EXHIBITIONS Current & Upcoming

Now On View

George Grosz’s “Eclipse of the Sun” (1926)

January 20, 2022 – May 29, 2022

George Grosz's "Eclipse of the Sun" (1926)

Eclipse of the Sun is a masterpiece of political art and one of the most significant paintings in a public collection on Long Island. As signaled by the dollar sign darkening the sun, a symbol of life, the artwork critiques the greed and violence of Germany’s military, politicians, and industrialists. The tilted perspective, dissonant color, and ambiguous sense of space underscore the instability of the period following World War I.

Grosz depicts mindless bureaucrats in a grim setting surrounding the decorated general Paul von Hindenburg, who was Field Marshall during World War I, served as second president of the Weimar Republic, and later named Adolf Hitler chancellor in 1933. An industrialist carrying weapons whispers in Hindenburg’s ear. A donkey representing the German people stands near a bloody sword and listens with big ears, yet wears blinders of ignorance. Confined and stepped on, the fearful face of a youth juxtaposed with a skeleton warns of the fate of future generations. 

In the 1920s, Grosz was a leader of the politically outspoken Berlin Dada movement, which criticized authority through art. Considered a “degenerate” artist by the Nazis, he fled to the United States in 1933 in advance of World War II. Grosz lived and worked in Huntington, New York, from 1947 until shortly before his death in 1959.

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Moonstruck: Lunar Art from the Collection

January 20, 2022 – September 18, 2022
*Temporarily closed April 18-29, May 23-June 3

Picture Perfect: Selections from the Permanent Collection Ralph Albert Blakelock The Poetry of Moonlight . c. 1880 - 90

Drawn from the Museum’s Collection, this exhibition features a broad range of artwork inspired by the moon and moonlight. From the nineteenth century to the present, artists have gravitated to the moon for reasons scientific, mythic, and symbolic. The celestial artworks on view explore our enduring fascination with the moon in all its phases.

 

This exhibition is organized by Karli Wurzelbacher, Curator, The Heckscher Museum of Art; and Shelley DeMaria, Art Historian and Curator.

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Long Island’s Best: Young Artists at the Heckscher Museum 2022

April 30, 2022 – May 29, 2022

This annual exhibition features extraordinary works of art created by Long Island high school students. 399 works of art from 55 high schools were submitted for jurying this year, with 79 selected by Karli Wurzelbacher, Heckscher Museum Curator, and guest juror, artist and Long Island’s Best Alumna, Emily Martin.

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, are available here.

Follow #hmalibest for artists of the day and more throughout the exhibition.

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Global Asias: Contemporary Asian and Asian American Art highlights the work of fifteen artists of Asian heritage who draw on a rich array of motifs, techniques, and cultural motivations to construct diverse “Asias” in a modern global context.

Organized by the Palmer Museum of Art in conjunction with the Jordan Schnitzer Family Foundation, the exhibition is divided into three thematic sections. “Exuberant Forms” features work that has the potential to reshape conventional views of abstract art—its composition, palette, materiality, and cultural implications—expanding and complicating the canonical narrative of abstraction. “Moving Stories” brings together powerful prints and mixed-media works that reflect on the experiences of migration, both within Asia and beyond. “Asias Reinvented” highlights two- and three-dimensional works that transform styles and techniques of traditional Asian arts in alignment with the vibes of the contemporary and the cosmopolitan.

Combined, the works in Global Asias suggest the plurality and fluidity of “Asia” as cultural construct and creative practice. The exhibition is guest curated by Chang Tan, Assistant Professor of Art History and Asian Studies at Penn State.

Support for this exhibition and related education and outreach programs has been made possible by a grant from the Jordan Schnitzer Family Foundation.

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Upcoming

Long Island Biennial 2022

October 1, 2022 - January 22, 2023

Now in its 7th edition, the Long Island Biennial is a juried exhibition that fosters deeper connections between contemporary artists from Nassau and Suffolk Counties and the communities in which they live and work. Created in the last two years, the works that will be on view represent a vital cross-section of Long Island’s contemporary art. Contemporary art has been essential to The Heckscher Museum of Art since its founding in 1920. We remain committed to sharing inspiring and thought-provoking new art with our visitors.

This year’s exhibition will be juried by:

Dr. Susan Van Scoy, Professor of Art History at St. Joseph’s College;
Heather Carter, art advisor at Carter Fine Art Services; and
Gabriela Gonzalez Dellosso, contemporary fine artist.

The application period opens on February 1, 2022, and closes on April 30, 2022. Visit here to read the guidelines and apply!

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