March & April 2013
Closed for Show Change February 25-March 8
AB-EX / RE-CON
Abstract Expressionism ReconsideredOpening March 9, 2013
March 9 through June 16
AB-EX / RE-CON
Abstract Expressionism ReconsideredAB-EX / RE-CON explores both the best known and less familiar practitioners of abstract and gestural painting who dominated the American art, criticism and commentary during the later 1940s and throughout the 1950s. Ultimately, it can be claimed that Abstract Expressionism rejected the mass cultural values which were being formulated in America at mid-century, generating a search for alternatives to consumer and advertizing culture post-was America.
March 9 through June 16
Chris JohansonCalifornia-born Chris Johanson was part of a community of artists in San Francisco’s Mission District. He gained widespread attention for his participation in the 2001 Whitney Bienial and has been exhibited in museums and galleries in this country and abroad. Johanson’s work blends a simple, unschooled style with an exuberant use of color. Artforum wrote: “Johanson’s rough-hewn cartoon style taps a realist vein, documenting his peculiar, late-new age, Northern California milieu, home of Wavy Gravy, Alan Watts, and Steve Jobs.”
ON THE GROUNDSOngoing
Sculpture Park More than 50 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.
Walking TrailsThe museum’s 145 acres include many marked nature trails through the woods, perfect for family hikes or independent exploration.
GardensFrom restored formal gardens of historic importance to quiet little nooks for dreaming away an afternoon, the museum’s 145 acre property features many lush examples of horticultural arts. Come view our expanded gardens and beautiful new path to the museum.
Screening daily March 9-June 16 (with exceptions for special programs)
11 a.m. 12 p.m., 1 p.m., 3 p.m.
1000 Masterworks: Abstract ExpressionismThis 50-minute film, produced in 2012, takes viewers on a fascinating journey through the history of Abstract Expressionism. Included are works by Asger Jorn, Willem de Kooning, Arshile Gorky, Franz Kline and Helen Frankenthaler. Free with museum admission, No reservations. First come, first seated.
FOR THE FAMILY
Sundays from 1 p.m.
March 10, 17, 24, 31
April 7, 14, 21, 28
Family Sundays at the Museum Now there's even more reason for families to plan the weekend around a visit to Nassau County Museum of Art. Each Sunday the museum 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 guides of the main exhibition are available in the galleries. Family Sundays at the Museum is free with museum admission, reservations are not needed. Weekends only there is a $2 parking fee (members, free).
SPRING BREAK DROP IN ART WORKSHOPS
11 a.m.-2 p.m.
Tuesday, March 26
Wednesday, March 27
Thursday, March 28
Family Art Making DaysEnliven the spring break with three drop-in days of art. On March 26, 27 & 28 from 11 am to 2 pm, the museum offers family-friendly gallery tours and hands-on art making for children of all ages and their adult companions. Different art projects will be offered each of the three days. Docents will guide families through the galleries and encourage children to create their own artistic responses to the art on view. Museum admission plus $8 per family materials fee. No reservations needed.
LUNCHTIME EXHIBITION TALKS
Thursdays, 1-2 p.m.
April 11, May 9, June 6
Brown Bag LectureRiva EttusBring a sandwich and enjoy lunch with friends as Museum Docent Riva Ettus presents an informative talk on AB-EX / RE-CON. Join the 2 p.m. public exhibition tour of this exhibition that reconsiders the Abstract Expressionism movement. Free with museum admission. No reservations. First come, first seated.
EARTH DAY ACTIVITY FOR THE FAMILY
Sunday, April 21
Celebrate Earth Day with Free Style Arts NYCCalling all kids! You are invited to help create a gigantic group sculpture using recycled materials with artists from the NYC based art collective, Free Style Arts Association. The Science Museum of Long Island joins in on the fun as everyday materials are transformed into an abstract work of 3D art using crazy lines, shape, and colors. Then join the Family gallery tours of the museum’s current exhibition, AB-EX / RE-CON: Abstract Expressionism Reconsidered, and check out how artists have been making art in America for 300 years. The day’s activities will be documented and made available on a private photo sharing website. Museum admission plus $8 per family materials fee. No reservations needed.
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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
Weekends only there is a $2 per car parking fee (members free)
Nassau County Museum of Art, governed by a privately elected board of trustees, is chartered and accredited by New York State as a not-for-profit, private educational institution. The museum’s programs and exhibitions are made possible through the support of Nassau County under County Executive Edward P. Mangano and the Nassau County Legislature, the museum’s board of trustees, memberships, corporate memberships, event and exhibition sponsors, admissions, special events, private and corporate donations, as well as government and foundation grants.
Call (516) 484-9337 for current exhibitions, events, hours and directions or log onto nassaumuseum.org.