As Spring draws nearer, museums across Long Island offer plenty for art and history enthusiasts to enjoy. Be sure to catch the end of an exhibition of political cartoons and a show of photographs by Danny Lyon at Hofstra University Museum. A highlight opening this month is a retrospective of fashion designer Halston's work at Nassau County Museum of Art. Read on for new and continuing exhibitions in Long Island Museums throughout March 2017.
DAN FLAVIN ART INSTITUTE – BRIDGEHAMPTON, NY
“DAN FLAVIN: ICONS” continues through April 30, 2017. The five wall-mounted “icons” on view in the exhibition bridge the mediums of painting and sculpture. The box-like constructions with painted surfaces and attached light fixtures were created between 1961 and 1964.
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. For details and programming, visit www.diaart.org.
GUILD HALL MUSEUM – EAST HAMPTON, NY
"STUDENT ARTS FESTIVAL: PART II, GRADES 9-12" continues through March 26, 2017. An Opening Reception takes place on Saturday, March 4, 2017 from 2 to 4 p.m.
HECKSCHER MUSEUM OF ART – HUNTINGTON, NY
"MORT KUNSTLER: THE NEW NATION" continues through April 2, 2017. This exhibition features Mort Künstler's most recent paintings that depict the story of our country's birth from settlement through the Revolutionary War and the inauguration of George Washington. This exhibition is closed from February 27 - March 10, 2017.
"NORMAN ROCKWELL AND FRIENDS: AMERICAN ILLUSTRATIONS FROM THE MORT KUNSTLER COLLECTION" continues through March 5, 2017. The exhibition features works by masters from the Golden Age of American Illustration. Artists on view include Edwin Austin Abbey, Howard Chandler Christy, Dean Cornwell, Charles Dana Gibson, Winslow Homer, J.C. Leyendecker, Maxfield Parrish, Howard Pyle, Norman Rockwell, and N.C. Wyeth, among others.
The Heckscher Museum of Art is located at 2 Prime Avenue, Huntington, NY 11743. www.heckscher.org.
HOFSTRA UNIVERSITY MUSEUM – HEMPSTEAD, NY
"POLITICAL SLANT II: EDITORIAL CARTOONS" continues through March 12, 2017. This exhibition features works by caricaturist and cartoonist Thomas Nast for historical context along with works by award-winning editorial cartoonists Matt Davies, Walt Handelsman, Mike Keefe, Steve Kelley, and Signe Wilkinson that offer commentary on our current national election process, candidates, and key issues.
"DANNY LYON: MEMORIES OF THE SOUTHERN CIVIL RIGHTS MOVEMENT" continues through April 13, 2017. The exhibition features photographs by Danny Lyon, taken from 1962 to 1964 while traveling across the country documenting the Civil Rights Movement.
The Hofstra University Museum is located at 112 Hofstra University, Hempstead, NY 11549.
The Emily Lowe Gallery is located at Emily Lowe Hall on the South Campus. The David Filderman Gallery is located on the ninth floor of the Joan and Donald E. Axinn Library on the South Campus. www.hofstra.edu/museum.
ISLIP ART MUSEUM – EAST ISLIP, NY
"THE STRUCTURE OF THINGS" continues through May 20, 2017. The show, curated by Beth Giacummo, presents interpretations of structures found in everyday lives resulting in new forms expressed through painting, drawing, installation and mixed media. A special reception and closing performance, "The Art of Song," by Jack Lacitra and Friends will take place on May 20 at 7 p.m. The unique music experience will feature musicians playing in each gallery, culminating in a collaborative performance in the Ballroom. A donation of $10 will be collected at the door.
The exhibition will also feature interactive sound architecture that inspires the way we use music and creativity in our daily environments. Exhibiting artists are Darlene Charneco, Heejung Cho, Corydon Cowansage, Linda Ganjian, Linda Louis, Maria Sophia Macedonio, Clayton Orehek, Jack Licitra and Danny Tanzi.
"ELEMENTAL EXPOSURE: THE PHOTOGRAPHY OF SCOTT FARRELL" continues through March 12, 2017. An after-hours event and Reception takes place on January 28 from 7 to 11 p.m. Scott Farrell’s photographic works are created by capturing organic materials and how the effects of nature’s elements such as water, wind, and extreme temperatures transform these materials.
The Islip Art Museum is located at 50 Irish Lane, East Islip, NY 11730. www.islipartmuseum.org.
LONGHOUSE RESERVE - EAST HAMPTON, NY
LongHouse is closed for the season but is open by appointment from Monday through Saturday by calling the LongHouse office at 631-329-3568. LongHouse Reserve is located at 133 Hands Creek Rd, East Hampton, NY 11937. www.longhouse.org.
