by Sara Reres, Museum Director
The Sea Cliff Village Museum will host a 1960s party on Friday night, October 9, 2015 to celebrate the opening of a new exhibit, Sea Cliff in the Sixties. From to 7 to 9 pm with wine, cheese and music the public is invited to wander through the clothing, art, photographs and artifacts from the Sixties. Featuring color and black and white photos from former Sea Cliff resident photographer, Bertram W. Scholes, the times are brought to life with his photos of the streets of the village and the people of half a century ago. Put on your old bell-bottoms and fringed vests and join the museum staff for a nostalgic trip back in time.
Sculpture and collage from Sea Cliff artist Katie Seiden, capture the spirit, color and turbulence of the 1960s. In a 1969 pastel of the harbor, the artist’s portrayal of the tranquil side of the village is an interesting contrast.
The exhibit includes original Rudi Gernreich clothing, and black and white photos of 1966 hurricane Esther that was the first hurricane to be discovered by satellite imagery. Before and after photos of Sea Cliff’s Bathing Pavilion show the devastating effects of the fire that destroyed it in 1965.
Original posters from the first art shows and Minimart and color photos of the art displayed in shop windows and street corners are an interesting complement to the pill box hats, tie-dyed shirts, dashikis and other paraphernalia from the times.
Glasses, original postcards, and plates from the 1964-65 World’s Fair in Flushing New York are also on display. Life Magazine covers reflect the times with articles on RFK and the Vietnam War.
The Museum will be open on Sundays from 2 - 5 pm. Please call 671-0090 for further information.