The Heckscher Museum of Art September 2016 Exhibitions and Programs

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Long Island Biennial

Through December 4

Established in 2010, the Long Island Biennial is a juried exhibition featuring artists of Nassau and Suffolk Counties.  Selected by jurors Lori Bookstein, Lori Bookstein Fine Art, New York; Seung Lee, Professor of Art, Director of Fine Arts and Graduate Studies, LIU Post; and Christina Mossaides Strassfield, Museum Director/Chief Curator, Guild Hall, East Hampton, the Biennial exhibition presents an overview of current artistic practice on the Island, providing Long Island’s artists an opportunity to share their work with a diverse public.

Long Island Biennial is sponsored in part by The Shoreland Foundation, with public funding provided by Suffolk County.


Looking Out, Looking In: Windows in Art

Through November 27

Windows depicted in art serve various practical and metaphorical functions.  Whether casting light that illuminates a scene or providing formal structure to a composition, windows signify a boundary between private and public spaces. Allowing or preventing the viewer visual access, windows mediate between interior and exterior, providing connections or maintaining separation.  Drawn from the Museum’s Permanent Collection, Looking Out, Looking In explores the use of windows in paintings and photographs of the 19th and 20th centuries by artists such as Berenice Abbott, Don Eddy, Fairfield Porter, Emilio Sanchez, John Sloan, and Helen Miranda Wilson.


Synapses: Threads for Thought


Synapses: Threads for Thought presents works from the Museum’s collection as a meandering thread of diverse connections.  Paintings, prints, and photographs executed in a range of styles and with varying subjects are arranged so that each work uniquely links to that which precedes and follows it.  The revealed formal and conceptual associations enlarge the viewer’s interpretation and highlight the interconnectedness of visual experience.   With works ranging from a late 16th-century painting of the Annunciation and George Grosz’s Eclipse of the Sun to abstractions by Arthur Dove and photographs by Larry Fink, this exhibition embraces the breadth of the Museum’s collection.




Norman Rockwell and Friends: American Illustrations from the Mort Künstler Collection

December 10 – March 5, 2017


Norman Rockwell and Friends celebrates the Golden Age of American Illustration in works by Edwin Austin Abbey, Howard Chandler Christy, Dean Cornwell, Charles Dana Gibson, Winslow Homer, J.C. Leyendecker, Maxfield Parrish, Howard Pyle, Norman Rockwell, N.C. Wyeth, and others.  In the late 19th and early 20th centuries, these artists contributed countless illustrations to journals and books that were avidly read by an increasingly literate American public, assuming a cultural significance equivalent to that of television and digital technology today. Whether depicting sentimental themes or dramatic adventures, the country’s illustrators envisioned the aspirations of the nation and gave visual expression to the American character.  This is the very first time Mort Künstler’s collection has been on exhibit.


Mort Künstler: The New Nation

December 10 – April 2, 2017


Featuring the artist’s most recent work, Mort Künstler: The New Nation traces the dramatic story of the birth of our country, from settlement and the Revolutionary War to the establishment of our democracy and the inauguration of George Washington as the nation’s first president. Künstler is widely regarded as the preeminent painter of American history. His paintings are characterized by their factual accuracy and emotional depth, which vividly brings to life scenes from the country’s iconic past.


Norman Rockwell and Friends and Mort Künstler: The New Nation are sponsored in part by the Rapaport Shallat Foundation, Frank Lourenso & Gary Stevens – Morgan Stanley Wealth Management, and The Henry Luce Foundation, Director’s Discretionary Grant program at the request of Thomas L. Pulling.




Plein Air Painting Workshop at Dove/Torr Cottage

A Heckscher Museum and Art League of Long Island (ALLI) Collaboration

Saturday, September 17 (Rain Date: September 24)

11:00 am – 11:30 am:  Tour of Looking Out, Looking In with artist Doug Reina

12:00 noon – 3:00 pm: Painting Workshop at Dove/Torr Cottage

Museum and ALLI Members $75, Non-Members $85 

Be inspired by the same light, wind, water, and sand that inspired modernist artists Arthur Dove and Helen Torr. Join landscape painter and instructor Doug Reina for this special one-day plein air workshop at their cottage home situated on the picturesque banks of the Titus Mill Pond, 30 Centershore Road, Centerport.  Begin with a tour of the Museum’s exhibition then picnic on the Dove/Torr cottage grounds and experience the lure of plein air painting.   Bring your own art (drawing and painting) supplies and a brown bag lunch. Registration required.


Poetry for Thought Workshops

Saturday, September 24, Sandy Chapin, Poet

Saturday, October 15, Orel Protopopescu, Poet

11:00 am – 12:30 pm

Members $15, Non-Members $20 per workshop

Inspired by the artwork featured in the Museum’s exhibition Synapses: Threads for Thought, poets Sandy Chapin and Orel Protopopescu will guide creative exercises, culminating in a finished poem. All abilities welcome. Ages 18 and up.


Adult Coloring Night

Chill, Color, Create

Thursday, September 29

7:00 pm – 8:30pm

Members $10, Non-Members $15

Experience the nationwide phenomenon of adult coloring! Enjoy an evening of peace, calm, and a glass of wine while you color. Art supplies included. Ages 21 and up.




DRAW OUT! Free Community Event

Sunday, September 18

12:00 noon – 4:00 pm

The Heckscher Museum is delighted to present this annual free event celebrating artistic creativity. There will be an array of drawing and collage activities in the Museum, on the terrace, and in Heckscher Park. Meet select Biennial artists and watch demonstrations. A variety of art materials will be on hand or bring your own to capture the excitement of the day! Enjoy music performed by The East End Trio, and much more! Be one of the first 200 guests and receive art supplies generously donated by the artist community. (Rain Date: September 25). Presenting Sponsors: Grumbacher, Koh-I-Noor, and artist community.



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, the Museum seeks to provide inspiring and transformative educational experiences to encourage a broader understanding of our past and present to enrich

the quality of life of the individuals it serves. The Museum’s Permanent Collection contains more than 2,500 works from 16th– to 21st-century European and American painting, sculpture, works on paper, and photography. For information about The Heckscher Museum of Art, visit


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7:00 pm Performance


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