Just in time to say hello to spring the Nassau County Museum of Art, located on the grounds of the Frick Estate in Roslyn, NY welcomes a fresh exhibit. The museum opens its doors to greet the new season with ‘Out of the Vault’ showcasing pieces from the museums own vast 25 years of collections. The exhibit will be on display from March 21 until July 12, 2015.
Works include James Audubon, Larry Fink, Tiffany, Pop Art icons and rarely, or never seen, pieces.
What finer way to celebrate a 25th anniversary than presenting an exhibit of one’s own permanent collection of works. The museum is presenting “Out of the Vault: 25 Years of Collecting” to highlight its numerous gifts from benefactors to the Museum for the last quarter century. Many of the magnificent works of art have never, or very rarely, been exhibited before.
The fine works cover many subjects and eras from past to present. The museum has arranged each of its gallery spaces to center of specific themes. Noted highlights in the galleries are “past and present portraiture, paintings and objects by Louis Comfort Tiffany, post-war prints and vintage posters of many eras.”
With 25 years of acquiring its private collection the Nassau County Museum of Art’s “Out of the Vault” exhibit showcases an amazing array of well known artists. Shining among the works on display is naturalist John James Audubon, photographer Larry Fink and Pop art icons Robert Rauschenberg, Marisol Escobar, Larry Rivers and Robert Indiana.
The Contemporary Gallery showcases the work of four prominent Long Island artists.
Also exciting is the “Vernacular Visions” on exhibit in the second floor Contemporary Gallery on display March 21 through July 12, 2015. The exhibit honors four well known artists living on Long Island. Susan Cushing of Southampton, Richard Gachot of Old Westbury, and Port Washington’s Francisco Villagran, and Burt Young represent the richness of Long Islands diverse artistic community.
And yes it is the same Burt Young, the actor known as being Rocky’s coach in the Sylvester Stallone “Rocky” movies. Young utilizes his talent as an artist to showcase people and neighborhoods from his life on Long Island and in New York City described as “Colorful and exuberant in their portrayal of the novel and unexpected incident.”
“Susan Cushing’s highly stylized narrative landscapes are inspired by the decade of the 1970s and are reminiscent of the lifestyle photographs of Slim Aarons and the post-modern figural style of Alex Katz and David Hockney. Cushing’s casually elegant paintings, each a snapshot of the colors and themes of summer, can be seen as metaphors of life lived to its fullest.
“Richard Gachot’s witty sculptures are created of found objects. He explains: ‘An array of found objects of different sizes, shapes, colors and textures on my workshop floor is like a drawer full of paint tubes-a medium for me to work with or combine with painting and carving.’ Gachot says that the objects suggest ‘ideas I want to express.” He says his rules are simple: “Make do with what you have, and have fun doing it.’
“Francisco Villagran, a native of Mexico, is well known for his artistic concept, Hispanic Latin Pop Art. He was inspired to pursue this style through an association with Andy Warhol, and later, with Jennifer Lopez. His painted ties, in particular, portray well-known symbols and celebrities of the Latino world. He defines his art as taking part in ‘a contemporary expression of the Latino presence and its influence with the American society and culture.'”
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 accompanying the lovely “China Then and Now” exhibit
Following are just a few of the many events celebrating the museum and the “China Then and Now” exhibit. Check the NCMA website for the complete list of wonderful events.
“Drawn from Nature” A film about John James Audubon
March 21 to July 12, 2015
54-minute documentary, 2007
Tuesday through Saturday: Screenings at 11 a.m., 12 p.m., 1 p.m., 3 p.m.
Sunday: 11 a.m., 12 p.m.
“From PBS’ American Masters series, ‘Drawn from Nature’ presents the dramatic life story of naturalist John James Audubon, an adventurer and self-taught artist who saw more of the North American continent than virtually anyone of his time (1785-1851). A symbol of the American wilderness, Audubon’s achievements are staggering: His book The Birds of America, for which he served as artist, writer, publisher and promoter, includes 435 life-sized prints and was the largest book printed in the 19th century. Free with Museum admission.”
FOR THE FAMILY
Family Sundays at the Museum Sundays, 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. Family Tour at 1 p.m., April 5, 12, 26
“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. Please note: Family Sundays not offered on April 19, please plan to attend our special program that day.”
“Three Days of Art Making” A Spring Break Drop-In Program April 7, 8, 9, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.
“Inspired by the works in ‘Out of the Vault, 25 Years of Collecting’, the museum’s current exhibition celebrating a permanent collection acquired over a quarter century, this school-break drop-in program features family-friendly gallery tours and hands-on art marking. A different art project will be offered each day. Reservations not needed, museum admission plus $8 per family materials fee.”
“Art in Action!” A Celebration of Earth Day April 19, from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday,
Sponsored by Blue Ocean Wealth Solutions an office of MetLife
“Celebrate the earth by moving in and being inspired by the great outdoors! With the help of animal friends from the Science Museum of Long Island, we will observe animals and the way they move. Guided by artist Karine Falleni, we will create art using a combination of yoga and unusual art materials. We will also design and form soccer balls from recycled plastic bags. Members of the New York Cosmos soccer team will be on hand to help us shoot goals with our new soccer balls! Please bring plastic bags to the event. Rain or shine. Reservations not needed. Event and museum admission free to all through a generous sponsorship by Blue Ocean Wealth Solutions, an office of MetLife. Please note: This event is in place of Family Sundays.”
International Slow Art Day Saturday, April 11, from 11 a.m. to 4:45 p.m.
“Join in this annual international event as people commit to slowing their pace and take the time to really look at art. Perfect for all ages. Family groups: ask at the front desk for the free Family Guide and activity sheet. Free with museum admission. This is a reciprocal membership benefit with The Whaling Museum and Education Center of Cold Spring Harbor and The Heckscher Museum of Art; members of those two museums receive free admission on April 11.”
LUNCHTIME EXHIBITION TALK
Brown Bag Lecture; Docent Riva Ettus Thursdays, 1 p.m. to 2 p.m. April 16, May 14, June 4
“Bring a sandwich and enjoy lunch with friends as Museum Docent Riva Ettus presents an informative talk on the works on view in Out of the Vault: 25 Years of Collecting. 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.
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.
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.
Enjoy the fresh gifts that Spring brings along with showcases of beautiful art. Never be afraid to dance!
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