EXHIBITIONS Current & Upcoming

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Amanda Valdez: Piecework

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Contemporary artist Amanda Valdez creates brilliantly colored, patterned, and textured abstract paintings by cutting, sewing, dyeing, painting, and embroidering canvas and other cloth. Featuring 19 paintings, including several that are among the artist’s largest, this exhibition explores Valdez’s engagement with the histories of abstraction and “women’s work” with fiber. The artist conjures surprising compositions through thoughtful use of different materials and modes of making. Her evocative forms, especially those that suggest the body, hint at visceral feelings and emotional states.

Amanda Valdez Responds
In honor of the Museum’s 100th anniversary, we asked contemporary artist Amanda Valdez to respond to artworks in our permanent collection. It is remarkable to see the historic collection through her eyes, and to see her recent paintings in connection with our nineteenth- and twentieth-century holdings.

View the artworks she selected and read her reflections.

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Long Island’s Best: Young Artists at The Heckscher Museum 2020

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Long Islands Best 2020 Alschuler-Pierce, Maya_VS HS South_Two as One_Charcoal

New Behind-the-Scenes photos of students visiting the Museum and creating their artwork! Scroll down to view.

Congratulations to Virtual Visitors Choice Award winners Alana Moy & Micarlys Ramirez! And thank you to everyone who voted for their favorite work of art and tuned in for the ceremony on Instagram on May 21! We received a record-breaking 9,193 votes in total from 14 countries across the globe! Learn more

Now in its 24th year, this exhibition features extraordinary works of art created by Long Island high school students! 388 students from 58 high schools submitted artwork for jurying this year. 100 works were selected by Karli Wurzelbacher, Heckscher Museum Curator, and guest juror Nancy Richner. (That makes this the largest Long Island’s Best ever, in honor of the Museum’s 100th Anniversary!) 

For the first time, this new online format features all of the exhibition’s components, including artist statements written by each student, images of artwork from the Museum’s exhibitions that inspired students, videos about select artwork, and more!

List of all Exhibiting Artists 2020

School & Teacher Acknowledgements

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Long Island Biennial 2020

Fall 2020

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

Inaugurated in 2010, this 10-year anniversary of the Long Island Biennial coincides with The Heckscher Museum’s centennial. In honor of this milestone, we will expand this year’s Biennial to fill all four Museum galleries. Entries may be submitted in the following media: painting, sculpture, works on paper, photography, and mixed media.

Call for Entries! May 1 – June 30, 2020

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Contact libiennial@heckscher.org or call 631.351.3213*

*Please leave a voicemail and Kerrilyn Blee, Assistant Curator, will return your call as soon as possible.

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The Heckscher Museum Celebrates 100 Thomas-Moran-Grand-Canyon-of-the-Colorado-River

The Heckscher Museum of Art opened to the public 100 years ago. This expansive exhibition traces our history and points to our future by celebrating the people, events, and art that have indelibly shaped the Museum. Unfolding chronologically, the exhibition explores the development of the permanent collection from 185 paintings and sculptures in 1920, to 2,300 works in many media today. Each gallery focuses on a defining chapter in the Museum’s story: our founding in 1920 by civic leaders August and Anna Atkins Heckscher, the transformational tenure of Museum Director Eva Gatling, our pivotal role in preserving the legacies of American modernists Arthur Dove and Helen Torr, and the acquisition of hundreds of artworks from the Baker/Pisano Collection in 2001.

The exhibition weaves together masterworks, rarely exhibited objects, and archival material to illuminate the Museum’s history and to engage our audiences. Spanning the 16th century to the 21st, the checklist includes work by more than 75 artists including: Berenice Abbott, Romare Bearden, William Merritt Chase, Joseph Cornell, Lucas Cranach the Elder, Jean-Léon Gérôme, George Grosz, Marsden Hartley, Winslow Homer, Man Ray, Thomas Moran, Georgia O’Keeffe, Howardena Pindell, and Florine Stettheimer. Reporting on the new Museum in 1921, a newspaper noted that “people come and come again to this treasure house of theirs.” We invite you to do the same as we embark together on the next 100 years.

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