Summer has hit hard with the flames of heat. These are the perfect days to escape the fire by taking a visit to a beautiful museum. Cool down among the wonderful works of art on display in a mansion worthy of being a piece of art itself.
Enjoy a day visiting the Nassau County Museum of Art on the historic grounds of the former Frick Estate off of Northern Boulevard in Roslyn Harbor.
This wonderful Gold Coast estate is now home to a fine museum and gardens that are opened to the public. Spend an afternoon getting away from the hectic life by strolling through the grounds and gardens of a grand estate. Visit a mansion now filled with galleries of beautiful art. Fill a summer day getting cooled off among the inspiring art.
July has arrived with great exhibitions, Chagall, and events
MAIN GALLERIES through July 8, 2012
- Sculpture / Dine / Pinocchio
“Sculpture / Dine / Pinocchio is a major exhibition of Dine’s recent sculptural works within the galleries and on the grounds. The museum’s first floor galleries will be devoted to several themes – the artist’s Heart and Venus works, Gardening and Carpentry Tool imagery, and recent Pinocchio objects. Several major sculptural works will be installed outdoors on the museum’s expansive 145-acre sculpture park and wilderness refuge, including The Mountains in the Distance of 1987-88. This iconic bronze work places the Venus de Milo form on its side, abstracting the verticality of the figure to evoke the horizontality of a landscape.The second floor of the museum will be devoted to Dine’s Pinocchio book.
The impressive Pinocchio series, compiled as illustrations to a translation of Carlo Collodi’s original tale, consists of 40 lithographs, each approximately 20 x 17 inches. The publication concludes with Dine expresses his connection to Pinocchio, dedicating his works to the adventurous wooden boy. “His poor burned feet, his misguided judgment, his vanity about his temporary donkey ears all add up to the real sum of his parts. In the end it is his great heart that holds me.”
OPENING IN THE MAIN GALLERIES July 21 through November 4, 2012
- Marc Chagall
“Marc Chagall is a major exhibition that includes a significant selection of about half of Chagall’s 1957 series of hand-colored etchings of Bible stories, a series never before seen on Long Island. The exhibition portrays this important and loved artist as a storyteller, demonstrating how Chagall, throughout a long and distinguished career, incorporated facets of his early Russian-Jewish heritage into multilayered works. Chagall’s storytelling paintings portray a fantastic pictorial world where heaven and earth seem to meet. It’s a world where people and animals—cows, goats, donkeys, horses and birds—float upside down or sideways, irrespective of the laws of gravity, and couples are always in love. Chagall’s hypersensitive imagination is palpable as he shares with the viewer his memories of family in brilliantly colored works set amidst the houses and streets of his native Vitebsk. The exhibition is supported by the Saltzman Family Foundation and The David Berg Foundation.”
CONTEMPORARY GALLERY through July 8, 2012
- Steven Salzman: Facebook Formatted (and other works)
“Contemporary art meets social networking in the work of NY artist Steven Salzman. Encouraging dialogue, Salzman uploads his boldly-colored, geometric, digital images to Facebook in the triptych, horizontal rectangle format seen on Facebook pages. His playful, yet insightful paintings, prints and collages draw inspiration from advanced physics and astronomy.”
OPENING IN THE CONTEMPORARY COLLECTORS GALLERY July 21 through November 4, 2012
- Sydney Chastain-Chapman/Julie Tremblay
“The Contemporary Collectors Gallery exhibition pairs sculptural work by Julie Tremblay with paintings and works on paper by Sydney Chastain-Chapman. Both are New York artists whose work has been seen in solo and group exhibitions in North America and Europe. Tremblay’s life-sized sculptures and installations are created from discarded industrial materials that allow the viewer to look within the work, making the inside as important as the outside. Working in a flat, representational style, Chastain-Chapman’s work uses brilliantly-colored hues to depict the figures and settings of her paintings.”
FILM screening daily at 11:30 a.m., 12:30 p.m. & 3 p.m. through July 8
- A Self Portrait on the Walls
(with exceptions for special programs)
“A 1995 Academy Award nominee for best short documentary, A Self Portrait on the Walls is a remarkable film that records eight days of intense work and quiet rumination as Jim Dine, the internationally-renowned artist currently on view at the museum, produces an exhibition of bold charcoal drawings directly on the walls of the Ludwigsburg Kunstverein near Stuttgart, Germany. This 28-minute documentary captures the artist’s techniques, thought processes, and artistic philosophy as he works, and comments on the work. Free with museum admission, reservations not needed. First come, first seated.”
