museum of Modern Art, the Metropolitan Museum of Art and the Pollock-Krasner Foundation.

"Men of Fire" is on view through Oct 27. It is presented with the Hood Museum of Art at Dartmouth College in Hanover, NH.

The Pollock-Krasner House and Study Center is located at 830 Springs-Fireplace Road, Springs, NY.  sb.cc.stonybrook.edu/pkhouse

SAG HARBOR WHALING & HISTORICAL MUSEUM - SAG HARBOR, NY

"For The Birds" presents art inspired by our feathery friends. The show is presented by Peter Marcelle. Exhibiting artists include Dan Rizzie, Hunt Slonem, John Alexander, Andrew Wyeth, Tom Judd, Darius Yektai, Susan Lazarus-Reimen, Amy Pilkington, Joseph Stella, Jamie Wyeth, Steve Mannino, Kimberly Goff and Cal Thompson.

Exhibited through Sept 3. Art sale proceeds benefit the museum.

The Sag Harbor Whaling and Historical Museum is located at 200 Main St, Sag Harbor, NY. www.sagharborwhalingmuseum.org.

SOUTHAMPTON HISTORICAL MUSEUM & RESEARCH CENTER – SOUTHAMPTON, NY

"SOUTHAMPTON LANDSCAPES" - A solo show by Eileen Dawn Skretch is on view from Aug 18 through Nov 3. The artist depicts scenes from the East End. Skretch was born on the East End, where she has painted throughout her life.

The exhibition is located at the Rogers Mansion, 17 Meeting House Lane, Southampton, NY.  southamptonhistoricalmuseum.org/.

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Artwork by Eileen Dawn Skretch. Courtesy Southampton Historical Museum.

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WATER MILL MUSEUM - WATER MILL, NY

"Room with Views" - East End Photographs Group's Summer Exhibition presents work made by traditional, digital and alternative photographic processes. Exhibited through Aug 26.

"LENS CHISEL BRUSH" presents works by Anthony Lombardo, John Philip Capello and Lucille Berrill Paulsen. Exhibited from Aug 31 through Sep 19.

The Water Mill Museum is located at 41 Old Mill Road, Water Mill, NY. www.watermillmuseum.org

EASTERN LONG ISLAND

SOUTHOLD HISTORICAL SOCIETY – SOUTHOLD, NY

"PLEIN AIR PAINTINGS: HERE AND NOW" - A group landscape show curated by Grenning Gallery of Sag Harbor. Includes plein air local landscapes by Nelson H. White, Ramiro Sanchez, Ben Fenske, Marc Dalessio, Melissa Franklin Sanchez, Joe Altwer, Leo Mancini-Hresko, James Daga Albinson and bronze sculpture by Chad Fisher.

On view from Aug 18 through Oct 6.

The show is located in the society's new building, The Reichert Family Center and Cosden Price Gallery, 54127 Main Road (Route 25),  Southold, NY. southoldhistoricalsociety.org

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"Circle Beach" by Leo Mancini-Hresko, 2011. Oil, 18 x 24 inches.

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SUFFOLK COUNTY HISTORICAL SOCIETY – RIVERHEAD, NY

“COURIER & IVES: PRINTMAKERS TO THE AMERICAN PEOPLE" is on view through Oct 20. The exhibition features over 100 hand-colored lithographs from a private Long Island collection.

Artworks depict activities, events and everyday life of 19th century Americans.

The Suffolk County Historical Society museum is located at 300 West Main Street, Riverhead, NY. www.suffolkcountyhistoricalsociety.org

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“Trolling-for-Bluefish” by Currier & Ives,1866.

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LONG ISLAND

SUFFOLK COUNTY

HECKSCHER MUSEUM OF ART – HUNTINGTON, NY

"ABSORBED BY COLOR: Art in the 2oth Century" presents an overview of color theory and its manifestations in the 20th century, including Pointillism, Fauvism, Synchronism, Neoplasticism, Abstract Expressionism, and Op art.

