Fairfield Porter, Autmn I, 1967, oil on canvas, Gift of the Baker/Pisano Collection.

Locally Sourced: Collecting Long Island Artists tells the compelling story of art on Long Island through The Heckscher Museum’s Permanent Collection. Long Island art has been central to the strength of the Heckscher Collection. The exhibition underscores the Museum’s commitment to preserving and presenting the stories of Long Island through art, especially important as it embarks on its centennial year in 2020. The exhibition is on view November 23, 2019 through March 15, 2020.

Organized in four distinct themes, the exhibition fills the entire Museum with painting, sculpture, photography, and mixed media work. The Long Island landscape is a central theme, and particular attention is paid to the achievements of women artists of Long Island.

One gallery is devoted to Huntington’s hometown artists spotlighting important figures including Stan Brodsky, Mary Callery, and Arthur Dove. Another traces formal, technical, and conceptual connections between artists of the East End such as Fairfield Porter and Jane Wilson. 

Landscapes predominate in a third gallery, whether captured through representation or evoked through abstraction. Spanning the nineteenth century to the present, the show invites consideration of varied approaches to Long Island’s land, sea, and sky in works by artists such as Thomas Moran, Ty Stroudsburg, and Max Weber.

In part to mark the 100th anniversary of women’s suffrage in America, the show also revels in the remarkable work of locally and internationally renowned artists Betty Parsons, Esphyr Slobodkina, and Miriam Schapiro, among others.

David Burliuk, Fall Flowers in a Watering Can, 1949, oil on Canvas, Heckscher Museum of Art

The Museum’s Permanent Collection mirrors the commitment to Long Island’s rich artistic environment. The Museum plays a prominent role in the cultural life of Long Islanders, celebrating important art and artwork in the community. This exhibition explores the continuity as well as the changes across decades of Long Island art.

Visitors will also have fun with a large Long Island graphic in the Huntington gallery, where they will be able to share and comment on their Long Island favorites.

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Long Island’s rich and varied environment, and its proximity to the New York City art world, has made it a generative place for local and visiting artists for over a century. This museum-wide exhibition, the first in a series that marks The Heckscher Museum of Art’s 100-year anniversary, celebrates our commitment to preserving and sharing Long Island’s art through our permanent collection. Spanning the nineteenth century to the present, the show brings together the work of more than 85 artists who sourced imagery, ideas, form, and sometimes even materials on Long Island. Their local stories intertwine with national and international histories.

Hans Namuth’s photograph of more than two dozen painters and sculptors clustered on the beach in East Hampton encapsulates the major themes of Locally Sourced: the importance of the landscape, and the significance of artistic exchange. Since the late 1800s, art on Long Island has been shaped by artists interested in living and working outside of large cities, often in proximity to colleagues who were some combination of friends, family, and rivals. Much of their work reflects the region’s beauty and engages the role of land and water in agriculture, fishing, and tourism. Even in some abstract art we can sense light, color, shape, and pattern meant to evoke the natural world. The artists gathered here also made work in dialogue with that of their fellow artists, whether they were creating side by side, or miles and decades apart.    

In the course of exploring Long Island artists’ ties to the landscape and to one another, Locally Sourced emphasizes the achievements of women artists and of artists connected to the town of Huntington. The Museum’s anniversary coincides with the 2020 centennial of women’s right to vote in the United States. In recognition of this milestone we join institutions throughout the country in highlighting art by women, whose voices remain underrepresented in museum collections. A gallery dedicated to “Huntington’s Own” focuses on artists from our immediate area, many of whom have maintained and continue to maintain mutually supportive relationships with the Museum. 

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The Heckscher Museum of Art

The Heckscher Museum of Art, founded in 1920 by philanthropist August Heckscher, is located in scenic Heckscher Park in Huntington, New York. Through its exhibitions and related programs, the Museum provides inspiring and transformative experiences to encourage a broader understanding of the past and present and to enrich life-long learning. The Museum’s collection comprises more than 2,500 works from the 16th to the 21st century, including European and American painting, sculpture, works on paper, and photography. For information about The Heckscher Museum of Art, visit Heckscher.org.

Museum Hours

Wednesday – Friday | 10:00 am – 5:00 pm *

Saturday and Sunday | 11:00 am – 5:00 pm *

Monday and Tuesday | Closed

Admission: $8 Adults; $6 Seniors; $5 Students; Children under 10 FREE

*Huntington Township Residents admitted FREE Wednesdays after 2:00 pm and Saturdays before 1:00 pm. Proof of residency required.

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Free Admission for Active Military Personnel, Veterans, and Family
Available to any bearer of a Geneva Convention Common Access Card (CAC), a DD Form 1173, a DD Form 1173-1, a Veteran’s DD-214, or a Veteran ID card and a driver’s license. Includes active military personnel (Army, Navy, Air Force, Marines, Coast Guard, National Guard, and Reserve) or Veteran and up to five (5) family members (spouse, child, aunt, uncle, grandparent, etc.)

Locally Sourced is Sponsored by

Robin T. Hadley

Andrea B. and Peter D. Klein 

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AAQ Resource: Westhampton Architectural Glass

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