Hofstra University Museum of Art

112 Hofstra University, Hempstead, NY 11549 - United States





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The Hofstra University Museum of Art permanent collections include more than 5,000 works of art and cultural artifacts in varied media dating from the ancient to the contemporary, with a focus on American Art of the 18th through 21st century. The Museum’s mission is to “advance knowledge and understanding through experiences with authentic works of art from the world’s diverse cultures ...”

The Hofstra University Museum of Art has two wheelchair accessible galleries on the south campus of Hofstra University, Emily Lowe Gallery located on South campus behind Emily Lowe Hall and David Filderman Gallery located on the ninth floor of the Joan and Donald E. Axinn Library. The Museum is open year-round and offers a variety of public programs for adults, families, seniors and pre-K-12th grade classes such as free family exploration backpacks to guide adults and children as they explore sculptural works indoors and outdoors.


Hofstra University Museum of Art Presents:

Where Were You? Witnessing History
September 1 - December 10, 2021
Emily Lowe Gallery
Behind Emily Lowe Hall, South Campus

There are many ways we remember and commemorate a major trauma, whether violent attacks, war or natural disasters, including remembrance ceremonies and creating memorial sites. Artistic responses are another. Artists use their talents to express and give voice to deep emotions – sorrow, mourning, and unease about what is to come. Works from the Museum’s collection by Jimmy Ernst, Yonia Fain, George Grosz, Käthe Kollwitz, and Gilles Peress acknowledge wartime atrocities. Jacob Lawrence and Andy Warhol powerfully depict volatile confrontations that occurred in Alabama during the Civil Rights Movement of the 1960s. The consequences of natural disasters, such as hurricanes Katrina and Sandy, are addressed by Luis Cruz Azaceta, Susannah Ray, and Michael Redpath. Quilts by Faith Ringgold, along with works of art, documents, and objects from Hofstra University’s Long Island Studies collection, aid in interpreting the period of September 11th and the days following for future understanding. The works of art included in the exhibition not only address personal beliefs and experiences of the artists, but also serve to advocate for a cause and as a call to action.

Nevertheless She Persisted
September 1, 2021 - January 21, 2022
David Filderman Gallery
Joan and Donald E. Axinn Library, Ninth Floor, South Campus

Persistence is a recurring theme in the history of any marginalized group, and in the fight and struggle for equality, success does not happen overnight. It is the result of tireless efforts of many unknown individuals who continued to work for a cause no matter what. In the art world, a flashpoint in the history of women artists occurred in 1971, when art historian Linda Nochlin published her landmark essay in the January issue of ARTnews in which she asked the pointed question, “Why Have There Been No Great Women Artists?”

The artists in this exhibition have their own, very specific stories to tell. For some, like Howardena Pindell and Elizabeth Catlett, they are highly personal narratives – stories of overcoming racial, gender, and/or economic hardship. For others, such as Jane Peterson, Perle Fine, and Marisol, they are accounts of contemporary success followed by historic anonymity and obscurity. While still others, like Sonia Delaunay, Bridget Riley, and Berenice Abbott, championed forgotten artists, challenged styles, and gave voice to those who were unable or unwilling. Yet all these artists, undeterred by setbacks and rejections, are united not solely by their gender but by their persistent fight for art: to create art and to celebrate art by all people. All the works in this exhibition were drawn from the Museum’s extensive permanent collection.

Funding for these exhibitions has been provided by the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew M. Cuomo and the New York State Legislature.

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