The Heckscher Museum of Art March & April 2014 Programs and Exhibitions

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Heckscher Museum of ArtThe Heckscher Museum of Art hours have been extended. The Museum is now open Wednesday through Sunday until 5:00 pm.

Extended Hours 5:00 pm – 8:30 pm
Performance 7:00 pm
Celebrate First Friday at The Heckscher Museum of Art. Explore the Museum’s exhibitions during extended viewing hours and enjoy unique musical performances inspired by artwork on view.

Serenade Duo
Friday, March 7
Join internationally acclaimed flutist Michelle LaPorte and guitarist Gerry Saulter for Memories of Spain, a program of 20th-century Spanish music inspired by artist Red Groom’s Picasso currently on view in the Museum’s Off the Wall exhibition. Serenade Duo enjoys a career performing for audiences throughout the United States and Europe, including concert venues in New York, Paris, London, and Dublin.

Five Towns College Guitar Ensemble
Friday, April 4
In celebration of the Museum’s Long Island’s Best exhibition, enjoy the musical talents of guitar students from Long Island’s Five Towns College. Guitarists from the Music Division will perform a variety of classical, jazz, and popular music selections.

First Friday is generously sponsored by TD Bank, through the TD Charitable Foundation.

1:30 pm – 5:00 pm
Programs begin at 1:45 pm
Free Museum Admission for Seniors (62+)
Half-Price Museum Admission for General Public
Groups are welcome

Docent Tour of Rabble-Rousers: Art, Dissent, and Social Commentary
Wednesday, March 12

Midday Music: Five Towns College Student Recitals
Wednesday, April 9

International Slow Art Day
Saturday, April 12
11:00 am – 1:00 pm
Free with Museum Admission
Slow down and celebrate this global day of connecting to art in an unrushed, meaningful way. Participate in a friendly, interactive discussion about five select works of art from the Museum’s current exhibitions. Light refreshments will be served.

Present your paid Heckscher Museum of Art admission receipt at The Cold Spring Harbor Whaling Museum or the Nassau County Museum of Art and continue to enjoy Slow Art Day FREE. Visit for additional information and registration.

Call for Entries
Long Island Biennial 2014
The Heckscher Museum of Art is accepting entries for the Long Island Biennial 2014 through April 30. On view from August 16 through November 30, the Long Island Biennial is a juried exhibition that offers contemporary artists of Nassau and Suffolk Counties an opportunity to show their work to a broad public, deepening the connections among artists and between artists and the communities where they live. This year’s jurors will be Dan Christoffel, Artist in Residence, Adjunct Professor, LIU Post; Renato Danese, Danese Corey, New York; and Helen A. Harrison, Director, Pollock-Krasner House and Study Center, East Hampton.

Approximately 40 works will be selected for the exhibition, and all submitted entries will be posted in the Long Island Biennial Gallery on the Museum’s Website, providing an overview of current artistic practice on Long Island. Visit for more information.

The Long Island Biennial is a collaborative project with Cinema Arts Centre in Huntington. Video artists and filmmakers should submit works directly to Cinema Arts Centre. For more information, visit


Off the Wall: Sculpture from the Permanent Collection
Through 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
Through 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.

Long Island’s Best: Young Artists at The Heckscher Museum
March 29 – April 27
Long Island’s Best is a comprehensive arts-in-education program that integrates experiences in The Heckscher Museum and the high school art classroom, culminating with the presentation of students’ original works juried by a museum professional. The exhibition features approximately 80 works of art by students in grades 9 through 12. Selected artwork portrays a range of subjects, in many styles and media, including two- and three-dimensional work. Long Island’s Best is the only juried exhibition on Long Island that offers high school students the opportunity to exhibit their work in a museum.

This exhibition is sponsored in part by Dr. Inna Gellerman, Gellerman Orthodontics. Additional exhibition support is provided by RBC Wealth Management.

Picture Perfect: Selections from the Permanent Collection
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.

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

First Friday FREE
5:00 pm – 8:30 pm Extended Viewing Hours
7:00 pm Performance

Huntington Township Residents admitted FREE Wednesday after 2:00 pm and
Saturday 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 duty, National Guard, and Reserve military personnel and their families.

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