The Rains are Changing Fast:

New Acquisitions in Context

Open March 23, 2024


Huntington, NY Brimming with significant additions to the permanent collection from the past five years, The Rains are Changing Fast: New Acquisition in Context is on view at The Heckscher Museum of Art beginning March 23.

The new acquisitions include nationally and internationally renowned artists such as Judy Chicago, Odili Donald Odita, Courtney M. Leonard, Alison Saar, and Richard Mayhew.

These new additions are shown alongside artwork that has long anchored the Museum’s collection. Renowned landscape painters of the nineteenth century, George Inness and Thomas Moran are represented alongside American modernists Georgia O’Keeffe, Josef Albers, and Helen Torr as well as work from the contemporary artists acquired recently. Viewed together, these new and beloved paintings, sculptures, photographs, prints, and videos reveal the diverse ways in which artists contend with environmental and cultural transformation. The resulting visual conversations emphasize the Museum’s ongoing commitment to social concerns, environmental issues, and Long Island’s diverse communities.

The exhibition spans time, geography, and artistic genre to reveal how the Museum continues to collect art that engages with the changing world outside its walls. 


[Image above: Odili Donald Odita, Horizon, 2001, acrylic on canvas.
Gift from the Collection of Ninah and Michael Lynne.]



This exhibition takes its title from a 2021 video by Christine Sciulli, a nod to ways in which artists contend with environmental and cultural change.

Created over a span of 175 years by some fifty artists, the artwork on view is united by shared engagements with landscape, allegory, and abstraction. Some, like Richard Mayhew’s Pescadero (2014) or George Inness’s The Pasture, Durham, Connecticut (c. 1879), present luminous, if precarious, visions of the American landscape. Others, including Deborah Buck’s They Had Stars in Their Eyes (2020) and Dorothy Dehner’s Landscape (1976), employ modes of abstraction that speak to issues of gender and materiality. [Image: Georgia O’Keeffe, Machu Picchu, Peru, c. 1956, watercolor on paper. Gift of the Baker/Pisano Collection.]

This exhibition is organized by Dr. Meredith A. Brown, Consulting Curator of Contemporary Art,
and Dr. Karli Wurzelbacher, Chief Curator.



The Heckscher Museum of Art is in its second century as a source of art and inspiration on Long Island. Founded by philanthropists Anna and August Heckscher in 1920, the Museum’s collection comprises more than 2,300 works from the 16th to the 21st century, including European and American painting, sculpture, works on paper, and photography. Located in scenic Heckscher Park in Huntington, the building is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

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