The Heckscher Museum of Art Presents Two New Exhibitions: Thaddeus Holownia: Walden Revisited & Earth Muse: Art and the Environment
The Heckscher Museum of Art Presents Two New Exhibitions:
Thaddeus Holownia: Walden Revisited
Earth Muse: Art and the Environment
On View April 15 to July 30, 2017
Huntington, NY – The Heckscher Museum of Art is celebrating nature with two spring exhibitions focused on art and the environment: Thaddeus Holownia: Walden Revisited and Earth Muse: Art and the Environment.
Thaddeus Holownia, Walden Revisited; Thoreau’s Cove, 2003. Courtesy of the Artist; Corkin Gallery, Toronto
Inspired by nature’s grandeur and Henry David Thoreau’s essays, Canadian photographer Thaddeus Holownia visited Walden Woods over a period of two years, two months and two days. The result is Thaddeus Holownia: Walden Revisited, a full-gallery, large-scale installation of his series 24 Tree Studies for Henry David Thoreau. The exhibit creates a stunning and imposing portrait of the forest at Walden Pond. On view April 15 to July 30, 2017.
Holownia’s time spent on the project is significant: it is the same amount of time spent at Walden Pond in Concord, Massachusetts by 19th century American naturalist and poet Henry David Thoreau. (July 12 will mark Thoreau’s 200th birthday.) Holownia hiked and photographed the site, which is remarkably true to its appearance in Thoreau’s day. The monumental images in the exhibit focus closely on individual trees, encouraging meditation on both nature’s beauty and the passage of time.
Winn Rea, Topo Shift: Upper Saanac, 2016. Courtesy of the Artist.
Earth Muse: Art and the Environment, presents the work of varied artists who are inspired by Earth’s beauty and diversity. Aerial photos of Long Island waters by Alex Ferrone, photograms of ocean waves by Melissa Fleming, and topographical constructions of the Adirondacks by Winn Rea encourage an alternate view of familiar landscapes. The exhibit also considers man’s impact on the environment, as seen in the work of Michelle Stuart, Peter Beard, Brandon Ballengée, and Barbara Roux. On view April 15 to July 30, 2017.
Gallery Talk: Sunday, April 30, 2017; 1:00 to 2:30 PM
Earth Muse Artists Alex Ferrone, Melissa Fleming, and Winn Rea talk about their work and inspiration. They will discuss their creative process and how artists around the world are reacting to the impact and influence of the environment. Free with Museum Admission
Community Art Installation: Sunday, June 4, 2017; 2:00 to 4:00 PM
Families can build a “Nest of Creativity” with Tonito Valderrama to celebrate World Environment Day. Valderrama, an educator and artist, will talk about fine feathered friends and lead participants in building a larger-than-life nest sculpture. The event takes place outdoors in beautiful Heckscher Park. (Rain Date: June 12). This program is presented in collaboration with Art League of Long Island “Art in the Park” Fine Art & Craft Fair in Heckscher Park June 3 and 4.
About 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.
Wednesday - Friday | 10:00 am - 5:00 pm *
Saturday and Sunday | 11:00 am - 5:00 pm *
Monday and Tuesday | Closed
*Huntington Township Residents admitted FREE Wednesdays after 2:00 pm and Saturdays before 1:00 pm. Proof of residency required.
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