Nassau County Museum of Art

Nassau County Museum of Art

One Museum Drive, Roslyn Harbor, NY 11576 - United States





Ranked among the nation’s largest, most important suburban art museums, Nassau County Museum of Art is located about 25 miles east of New York City in Roslyn Harbor, Long Island on the former Frick Estate, a spectacular property in the heart of Long Island’s fabled Gold Coast. The main museum building, named in honor of art collectors and philanthropists Arnold and Joan Saltzman, is a three-story Georgian mansion that exemplifies Gold Coast architecture of the late 19th century.

The Manes Center
The Manes Family Art & Education Center at the Nassau County Museum of Art provides a learning space committed to engaging members of our community in visual art experiences by providing a gateway to the creative process. This newly refurbished building offers a dynamic and inspiring environment in which audiences of all ages and abilities can find creative engagement through a variety of activities, projects, and talks. With art on view, two art studios, a reading room, and outdoor classroom, children, families and adults will have the opportunity to enjoy programs that include traditional and contemporary forms of art processes and art education. The Manes Center is located on the grounds of the Nassau County Museum of Art. It is the first building on the left after entering the grounds from Northern Boulevard.

In addition the Nassau County Museum of Art includes the Sculpture Park, Formal Garden of historic importance, the Pinetum, an architecturally-significant restored trellis, rare specimen trees, and marked walking trails.


Exhibition dates: July 23 – November 6, 2022
Nassau Museum Explores the Supernatural in Art
Surrealist masterpieces by Dali, De Chirico, Magritte
Ancient talismans, tribal textiles, spirit photos
Day of the Dead Parties and Family Programs on Calendar

Roslyn Harbor, NY—The Nassau County Museum of Art is hosting an exciting new exhibition on the theme of the supernatural. The star-studded show features a roster of famous Surrealists, including Salvador Dali, Rene Magritte and Yves Tanguy and two important paintings by Giorgio de Chirico, the earliest “metaphysical” painter of the movement. It also boasts top-tier Contemporary artists including Rona Pondick, Enrique Martinez Celaya, Robert Gober, Inka Essenhigh, Mary Corse and Christopher Winter. In addition to paintings, drawings and photographs of spirit subjects, the exhibition will feature historically important textiles from Southeast Asia, including shaman’s robes and worship objects, which tap the magic of animism and ancient rituals. Among the many important works are sculptures from ancient Egypt, Greece, Shang dynasty China as well as the Olmec culture, a glorious moment in Pre-Columbian history. Dating to the Middle Formative Period (900-600 BC), these mysterious Olmec green jadeite figures are called the Seated Stargazers for the evocative upward tilt of their heads. They are on loan from a famous private collection, and were once among the most popular antiquities at the Princeton University Art Museum.

A rare group of prints by Rembrandt, Goya and Durer are complemented by recent works on the same theme by Audrey Flack, often referred to as the last surviving member of the Abstract Expressionist group.

The supernatural is a timeless topic that has captivated artists from ancient rites to the most popular fantasies of today. The exhibition will be accompanied by a calendar of weekly programs including in-person talks by artists and scholars, parties, films, concerts and on-line features. The museum is publishing a fully illustrated catalogue with essays by the curators. One of the highlights of the calendar during the exhibition will be celebrations of Halloween and the Day of the Dead, including programs for children from local schools.
The Nassau Museum is on the ascendant when it comes to attendance and recognition in the art world. With increased exposure and more visitors after popular shows devoted to Impressionism, Andy Warhol and music, it has also become more important to local schools. The upcoming show will reach an estimated 15,000 schoolchildren in the region, about half of them on field trips that are the absolute highlight of their experience judging by testimonials, and the rest via online teaching. The distinguished group of private collectors, galleries and museums that support this exhibition with loans of valuable works includes such powerhouses as Pace, Zwirner, Matthew Marks and Boesky.

About the Museum
Nassau County Museum of Art is located at One Museum Drive in Roslyn Harbor. The museum is open Tuesday-Sunday, 11 a.m.-4:45 p.m. Admission is $15 for adults, $10 for seniors (62 and above) and $5 for students and children (4 to12).

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