This article will review the exciting schedule Nassau County Museum of Art has in store for families this spring and summer, from March through November 2016. Some of the permanent features of the Museum include its walking trails, sculpture park, and gardens. The Museum’s 145 acres include many marked nature trails through the woods, perfect for family hikes or independent exploration. From restored formal gardens of historic importance to quiet little nooks for dreaming away an afternoon, the property features many lush examples of horticultural arts. Approximately 40 works, many of them monumental in size, by renowned artists including Fernando Botero, Tom Otterness, George Rickey and Mark DiSuvero among others, are situated to interact with nature on the museum’s magnificent 145-acre property. The gardens have recently been expanded and a beautiful new path to the Museum has been added.
The Nassau County Museum of Art will be closed for show changes from February 29 through March 18, 2016. The Museum will then reopen on March 19 with new exhibitions. Featured in the main galleries this spring is the work of Kenny Scharf, a graffiti and street artist who is recognized by his vibrantly colorful large-scale paintings and exuberantly playful installations. His imagery draws upon pop icons, media advertising and consumer culture of the 1960s, including TV cartoon characters such as the Flintstones and the Jetsons. Curated by Museum Director Dr. Karl E. Willers and the Museum’s staff, Kenny Scharf showcases approximately 50 major paintings and sculptures from throughout the artist’s career. Highlights of this exhibition are installations taken directly from the artist’s former Brooklyn studio and loft space. Re-installed in the Museum’s galleries are a version of the artist’s Cosmic Cavern club-like environment, as well as a recreation of the artist’s workspace complete with spattered walls, painted furniture and other studio ephemera.
In the Permanent Collection Gallery, you can view works from Josef Albers’ Formulation: Articulation portfolio, spanning 40 years of the artist’s best work. Each of the silkscreens of this portfolio depicts many of the artist’s main concerns in art creation, including perception of color and spatial geometry. Josef Albers (1888-1976) was a student and teacher at the Bauhaus from 1920 to 1933. He emigrated to America and taught at Black Mountain College until 1949 and was chairman of the Department of Design at Yale University until 1958. As both artist and teacher Albers influenced innumerable artists, including Mark Rothko, Barnett Newman and Robert Rauschenberg. Accompanying this exhibition, also in the Permanent Collection Gallery, is a showing of a film about Josef and Anni Albers.
Following the spring season, the Museum will again close from July 11 through 22, reopening on July 23 with new exhibitions until November 6, 2016. Featured in the main galleries is A Feast for the Eyes, guest curated by Franklin Hill Perrell, which draws on the tradition of the still life in art. Culling from a variety of media, including painting, decorative arts and fashion, A Feast for the Eyes offers viewers an eclectic portrayal of food, restaurants, cafés, parties and table decorations central to our daily lives. Artists such as Tom Wesselman, Toulouse-Lautrec, Cindy Sherman and Picasso, among others, will be represented, as well as decorative arts spanning the 17th to the 20th century.
Special Events for Children and Families
Two different age-appropriate Autism programs are offered to children on Tuesdays from 4 to 5:15 p.m. through June 2016. Creative Expeditions is available for children aged 5 to 10 who are on the autism spectrum, along with their families or caregivers. Participants will engage in gallery experiences that encourage talking about and making art. Autism and the Arts is offered to children aged 11 to 16 who are on the autism spectrum, along with their families or caregivers. Participants will engage in making and exploring art through experiences that promote independence and communication. For further information on either program, call (516) 484-9338, ext. 12.
The Hip Hop Generation: Films and Documentaries will be presented from March 19 to July 10, with screenings daily at 11 a.m., 12:30 p.m., and 3 p.m. Films and documentaries relating to Kenny Scharf and other artists of the 1980s graffiti, hip-hop and urban street culture will be shown daily in the museum’s Contemporary Gallery. Showing at 11:00 a.m. is the 82-minute 1983 films, Wild Style; showing at 12:30 p.m. is the 75-minute 1981 film, Downtown; showing at 3 p.m. is the 69-minute 1983 film, Style Wars. This event is free with museum admission, and reservations are not needed.
Family Tours are offered on most Sundays from 1 to 4 p.m. Dates include:
March 20, 27
April 3, 10, 24
May 8, 15, 22, 29
June 5, 12, 19
July 3, 10, 24, 31
Family Sundays at the Museum, on the above dates from 1:00 to 4:00 p.m., are sponsored by Neiman Marcus. Families will have the opportunity to converse, collaborate and create. Be inspired by the works in the galleries, explore new art materials. Family Sundays allow children and the adults in their lives to take time to reconnect while talking about and making art together. During the showing of Kenny Scharf, they will draw inspiration from this artist’s colorful, imaginative art works. New projects are featured every week. This event is free with Museum admission, and reservations are not needed. Not offered on April 17 or June 26; see Super Family Sunday programs on those dates.
