AUTUMN ATTRACTIONS AND ACTIVITIES AT THE NASSAU COUNTY MUSEUM OF ART
Throughout September and October, the Nassau Country Museum of Art in Roslyn Harbor will be hosting a variety of exhibitions, workshops and other activities. The museum, located at the former Henry Clay Fricke estate at 1 Museum Drive, just off Northern Boulevard in Roslyn Harbor (about 1/4 mile east of the Roslyn William Cullen Bryant Viaduct), is also home to nearly 40 sculptures on its spectacular 145 acre property of trails, gardens and open spaces that be can strolled throughout the year. See below for schedule of exhibitions and events.
July 19, 2014 to November 9, 2014
Still Life: 1970s Photorealism
Works from the Yale University Art Gallery
Chuck Close, Audrey Flack, Ralph Goings, Duane Hanson,
Malcolm Morley, Ben Schonzeit, Idelle Weber, More!
Still Life displays works associated with Photorealism—a movement comprising painters who took photography as their subject and sculptors who recreated the human body with surprising accuracy. A significant trend in art of the 1970s, Photorealism has sometimes been described since then as a more mechanical offshoot of 1960’s Pop art. However, the works in Still Life make a compelling argument that Photorealists captured life in the 1970s with a grittier honesty than has previously been acknowledged. These works have renewed relevance as the ability of photography to capture “the real” has undergone dramatic changes and continues to develop in unanticipated ways. Among the leading artists whose work is included in Still Life are Chuck Close, Audrey Flack, Ralph Goings, Duane Hanson, Malcolm Morley, Ben Schonzeit and Idelle Weber. This exhibition was organized at the Yale University Art Gallery by Cathleen Chaffee, now Curator at the Albright-Knox Art Gallery in Buffalo, New York.
SECOND FLOOR GALLERIES
July 19, 2014 to November 9, 2014
Tiffany’s Orient, drawn from a large collection that was accepted into the Museum’s permanent collection several years ago, reflects the famed designer and glass art pioneer Louis Comfort Tiffany’s fascination with the Orient through paintings he created to memorialize his travels and surroundings in North Africa and the Middle East.
CONTEMPORARY COLLECTORS GALLERY
July 19, 2014 to November 9, 2014
Showcasing the work of German-born Friedrich Kunath who employs a variety of mediums—painting, sculpture, and video. Kunath has had many solo and group exhibitions in Germany, France, The Netherlands, Scotland, Israel, the U.K., and, in this country, New York, Seattle, Minneapolis, Pittsburgh and Los Angeles, among other major cities. ArtForum called Kunath’s work “…visually seductive, mysterious yet insightful, and often very droll.”
Approximately 40 works, many of them monumental in size, by renowned artists including Fernando Botero, Tom Otterness, George Rickey and Mark DiSuvero among others, are situated to interact with nature on the museum’s magnificent 145-acre property.
The museum’s 145 acres include many marked nature trails through the woods, perfect for family hikes or independent exploration.
From restored formal gardens of historic importance to quiet little nooks for dreaming away an afternoon, the museum’s 145 acre property features many lush examples of horticultural arts. Come view our expanded gardens and beautiful new path to the museum.
Screening Daily at 11 a.m., 12 p.m., 1 p.m., 3 p.m
July 19-November 9 (with exceptions for specific programs)
Chuck Close: Close Up
A 28-minute film, Chuck Close: Close Up examines the artist’s oversized, closely cropped portraits emblazoned with brilliantly-colored squares and circles. Partially paralyzed and with learning disabilities, Chuck Close’s story is one of motivation and determination triumphing over challenges. Free with Museum admission. Reservations not needed; first come, first seated.
FOR THE FAMILY
Sundays, 1-4 p.m.
September 7, 14, 21, 28
October 12, 19, 30
[see special family programs on October 5 & 26]Family Sundays at the Museum
Plan the family’s weekend around a visit to the museum. Each Sunday Nassau County Museum of Art offers a 1 p.m. docent-led family walk-through of the exhibition and supervised art activities for the whole family beginning at 1:30 p.m. Special family-friendly gallery guides of the main exhibition are available in the galleries. Family Sundays at the Museum are free with museum admission, reservations are not needed. Not offered on October 5 and 26, see special family programs for those dates.
Brown Bag Lectures
Thursdays, 1-2 p.m.
September 18, October 23
Bring a sandwich and enjoy lunch with friends as Museum Docent Riva Ettus presents an informative talk on the art and the artists in Still Life: 1970s Photorealism. Afterward, join the 2 p.m. public exhibition tour. Free with museum admission. Reservations not needed; first come, first seated.
Saturday, September 20 at 3 p.m.
Origins of Photorealism
Artist Ben Schonzeit
Artist Ben Schonzeit, whose work is seen in the museum’s current exhibition of Photorealistic art, has been heralded as a central figure in the American Photorealist movement of the 1970s. Born in Brooklyn in 1942, Schonzeit received his BFA from Cooper Union in 1964. At Nassau County Museum of Art, he will discuss the origins of Photorealism in the 1960s and its subsequent development from the 70s to the present. He will focus on his own work that is in the exhibition, especially Giummo, a 1973 portrait of his dear friend, Joe Giummo. Admission is $15 (members, $5) and includes museum admission. Register at nassaumuseum.org/events.
