Wednesday, June 24, 2015

Two modernist exhibitions open at Nassau County Museum of Art on July 25

Chagall, Degas, Léger, Miró, Picasso and more…

Two modernist exhibitions open at
Nassau County Museum of Art on July 25

Selections from the Saltzman Family Collection
Long Island Collects Modern Art 

Fernand Léger
Un Chien et oiseu dans le paysage, 1952
Oil on canvas
25 x 36 inches
Dr. Harvey Manes

In a sweeping showcase of modern art, Nassau County Museum of Art opens two exhibitions, Selections from the Saltzman Family Collection and Long Island Collects Modern Art on Saturday, July 25. The exhibitions remain on view through November 8, 2015. The previous advance announcement of the showing of the Saltzman Family Collection is replaced by these two exhibitions that together fall under the title THE MODERNS: Chagall, Degas, Léger, Miró, Picasso and more….

THE MODERNS:  Selections from the Saltzman Family Collection continues celebrations of the Museum’s 25th anniversary year with an exhibition of early 20th-century modern art. The exhibition honors the Museum’s Founding President, the late Ambassador Arnold A. Saltzman, who during his life formed one of America’s great private collections of early modernist painting and sculpture. The exhibition includes works by well-known modernists such as Marc Chagall, Joan Miró, Constantin Brancusi, Edgar Degas, Robert Delaunay, Pablo Picasso, Fernand Léger and many others. 

THE MODERNS:  Long Island Collects Modern Art, organized by guest curator Franklin Hill Perrell, draws together choice examples of 20th-century art from significant Long Island collections. This special presentation embraces a wide range of treasures by pioneering artists of the modernist era, among them Matisse, Monet, Renoir, Dali, Léger, Chagall, Miró, Toulouse-Lautrec and others.

The Museum is offering several public programs that will serve to enhance and illuminate the works on view. The Brown Bag Lecture series of exhibition talks will be presented on August 27September 24 and October 29. Jake Gorst, author of a book on his grandfather, modernist architect Andrew Geller, presents a talk on his famous relative on September 26. Art historian Miriam Brumer discusses works in the Saltzman family collection on October 17. On November 7, Shirley Romaine discusses Serge Sabarsky, who mounted exhibitions of German and Austrian Expressionist works beginning in 1989 when he was the first director of the newly privatized Nassau County Museum of Art. A 30-minute documentary, Edgar Degas of Dandies, Ballerinas and Women Ironing, screens daily. Please visit for details and registration information.

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-Sunday11 a.m.-4:45 p.m. Docent-led tours of the exhibitions 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 tours and art activities are offered Sundays from 1 pm; 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 with ID and children aged 4 to 12. Members and children under 4 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

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.

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