TREASURES FOR ALL TASTES AT NASSAU COUNTY MUSEUM'S OUT OF THE VAULT EXHIBIT
The Nassau County Museum of Art hosted an opening reception this past Friday evening for its Spring 2015 exhibit, Out of the Vault: 25 Years of Collecting. A celebration of the Museum's 25th anniversary, the exhibit showcases works from it's permanent collection that have rarely or never been on public display. Each gallery focuses on a particular theme or artist, but collectively the treasures on exhibit offer something for everyone, from art enthusiasts of varying tastes, to history buffs and nature lovers.
Gallery three features Larry Fink's Social Graces, a fascinating photographic examination of social class in America. Through a series of black and white photographs, Mr. Fink offers "fly on the wall" glimpses of social situations among the wealthy at high society balls in Manhattan, and of the working class at parties and family celebrations in rural Martinsville Pennsylvania.
An extensive Collection of Louis Comfort Tiffany oil paintings from the mid-19th century, along with two stained glass works, are on display in gallery two, and on the second floor, visitors can view about two dozen lithographs of John James Audubon and his son John Woodhouse Audubon's extraordinarily detailed 1840's drawings of "The Viviparous Quadrupeds of North America."
History buffs will no doubt be drawn to the exhibit of vintage posters from the early 20th century. They include, from World War I, the iconic Uncle Sam saying "I Want You," and bond drive announcements depicting German U-boat attacks on merchants ships, as well as Barnum and Bailey creepy clown posters and several from film and Broadway.
Out of the Vault also includes a rich variety of pop art, with works by Roy Lichtenstein, Andy Warhol, Robert Rauschenberg, Robert Indiana, and Larry Rivers exhibited in gallery one, and more recent mixed media pieces by Francisico Villagros, Burt Young, Susan Cushing, and Richard Gachot in the Vernacular Visions exhibit on the second floor.
During Out of the Vault's run through July 12, 2015, the Nassau County Museum of Art will be offering a series of lectures and presentations that will focus on different aspects of the exhibit. Museum Docent Riva Ettus will present informative "brown bag" lunch hour talks on the works on view on Thursday April 16, May 14, and June 4 from 1 to 2 pm. On Saturday, May 16, Photographer Daniel Mirer and Art History Professor Aileen Wang will discuss Larry Fink's photography techniques. And on May 30, historian and consulting curator Robert McCracken Peck, a fellow of the Academy of Natural Sciences of Drexel University will present on John James Audobon's expedition to the American West in 1843. Additionally, the museum will hold screenings of the film Drawn From Nature, John James Audubon, on Tuesday through Saturday at 11 am, 12 pm, 1 pm and 3 pm, and on Sundays at 11 am and 12 pm.
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