Current Exhibitions




Richard Gachot's America
August 16, 2014 - November 23, 2014




Richard Gachot
Uncle Sam, First Man on the Moon. 1983.
Carved wood, polychromed. 80 x 40 x 23 in.
Courtesy of the Artist

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For over 35 years, Richard Gachot has created wry and witty sculptures using direct wood carving and objects found at yard sales, discarded in dumpsters, or long-forgotten in attics and basements.  His creations delight viewers with their humor, social commentary, and imaginative re-use of everyday objects.  Focusing on themes intrinsic to America’s identity, the exhibition includes the artist's iconic works relating to Uncle Sam and Miss Liberty, the cotton industry and chicken farming, suburban development, the energy crisis, and the nature of American politics.

Richard Gachot's America is co-curated by Lisa Chalif, The Heckscher Museum of Art Curator, and Franklin Hill Perrell, Trustee of The Heckscher Museum and former Chief Curator at the Nassau County Museum of Art.  This exhibition celebrates Richard Gachot's career and selection as the Museum's Celebrate Achievement artist honoree for 2014.

Richard Gachot's America is sponsored in part by Astoria Bank.


Please note: The Opening Reception for Museum Members, Special Guests, and Friends of the Artist will be held on Saturday, September 20th from 5:30-7:30 pm.

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Members Reception: Richard Gachot's America
September 20, 2014

Celebrate the Museum's exhibition Richard Gachot's America.

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Long Island Biennial
August 16, 2014 - November 30, 2014







The Heckscher Museum of Art is pleased to present the Long Island Biennial, a juried exhibition featuring work by artists of Nassau and Suffolk Counties.  Inaugurated in 2010, the Long Island Biennial offers Long Island's contemporary artists an opportunity to show their work to a broad public, deepening the connections among artists and between artists and the communities where they live.

The exhibition comprises 56 works, selected from 310 entries by jurors Dan Christoffel, Artist-in-Residence, Adjunct Professor, LIU Post; Renato Danese, Danese Corey, New York; and Helen A. Harrison, Director, Pollock-Krasner House and Study Center, East Hampton.  Paintings, sculpture, photography, works on paper, and mixed media work encompassing diverse styles and subject matter are included in the exhibition.  All submitted entries are posted on the Long Island Biennial Website, providing an overview of current artistic practice on the Island. 

Museum visitors are invited to cast their vote for the artist recipient of The Grumbacher Award sponsored by the thalo.com artist community.

The Long Island Biennial is sponsored in part by Suffolk County.

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Voices & Visions:
Meet the Biennial Artists

September 19, 2014

Featured artists from the Museum's Long Island Biennial exhibition discuss their creative process.

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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. 

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