Current Exhibitions




Mort Künstler: The New Nation
December 10, 2016 - April 2, 2017




Mort Künstler
"Move the Guns Up!". 2013.
Oil on board. 16-3/4 x 12 in.
Lent by the Artist

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Mort Künstler: The New Nation traces the story of the birth of our country, from settlement through the Revolutionary War, to the establishment of our democracy and the inauguration of George Washington as the nation’s first president. Known as America’s Civil War painter, Mort Künstler has devoted his career to the entire swath of American history. Characterized by factual accuracy and emotional depth, Künstler’s paintings vividly bring to life scenes from our iconic past. The paintings in The New Nation are the artist’s most recent work, giving visual expression to the dramatic story of America’s founding and the noble character of the American people.  

Mort Künstler: The New Nation is sponsored by Mr. and Mrs. Charles F. Dolan, the Rapaport Shallat Foundation, The Steven A. Klar Foundation, Frank Lourenso & Gary Stevens - Morgan Stanley Wealth Management, and The Henry Luce Foundation Directors' Discretionary Grants Program at the request of Thomas L. Pulling. 

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Long Island's Best: Young Artists at The Heckscher Museum 2017
March 11, 2017 - April 9, 2017




Closing Reception
Sunday, April 9, 2017. 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm.
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Young artists are capable of amazing things! This exhibition features 84 extraordinary works of art created by young artists from Long Island. Now in its 21st year, the annual Long Island’s Best high school exhibition is a longstanding hallmark of the Museum’s educational programming, challenging students in grades 9 through 12 to connect their experiences at the Museum to their art making in the classroom.

This juried exhibition provides select students with the unparalleled opportunity to exhibit their artwork in the Museum and connect with the broader Long Island community. The quality of artwork is exceptional and delivers a professional-level show in a broad range of media, styles, and subjects. Each student has written an artist statement describing their inspiration and artistic process—an image of the Inspiration Artwork is also provided to deepen visual connections.

Lisa Chalif, Heckscher Museum Curator, and guest juror Cindy Grimm, Assistant Director at The Cold Spring Harbor Whaling Museum and Education Center, juried the 2017 exhibition. 387 works of art were submitted by students from 56 high schools across Nassau and Suffolk Counties. Unable to display all of the artwork, and in an effort to recognize the hard work and exceptional talent of all students who submitted artwork this year, the Museum is featuring a new Long Island’s Best Submissions 2017 digital slideshow.

Vote for your favorite work of art!
Museum visitors will determine who receives the Grumbacher Visitors Choice Award to be presented to one young artist at the Closing Reception on April 9. Vote at the Visitor Services Desk through April 2.

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Generous support for Long Island's Best is provided by Robin T. Hadley, Presenting Sponsor; Strong-Cuevas Foundation, Artistic Sponsor;  and The Claire Friedlander Family Foundation, Patron Sponsors. Additional funding from Inna Gellerman, DDS, Gellerman Orthodontics and RBC Wealth Management.



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Long Island's Best Opening Reception
March 18, 2017

Exhibiting Artists and Special Guests are invited to celebrate the opening of Long Island's Best.

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Long Island's Best Closing Reception
April 9, 2017

Members and Special Guests are invited to celebrate the final day of Long Island's Best.

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Synapses: Threads for Thought
Ongoing




Robert L. Chapman
Monks Hood. 1995.
Pastel on paper. 22-1/4 x 30 in.
Gift of the Artist 1996.6

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Synapses: Threads for Thought presents over two dozen works from the Museum’s collection as a meandering thread of diverse connections.  Paintings, prints, and photographs executed in a range of styles and with varying subjects are arranged so that each work links to those that precede and follow it, but in different ways.  The revealed associations in concept and formal concerns enlarge the viewer’s interpretation and highlight the interconnectedness of visual experience.   With works ranging from a late-16th century Annunciation and George Grosz’s Eclipse of the Sun to abstractions by Arthur Dove and photographs by Larry Fink, this exhibition embraces the breadth of the Museum’s collection.


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Senior Second Wednesday: Tour of Synapses and Musical Performance
August 10, 2016

Visitors 62+ enjoy free Museum admission and all other guests receive half-price admission.

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