DISPATCH - MARCH 4, 2013 (8:00 a.m.)

LONG ISLAND, NY-

There are several noteworthy new shows in the Long Island museum scene this month. Abstract Expressionism from the forties and fifties is reconsidered in a new exhibition at the Nassau County Museum of Art. Artworks by William Merritt Chase and his artist friends fall beneath the lens at the Long Island Museum in Stony Brook. Of special interest this month is “Modernizing America: Artists of the Armory Show” at the Heckscher Museum of Art. The exhibition features a range of American artists from the museum’s permanent collection who participated in the Armory Show of 1913.

Following is the full line-up of the exhibitions on view in museums across Long Island:

HAMPTONS

BRIDGEHAMPTON MUSEUM - BRIDGEHAMPTON, NY

"BRIDGEHAMPTON WHALERS: A FARMER'S LIFE AT SEA" continues through April 21. The exhibit celebrates local men who went to sea to hunt whales, most of whom came back to farm. The show includes art by Claus Hoie (1911-2007), excerpts from whaling logs, scrimshaw and more.

The museum is located in the Bridgehampton Historical Society's Corwith House at 2368 Montauk Highway, Bridgehampton, NY 11932. www.bhmuseum.org.

DAN FLAVIN ART INSTITUTE - "JOHN CHAMBERLAIN: IT AIN'T CHEAP" continues through Oct 30. The exhibition presents six of the artist’s rarely exhibited metal paintings from 1965 and the 1965 sculpture "It Ain't Cheap." The works are from a series of 12-inch-square paintings that were presented at Leo Castelli Gallery in January 1965 in the solo exhibition "Paintings done in auto lacquer and metal flake on formica."

ON PERMANENT VIEW is an installation by Dan Flavin (1933-1996) of nine works in fluorescent light made between 1963 and 1981. The exhibition follows Flavin’s art practice from when he began to work solely with standard fluorescent fixtures and tubes to just before the presentation of his new art form was realized.

Dan Flavin Art Institute is located on Corwith Avenue, about 1/2 block from Main Street, Bridgehampton, NY 11932. The museum is open weekends from noon to 6 p.m. www.diaart.org.

GUILD HALL MUSEUM – EAST HAMPTON, NY

"21st ANNUAL STUDENT ART FESTIVAL, PART II: GRADES 9-12" opens on March 9 and remains on view through April 14. There is an opening reception on March 9 from 2 to 4 p.m. with student performances in the John Drew Theater. Over 5,000 students from local schools will exhibit work. Admission is free.

Guild Hall is located at 158 Main Street, East Hampton, NY 11937. www.guildhall.org

PARRISH ART MUSEUM – WATER MILL, NY

"SELECTIONS FROM THE PERMANENT COLLECTION" are on long term view. Exhibitions include "Look and Look Again: Contemporary Observation," "American Views: Artists at Home and Abroad," "William Merritt Chase: A Life in Art," "Fairfield Porter: Modern American Master,"  "Esteban Vicente: Portrait of the Artist" and "Collective Conversations: Abstract Expressionism, Figuration, and Pop."

The Parrish Art Museum is located at 279 Montauk Highway, Water Mill, NY 11976. www.parrishart.org.

SOUTHAMPTON HISTORICAL MUSEUM & RESEARCH CENTER – SOUTHAMPTON, NY

“NOT THE DEVIL’S WORKSHOP: WOMEN’S HAND WORK, 1800-1930” remains on view through April 27. The exhibit includes 19th century paintings, tatting, lace and other hand-made works.

Rogers Mansion is located at 17 Meeting House Lane, Southampton, NY 11968. southamptonhistoricalmuseum.org.

POLLOCK-KRASNER HOUSE AND STUDY CENTER – SPRINGS, NY

Closed until May. The Pollock-Krasner House and Study Center is located at 830 Springs-Fireplace Road, Springs, NY 11937.  sb.cc.stonybrook.edu/pkhouse

EASTERN LONG ISLAND

SOUTHOLD HISTORICAL SOCIETY – SOUTHOLD, NY

No exhibitions on view. The Reichert Family Center and Cosden Price Gallery is located at 54127 Main Road (Route 25),  Southold, NY 11971. southoldhistoricalsociety.org

SUFFOLK COUNTY HISTORICAL SOCIETY – RIVERHEAD, NY

"WOMEN UNDER COVER: APRONS" opens on March 1 and continues through March 31. The exhibition displays over 130 vintage aprons from the private collection of Diane Schwindt, a textile designer and historian.

“HIDDEN AND FORBIDDEN: ART AND OBJECTS OF INTOLERANCE, DEPICTIONS OF BLACKS IN AMERICA” continues through June 1. For details, see suffolkcountyhistoricalsociety.org

“COURIER & IVES: PRINTMAKERS TO THE AMERICAN PEOPLE” through June 1. 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 11901. www.suffolkcountyhistoricalsociety.org

LONG ISLAND

SUFFOLK COUNTY

HECKSCHER MUSEUM OF ART – HUNTINGTON, NY

“MIRRORED IMAGES: Realism in the 19th and 20th Centuries” remains on view through Mar 24. The exhibition features realist figure painting, portraiture, landscape, and still life painting from the mid-19th to the 20th century.

