The art museums on Long Island are especially strong in December with plenty of interesting exhibitions presented from East Hampton through Roslyn. New for December is a show of female artists titled "You Go Girl! Celebrating Women Artists" at the Heckscher Museum of Art. Worth noting across Long Island are a new Maxfield Parrish exhibition at the Nassau County Museum of Art and the science-driven exhibition "COMPENDIUM" at the Islip Art Museum.

Continue reading to discover the art possibilities at museums on Long Island from Nassau County to the East End.


“DAN FLAVIN: ICONS” continues through April 30, 2017. The five wall-mounted “icons” on view 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


"PORTRAYING ARTISTS: PHOTOGRAPHS BY WALTER WEISSMAN” continues through January 3, 2016. The exhibition includes 15 intimate black and white portraits of influential performing, literary, fine artists and designers.

“DANCING WITH TRUFFAUT: STEPHANIE BRODY-LEDERMAN” continues through January 3, 2016. The exhibition includes eight oil and acrylics on canvas completed during 2014 and 2015 in the artist’s New York City and East Hampton studios.

“CORNELIA FOSS” continues through January 3, 2016. The exhibition is survey of the artist’s oil on canvas works from the late 1990s through 2014, including seascapes, landscapes, paintings of oases inside New York City’s Central Park and several portraits of family members and friends.


"Central Park White Carriage Horse" by Cornelia Foss, 2015. Oil on canvas.

"Central Park White Carriage Horse" by Cornelia Foss, 2015. Oil on canvas.


“SELECTIONS FROM THE PERMANENT COLLECTION” continues through January 3, 2016. The exhibition presents 62 works that have been inspired by the unique topography of the East End of Long Island.

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

RELATED: A Sense of Place” and Cornelia Foss at Guild Hall Museum" by Eric Ernst.


"YOU GO GIRL! CELEBRATING WOMEN ARTISTS" opens on December 5, 2015 and continues through April 3, 2016. This exhibition presents more than 50 artists from the late-19th century through today working in representational and abstract styles. Featured artists include Berenice Abbott, Elaine de Kooning, Dorothy Dehner, Audrey Flack, Jane Hammond, Mary Nimmo Moran, Georgia O’Keeffe, Betty Parsons, Miriam Schapiro, Esphyr Slobodkina, Emma Stebbins and Jane Wilson, among others. The show closes a year of exhibitions drawn exclusively from the Museum's Permanent Collection, in celebration of their 95th anniversary.

"MEN AT WORK" opens on December 5, 2015 and continues through March 27, 2016. The exhibition presents selections from the permanent collection revealing the human experience presented through art featuring tasks undertaken and activities. Includes paintings, sculpture and photographs by artists including William Merritt Chase, Thomas Eakins, George Grosz, John Rogers, Emma Stebbins, John Sloan and others.

“STREET LIFE: PRIVATE MOMENTS/PUBLIC RECORD” continues through March 27, 2016. The exhibition serves as a portrait of New York City. Featured artists include Berenice Abbott, N. Jay Jaffee, Martin Lewis, Don Perlis, John Sloan, Garry Winogrand and others.

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


“DOUG HILSON: URBANSCAPES” continues through December 11, 2015 at the Emily Lowe Gallery. The exhibition includes recent paintings and drawings.

"ENDURING IMAGES" continues through January 31, 2016 in the Filderman Gallery. The exhibition focuses on the lasting record created by an artist's visual responses to critical moments in history. Examples include imagery reflecting the impact of World War I and II, civil rights, the African-American diaspora, and other international conflicts. Works in a variety of media will be on view, including photography, sculpture, painting, and works on paper.

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.


“COMPENDIUM" continues through December 27, 2015. Artists presented in the exhibition are planted in the disciplines of art and science. Works on view carry themes of biology, botany, cell/molecular biology, ecology/evolution, environmental studies, genetics, microbiology, astronomy, earth science, physics, geology, statistics, and mathematics.

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


“THROUGH OUR EYES” continues through January 3, 2016. The exhibition, which is presented in honor of National Alzheimer’s Disease Awareness Month, includes artwork by participants from Day Haven Adult Day Services of Ronkonkoma. Artist bios and photographs of the participants will be hung along with the artwork.

“BETH LEVINE: THE FIRST LADY OF SHOES” continues through January 3, 2016. The exhibition celebrates shoe designer Beth Levine and includes iconic footwear, photographs, paintings, memorabilia, illustrations, accessories, film footage and more.

The Long Island Museum is located at 1200 Route 25A, Stony Brook, NY 11790. For details and programming, visit


“MAXFIELD PARRISH: PAINTINGS AND PRINTS” continues through February 28, 2016. The exhibition includes original artworks and vintage reproductions by Parrish, one of the greats of the Golden Age of Illustration.

"CHRISTOPHER HART CHAMBERS" continues through February 28, 2016. Painted sculptural works incorporating urethane-based automotive paint will be on view in the solo show.


"Fast Fish" by Christopher Hart Chambers, 2008. Expanded polystyrene, fiberglass, epoxy resin, automotive paints (urethane based), 35 x 67 x 10 inches. Courtesy of the artist.

"Fast Fish" by Christopher Hart Chambers, 2008. Expanded polystyrene, fiberglass, epoxy resin, automotive paints (urethane based), 35 x 67 x 10 inches. Courtesy of the artist.


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


"JANE FREILICHER AND JANE WILSON: SEEN AND UNSEEN" continues through January 18, 2016. This exhibition presents paintings and works on paper by Jane Freilicher and Jane Wilson.

ART REVIEW: "Double Dream in Painting Matched by Jane Freilicher and Jane Wilson" by Charles A. Riley II.

"ALEXIS ROCKMAN: EAST END FIELD DRAWINGS" continues through January 18, 2016. The exhibition includes 93 drawings depicting the flora and fauna of Eastern Long Island rendered in organic material found on-site.

Exhibitions from the museum's permanent collection continue through October 30, 2016: "Inscape—The Inner Nature Of Things"; "American Views"; "James Brooks: Process of Discovery"; "Connections and Context"; "Collective Conversation"; "Home Sweet Home"; "Picturing Artists"; "Jean-Luc Mylayne" and "Close to Home”.

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

RELATED: "ART SEEN: Two Reception Events at The Parrish Welcome New Shows" published October 27, 2015.


“IF THESE WALLS COULD TALK: HISTORY OF THE ROGERS MANSION” continues through December 31, 2015. The exhibition highlights the families that lived in the mansion along with the role the Mansion played in the Southampton community.

The Southampton Historical Museum & Research Center’s main campus is located at 17 Meeting House Lane, Southampton, NY 11968.


"WATERCOLOR ARTISTS OF THE NORTH FORK" continues through mid to late January 2016. The work of local watercolor artists Bernard Springsteel from Southold and Ralph Fanning of Riverhead will be on view.

PERMANENT EXHBITIONS: 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.


BASIC FACTS: The Museum Look, a round-up of art exhibitions at museums on Long Island, is published monthly at For a list of museums exhibiting art on Long Island, New York City and South Florida, visit our Museum Guide by clicking here.


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