Say hello to summertime with the intriguing collections of modern art presented in the Nassau County Museum of Art among the lovely Frick Estate grounds in Roslyn, NY. “The Moderns” are two exhibitions made up from Selections from the Saltzman Family Collection and Long Island Collects Modern Art. Included in the wonderful shows of art on display from July 25 until Nov. 8, 2015 are works from Chagall, Degas, Léger, Miró, Picasso and more.
Selections from the Saltzman Family Collection continue the museums 25th anniversary celebration.
The exhibition showcases modern art from the early 20th-century. “The exhibition honors the Museum’s Founding President, the late Ambassador Arnold A. Saltzman, who during his life formed one of America’s great private collections of early modernist painting and sculpture. The exhibition includes works by well-known modernists such as Marc Chagall, Joan Miró, Constantin Brancusi, Edgar Degas, Robert Delaunay, Pablo Picasso, Fernand Léger and many others.”
In conjunction with Selections from the Saltzman Family Collection is the exhibit Posters of the Russian Revolution 1917-1921. The poster exhibition is comprised of a collection of Russian revolutionary posters that was gifted to the Museum by the Arnold A. Saltzman Family Foundation.
As described on the museum website “In the stormy period that began with the 1917 October Revolution, poster art became a principal means of communicating the ideals of Communism to the largely illiterate peasantry of Russia. Graphic, inexpensively produced posters carried the Revolution’s message and served to capture the minds and souls of the masses. These vibrant posters, depicting the new collective means of production in mines, fields and factories, were designed and executed by some of the foremost Russian artists of the time.”
Long Island Collects Modern Art celebrates art from noteworthy Long Island collections.
Guest curator Franklin Hill Perrell organized the exhibit, Long Island Collects Modern Art, with choice 20th-century art pieces chosen from several noteworthy Long Island collections. The wonderful displays of artwork include a vast assortment from noted artists specifically “This special presentation embraces a wide range of treasures by pioneering artists of the modernist era, among them Matisse, Monet, Renoir, Dali, Léger, Chagall, Miró, Toulouse-Lautrec and others.”
“The Moderns” is an amazing exhibit ready to excite art aficionados as well as novices. There are not many places where one can see Chagall, Cezanne, Picasso, and too many masters of the 20th Century modern movement to name. In fact one visiting patron remarked how she was just visiting museums in Venice, Italy and not one came close to the collection of works that she was spending the evening admiring at this Nassau County Museum of Art exhibit. Another visitor added that one would normally have to visit more than one museum to see the array of beautiful works of art that this one museum is playing host to.
The Contemporary Gallery showcases Long Island artist Frank Olt’s colorful works.
Long Islander Frank Olt includes in his resume being an artist in residency at MoMA’s famed PS 1 gallery, a noted creation himself of New York’s minimalist tradition. Olt’s work is vibrant and colorful with a force larger than the smaller scale that it is presented as. His work of abstractions include a blend of painting with ceramic on canvas. His beautiful work seemed as if they all popped off of the walls that they hung on, as if customized unique tiles of bursting colors. One can feel that each of Olt’s amazing works hold a story all of their own. Olt continues to work in creating his art in his two studios, one in Oyster Bay and the other in Manhattan.
Spend a day visiting the Nassau County Museum of Art on the historic grounds of the former Frick Estate off of Northern Boulevard in Roslyn Harbor.
NCMA is a wonderful escape from the hectic world. Spend an afternoon strolling through the grounds and gardens of a grand estate. Visit a mansion now filled with galleries of beautiful art. When weather permits spend the day strolling through the gardens dreaming and gaining inspiration for your own abode’s décor.
Enjoy wonderful events in conjunction with the wonderful “The Moderns” exhibit
Following are just a few of the many events celebrating the museum and “The Moderns” exhibit. Check the NCMA website for the complete list of wonderful events.
“Edgar Degas of Dandies, Ballerinas, and Woman Ironing”
July 25 to Nov 8, 2015
30-minute documentary, 2011
Tuesday through Saturday: Screenings at 11 a.m., 12 p.m., 1 p.m., 3 p.m. with exceptions for special programs
Sunday: 11 a.m., 12 p.m. with exceptions for special programs
“This documentary follows the trail of the painter Edgar Degas through nocturnal Paris at the turn of the century, in the Paris Opera and the concert cafes. Edgar Degas, the son of an Italian banker, had stopped studying law to become a painter. Degas was a brilliant portraitist, but even more than this he loved to paint the dynamics of movement in horse races, to sketch the milliners on the boulevards, to depict with his paintbrush or pastel crayons the young women who worked as laundresses and water-carriers. Similar to but unique within the Impressionist art movement he helped to start, his art captured the fleeting moments of movement and light in the flow of modern life. Free with museum admission.”
