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 20, 2019 - November 3, 2019
-Innovative Exhibition on Energy Brings Together Art and Science
-Connects Major Painting and Sculpture with Einstein, Tesla
-Nassau Museum Collaborates with Brookhaven National Lab on Major Project
-“My painting is energy made visible.”—Jackson Pollock
Roslyn Harbor, NY
For the first time at any art museum, top-tier scientists and major figures in art (including Jackson Pollock, Alexander Calder, James Rosenquist, Julie Mehretu and Man Ray) are brought together in one interactive exhibition. Prepared in collaboration with the Brookhaven National Laboratories as well as the Tesla Museum, this innovative show uses masterworks of art side-by-side with images produced by the most advanced scientific instruments (including North America’s only super-collider) to explore the invisible world of energy in all its many forms. Nikola Tesla’s original laboratory is re-created in the museum, complete with generators, instruments and his original drawings tracking his inventions of alternating current, long-distance wireless signals (the predecessor of WiFi) and other epochal discoveries. The galleries are filled with major works of painting and sculpture by artists who are fascinated with energy, from electricity to sunlight, nuclear fission, electromagnetic waves in the cosmos, the natural voltage of the human body, and sub-atomic activity.
Tesla in his laboratory
At the summit of human thought, a dialogue between art and science takes on energy. The minds that meet in one show include Albert Einstein and Tesla (both of whom lived on Long Island), international art stars Julie Mehretu, Man Ray, Mark Tobey, James Rosenquist (a ten-foot wide painting that includes a spinning clock dial), Adolph Gottlieb, Yayoi Kusama and local legend Barbara Ernst Prey. One unforgettable experience will be the aurora borealis created, using natural light and translucent materials, by sculptor Miya Ando inside the elegant gallery that was the original dining room of the mansion. It is one of several works created on commission for the show.
James Rosenquist, Time Stops the Face Continues
Here is physicist Brian Green, in his masterful book The Fabric of the Cosmos, on the invisible world our artists have put on canvas and paper: “Living among radio and television broadcasts, cellphone communications, the sun’s heat and light, we are all constantly awash in a sea of electromagnetic fields…When you see something, you can think of it in terms of a waving electromagnetic field entering your eye and stimulating your retina, or in terms of photon particles entering your eye and doing the same thing.” Way before our time, the greatest artist of all, Leonardo da Vinci, wrote, “The air is full of infinite lines, straight and radiating, intercrossing and interweaving without ever coinciding one with another; and they represent for every object the true form of their reason (or their explanation).”
Programming for the show includes artists in the galleries, lectures on the relationship between science and math and art, a panel discussion on the future of energy, and a director’s seminar held in his private office. The exhibition will be accompanied by a fully illustrated catalogue with essay by curator Charles A. Riley II, PhD.
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.
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