EXHIBITIONS Current & Upcoming

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The Rains Are Changing Fast: New Acquisitions in Context

March 23, 2024 - September 1, 2024

The Rains are Changing Fast highlights artwork recently acquired by The Heckscher Museum of Art alongside a selection of key works long held in the Museum’s collection. For over a century, the Heckscher has been collecting and presenting art that explores the landscapes and social issues of its place and time. This exhibition, which takes its title from a 2021 video by Christine Sciulli, features new and beloved works of art that together reveal the diverse ways in which artists contend with environmental and cultural change. Created over a span of 175 years by 39 artists, the works are united by shared engagements with landscape, allegory, and abstraction. Some, like Richard Mayhew’s Pescadero (2014) or George Inness’s The Pasture, Durham, Connecticut (c. 1879), present luminous, if precarious, visions of the American landscape. Others, including Deborah Buck’s They Had Stars in Their Eyes (2020) and Dorothy Dehner’s Landscape (1976), employ modes of abstraction that speak to issues of gender and materiality. The resulting visual conversations emphasize the Museum’s ongoing commitment to social concerns, environmental issues, and Long Island’s diverse communities.

Spanish language translation is made possible by the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of the Office of the Governor and the New York State Legislature.

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George Grosz: The Stick Men

May 11, 2024 - September 1, 2024

George Grosz (1893–1959) created the “Stick Men” series in Huntington, New York, where he lived from 1947 until shortly before his death. Featuring hollow figures in an apocalyptic landscape, this group of watercolors offers a searing indictment of humanity following World War II, the Holocaust, and the dropping of atomic bombs on Hiroshima and Nagasaki. Grosz was an internationally renowned German-born artist who remained invested in political art following his immigration to the United States in 1933. In the “Stick Men” series, he wrestles with the emergence of Abstract Expressionism and reaffirms the ability of painting to impact society. 

This focused exhibition will be the first dedicated to the “Stick Men” series since it debuted in New York City at the Associated American Artists galleries in 1948. Seventy-five years later, Grosz’s warning against fascism and global conflict is as relevant as ever.  

CONTENT ADVISORY: Before choosing to engage with this exhibition, please know that it includes imagery of violence and war. Grosz rendered emaciated and wounded figures in an abstracted, expressionistic style. Some compositions include the silhouettes of distant figures hanging from nooses. A watercolor entitled The Holocaust depicts a corpse.

George Grosz: The Stick Men was organized by Das Kleine Grosz Museum in Berlin, where it was on view from May through October 2023. At The Heckscher Museum, the expanded exhibition will include additional works from our collection, including Grosz’s masterwork Eclipse of the Sun (1926). It will also feature loans from the Addison Gallery of American Art, the Frances Lehman Loeb Art Center at Vassar College, the Harvard Art Museums, and the Whitney Museum of American Art. An exhibition catalogue is available.

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Long Island Biennial 2024

September 14, 2024 - January 19, 2025

The 2024 Long Island Biennial is the 8th edition of the juried show and the first to be a themed competition. In this year of global elections, as some 60 countries representing half of the world’s populations hold regional and national leadership votes—The Heckscher Museum of Art invites Long Island artists to submit work that engages with contemporary social, cultural, or political issues. Works may address this theme in any fashion: from a personal, local, national, or global perspective, generally or specifically, literally or interpretively, and in any aesthetic genre and most media.

This year’s jurors are Ian Alteveer, Beal Family Chair of the Department of Contemporary Art, Museum of Fine Arts, Boston; Patricia Cronin, sculptor, Artistic Director of the LGBTQ+ VR Museum and Distinguished Professor of Art, Brooklyn College; and Grace Hong, Assistant Director, Galerie Lelong & Co.

The exhibition is curated by Dr. Meredith A. Brown, the Heckscher Museum’s Consulting Curator of Contemporary Art.

The Heckscher Museum of Art inaugurated the Long Island Biennial in 2010 as a juried exhibition to feature work by contemporary artists from Suffolk and Nassau Counties. It offers Long Island’s artists an opportunity to show their work to a broad public, deepening the connections between artists and the communities in which they live.

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