LONG ISLAND MUSEUM – STONY BROOK, NY
"EDIBLE EDEN: THE ART OF LONG ISLAND'S FORESTS, FIELDS AND WATERS" continues through July 30, 2017. The exhibition features works by artists depicting Long Island in the nineteenth century. These works focus on the bounty of Long Island's natural resources and farmlands.
"BRILLIANT PARTNERS: JUDITH LEIBER'S HANDBAGS & THE ART OF GERSON LEIBER" continues through June 4, 2017. The exhibition presents the shared aesthetics of an artistically successful East End Couple, Judith Leiber and Gerson Leiber. On view are 130 handbags designed by Judith along with nearly 50 works by Gerson.
"COLORS OF LONG ISLAND" continues through April 16, 2017. This annual student art exhibition provides an opportunity for local students in grades Kindergarten through 12 to show their artwork in a museum setting.
The Long Island Museum is located at 1200 Route 25A, Stony Brook, NY 11790. For details and programming, visit www.longislandmuseum.org.
NASSAU COUNTY MUSEUM OF ART – ROSLYN HARBOR, NY
"HALSTON STYLE" opens March 25 and continues through July 9, 2017. The show serves as the first comprehensive retrospective of American fashion designer Halston. The exhibition is organized by Guest Curator Lesley Frowick, Halston’s niece and confidant. On view are more than 60 Halston fashions, juxtaposed with photographs, artwork, illustrations and accessories, as well as film and video documentation.
The Nassau County Museum of Art is located at One Museum Drive (just off Northern Blvd, Route 25A), Roslyn Harbor, NY 11576. www.nassaumuseum.org.
PARRISH ART MUSEUM – WATER MILL, NY
"THE PERMANENT COLLECTION: MATERIALITY AND PROCESS" continues through October 30, 2017. The exhibition pulled from the museum's collection explores materials and the hand of the artist, bringing substance and gesture to the fore through a series of thematic mini-exhibitions.
SOUTHAMPTON HISTORICAL MUSEUM & RESEARCH CENTER – SOUTHAMPTON, NY
"HUNTING THE WHALE: THE RISE AND FALL OF A SOUTHAMPTON INDUSTRY" opens on March 4 and continues through December 30, 2017. The show features documents, artifacts and images related to the whaling industry and highlights the lives of indigenous people, slaves, whaling captains and local families.
The Southampton Historical Museum & Research Center’s main campus is located at 17 Meeting House Lane, Southampton, NY 11968. www.southamptonhistoricalmuseum.org.
SUFFOLK COUNTY HISTORICAL SOCIETY – RIVERHEAD, NY
"100 YEARS: VOTES FOR NEW YORK WOMEN" opens March 11, 2017 and continues through the end of the year. This exhibition celebrates the centennial of New York State women winning the right to vote with stories of Long Island women activists who dedicated themselves to the grassroots movement.
"A TIME PORTAL TO THE NORTH FORK: PHOTOGRAPHS OF RIVERHEAD TO ORIENT POINT" continues through March 31, 2017. The exhibition features documentary and fine art photography depicting the North Fork by local photographers Neil Scholl, Peter Dicke and Wendy Polhemus-Annibell in the Weathervane Gallery. The Suffolk County Historical Society is located at 300 W. Main St., Riverhead, NY 11901. www.suffolkcountyhistoricalsociety.org.
"HISTORIC REFLECTIONS OF THE TEN TOWNS" continues through March 2017. In celebration of the 130th anniversary of the Society (1886 – 2016), the exhibition will illustrate Suffolk County’s ten towns in the decade of the society's founding.
"MAPPING SUFFOLK COUNTY: A COMPLEMENTARY TEN TOWNS EXHIBIT" continues through Spring 2017. The show features historic maps of Suffolk County from the 1700s to the 1900s.
“FULLERTON’S LONG ISLAND: THE LURE OF THE LAND” continues through March 2017. The exhibition features over 70 large-sized historic photographs from the museum’s Hal B. Fullerton Collection. Curated by Neil Scholl and Peter Dicke.
PERMANENT EXHIBITIONS: Six historical exhibitions culled from the SCHS collections. The Syliva Downs Staas Gallery presents paintings and furniture from the 18th – 20th centuries. Permanent exhibitions include “So Ends This Long Journey”, “Early Suffolk Farm Life and The Rise of Crafts”, “Early Suffolk Transport”, “From Near and Far: Ceramics in Suffolk County Households, 1750-1870” and “Arms & Armament”.
The Suffolk County Historical Society is located at 300 West Main St., Riverhead, NY 11901. www.suffolkcountyhistoricalsociety.org.
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