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

June 5, 2021 - January 9, 2022

Thomas Moran
American, b. England, 1837-1926
Grand Canyon of the Colorado River, 1911
Oil on canvas, 20 x 30 in.
August Heckscher Collection. 1959.118

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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, 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.

This exhibition is sponsored by Robin T. HadleyThe Cunniff Family, Andrea B. and Peter D. Klein, and PRIVATE BANK, Bank of America.


Vote for Visitors Choice

Ellen Carey, Dings & Shadows, 2013, Color photogram (EC200). Gift of the Artist.

Ellen Carey’s Dings & Shadows will be on display June 5 through July 25, 2021 in the Central Gallery, kicking-off The Heckscher Museum Celebrates 100 Visitors Choice display. The Museum’s Board of Trustees, Staff, and members of the Development, Collections, and Education Committees voted and selected this work of art.

Now, it’s your turn! Visitors – both online and in-person – will decide what will be on display for the remainder of The Heckscher Museum Celebrates 100 exhibition.

Vote below for the next artwork to be on display! This round of voting ends July 25. There will be three chances to vote throughout the length of the exhibition.

Celebrating 100 Years

The Museum galleries, 1920s

Celebrate 100 Years with the Museum!

As part of this milestone anniversary, The Heckscher Museum of Art is spotlighting the people, exhibitions, and acquisitions that have shaped the Museum’s history.  Discover the history of the Museum’s founding, the growing collection, and how we continue to engage and inspire our community today!

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The Heckscher Museum Celebrates 100

Saturday, June 5
12 – 6 pm

Museum Members and Donors are invited to view The Heckscher Museum Celebrates 100 before the exhibition opens to the public on June 6!

Timed tickets are required. Members, and Donors will receive the link to register.

Questions? Email Caitlynn Schare at

Art in Bloom

Saturday & Sunday, June 12 & 13
12 – 5 pm

Sponsored by Robin T. Hadley, Natalia & Paul Lamb, and Patricia P. Sands

Art in Bloom returns to The Heckscher Museum of Art with 12 floral designs inspired by works of art in the exhibition The Heckscher Museum Celebrates 100! This year the Museum is thrilled to partner with four Garden Club of America chapters to bring this stunning multisensory experience to life: North Country Garden Club (Oyster Bay), North Suffolk Garden Club (Stony Brook), South Side Garden Club (Bay Shore), and Three Harbors Garden Club (Cold Spring Harbor).

Timed tickets are required. Make your reservations soon!

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