FILM screening daily at 12 p.m., 1 p.m. & 3:30 p.m. through July 8
- All About Looking
(with exceptions for special programs)
“In this 29-minute film from 1996, the renowned American artist Jim Dine teaches drawing at the famed Internationale Sommerakademie fur Bildene Kunst in Salzburg, Austria. The method, using male and female nude models, is rigorous: Models maintain one pose per week; students keep their easels in the same place and each day make a complete, well-observed drawing; then every morning the students have to erase their work and start again.
The class – along with the viewer — learns that the effort is not geared toward the creation of a finished product; it is the process that is all important, an understanding that is both liberating and fortifying and designed to enable the student to look and to see. Free with museum admission, reservations not needed. First come, first seated.”
FILM screening daily at 11 a.m., 12 p.m., 1 p.m. & 3 p.m. July 21 through November 4
- Artists of the 20th Century: Marc Chagall
“This 50-minute film explores Marc Chagall’s roots in Vitebsk, which are so strongly reflected in his art. From his earliest years, Chagall’s work was drawn from the sights, legends and heritage of his Russian-Jewish village. The film demonstrates how, throughout his career, Chagall was creating dreamlike visions of humans, animals and Russian village scenes, all employing the expressive power of color. Free with museum admission, No reservations. First come, first seated.”
FOR THE FAMILY Fridays, 10 a.m. – 11 a.m. July 27, August 3 & August
- Hear It! See It! Draw It!
“A Friday morning program that invites young children ages 3- 5 and their caregivers into the museum galleries to listen to Eastern European folk tales, explore Marc Chagall’s works of art and create drawings inspired by what they see and hear. Museum admission plus $5 per family art materials fee. No reservations needed.”
JAZZ CONCERTS Saturdays at 3 p.m.
July 28 & September 28: Jazz with Lynn Stein, John Butt & Warren Vaché
August 11 & August 25: Jazz with Joe Dubs and Friends
September 8: Jazz with Bonnie Strickman, Hillie Dolgenas & Scott Lee
- Music at the Museum
“Nassau County Museum of Art inaugurates its first jazz series—five afternoons featuring jazz in all of its rich variety. Admission is $20, $10 for children and includes museum admission (member fee is $5). Registration is suggested; register at nassaumuseum.org/events. Weekends only there is a $2 parking fee (members, free). Do not visit the exhibits without stopping by the gift shop, located on the second floor.”
Admission to this museum is very reasonable (free passes are available to check out from some neighborhood libraries)
- $10 for adults, $8 for seniors (62+) and $4 for children ages 4-12; the one cost includes same day admission to exhibits at The Art Space for Children. Many local Long Island Libraries have family passes that can be checked out for free admission, providing the opportunity for all to enjoy.
Hours for the main building are 11 a.m. – 4:45 p.m., Tuesday through Sunday. Hours for the Art Space for Children are 12 p.m. – 4:30 p.m. Tuesday through Sunday. On weekends only there is a $2 parking fee (members free).
The Museum Store is open Tuesday through Sunday, 11 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Items to purchase include jewelry, children’s books and activities, and pieces from local artists.
Docent Led Tours of the Main Galleries Exhibition, Tuesday-Sunday at 2 p.m., Docent Led Family Tours, Sundays at 1 p.m. Tours are free with museum admission.
A day can be spent just visiting the grounds
- Viewing the Sculpture Park of over 50 pieces by renowned artists including Fernando Botero, Tom Otterness, George Rickey and Mark DiSuvero among others
- The museum’s 145 acres include many marked nature trails through the woods, perfect for family hikes or independent exploration
- Formal Garden of historic importance
- The Pinetum, an architecturally-significant restored trellis, and rare specimen trees
- The lawns provide excellent spots for picnicking or just relaxing and watching the clouds drift by
The original Gold Coast mansion on the Frick Estate is the main museum building. There is an additional museum building that houses the Art Space for Children, as well as a building that houses an Art School where an assortment of beginner to advanced classes are held for children and adults.
This is a wonderful outing for a summer day. Cool off among beautiful works of art and enjoy a lovely day out among the shade trees and glorious gardens. Take in beauty that surrounds you and never be afraid to dance!
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