The Heckscher Museum of Art Upcoming Programs and Exhibitions

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SHeckscher Museum of Artenior Second Wednesday

Wednesday, December 11, Holidays Around the World with Serenade Flute & Guitar Duo

Wednesday, January 8, Docent Tour of Off the Wall

1:30 pm – 4:00 pm

Programs begin at 1:45 pm

Free Museum Admission for Seniors (62+)

New! Half-Price Museum Admission for General Public

Seniors are invited to visit The Heckscher Museum after 1:30 pm admission free. Programs begin at 1:45 pm. In December, share some holiday cheer with a festive cookie reception immediately following the musical performance. Groups and individuals are welcome.


Mind Open Band

Friday, January 3

Extended Hours 5:00 pm – 8:30 pm

Performance 7:00 pm


Artist George D. Green’s Minding Dog Rag on view in the Museum’s Picture Perfect exhibition provides the backdrop for a colorful performance by the Mind Open Band.  Musicians Chris Covais (vibes), Andrew Ahr (guitar), Hugo Lopez (drums), and Chris Elsner (bass) combine jazz, rock, Latin, funk and a handful of other musical styles with creativity and spontaneity.


Draw Like a Master

Sunday, January 12

1:00 pm – 4:00 pm

Members and School District Members Free + $5 material fee

Non-Members Museum Admission + $5 material fee

For beginners through advanced artists age 14 years and up

Join artist Tom Sammon for an afternoon of sketching from sculpture in the Museum’s Off the Wall exhibition. Develop your drawing skills in the celebrated tradition of 19th-century masters, learning methods for rendering three dimensions on a flat surface and conveying weight, texture, and scale. This program is designed to address the needs of all skill levels with individualized critique.  A variety of drawing materials will be available.

Registration is recommended.  Space is limited. 



Heckscher Helps the Hungry­

Holiday Food Drive           

Tis the season of giving—and receiving!  The Museum is pleased to partner with Long Island Cares Inc., The Harry Chapin Food Bank, in support of those in need. Help the Museum collect food for people and pets in our community. Visit the Museum in November and December to drop off your non-perishable donations and receive half-price admission as a special thank you. 

The Heckscher Museum Partners with the Town of Huntington

Poetry for the HART Teen Poetry Project

The Heckscher Museum of Art is a partner organization in the Public Art Initiative Teen Poetry Project, Poetry for the HART, sponsored by the Town of Huntington. The NEW! Poetry and Art category of the competition invites students ages 14 through 18 residing and/or attending school in the Town of Huntington to visit The Heckscher Museum (admission free) and compose poetry inspired by a work of art on view in the Museum’s Picture Perfect: Selections from the Permanent Collection exhibition. Poems must be received by February 1, 2014.

For general inquiries about Poetry for the HART, contact John Coraor, Town of Huntington Director of Cultural Affairs, at  For details on the Poetry and Art category, call 631.351.3214 or visit



Off the Wall: Sculpture from the Permanent Collection

December 7 – March 16, 2014

Off the Wall: Sculpture from the Permanent Collection is the Museum’s first focused presentation of its sculptural holdings.  A visual feast of three-dimensional art, this exhibition includes representational and abstract work created throughout the 19th and 20th centuries, providing a broad overview of sculptural practice in America.  Portraiture, allegory, nationalistic themes, anecdotal figures from daily life, and decorative work in traditional mediums by Daniel Chester French, François Girardon, Gaston Lachaise, Frederick MacMonnies, Paul Manship, Elie Nadelman, Hiram Powers, and John Rogers are featured, as well as explorations in new materials and techniques by Anthony Caro, Dorothy Dehner, Red Grooms, Ibram Lassaw, Tony Rosenthal, Keith Sonnier, and Long Island artists William King, Dick Shanley, and Esphyr Slobodkina, among others.


Rabble-Rousers: Art, Dissent, and Social Commentary

December 7 – March 16, 2014

From the daring, abstract “nocturnes” of 19th-century painter James Abbott McNeill Whistler to the bold young Robert Rauschenberg exhibiting an erased Willem de Kooning as art, artists have long been catalysts for change and rebellion.

Rabble-Rousers: Art, Dissent, and Social Commentary features works from the Permanent Collection by artists who challenged traditional aesthetics, politics, and social norms. Highlights include prints by Whistler, Rauschenberg, John Sloan, Larry Rivers, and May Stevens; photographs by Larry Fink and Garry Winogrand; and paintings by William Beard and George Grosz, among others.


Picture Perfect: Selections from the Permanent Collection


Selected in part to provide inspiration for students participating in the Public Art Initiative Teen Poetry Project, Poetry for the HART, sponsored by the Town of Huntington, this exhibition showcases works with appeal to a wide range of aesthetic sensibilities.  Brightly colored, energetic paintings by Stuart Davis, George D. Green, Richard Hennessy, and Wayne Gonzales provide vibrant contrast to evocative landscapes by Ralph Albert Blakelock, Jerome Blum, and Matthew Spender.  Also on view are figure paintings and portraits by George Grosz, Adolphe Alexandre Lesrel, and Florine Stettheimer.

 Editor’s Note:

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’s 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.

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