Site specific installations held outdoors are taking Long Island art by storm in June. The kick off for art sited outdoors was a weekend-only conceptual work by Evan Robarts at the Post-Morrow Foundation in Brookhaven in Suffolk County. Held over Memorial Day Weekend, the installation featured a scaffolding-type structure sited inside the nature reserve to encourage examining the fragility of the native ecosystem and the human role on the planet. The art event was curated and presented by Auto Body, a collective of curators founded in Bellport, N.Y. in Suffolk County. Art (and choreography) sited outdoors continues in June, especially in Nassau County. Continue reading to discover this month's selections of new exhibitions on Long Island. Expect to find a new gallery launch, solo painting shows, a fashion icon retrospective and more.

Solo Show of Terence Netter at Gallery North

In Suffolk County, a solo exhibition of paintings by Terence Netter will be on view from June 1 to 16, 2017.

Inspired by his home in the Loire Valley of France, Netter draws upon memories of landscape and natural shapes found there to make paintings that conjure contemplation. The paintings themselves make use of simple forms and repetition to create compositions that inspired peace and quiet moments. A former Jesuit priest, his earliest work was abstract or action paintings, according to Woodward Gallery's website. He later shifted his focus to landscape portrayed in a minimalist style to capture the light of France and offer serenity to viewers. Terence Netter's work has been exhibited nationally and internationally. Solo shows have been held at Woodward Gallery (New York City), Gallery North (Setuaket, NY), the Benton Gallery (Southampton) as well as museums and galleries in France, Florida, California and Mississippi.

An Opening Reception will be held Thursday, June 1, 2017 from 5 to 7 p.m.

Gallery North is located 90 North County Road, Setauket, NY 11733.

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"Zenscape: Untitled" by Terence Netter, 2015. Mixed media. Courtesy Gallery North.

"Zenscape: Untitled" by Terence Netter, 2015. Mixed media. Courtesy Gallery North.


Critique Group of Long Island Exhibition at Ariel Fine Art Gallery

In Nassau County, Ariel Fine Art Gallery in Locust Valley presents “Layers” on view from June 4 through July 14, 2017. 

The group exhibition presents art by the members of the Critique Group of Long Island. Hailing from both Nassau and Suffolk Counties, the Critique Group of Long Island is a group of 12 independent artists who meet monthly to discuss artistic practices and professional goals in the context of art history and contemporary exhibitions.

Artist members include: Ennid Berger (Founder and Director) (Glen Head, NY); Judith Aronow (Port Washington, NY); Ginger Balizer- Hendler (Glen Head, NY); Sylvia Harnick (Great Neck, NY); William Hawkins (Huntington, NY); Deborah Katz (Glen Cove, NY); Joanne Klein (Roslyn, NY); Laura Powers-Swiggett (Lloyd Harbor, NY); Fran Roberts (Wading River, NY); Linda Ruden (East Hills, NY); Ellen Hallie Schiff (Glen Cove, NY); and Janice Sztabnik (Cold Spring Harbor, NY).

An Artists’ Reception will be held on Sunday, June 4 from 3 to 6 p.m.

Gallery hours are Tuesday through Saturday from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Ariel Fine Art Gallery is located at 45 The Plaza, Locust Valley, NY 11560.

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Seward Johnson Sculpture Show at Old Westbury Gardens

In Nassau County, an extensive sculpture exhibition of works by Seward Johnson will be presented from June 16 to September 4, 2017, bringing a bit of New Jersey to Long Island.

"Seward Johnson" features 38 sculptures from two series: "Celebrating the Familiar" and "Beyond the Frame." The works are exhibited in the Westbury House and installed across the 80 acres of Old Westbury Gardens. The show is jointly presented by Old Westbury Gardens and the Seward Johnson Atelier.

Johnson's work is prominent at Grounds for Sculpture in Hamilton, N.J., which the artist founded. Inducted into the New Jersey Hall of Fame in 2014, Johnson's figurative sculptures capture livable moments from mainstream culture. Sometimes whimsical in either form or situation, the artist selects "mundane moments" for his work for purposeful public installment in concert with selected surroundings. When discovered by happenstance, the works can conjure memories simple pleasures and the j0y they can bring. Now 87 years old, the artist continues to make new work designed for public installation.

An Opening Reception will be held on Friday, June 16, 2017 from 7 to 9 p.m. The artist is expected to be present.

Old Westbury Gardens in located at 71 Old Westbury Road, Old Westbury, NY 11568.

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Inaugural Exhibition for MARQUEE PROJECTS Featuring John Perreault Solo Show  

In Suffolk County, MARQUEE PROJECTS presents “It’s Only Art,” a survey of painting and sculpture by John Perreault from June 23 through July 16, 2017. 

