Upcoming Exhibitions

Heavy Metal: Photographs by Jan Staller
April 21, 2018 - July 29, 2018

Jan Staller
Rebar, Flushing, Queens. 2007.
Inkjet print. 30 x 60 in.
Lent by the Artist


Jan Staller’s large-scale photographs transform the industrial environment into a place of profound, otherworldly beauty. In images of building materials suspended from cranes, construction sites, and recycling yards, Staller presents found industrial objects as sculptural artifacts of the post-industrial age. Focusing on pattern, geometry, line, light, and space, Staller’s vision discerns order amid chaos, beauty in decay, and a sense of mystery within the ordinary. Heavy Metal features over a dozen monumental photographs and a three-channel video from almost two decades of the artist’s career.

The Age of Tiffany: Between Nouveau and Deco
April 21, 2018 - July 22, 2018

Tiffany Studios, New York
Daffodil Table Lamp. c. 1900-20.
Leaded glass and cast bronze. 25 in. high x 20 in. diameter
Gift of Theresa A. Cwierzyk and Sidney Gordon. 2010.3.24


The years preceding and following the turn of the 20th century witnessed a revolution in the decorative arts in America. In an era when many traditionally trained painters and sculptors collaborated on decorative schemes for grand public buildings, other artists created functional objects for the home that were notable for their aesthetic appeal. Louis Comfort Tiffany was the central figure in this movement. Renowned for the ground-breaking glass processes he developed, Tiffany produced countless decorative windows, stained glass lamps, and opalescent and favrile glass vases and bowls. This exhibition places Tiffany within the context of other decorative art from the Museum’s permanent collection, including garden sculpture by Frederic MacMonnies and Edward Berge, a decorative panel by Charles Prendergast, a rare tapestry by Arthur B. Davies, and a modernist rug by Bertram Hartman. The installation also features work by Enid Bell, Max Kuehne, Paul Manship, Hunt Diederich, and Henry Varnum Poor, among others.

Surface Tension: Pictorial Space in 20th-Century Art
April 21, 2018 - May 5, 2019

Esteban Vicente
Interior Landscape. 1987.
Oil on canvas. 35 x 60 in.
Gift of the Estate of Esteban Vicente. 2003.5


Since the beginning of the 20th century, the artist’s handling of the picture plane has shifted dramatically from the “window on the world” first described by theorist Leon Battista Alberti in the 15th century. In the modern era, one-point and atmospheric perspectives, which enable the depiction of illusionistic three-dimensional space, have been replaced by an approach that boldly insists on the two-dimensional nature of the painted surface. Surface Tension: Pictorial Space in 20th-Century Art traces this transformation, from early modernist works influenced by Cubism through the age of Abstract Expressionism. Illusionism in 20th-century art is explored in works based on color theory and in Op art that confounds perception. Featured artists include Ilya Bolotowsky and Esphyr Slobodkina, Elaine de Kooning, Nicolas Carone, Alfonso Ossorio, Robert Richenburg, Esteban Vicente, and Richard Anuszkiewicz, among others.

Long Island Biennial
August 4, 2018 - November 11, 2018

The Heckscher Museum of Art is pleased to present the Long Island Biennial 2018, a juried exhibition featuring work by visual 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.

Entries may be submitted in the following media: painting, sculpture, works on paper, photography, and mixed media. Submitted entries will be juried by: Christine Berry, Berry Campbell Gallery, New York; Robert Carter, Professor of Art, Nassau Community College, State University of New York; and Bobbi Coller, Independent Art Historian and Curator. Approximately 50 works will be selected for the exhibition, and all submitted entries will be posted in the Gallery on the Museum’s Long Island Biennial website. The Call for Entries opens on February 1 and closes on April 30, 2018.

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Public funding provided by Suffolk County



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