“MODERNIZING AMERICA: Artists of the Armory Show” remains on view through Apr 14, 2013 (Closed from Mar 17-30, 2013). The show features an array of American artists from the museum’s Permanent Collection who participated in the Armory Show of 1913.

ART TALK: “Back to the Future: Reconsidering American Art at the Armory Show” takes place on March 8 from 7 to 8:30 p.m. Curator of American Art at the New York Historical Society Dr Kimberley Orcutt will discuss the museum’s current exhibition, “Modernizing America: Artists of the Armory Show” in relation to the New York Historical Society’s “The Armory Show at 100” exhibition. Members free, non-members $7.

The Heckscher Museum of Art is located at 2 Prime Avenue, Huntington, NY 11743. www.heckscher.org.

ISLIP ART MUSEUM – EAST ISLIP, NY

“FLUID REFORMATIONS: SMITH, GAFFER, POTTER” opens on March 17 and remains on view through May 26. An Opening Reception will be held on April 7 from 1 to 4 p.m. Work by contemporary sculptors working with materials such forged metal, blown glass and wheel thrown ceramic. The exhibition was curated by sculptor John Cino.

The Islip Art Museum is located at 50 Irish Lane, East Islip, NY 11730. islipartmuseum.org.

LONG ISLAND MUSEUM – STONY BROOK, NY 

“AN ARTFUL LIFE: THE BAKER/PISANO COLLECTION OF 19th CENTURY AMERICAN ART” opens March 1 and remains on view through May 27. The exhibition focuses on the 19th century portion of the collection featuring works by William Merritt Chase and his artist friends. They include John Singer Sargent, Winslow Homer, Thomas Dewing, Childe Hassam, Irving R. Wiles, Thomas Eakins, Elihu Vedder, Albert Pinkham Ryder, James Carroll Beckwith, and Augustus Saint-Gaudens.

"Peconic Art Colony" by Irving R. Wiles, 1912.

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The student art show “COLORS OF LONG ISLAND” opens March 1 and remains on view through April 28. The exhibit features artwork from students in grades K through 12. Artist receptions will be held on March 10 and April 7.

The Long Island Museum is located at 1200 Route 25A, Stony Brook, NY 11790. longislandmuseum.org.

NASSAU COUNTY

HILLWOOD ART MUSEUM at C.W. Post campus of Long Island University - BROOKVILLE, NY

"THE FRENCH CONNECTION: NINETEENTH CENTURY FRENCH ART FROM THE TABLER COLLECTION and NINETEENTH CENTURY AMERICAN ART FROM THE BAKER / PISANO COLLECTION" continues through March 9. The museum is closed from March 10 to April 2 for installation.

The Hillwood Art Museum is located on the C.W. Post Campus of Long Island University, 720 Northern Boulevard, Brookville, NY 11548. www2.liu.edu.

HOFSTRA UNIVERSITY MUSEUM – HEMPSTEAD, NY

“CELEBRATING FIFTY YEARS OF THE HOFSTRA UNIVERSITY MUSEUM” remains on view through March 28. The anniversary exhibition presents 50 of the 605 acquisitions donated to the museum since 2006. Works include paintings, prints, photographs and drawings by 20th and 21st century American, Latino and European artists.

Included are Luis Cruz Azaceta, Henri Cartier-Bresson (1908-2004), Lucien Clergue, Yonia Fain, April Gornick, Robert Kipniss, Howardena Pindell, Robert Rauschenberg (1925-2008), Alison Saar, W. Eugene Smith (1918-1978), Stanley Twardowicz (1917-2008) and others.

The exhibition also presents Pre-Columbian figures and vessels plus African masks from the early to mid 20th-century.

"THE LYON, THE WHICH AND THE WARHOL" remains on view through May 19 at the David Filderman Gallery.

The exhibition presents photographs from its collection from photojournalist Danny Lyon and Pop artist Andy Warhol and connects them to works in other media by Chuck Close, Jim Dine, and Lisbeth Firmin. The exhibit emphasizes parallels between the artists in their use of indirect portraiture, physical presence and their creative process.

The Hofstra University Museum is located at 112 Hofstra University, Hempstead, NY 11549. www.hofstra.edu.

NASSAU COUNTY MUSEUM OF ART – ROSLYN HARBOR, NY

"AB-EX / REC-CON: ABSTRACT EXPRESSIONISM RECONSIDERED" opens March 9 and remains on view through June 16. The exhibit includes work by Abstract Expressionist artists who were influential during the late 1940’s and 50’s in America. Included are Richard Diebenkorn, Helen Frankenthaler, Hans Hofmann, Robert Motherwell, Jimmy Ernst, Fritz Bultman and Jon Schueler.

In addition, there are three installations focused on contemporary abstract expressionism artists. Presenting works are Judith Godwin (New York City), Stan Brodsky (Long Island) and Rita Rogers (Rhode Island).

Screenings of “Jon Schueler: A Life in Painting” and “Abstract Expressionism” will be presented four times daily throughout the exhibition.

The Nassau County Museum of Art is located at One Museum Drive (just off Northern Blvd, Route 25A), Roslyn Harbor, NY 11576. nassaumuseum.org

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