Despite the New York Times decision to ax art coverage on Long Island as part of its NY Metro Section, there's plenty to see and discover in the art scene of Long Island. This is the first monthly column presenting highlights of art on view on Long Island in both Nassau and Suffolk Counties. Have a tip about art we should know about on Long Island? Email [email protected] with Long Island Art in the Subject Line.

Following are the top art shows taking place on Long Island in February 2017.

1. Photographer Danny Lyon at Hofstra University Museum

Hofstra University Museum presents “Danny Lyon: Memories of the Southern Civil Rights Movement” from January 31 through April 13, 2017.

This exhibition presents images made by photographer Danny Lyon's taken from 1962 to 1964 as the first staff photographer for the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee (SNCC). Coordinated to punctuate his memoir, the photographs connect to the times when Lyon traveled through the U.S. documenting the Civil Rights Movement in the start of his professional photography career. The body of work on view represents Lyon's move to become a pioneer in "New Journalism," a form of photojournalism where the photographer is personally immersed in the subject matter. Photographs on view capture efforts to sign up Black voters, segregation customs, civil rights rallies, peaceful resistance efforts, the aftermath of violent acts as well as the toll taken on those impacted.

“Danny Lyon: Memories of the Southern Civil Rights Movement”is exhibited in the Emily Lowe Gallery on Hofstra University's South Campus. Hofstra University Museum is located at Hofstra University, 112 Hofstra Blvd, Hempstead, NY 11549.

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2. Group Exhibition “The Structure of Things” at Islip Art Museum

Islip Art Museum presents “The Structure of Things” from January 15 through March 12, 2017.

The show, curated by Islip Art Museum director and head curator Beth Giacummo, presents new interpretations of structures found in our everyday lives resulting in new forms expressed through painting, drawing, installation and mixed media.

The exhibition also features interactive sound architecture that inspires the way we use music and creativity in our daily environments. Exhibiting artists include Darlene Charneco, Heejung Cho, Corydon Cowansage, Linda Ganjian, Linda Louis, Maria Sophia Macedonio, Clayton Orehek, Jack Licitra and Danny Tanzi.

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

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3. Ceramic Artists Showcased in “Alternatives in Clay” at Patchogue Arts Council

Patchogue Arts Council presents “Alternatives in Clay” from January 14 through February 26, 2017.

“Alternatives in Clay,” curated by artist John Cino, presents four ceramic artists whose work deviates pushes ceramics beyond function into conceptualism. Each artist draws upon contemporary sculptural and installation philosophies to explore the human condition, often mixing elements of times and places gone by. All artists have a connection to Long Island. Exhibiting work are Tanya Kaiser Robinson, Chris VivasHugh McElroy and Yekaterina Okouneva.

Patchogue Arts Council is located at 20 Terry St Ste. 116, Patchogue, NY 11772.

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4. East End Couple Judith and Gerson Leiber Exhibit at The Long Island Museum

The Long Island Museum presents “Brilliant Partners: Judith Leiber’s Handbags & the Art of Gerson Leiber” from February 24 through June 4, 2017.

This exhibition features the art and design works and shared aesthetics of a well-known East End Couple that have been married for 70 years. Judith Leiber is an internationally celebrated handbag and accessory designer, and her husband Gerson Leiber is an Abstract Expressionist with a large body of works that include oil canvases, etchings, prints and sculptures. The show presents a retrospective examination of each artist's work and explores how their connection has influenced their creative output. "Brilliant Partners" includes a selection of around 130 of Judith Leiber’s handbags and 50 art works by Gerson Leiber.

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

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Multicolored Karung Envelope Inspired by Piet Mondrian Painting by Judith Leiber. Courtesy of The Long Island Museum.

Multicolored Karung Envelope Inspired by Piet Mondrian Painting by Judith Leiber. Courtesy of The Long Island Museum.


5. Experimental Artists Packer, Patrick & Ros at Stony Brook University’s Art Gallery

Staller Center for the Arts at Stony Brook University presents “ANTIFORM: Packer, Patrick & Ros” from January 24 to February 18, 2017 at the Paul W. Zuccaire Gallery.

"ANTIFORM" features works by three experimental New York artists: Lindsay Packer, Mitch Patrick and John Ros. The trio often creates site specific work, prompting viewers to consider and re-consider their physical, perceptual and digital environments. The title of the exhibition refers to the movement in the 1960's art world in which artists moved away from strict Minimalist philosophies and became interested in materiality, process and the element of chance. The three artists connect to this movement through their interest in everyday materials as well moving away from pure sculpture in favor of analog and digital work in their respective art practices.

The Paul W. Zuccaire Gallery is located at Staller Center For Arts 1st Fl, Stony Brook, NY 11794.

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6. Photographer Rotimi Fani-Kayode Retrospective at Firehouse Plaza Art Gallery

The Firehouse Plaza Art Gallery presents “Rotimi Fani-Kayode (1955 – 1989) Retrospective Photography Exhibit” from January 17 to March 11, 2017.

This Retrospective photography show features work by Rotimi Fani-Kayode created between 1955 and 1989. The Nigerian-born photographer is known for his stylized portraits and figurative compositions that explore the intersections and tensions between sexuality, race and culture.

The Firehouse Plaza Art Gallery is located at Nassau Community College, 1 Education Dr, Garden City, NY 11530.

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7. 58th Long Island Artists Exhibition at Art League of Long Island

Art League of Long Island presents the “58th Long Island Artists Exhibition” from February 18 through March 21, 2017. A Reception will be held on Sunday, February 26 from 1 to 3 p.m.

The open call exhibition is juried by Elizabeth Denny and Robert Dimin of the Denny Gallery in New York City. The exhibition presents around 60 art works selected from a pool of 667 art applications. The exhibition is the 58th edition of the annual show. Selected artists with work in the show include Joyce Kubat, James Slezak, Andrew Masino, Michael McLaughlin and others. Click here for the list of selected artists.

Art League of Long Island is located at 107 E Deer Park Rd, Dix Hills, NY 11746.

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