Exhibiting artists include Josef Albers (1888-1976), Richard Anuskiewicz, Oscar Bluemner (1867-1938), Ilya Bolotowsky (1907-1981), James Brooks (1906-1992), Nicolas Carone (1917-2010), James Daugherty (1889-1974), Fritz Glarner (1899-1972), Theodore Stamos (1922-1997), Stanley Twardowicz (1917-2008), Esteban Vicente (1903-2001) and others.

On view from Aug 18 through Dec 2.

"ROBERT S. NEUMAN'S SHIP TO PARADISE" presents the large-scale mixed-media drawings related to his Ship to Paradise portfolio that was commissioned to accompany a facsimile edition of Sebastian Brandt’s The Shyp of Fooles, a medieval allegory on the folly of vice. Brandt's volume includes reproductions of Albrecht Durer's original woodcut illustrations from 1497. Neuman’s whimsical and surrealist conceptions portray a colorful examination of human folly.

On view from Aug 18 through Nov 25.

The Heckscher Museum of Art is located at 2 Prime Avenue, Huntington, NY. www.heckscher.org.

ISLIP ART MUSEUM – EAST ISLIP, NY

"THE GARBAGE BARGE REVISITED: ART FROM DROSS" is on view through Sept 2. The open call exhibition presents works that "repurpose cast-offs, which might otherwise be waste." The show is curated by Karen Shaw.

The Islip Art Museum is located at 50 Irish Lane, East Islip, NY. islipartmuseum.org.

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"Recycle, Reinvent, Reuse" by Cara Enteles.

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LONG ISLAND MUSEUM – STONY BROOK, NY

"LONG ISLAND, AMERICA'S 1950s FRONTIER” is exhibited through Dec 31, 2012. Includes artifacts, photographs, video oral histories and trendy 1950s clothing. Worth noting are a working jukebox and a hat worn by Robert Moses.

“FACING THE ISSUES: WILLIAM SIDNEY MOUNT AND CURRENT EVENTS” was exhibited through Aug 19. Mount’s paintings are grouped according to three issues of his day: “Economic Growth,” “Politics” and “Changing Society.”

"California News" by William Sidney Mount (1807-1868).

"Economic Growth" displays works that contrast the  “tainted” rich entrepreneurs with the “wholesome” yeoman farmers.

“Politics” presents paintings that pit established (and often Whig) politicians with (mostly Democratic) newcomers).

“Changing Society” contains paintings portraying contrasts between the established upper class and the newly rich. Works exploring the tensions within the anti-slavery and temperance movements are also exhibited in this section. William Sidney Mount (1807-1868) lived and worked on Long Island.

The Long Island Museum is located at 1200 Route 25A, Stony Brook, NY. www.longislandmuseum.org.

NASSAU COUNTY

NASSAU COUNTY MUSEUM OF ART – ROSLYN HARBOR, NY

"MARC CHAGALL" remains on view through Nov 4.  The storytelling paintings of Marc Chagall (1887-1985) portray a fantastic world where heaven and earth seem to meet, and couples are always in love and people and animals are plentiful. Through his art, Chagall visually shares memories of family in brilliantly colored works set in the houses and streets of his native Vitebsk.

The show includes significant paintings and a large selection of Chagall’s of 105 hand-colored etchings of Bible stories that he produced in 1957. These etchings have never before been seen on Long Island.

"SYDNEY CHASTAIN-CHAPMAN & JULIE TREMBLAY" presents sculpture by Tremblay with paintings and works on paper by Chastain-Chapman. Tremblay’s life-sized sculptures and installations allow the viewer to look inside the works, making exterior and interior equally important. Chastain-Chapman has a flat, representational style with vibrant hues used to highlight figures or settings.

On view through Nov 4.

A Meet the Artist talk with Tremblay takes place on Saturday, Nov 3, at 3 p.m.

The Nassau County Museum of Art is located at One Museum Drive (just off Northern Blvd, Route 25A),  Roslyn Harbor, NY. nassaumuseum.org

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