The exhibition features works made from 1970 to 2015, some exhibited for the first time. Many of Perreault’s abstract paintings revel in the use of untraditional media such as toothpaste, oil-polluted sand, and coffee -- which the Village Voice praised as “exquisite sepia revelations.” His sculpture employs found objects, ceramics, and rocks. Mended Stones, recently shown at New York’s Noguchi Museum, was singled out by critic Deborah Solomon as an “affecting installation” about repairing a broken world. A spirit of hopeful transformation pervades Perreault’s lifelong work.

Born in Manhattan, John Perreault (1937-2015) first showed his paintings at Greenwich Village’s One Eleven Gallery in the mid-1960s. Perreault simultaneously broke ground in the fields of Conceptual and Performance Art, appearing at the Whitney Museum and elsewhere. Also widely respected as a poet and art critic, Perreault has had work exhibited nationally and internationally. According to the New York Times, Perreault was “a pivotal figure in organizing the first ‘Day Without Art’ in 1989 to draw attention to the impact of AIDS on the arts.” “It’s Only Art” is curated by Mark Van Wagner and Beverly Allan and remains on view through July 16, 2017. It is the first major show at Bellport’s newest gallery.

An Opening Reception will be held on Friday, June 23, 2017 from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m.

MARQUEE PROJECTS is located at 14 Bellport Lane, Bellport, NY 11713.

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"Dance" by John Perreault, 2014. Instant coffee on canvas. Courtesy of Marquee Projects.


Site Specific Choreography & Dance by Isadora Duncan at Sand Point Preserve

While not visual art, Isadora Duncan's site-specific choreography and dance performance aligns with performance art, especially when inspired and created for cultural places of beauty and history.  In Nassau County, “Isadora Duncan & Contemporary Works” will perform original choreography as well as a revived classic on Sunday, June 25, 2017 from 2 to 4 p.m. at Sands Point Preserve Conservancy.

The program fully integrates the architecture, landscape and historical culture of Sands Point Preserve through a program of six dances set to music composed by Chopin, Christophe Gluck and Tchaikovsky. The program has audiences moving from two interior spaces in the estate's Hempstead House before moving to the outdoor Rose Garden. The program is co-presented by Dance Visions NY and Sands Point Preserve. 

Tickets are $10 per car (includes parking) and Sands Point Conservancy members are free. Sands Point Preserve Conservancy is located at 127 Middle Neck Road, Sands Point, NY 11050.

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Dance Visions NY performing Isadora Duncan's Roses from the South at Sands Point Preserve 2016. Photo: Beth Horn.


Halston Style Retrospective at Nassau County Museum of Art

In Nassau County, couture gets an examined look in "Halston Style," the first retrospective of the American fashion designer. The museum-wide exhibition is on view from March 25 to July 9, 2017 att the Nassau County Museum of Art in Roslyn.

Sponsored by "H Halstone exclusively at Lord & Taylor," the exhibition focuses on the life and art of Roy Halston Forwick, known as Halston. The show includes objects from the fashion designer's personal archives, over 60 Halston fashions along with film and video documentation. Highlights include Halston's iconic pillbox hat designs, made famous by Jacqueline Kennedy in 1961, according to the museum. Other highlights include Halston's Ultrasuede shirtdress garment and his classic gowns. Galleries highlight different milestones of Halston's career including his early work, designs using innovated fabrics and collaborations with artistic contemporaries including the photographer Hiro, designer Elsa Peretti, the Martha Graham Dance Troup and others.

Films screening as part of the retrospective include "Halston Tribute - Lincoln Center" (1992); "Versailles '73: An American Runway Revolution" (2012) and "Fashion: Halston" (1979). Click here for details.

Want to show off your own fashion sense? The museum holds its gala during the retrospective to provide this exact chance. The 2017 Museum Ball: Night at Studio 54 takes place on Saturday, June 10, 2017 at 7 p.m. Held at the museum, the gala has exhibition curator Lesley Frowick as its Honorary Ball Chair. Tickets start at $350 for under 40 years old; $500 for a Friend Ticket and $1,000 for a Sponsor Ticket. Click here for details.

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The Nassau County Museum of Art is located at One Museum Drive, Roslyn Harbor, NY 11576.


Art on Long Island - Highlights is a monthly column presenting highlights of art on view in Long Island galleries and museums in Nassau and Suffolk Counties, located west of The Hamptons and East End. Have a tip about art we should know about on Long Island? Email [email protected] with Long Island Art in the Subject Line.

This edition was written by Pat Rogers with additional writing by Genevieve Kotz.


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