New exhibitions of contemporary art open across Long island in October 2019 across both Nassau and Suffolk Counties. There are plenty of solo shows opening with month including those for  Southampton artist Hal Buckner, Long Island abstract painter Karen Kirshner and New Orleans artist Gabrielle Ledet. Group shows tackle environmental impact, welcome new photographers to a cooperative gallery and offer a strange trip through the shows of the Grateful Dead.

Read on to discover our picks for new art shows opening this month in both galleries and museums on Long Island. To discover more art on view on Long Island, including The Hamptons and the North Fork, visit our Exhibition Finder by clicking here.



The Emily Lowe Gallery at Hofstra University presents "Environmental Impact" from September 3, 2019, through December 13, 2019.

Addressing the consequences of human interaction with the natural environment, art exhibited depicts the ways recent human intrusion into the natural world has resulted in environmental concerns. Featured artists include Daniel Beltrá, Diane Burko, Edward Burtynsky, Janet Culbertson, Alejandro Durán, Steve McPherson, Alexis Rockman, Barbara Roux and Steve Rowell.

The Emily Lowe Gallery is located behind Emily Lowe Hall on the South Campus of Hofstra University, located at 100 Hempstead Turnpike, Hempstead, NY 11549. Click here to learn more.


"Help" by Janet Culbertson. Acrylic on rag paper, 22 x 30 inches. Courtesy of the artist.

"Help" by Janet Culbertson. Acrylic on rag paper, 22 x 30 inches. Courtesy of the artist.



Bahr Gallery presents its second annual "Grateful Dead Exhibition from October 12 to December 23, 2019. An Opening Reception takes place on Saturday, October 12, 2019, from 3:30 to 8 p.m. RSVPs requested at [email protected]

The exhibition presents first edition psychedelic rock posters from the 1966 to 1969 along with those from the seventies and eighties. Also on view will be 50 vintage posters from the late sixties featuring The Beatles, Rolling Stones, Jimi Hendrix, Led Zepplin, Jefferson Airplane and others.

Bahr Gallery is located at 95 Audrey Avenue, Oyster Bay, NY 11771.


Bryant Library presents "Abstract Adventures," a solo show by Karen L. Kirshner, from September 4 to October 31, 2019. An Opening Reception takes place Saturday, October 5, 2019, from 2 to 4 p.m.

Kirshner takes inspiration for her abstract works from things she sees on the news, such as storm damage from a recent hurricane, or other worldly matters, like political repression. Her work has been exhibited in The Hamptons at The White Room Gallery and in Huntington at b.j. spoke gallery.

The Bryant Library is located at 2 Papermill Rd, Roslyn, NY 11576.


"Red Scene" by Karen L. Kirshner, 2019. ©Karen L. Kirshner. All rights reserved. Courtesy of the artist.

"Red Scene" by Karen L. Kirshner, 2019. ©Karen L. Kirshner. All rights reserved. Courtesy of the artist.




MARQUEE PROJECTS is exhibiting works by multidisciplinary artist Gabrielle Ledet in "Syrilla" from Friday, October 4, 2019, through October 27, 2019. An Opening Reception takes place Saturday, October 5, 2019, from 5 to 7 p.m.

Celebrated for her films, Ledet conjures thoughts of Basquiet and uses a variety of mediums in her art practice including animation, painting, drawing, sculpture, film  and clothing to explore blackness and womanhood. In her first solo show, "Syrilla," the New Orleans native reflects on her childhood and pays homage to her great-grandmother (Syrilla), her grandmother and the women who helped raise her.

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


Painting by Gabrielle Ledet. Courtesy MARQUEE PROJECTS

Painting by Gabrielle Ledet. Courtesy MARQUEE PROJECTS.



Farmingdale State College's Memorial Gallery exhibits "Fall from Grace: Works by Hal Buckner" from September 15 to November 15, 2019. An Opening Reception and Special Lecture takes place on October 1, 2019 from 11 a.m. to noon and 5 to 7 p.m. respectively.

"Fall from Grace" is curated by Beth Giacummo and includes Buckner's cut-out wall sculptures which feature female forms that question where women fit into the context of art and history by revisiting art masterpieces from the Western canon and mixes with a contemporary female figure, according to catalogue essayist Alexandra Giordano from Farmingdale's Visual Communications Department. 

The Memorial Gallery is open Mondays through Fridays from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. and is located in Hale Hall at Farmingdale State College, State University of New York, 2350 Broadhollow Road (Route 110), Farmingdale, NY 11735.


fotofoto gallery presents "fotofoto EXPOsure 2: A Group Exhibition of Photographs by fotofoto Gallery Artists," from Wednesday, October 2, 2019, through October 26, 2019. An Opening Reception will be held Saturday, October 5, 2019, from 5 to 7 p.m.

The exhibition presents photography by Saulmon Addison, Bruce Cohen, Richard Gardner, Holly Gordon, Andrea M. Gordon, John Lazzaro, Kathleen Massi, Ralph Masullo, Paul Mele, Eileen Novack, Denis Ostrovskiy, Pamela Waldroup and Aronda Xystris.

fotofoto gallery is located at 14 West Carver Street, Huntington, NY 11743.


The Patchogue Arts Council (PAC) presents "After the Fall: Works by Hal Buckner" from September 17 to October 27, 2019 at its new Museum of Contemporary Art Long Island (MOCA L.I.), located in the former PAC Art Gallery.

A companion exhibition to Farmingdale College's "Fall from Grace: Works by Hal Buckner," the Patchogue exhibition presents works that compare and contrast to the exhibition in Western Suffolk County. The show is curated by sculptor John Cino. Buckner is known to Hamptons art audiences, having presented solo shows in recent years in East Hampton, NY at Gallery Valentine and at Guild Hall Museum, as well as in multiple galleries located in Southampton, NY over the years. 

Museum of Contemporary Art Long Island is located at 20 Terry St., Patchogue, NY 11772.


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