January 28, 2023 – March 10, 2024
Exploring the spaces we inhabit, this exhibition encompasses more than 50 artworks from the Museum’s Collection that reflect the many meanings of home. The house is a site where daily life unfolds, work takes place, identities cohere and shift, memories form, and imagination takes flight. The art on view demonstrates the central role that domestic space plays in our lives and in art.
Raise the Roof: The Home in Art debuts significant recent additions to the Collection by contemporary artists including Gabriela Gonzalez Dellosso, Courtney M. Leonard, Kenji Nakahashi, Pat Ralph, Becky Suss, Adam Straus, Amanda Valdez, Claire Watson, and Stella Waitzkin. Never-before-exhibited photographs by Larry Fink and prints by Robert Dash are featured, as are artworks by Romare Bearden, Salvador Dali, Miriam Schapiro, and Esphyr Slobodkina, among others.
Drawn from the collections of The Heckscher Museum of Art and the Amon Carter Museum of American Art in Fort Worth, TX, this exhibition presents approximately sixty works on paper by modern artists Arthur Dove (1880–1946) and Helen Torr (1886–1967). It explores the couple’s connection to nature, their experimentation with materials and techniques, and the impacts of Dove’s declining health on their art.
Salt Life: Arthur Dove and Helen Torr marks the twentieth-fifth anniversary of The Heckscher Museum’s preservation of the Dove/Torr Cottage. In the 1920s and early 1930s, Dove and Torr lived on a sailboat on the Long Island Sound. In 1938, they purchased a 500-square-foot home in Centerport, NY. Torr declared, “We feel this is the loveliest situation we have ever had.” Dove agreed, “I love this swashbuckling around the salt water. . . . Everyone seems quite delighted with this place. It is beautiful.” Now known as the Dove/Torr Cottage, their home is listed on the National Register of Historic Places and is a member of the Historic Artists’ Homes and Studios (HAHS) program of the National Trust.
Now in its 28th year, Long Island’s Best: Young Artists at The Heckscher Museum is the only juried exhibition on Long Island that offers high school students the opportunity to show their work in a museum. Each year, students in grades 9 through 12 are invited to create a work of art inspired by artwork shown in the Museum during the school year and submit to this prestigious juried exhibition. Hundreds of works of art are submitted from schools across Nassau and Suffolk counties and approximately 80 are chosen for display in the exhibition.
Experience the exhibition in person beginning March 24 and virtually beginning March 30! All of the exhibition’s components, including artist statements written by each student and images of artwork from the Museum’s exhibitions that inspired students, will be available here on Saturday, March 30.
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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.
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.
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.