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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, dying, painting, and embroidering canvas and other cloth. Featuring more than a dozen 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. She conjures surprising compositions through thoughtful use of different materials and modes of making. In log punch (2017), for example, a rounded mass of “log cabin” quilt blocks seems to explode an embroidered gold form. This pointy shape, with its radiating lines, recalls the splats! and pows! familiar from cartoons and Pop Art. Valdez’s evocative forms, especially those that suggest the body, hint at visceral feelings and emotional states. She believes that abstraction “allows for the creation of meaning to happen in the viewer.”

Valdez was born in Seattle and lives in Brooklyn. She has worked in Guatemala and New Orleans and completed artist residencies at the Bemis Center for Contemporary Arts, Byrdcliffe, the MacDowell Colony, and Yaddo. In addition to a solo exhibition at the Mead Art Museum in 2016, she has shown her work in galleries in New York City, Los Angeles, Miami, and Tokyo. She received an MFA from Hunter College in New York City and a BFA from The School of the Art Institute of Chicago.

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.

COMING APRIL 3: 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 Ansari, Aqsa_Hicksville HS_Vanishing Insecurities_Oil on canvas

Don’t miss the chance to see this exhibition of extraordinary art created by young artists in the Long Island community. Each year, this arts-in-education program challenges students in grades 9 through 12 to choose a work of art in the Museum as the starting point for their own creative exploration. 388 students from 58 high schools submitted artwork, with 100 selected for display in honor of the Museum’s 100th Anniversary in 2020!

Karli Wurzelbacher, Heckscher Museum Curator, and guest juror Nancy Richner juried the 2020 exhibition.

LI Best Exhibiting Artists 2020

 

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The Heckscher Museum Celebrates 100: Tracing History, Inspiring the Future

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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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