March Programs & Exhibitions At Heckscher Museum of Art

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

Kimberly Orcutt, Ph.D., Henry Luce Foundation Curator of American Art at the

New-York Historical Society

Friday, March 8

7:00 pm – 8:30 pm

In 1913, the American public was introduced to avant-garde art at the International Exhibition of Modern Art in New York City, known as the Armory Show.  Join Dr. Kimberly Orcutt as she relates the Museum’s Modernizing America exhibition to the New-York Historical Society’s The Armory Show at 100 exhibition.  Dr. Orcutt will discuss the impact that the 1913 show had on American artists’ ideas about their own work, in the context of how she curated and organized the New-York Historical Society’s upcoming exhibition.

Registration is recommended.

Members Free, Non-Members $7 


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

Through 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

Through 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.

Long Island’s Best: Young Artists at The Heckscher Museum

March 30 – April 21, 2013

This exhibition features approximately 80 works  by Long Island students in grades 9 through 12 attending public and private schools throughout Nassau and Suffolk Counties.  Selected artwork portrays a range of subjects, in many styles and media, including two- and three-dimensional work.  This is the only juried exhibition on Long Island that offers high school students the opportunity to exhibit their art in a museum.  

About The Museum:

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 *

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

* 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.).

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