Current Exhibitions




Ferdinand Richardt’s Niagara: A Study in Landscape Painting
December 6, 2014 - April 12, 2015




Ferdinand Richardt
Niagara. c. 1855.
Oil on canvas. 25 x 33 in.
August Heckscher Collection 1959.12

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Among America’s most iconic natural sites, Niagara Falls has been a popular tourist destination since the early 19th century.  Ferdinand Richardt’s Niagara depicts the attraction as it appeared at mid-century, with charming genre elements set against the grand landscape.  Featuring European and American works from the Museum’s Permanent Collection, this exhibition examines Richardt's painting within a broader landscape tradition, including intimate views of East Coast locales and dramatic scenes of the American West by Hudson River School artists, as well as images of man’s multifaceted relationship to water.

This exhibition will be temporarily closed from March 9 – 20.

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Modern Alchemy: Experiments in Photography
December 6, 2014 - March 15, 2015




Maggie Taylor
Cloud sisters. 2001.
Pigmented digital print. 15 x 15 in.
© Maggie Taylor.

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Modern Alchemy: Experiments in Photography focuses on 20th and 21st century artists who have pushed the boundaries of photography in myriad ways, creating images that have a complex relationship to objective reality.  Beginning with Man Ray’s portfolio Electricité (1931), the exhibition traces 20th century experimentation with photograms, multiple exposures, combination printing, tonal contrast, unusual perspectives, cropping, and chemical processing, often resulting in the creation of images that are abstract.  Contemporary photographers have expanded the medium’s limits even further, reviving older techniques such as the camera obscura, experimenting with long and multiple exposures, darkroom processing, and cameraless photography, or exploring digital technologies.  Harry Callahan, Robert Heinecken, Chris McCaw, Abelardo Morell, Floris Neusüss, Mariah Robertson, Grete Stern, Hiroshi Sugimoto, Maggie Taylor, Edmund Teske, Raoul Ubac, and Jerry Uelsmann are among the featured artists.

Modern Alchemy is sponsored in part by Advantage Title and through generous support from Frank Lourenso & Gary Stevens – Morgan Stanley Wealth Management.

This exhibition is also sponsored in part through generous support from The John Hahn Foundation.

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Power, Politics & War: Selections from the Permanent Collection
Ongoing




George Grosz
Eclipse of the Sun. 1926.
Oil on canvas. 81-5/8 x 71-7/8 in.
Museum Purchase 1968.1

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To highlight the significance of George Grosz’s Eclipse of the Sun as a critique of the corrupt Weimar government in 1920s Berlin, this exhibition places the painting in the context of other works from the Permanent Collection that depict themes of power, politics, and military aggression.  Featured works include paintings about the American Revolution and the birth of America by Alonzo Chappel, the Franco-Prussian War by Etienne Berne-Bellecour, and photographs from World War II by Russian photographer Mark Markov-Grinberg.  Also included is Grosz’s Ecce Homo, a portfolio of 100 lithographs that presents a scathing portrait of Weimar society.  This close look at Eclipse of the Sun is occasioned by its inclusion in the upcoming exhibition New Realities and Neue Sachlichkeit: Modern German Art during the Weimar Republic, to be held at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art in late 2015. 

The works in Power, Politics & War may be used as inspiration for teens participating in the 2015 Public Art Initiative Teen Poetry Project, Poetry for the HART.  The Heckscher Museum of Art is a partner organization in this annual project, sponsored by the Town of Huntington.
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