Artist Ben Schonzeit, whose work is seen in the museum’s current exhibition of Photorealistic art, has been heralded as a central figure in the American Photorealist movement. He discusses the origins of Photorealism in the 1960s and its subsequent development from the 70s to the present, focusing on one of his works in the exhibition, Giummo.
OUTDOOR CRAFT FESTIVAL
Saturday, September 27, 11 a.m. – 6 p.m.
Sunday, September 28, 10 a.m. – 6 p.m.
Craft & Fine Arts Fair
Family fun, fine art and fabulous crafts outdoors on the museum grounds. Produced by the American Concern for Art and Craftsmanship, one of the nation’s most prominent craft festivals returns to Nassau County Museum of Art. Exhibiting craftspeople offer functional and decorative pottery, molded and dyed leather, precious and nontraditional jewelry, blown and stained glass, contemporary furniture, wearable art and more. Craft demonstrations, alpaca shearing and entertainment along with a food court featuring a selection of international foods, beverages and desserts. Admission is $8 for adults, $1 Senior discount Saturday only; children 12 and under are free; does not include museum admission. Free parking.
Wednesdays at 9 a.m.
October 1, November 5
Theodore Roosevelt Sanctuary
Led by Audubon New York naturalist Richard Santangelo, observe the birds of autumn on the museum’s beautiful grounds. Learn how to use field marks, learn about habitat, behavior and song to identify each bird that is spotted. A limit of 15 people per class. Bring your own binoculars, if possible. Meet at the Art School parking lot. $10 per session, payable in cash at the event. Register at firstname.lastname@example.org.
FOR THE FAMILY Sunday, October 5, 1-4 p.m.
Making Magic from the Everyday
Free Style Arts NYC
Photorealists made art about everyday scenes and objects. Inspired by this, Free Style Arts NYC will guide participants through an unusual adventure that employs small toys, thread spools and other common objects to create works of art—dioramas which, via photography, will magically transform from tiny to life size; these photos will then be posted to the Museum’s Facebook page. Museum admission plus $8 per family materials fee; reservations not needed.
The Mirror to Nature
Charles A. Riley II, Ph.D.
Charles A. Riley II, Ph.D., one of the Museum’s most engaging speakers, presents a multimedia exploration of the representation of reality in the arts—from Shakespeare and verisimo opera (a realistic operatic style that flourished in the late 19th century), to Ben Schonzeit, Gerhard Richter, Malcolm Morley, Chuck Close and others artists who were or have been active as Photorealists. A cultural historian and noted art critic and writer, Dr. Riley is the author of the definitive monograph on Schonzeit’s work. Admission is $15 (members, $5) and includes Museum admission. Register at nassaumuseum.org/events.
FOR THE FAMILY
Sunday, October 26, 1-4 p.m.
Create a Costume, Strike a Pose
Crafting their own costumes, families will create imaginary characters and will then pose for portraits that will be posted to the museum’s Facebook page. Once back home, the museum is asking families to print their photos to create realistic works in the spirit of the Photorealists on view in the galleries. Please share your finished Photorealist artwork by posting it on the Museum’s Facebook page. Museum admission plus $8 per family materials fee; reservations not needed.
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Log onto nassaumuseum.org/events
for details on events and reservations.
Docent Led Exhibition Tours, Tuesday-Sunday at 2 p.m.
Docent Led Family Tours, Sundays at 1 p.m.
Tours are free with museum admission
Nassau County Museum of Art is located at One Museum Drive in Roslyn Harbor, just off Northern Boulevard, Route 25A, two traffic lights west of Glen Cove Road. The museum is open Tuesday-Sunday, 11 a.m.-4:45 p.m. Docent-led tours of the exhibition are offered at 2 p.m. each day; tours of the mansion are offered each Saturday at 1 p.m.; meet in the lobby, no reservations needed. Tours are free with museum admission. Family art activities and family tours are offered Sundays from 1 pm; free with museum admission. Call (516) 484-9338, ext. 12 to inquire about group tours. Admission is $10 for adults, $8 for seniors (62 and above) and $4 for students and children (4 to12). Members are admitted free. The Museum Store is open Tuesday through Sunday, 11 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Call (516) 484-9337 for current exhibitions, events, days/times and directions or log onto nassaumuseum.org.
Nassau County Museum of Art, governed by a privately elected board of trustees, is chartered and accredited by New York State as a not-for-profit, private educational institution. The museum’s programs and exhibitions are made possible through the support of Nassau County under County Executive Edward P. Mangano and the Nassau County Legislature, the museum’s board of trustees, memberships, corporate memberships, event and exhibition sponsors, admissions, special events, private and corporate donations, as well as government and foundation grants.
Call (516) 484-9337 for current exhibitions, events, hours and directions or log onto nassaumuseum.org.