Art in Long Island museums continues to be vibrant in January. New shows include Hofstra University Museum's “Africa: Sub-Saharan Diversity" and a solo show of paintings by Paul Mommer (1899 - 1963) at the Islip Art Museum. Art museum exhibitions worth noting on Long Island this month include "You Go Girl! Celebrating Women Artists" and a companion show, of sorts, "Men at Work" at the Heckscher Art Museum and “Maxfield Parrish: Paintings and Prints” at the Nassau County Museum of Art.

Planning to visit art museums in the Hamptons? Sooner is better than later. Catch the final days for four exhibitions at Guild Hall (through January 2, 2016). At the Parrish, January 18, 2016 signifies the final day for "Jane Freilicher and Jane Wilson: Seen and Unseen" and the installation "Alexis Rockman: East End Field Drawings." Afterwards, both art museums open student art exhibitions. On long term view are works by Dan Flavin presented museum wide at the Dan Flavin Art Institute in Bridgehampton. Open weekends only.


“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


“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.

“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.

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


"Sagg Pond Vineyard" by Ty Stroudsburg, 2004. Oil on linen, 24 x 32 inches. Gift of artist, Guild Hall Permanent Collection.

"Sagg Pond Vineyard" by Ty Stroudsburg, 2004. Oil on linen, 24 x 32 inches. Gift of artist, Guild Hall Permanent Collection.


“STUDENT ARTS FESTIVAL: PART I, GRADES K-8” opens on January 16 and continues through February 21, 2016. An Opening Reception will be held on January 23 from 2 to 4 p.m. Now in its 24th year, the Student Arts Festival celebrates young artists enrolled in schools from Bridgehampton to Montauk. “Student Arts Festival Part II, Grades 9-12” opens on March 5.

"PORTRAYING ARTISTS: PHOTOGRAPHS BY WALTER WEISSMAN” continues through February 21, 2016. The exhibition includes 15 intimate black and white portraits of influential performing, literary, fine artists and designers.

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


"YOU GO GIRL! CELEBRATING WOMEN ARTISTS" 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" 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.


“AFRICA: SUB-SAHARAN DIVERSITY” opens on January 26, 2016 and continues through August 12, 2016 in the Emily Lowe Gallery. Drawn exclusively from the Museum's Collections, the exhibition presents art and artifacts from cultures across West and Central Africa. Masks, weapons, sculptures, and jewelry will be on view.

"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.


“TRANSFORMATIONS OF A VISIONARY: PAUL MOMMER” opens on January 17, 2016 and continues through March 13, 2016. An Opening Reception will be held on February 7 from 1 to 4 p.m. The retrospective of Paul Mommer (1899 - 1963) highlights the scope of his style and technique throughout the first half of the twentieth century.

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


"White and Black Abstraction" by Paul Mommer, 1950.

"White and Black Abstraction" by Paul Mommer, 1950.



“ONE SQUARE FOOT: ANNUAL LIMARTS MEMBERS’ EXHIBITION” continues through January 31, 2016. Works of LIMarts members are presented in a variety of media and themes. All works measure 12 x 12 inches. Also on view is the "Baymen's Art" decoy exhibition. The exhibitions are located in the Visitor's Center / History Museum. The rest of the museum's buildings and galleries are closed in January and reopen in February.

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.

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.

“STUDENT EXHIBITION” opens on January 30 and continues through February 28, 2016. Over 1,000 young artists from local private, public, parochial, and home schools will participate.


2015 Student Exhibition. Photo: Daniel Gonzalez

2015 Student Exhibition. Photo: Daniel Gonzalez


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.


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

“WINTER WATERCOLOR SCENES BY JEANNE ROGERS” has an Opening Reception on January 9, 2016 at 1 p.m. in the Gish Gallery.

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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