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Photorealism pops with 1970's Still Life at the Nassau County Museum of Art


It is the middle of summer fun and enjoyment in Long Island. The Nassau County Museum of Art is adding to the blast of summer activities celebrating July 18, 2014 with Friday evening reception presenting the opening of their new show "Still Life: 1970s Photorealism" on July 19, 2014. The exhibit, running until Nov 9, 2014 invites visitors to take a trip back to the 1970's viewing the still life of that decade through the art of Photorealism.

Take a trip back to the 70's through the art of Photorealism

The new show was organized at the Yale University Art Gallery by Cathleen Chaffee, Ph.D., now curator at the Albright-Knox Art Gallery in Buffalo, New York.

Inside the mansion, the Main Galleries celebrate the 1970's "Still Life" as seen through Photorealism.

"Still Life" is a showcase of 1970's Photorealism works of art that bring one back to the decade that began with the Vietnam War and ended with Disco.

According to Encyclopedia Britannica "Photo-realism grew out of the Pop and Minimalism movements that preceded it. Like Pop artists, the Photo-realists were interested in breaking down hierarchies of appropriate subject matter by including everyday scenes of commercial life—cars, shops, and signage, for example. Also like them, the Photo-realists drew from advertising and commercial imagery."

"Still Life: 1970s Photorealism" are works from the Yale University Art Gallery showcasing "A significant trend in art of the 1970s, Photorealism has sometimes been described since then as a more mechanical offshoot of 1960s Pop art". The museum explains "The works in "Still Life" make a compelling argument that Photorealists captured life in the 1970s with a grittier honesty than has previously been acknowledged. These works have renewed relevance as the ability of photography to capture “the real” has undergone dramatic changes and continues to develop in unanticipated ways. Among the leading artists whose work is included in "Still Life" are Audrey Flack, Ralph Goings, Duane Hanson, Malcolm Morley, Ben Schonzeit and Idelle Weber."

Enjoy a stroll through "Tiffany's Orient" in the Second Floor Galleries.

After enjoying the excitement of the photorealistic world of the 1970's one can take a walk up the grand staircase to view depictions of the Orient as seen through Tiffany's eyes.

On view from July 19,2014 to Nov. 9, 2014, the exhibit "Tiffany’s Orient" is part of the large collected works brought into in the Museum’s permanent collection several years ago. The works, according to the museum, "Reflects the artist’s fascination with the Orient through paintings he created to memorialize his travels and surroundings in North Africa and the East. The exhibition also includes some examples of Tiffany’s decorative arts inspired by his travels."

One should not descend the staircase without viewing Friedrich Kunath in the Contemporary Collectors Gallery.

The NCMA's Contemporary Collectors Gallery has on view from July 19,2014 to Nov. 9, 2014 the work of German-born Friedrich Kunath whose works utilize an array of different mediums including painting, sculpture, and video. ArtForum called Kunath’s work “…visually seductive, mysterious yet insightful, and often very droll.” According to NCMA "Kunath has had many solo and group exhibitions in Germany, France, The Netherlands, Scotland, Israel, the U.K., and, in this country, New York, Seattle, Minneapolis, Pittsburgh and Los Angeles, among other major cities."

Spend 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.

NCMA is a wonderful escape from the hectic world. Spend an afternoon strolling through the grounds and gardens of a grand estate. Visit a mansion now filled with galleries of beautiful art. Spend the day strolling through the gardens dreaming and gaining inspiration for your own abode's décor.

Enjoy wonderful events accompanying the beautiful "Garden Party" exhibit

Following are just a few of the many events celebrating the museum and the "Still Life" exhibit. Check the NCMA website for the complete list of wonderful events.

"O’Keeffe Close Up"; Franklin Hill Perrell Saturday, March 22 at 3 p.m.