SUMMER ART & SCIENCE DAY CAMP
Summer Art Lab: Look at Art • Explore Nature • Discover • Have Fun
Session I: July 27 to Aug 7
Session II: Aug 10 to Aug 21
Classes for 5 to 8 years old and 9 to 13 years old
“Indoor and outdoor adventures that offer playful and creative opportunities for children through a mix of art making, science activities, group projects and more. Activities include hands-on art making (printmaking, sculpture, painting and more), sketching, gallery games, story time, outdoor scavenger hunts, hiking and journaling. Customized classes for children 5 to 8 are held from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. and for ages 9 to 13 from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. To learn more or to register, log onto nassaumuseum.org, Summer Art Lab tab upper left-hand of page.”
Joe Dubs and The Jazz Connection
Sundays at 3 p.m. Aug 2, 16, 30
“Join Nassau County Museum of Art’s very own house band, Joe Dubs & The Jazz Connection, celebrating the timeless music of great American composers such as Gershwin, Porter, Kern, Ellington and many others. The Jazz Connection plays traditional swing and jazz of the 30s, 40s and 50s and can slide into the Bop world of Charlie Parker, Dizzy Gillespie and Miles Davis as well as the unique rhythms of Antonio Carlos Jobim. These talented musicians have been featured at the Museum and at libraries, restaurants and private parties. Free with museum admission. Reservations not needed.”
FOR THE FAMILY
Family Sundays at the Museum Sundays, 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. Family Tour at 1 p.m., Aug 2, 9, 16, 23, 30
“Converse, collaborate and create together during Family Sundays from 1 to 4 pm. Family Sundays begin with exhibition-based gallery conversations. Families then go on to explore new art materials, vocabulary and ideas with our museum educator. Family Sundays provide children and the adults in their lives with the opportunity to reconnect while talking about and making art together. New projects are featured every week! Reservations not needed. Free with Museum admission.”
Hear It! See It! Draw It! Fridays, 10 a.m. to 11 a.m., Aug 7, 14
“A morning program that invites young children ages 3-5 and their caregivers into the galleries to listen to stories, explore works of art and create drawings inspired by what they see and hear. A different story is read each week! Limited to 20 children and their adult companions. Free with museum admission but registration required. Write to email@example.com, indicate how many in your group and desired date.”
LUNCHTIME EXHIBITION TALK
Brown Bag Lecture; Docent Riva Ettus Thursdays, 1 p.m. to 2 p.m. Aug 27, Sept 24, Oct 29
“Bring a sandwich and enjoy lunch with friends as Museum Docent Riva Ettus presents an informative talk on the extensive range of art included THE MODERNS: Chagall, Degas, Léger, Miró, Picasso, and more…. “Selections from the Saltzman Family Collection” and “Long Island Collects Modern Art”. Afterward, join the 2 p.m. public exhibition tour. Free with museum admission. Reservations not needed; first come, first seated.
Stop by the beautiful gift shop, located on the first floor next to the grand staircase.
The Museum Store is open Tuesday through Sunday, 11 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Items to purchase include jewelry, children’s books and activities, pieces from local artists and other unique finds perfect for gift giving to one’s self, family and friends.
This is a not to miss shopping enjoyment and an exhibit in its own right, but one in which you can touch and purchase the beautiful artful delights. Members receive a 10 percent discount on all purchases. All Purchases support exhibitions and programs at the Museum.
Admission is very reasonable and parking is free to enjoy a day out with the family.
$10 for adults, $8 for seniors (62+) and $4 for children ages 4-12. Members are admitted free. Many local Long Island Libraries have family passes that can be checked out for free admission, providing the opportunity for all to enjoy.
Hours for the main building are 11 am to 4:45 p.m. Tuesday through Sunday.
Docent Led Tours of the Main Galleries Exhibition, Tuesday-Sunday at 2 p.m., Docent Led Family Tours, Sundays at 1 p.m. Tours are free with museum admission
A day can be spent just visiting the grounds
Viewing the Sculpture Park of over 40 pieces by renowned artists including Fernando Botero, Tom Otterness, George Rickey and Mark DiSuvero among others. Visit the link to download a map and to see information about the sculptures.
The museum’s 145 acres include many marked nature trails through the woods, perfect for family hikes or independent exploration.
Enjoy the restored Formal Gardens of historic importance with new expanded gardens. Rare specimen trees are on view amongst quiet areas to meditate and relax.
The lawns provide excellent spots for picnicking or just relaxing and watching the clouds drift by.
The original Gold Coast mansion on the Frick Estate, that is a work of art in its own right, is the main museum building that plays host exhibiting the amazing works of art. An entire day can be spent taking in the beauty of the world of art and nature blended together on the astounding estate grounds.
Take in the joys of summer with a visit among beautiful art and natural beauty. Never be afraid to dance!
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