Super Family Sunday is presented on April 17 from 1:00 to 4:00 p.m. Celebrate Earth day and the art of Kenny Scharf! Gather supplies at the Museum entrance for a day of artmaking and exploration! Design bird and butterfly toys inspired by the Museum’s nature preserve, observe animals from the Science Museum of Long Island, sketch in recycled notebooks as you embark on a journey to see how recycled materials change into art in Scharf’s Cosmic Cavern. The adventure continues as you stroll the Museum’s formal garden, designing newspaper boats to set sail in the garden’s fountain. Museum admission plus $10 per family materials fee, reservations not needed. Please note: this event is in place of Family Sundays at the Museum.
Spring Break Family Art Making Days are offered from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. on the following dates:
Tuesday, April 26
Wednesday, April 27
Thursday, April 28
Three days of art making and gallery tours are inspired by the colorful imaginative art of Kenny Scharf. A different project will be offered every day. Thursday’s project will be inspired by Scharf’s sculptures as well as works in our outdoor sculpture collection – be prepared to create art outside, rain or shine! Museum admission plus $10 per family materials fee, reservations not needed.
An Artist Performance by Kenny Scharf will be offered on Sunday, June 19, from 12 to 4 p.m. Artist Kenny Scharf paints a mural in conjunction with his major exhibition presently on view in the galleries. Here’s an opportunity to watch art and interact with the artist as he creates a new work! Family groups are encouraged to participate. Free with museum admission, reservations not needed.
Super Family Sunday is presented on June 26 from 1 to 4 p.m. This is a day of family picnicking, art making and games, in- and outdoors at the Museum. Adorn yourself with florescent materials to experience the full magic of Kenny Scharf’s day-glo installation, Cosmic Cavern. Bring a blanket and snack to eat, design a wind sock, then play a game of paint darts led by the artists in Free Style Arts Association. Transform these blobs and splats of paint into imaginative creatures of Scharf’s art. Rain or shine. Museum admission plus $10 per family materials fee, reservations not needed. Please note: this event is in place of Family Sundays at the Museum.
Two-week summer art programs for children and teens are offered in two sessions, from July 25 to August 5, and from August 8 to 19. The fee for a two-week session is $750 (members, $650), and includes art materials. For details, call (516) 484-9338, ext. 28 or, after March 1, visit nassaumuseum.org. The Summer Art Lab, for children ages 5 to 10, is from Monday-Friday, 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. each day. Share the wonders of summer indoors and out at the Museum! Explore the art in the galleries, and the natural beauty of our trails, forests and ponds. Summer Art Lab will be full of indoor and outdoor adventures that offer playful and creative opportunities for children through a mix of art making, science activities, group projects and more. The Teen Summer Studio, for ages 11 to 16, is from Monday-Friday, 1 to 4 p.m. each day. Summer is a great time for teens to develop and refine their art techniques and skills across a variety of media. Taking inspiration from the Museum’s exhibitions and outdoor natural environment, young artists will learn core elements of drawing, painting and sculpture, using professional art materials, and will also gain a behind-the-scenes look at museum work.
For Further Information
Log onto the Nassau County Museum of Art’s website for details on events and reservations.
Docent Led Exhibition Tours, Tuesday-Sunday at 2 p.m.
Docent Led Family Tours, Sundays at 1 p.m.
Tours are free with museum admission.
Nassau County Museum of Art is located at One Museum Drive in Roslyn Harbor, just off Northern Boulevard, Route 25A, two traffic lights west of Glen Cove Road. The museum is open Tuesday-Sunday, 11 a.m.-4:45 p.m. Docent-led tours of the exhibition are offered at 2 p.m. each day; tours of the mansion are offered each Saturday at 1 p.m.; meet in the lobby, no reservations needed. Tours are free with museum admission. Family art activities and family tours are offered Sundays from 1 p.m.; free with museum admission. Call (516) 484-9338, ext. 12 to inquire about group tours. Admission is $10 for adults, $8 for seniors (62 and above) and $4 for students and children (4 to12). Members are admitted free. The Museum Store is open Tuesday through Sunday, 11 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Call (516) 484-9337 for current exhibitions, events, days/times and directions or log onto the Nassau County Museum of Art’s website.
Nassau County Museum of Art is chartered and accredited by New York State as a not-for-profit private educational institution and is governed by a privately elected Board of Trustees. The Museum and its programs are made possible through the support of Nassau County under County Executive Edward P. Mangano and the Nassau County Legislature; the Board of Trustees and Museum Members; Sponsors of Exhibitions and Events, Government and Foundation Grants, Corporate and Private Donors as well as earned income.