" Franklin Hill Perrell looks at flowers from the unique perspective of the first woman American Modernist of the 20th century. Georgia O’Keeffe (1887-1986) is famed for the focused intensity in her distinctive depictions of flowers. Her daring compositions reflecting her background in painting and photographic techniques helped establish O’Keeffe’s reputation as an innovative Modernist. Perrell, the Museum’s former senior curator and the co-curator of Garden Party, also discusses the complicated, oddly modern and artistically productive marriage between O’Keeffe and Alfred Stieglitz. Admission is $15 (members, $5) and includes Museum admission."

Artists in the Galleries Sundays April 6, May 4, June 8, June 22 at 3 p.m.

"Meet Carson Fox, whose work is in Garden Party and Michael Bevilacqua, Ridley Howard and James Busby, the three artists whose work is in AftermoderisM 2014. Learn about their art, inspirations and artistic process. Michael Bevilacqua appears on April 6, Ridley Howard on May 4, Carson Fox on June 8 and James Busby on June 22. These events are free with Museum admission. Reservations not needed."


"Chuck Close: Close Up"; July 19 to Nov. 9 (with exceptions for special programs)

28 minute film; Daily Screenings 11 a.m., 12 p.m., 1 p.m. & 3 p.m.

"A 28-minute film, "Chuck Close: Close Up" examines the artist’s oversized, closely cropped portraits emblazoned with brilliantly-colored squares and circles. Partially paralyzed and with learning disabilities, Chuck Close’s story is one of motivation and determination triumphing over challenges. Free with Museum admission. Reservations not needed; first come, first seated."


Brown Bag Lecture; Docent Riva Ettus Thursdays, 1 p.m. to 2 p.m. Aug. 14, Sept. 18 and Oct. 23

"Bring a sandwich and enjoy lunch with friends as Museum Docent Riva Ettus presents an informative talk on the art and the artists in "Still Life: 1970s Photorealism". Afterward, join the 2 p.m. public exhibition tour. Free with museum admission. Reservations not needed; first come, first seated."


Hear It! See It! Draw It! Fridays, 10 a.m. to 11 a.m. Aug. 1, 8, 15

"A repeat of a very popular program for young children. Children aged 3-5 and their caregivers are invited into the galleries to listen to tales, explore works of art and then create drawings based on what they see and hear. No reservations needed. Free with museum admission!"

Family Sundays at the Museum Sundays, 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. Aug. 3, 10, 17, 24, 31

"Plan the family’s weekend around a visit to the museum. Each Sunday Nassau County Museum of Art offers a 1 p.m. docent-led family walk-through of the exhibition and supervised art activities for the whole family beginning at 1:30 p.m. Special family-friendly gallery guides of the main exhibition are available in the galleries. Family Sundays at the Museum are free with museum admission, reservations are not needed."

Children's Summer Art Camp; Summer Art Lab, 2014 Aug 11 to 22

"Indoor and outdoor adventures that offer playful and creative opportunities for children through a mix of art making, science activities, group projects and more. Activities include hands-on art making (printmaking, sculpture, painting and more), sketching, gallery games, story time, outdoor scavenger hunts, hiking and journaling. Each session has classes for children 5 to 8 from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. and ages 9 to 13 from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. To learn more or to register, log onto, Summer Art Lab tab upper left-hand of page."

Stop by the new and beautiful gift shop, located on the first floor next to the grand staircase.

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, pieces from local artists and other unique finds perfect for gift giving to one's self, family and friends.

Admission is very reasonable and parking is free to enjoy a day out with the family.

$10 for adults, $8 for seniors (62+) and $4 for children ages 4-12. Members are admitted free. 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 am to 4:45 p.m. Tuesday through Sunday.

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 40 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.

Enjoy the restored Formal Gardens of historic importance with new expanded gardens. Rare specimen trees are on view amongst quiet areas to meditate and relax.

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, that is a work of art in its own right, is the main museum building that plays host exhibiting the amazing works of art. An entire day can be spent taking in the beauty of the world of art and nature blended together on the astounding estate grounds.

Enjoy the world of art and living art of life; never be afraid to dance!

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