The Long Island Museum (LIM) a Smithsonian affiliate dedicated to American history and art with a Long Island connection announced today it will reopen to the public on February 8, 2024 after a seasonal closure. Each year, the LIM closes the Museum to in-person visitation over the holidays and early winter while they install new exhibitions.
The LIM will feature a spectacular lineup of exhibitions that showcase
the vibrant culture and artistic heritage of Long Island.
Finding Hidden Treasures: The Art of Samuel Adoquei – February 8 – June 2, 2024 / History Museum
Experience the first museum retrospective of Samuel Adoquei, a Ghanaian-born, New York-based painter and winner of the Gold Medal in Oil Painting and Best Traditional Oil Painting awards at the Knickerbockers Artists Annual International Exhibition. Adoquei taught at the National Academy of Design, and is still the first and only African artist to teach at all of New York’s major art institutions and academies (in addition to N.A.D., the Art Students League, New York Academy of Art, and the Educational Alliance). Adoquei, whose major portraits and history paintings are known for their ambition, provocation, and technical mastery, has been commissioned to complete portraits of prominent public figures, such as the politician Stacey Abrams. On Long Island, he has painted landscape scenes at Shelter Island, East Hampton, and at the Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory campus.
Finding Hidden Treasures will feature almost 30 works by Adoquei, including his significant 10’-wide triptych The Legacy and Burial of Martin Luther King, a painting featured in the New York Times and displayed at the S. Dillon Ripley Center of the Smithsonian Institution in Washington, DC.
The Power of Two: Artist Couples of Long Island – February 8 – June 30, 2024 / Art Museum
Experience the dynamic interplay of creativity as The Power of Two: Artist Couple of Long Island exhibition showcases over 50 artworks comparing and contrasting the work produced by 14 artist couples of Long Island. From the 1880s to contemporary couples today, this exhibition provides a captivating insight into the collaborative spirit of artist partnerships.
Artists often work in close contact with one another as a way to encourage their artistic and creative innovations, forming clubs, schools, and colonies that have produced some of our most groundbreaking art. All of the couples presented in this exhibition were brought together by art, and chose to join their domestic and family life with their creative output and profession. Examining the influences within these partnerships, differing arrangements can be seen, from deliberately collaborative to unexpectedly subconscious. Mary Nimmo and Thomas Moran together established East Hampton as a burgeoning artist colony with the creation of their home, The Studio, in 1884. He taught her to etch, and she conquered the medium to become internationally recognized. Lee Krasner and Jackson Pollock retreated to their remote Springs studio in 1945 where gestural painting was pushed to its limits, and where Krasner decided that Pollock’s genius was the one to promote and support, even after his death. Judith and Gerson Leiber, over the course of a remarkable 70 year marriage, guided one another to success on the national stage in both the fashion and art worlds, poetically passing away just hours apart on the same day in 2018. These historic couples established Long Island as a place that nurtures artistic partnerships, and contemporary pairs continue this tradition.
Painting Partnership: Reynold and Joan Ruffins – February 8 – June 30, 2024 / Art Museum
Organized in conjunction with The Power of Two, this exhibition presents a unique story of love, creativity, and art. Sharing 60 years of marriage and settling in Sag Harbor in 1992, Painting Partnership features close to 25 paintings and sculptures from the remarkable artistic duo, Reynold Dash Ruffins (1930-2021) and Joan B. Young Ruffins (1932-2013). Reynold began making his mark in graphic and advertising design in the 1950s and the 1960s, later working on such publications as The New York Times Magazine, Gourmet, and Essence, and creating award-winning illustrations for children’s books. Meanwhile, as Joan raised the couple’s four children, she created a studio in the family’s St. Albans home, creating art and teaching both children and adults.
In the 1990s, Reynold and Joan bought a nineteenth-century house on Hampton Street, Sag Harbor. Each found their creative output flourish in this new environment. Reynold began easel painting in Acrylics and taking up abstract and Cubist work. Meanwhile, inspired by the work of Cézanne and other Impressionist painters, Joan painted deftly organized domestic interiors and dramatically-colored landscapes.
Colors of Long Island – February 8 – April 7, 2024 / History Museum
This year marks the 25th Anniversary of the Annual Colors of Long Island Student Art Exhibition which opens on February 8, 2024. The exhibition affords an opportunity for hundreds of students from across Long Island to display their artwork in a museum setting. Art teachers from Long Island’s public and private schools in grades pre-k through 12th grade were invited to submit up to two pieces of student artwork for the exhibition. Traditionally, the theme, “Colors of Long Island,” allows for many creative interpretations. While some students refer to Long Island’s landscapes, others prefer to focus on the cultural diversity that makes Long Island so beautiful. The varying interpretations of this theme will be portrayed through a selection of media, including watercolor, sculpture, pencil, ink, oil pastel, photographs and computer graphics.
The Colors of Long Island exhibition, on view in the History Museum, captures the essence of the region’s landscapes, history, and cultural diversity through the incredible talent of young artists across Long Island.
“This museum is a showcase this spring for all of the beauty and diversity of our region’s art scenes,” said Joshua Ruff, Co-Executive Director of the Long Island Museum. “From outstanding and well-known artists like Lee Krasner and Robert Rauschenburg, to amazing previously under-appreciated painters such as Joan Ruffins and Samuel Adoquei, we think that people will be thrilled with what they see in our galleries. Truly a breath of fresh air to get us into spring.”
The Long Island Museum invites the community to join in the celebration of art and culture, promising an enriching and inspiring experience for visitors of all ages. Visitors can find a full list of available Museum experiences and learn more about what to expect during a visit by visiting: longislandmuseum.org
To become a member of the LIM and to enjoy membership benefits that include free general admission, visit: longislandmuseum.org/support/
Samuel Adoquei painting in a demonstration at the National Academy of Design, c. 2010 Courtesy of Samuel Adoquei
Samuel Adoquei, Rodney, 1995. Oil on Masonite board. 24” x 30” (unframed)
Joan and Reynold Ruffins, c. 1982 Courtesy of the Children of Joan & Reynold Ruffins.
Edith Mitchill Prellwitz, Elegy (or Fate), 1908, oil on canvas, framed 35”H x 52”W;
Collection of Henry & Wendy Prellwitz
Hundreds of student artwork will be on view at the 25th Annual Colors of Long Island: Student Art exhibition
that opens on February 8, 2024 at the Long Island Museum.
Photo credit: Untitled, Bridget Sugrue, Grade 8 Commack Middle School