The Heckscher Museum of Art Upcoming Programs and Exhibitions

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Senior Second Wednesday

Wednesday, December 12

Wednesday, January 9

Wednesday, February 13

Wednesday, March 13

1:30 pm – 4:00 pm

As part of the Senior Days program, on the second Wednesday of the month, seniors (62+) are invited to visit The Heckscher Museum after 1:30 pm admission free.  Following the scheduled program, seniors can enjoy the exhibitions. Call 631.351.3250 for program details. Groups and individuals are welcome.

Second Senior Wednesday is part of the Senior Days on Long Island program designed to provide seniors with interesting and unique opportunities at reduced or no cost.  For a schedule of Senior Days activities, visit
Free Museum Admission for Seniors

First Friday

Celebrate First Friday at The Heckscher Museum of Art.  Explore the Museum’s exhibitions during extended viewing hours and enjoy special musical performances.

4:00 pm – 8:30 pm Extended Viewing Hours I 7:00 pm Performance I Free

Old School

Friday, January 4

Kick off the New Year with Old School! This group rocks with classic rock ‘n’ roll music, highlighting artists such as The Beatles, The Rolling Stones, Blondie, Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young, Eric Clapton, and more.


How Real is Real?

Bobbi Coller, Ph.D., Independent Curator

Friday, January 11
7:00 pm – 8:30 pm

Highlighting several works from the Museum’s Mirrored Images exhibition, Bobbi Coller will discuss the recurring attraction to realism in the history of art and explore the difference between “realism” and “reality.”

Registration is recommended.

Members Free, Non-Members $7

Back to the Future:  Reconsidering American Art at the Armory Show


Heckscher Family Hour

Sunday, January 13

1:00 pm – 2:00 pm

For families with children ages 4 – 8 years

Join museum educator Tami Wood for a family-friendly tour of the Museum’s Mirrored Images:  Realism in the 19th and 20th Centuries exhibition. Families will experience the exhibition through close looking, lively conversations, and hands-on gallery projects.

Space is limited. Registration is recommended.

Museum Admission (Children free) + $5 activity fee per child


Mirrored Images: Realism in the 19th and 20th Centuries

December 8, 2012 – March 24, 2013

Throughout the history of art, artists have turned to the observed world as a source of inspiration. This exhibition, drawn entirely from the Museum’s Permanent Collection, explores the various realist movements of the 19th and 20th centuries, beginning with the mid-19th century Barbizon movement in France and the concurrent Hudson River School in America, and progressing through later 19th-century realism and 20th-century movements, such as the Ashcan School, American Scene painting, Magic Realism, Photorealism, and East End (Long Island) realism.  Figure painting, portraiture, landscape, and still life painting by Jean-Desire-Gustave Courbet, Eugene Boudin, Thomas Moran, William Merritt Chase, Thomas Eakins, Thomas Anshutz, John Sloan, Raphael Soyer, Leon Kroll, Fairfield Porter, and Don Eddy, among others, are included.

Modernizing America: Artists of the Armory Show

December 8, 2012 – March 17, 2013 and March 30 – April 14, 2013

In 1913, the American public was introduced to avant-garde European art styles at the International Exhibition of Modern Art, held at the Lexington Avenue Armory and known

as the Armory Show.  Organized by the Association of American Painters and Sculptors, the Armory Show created a sensation; the controversial and radical art displayed there proved to be a watershed in the development of 20th-century American art.  Modernizing America: Artists of the Armory Show focuses on American artists who participated in the Armory Show and explores the impact of European Modernism on American art in the early years of the 20th century.

Across Time & Place: Treasures from the Permanent Collection


This rotating exhibition of highlights from the Permanent Collection features a broad range of works by American and European artists of the 19thand 20th centuries.  The current installation focuses on August Heckscher and his collection, which included works by the leading artists of his day. While Heckscher’s European works were primarily figure paintings, often revealing an interest in the exotic, his American paintings most often depicted the glories, both intimate and grand, of the nation’s physical environment.  Also on display is a selection of paintings on the theme of water that traces the development of American art from 19th-century realism to 20th-century abstraction. Works by Stan Brodsky, Roy Nicholson, Betty Parsons, and Christian White, The Heckscher Museum’s Celebrate Achievement Benefit honoree for 2012, reveal the Museum’s commitment to artists of Long Island.

The Heckscher Museum of Art, founded in 1920 by August Heckscher, serves the people of the Town of Huntington and surrounding communities. Through exhibitions of its permanent and loan collections of art and related programs, it seeks to provide inspiring and transformative educational experiences to encourage a broader understanding of our past and present and enrich the quality of life of the individuals it serves. The Museum Permanent Collection contains more than 2,200 works from the early 16th century to present. For information about The Heckscher Museum of Art, visit

Museum Hours

Wednesday – Friday | 10:00 am – 4:00 pm *

Saturday and Sunday | 11:00 am – 5:00 pm *

* Huntington Township Residents admitted FREE Wednesdays after 2:00 pm and Saturdays before 1:00 pm.  Proof of residency required.

Free Admission for Active Military Personnel and Veterans
Available to any bearer of a Geneva Convention Common Access Card (CAC), a DD Form 1173, a DD Form 1173-1, a Veteran’s DD-214, or a Veteran ID card and a driver’s license.  Includes active military personnel (Army, Navy, Air Force, Marines, Coast Guard, National Guard, and Reserve) or Veteran and up to five (5) family members (spouse, child, aunt, uncle, grandparent, etc.).

Photo above left: Daniel Ridgway Knight, Waiting for the Ferry, 1885. Heckscher Museum of Art; August Heckscher Collection.

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