ROSLYN, NY – In a sweeping showcase of modern art, Nassau County Museum of Art opened two exhibitions, Selections from the Saltzman Family Collection and Long Island Collects Modern Art on Saturday, July 25. The exhibitions remain on view through November 8, 2015. The previous advance announcement of the showing of the Saltzman Family Collection is replaced by these two exhibitions that together fall under the title THE MODERNS: Chagall, Degas, Léger, Miró, Picasso and more….
Joan Saltzman of Sands Point. Her late husband, Hon. Arnold A. Saltzman, was a prominent art collector. Some of the family’s holdings were loaned to “Selections from the Saltzman Family Collection.” Photo: Andrew Cohen
The Moderns: Selections from the Saltzman Family Collection continues celebrations of the Museum’s 25th anniversary year with an exhibition of early 20th-century modern art. The exhibition honors the Museum’s Founding President, the late Ambassador Arnold A. Saltzman, who during his life formed one of America’s great private collections of early modernist painting and sculpture.
The exhibition includes works by well-known modernists such as Marc Chagall, Joan Miró, Constantin Brancusi, Edgar Degas, Robert Delaunay, Pablo Picasso, Fernand Léger and many others.
The Moderns: Long Island Collects Modern Art, organized by guest curator Franklin Hill Perrell, draws together choice examples of 20th-century art from significant Long Island collections. This special presentation embraces a wide range of treasures by pioneering artists of the modernist era, among them Matisse, Monet, Renoir, Dali, Léger, Chagall, Miró, Toulouse-Lautrec and others.
Frank Olt: New Work:
Frank Olt’s colorful and dynamic installation of small-scale work will occupy Nassau County Museum of Art’s Contemporary Gallery in a solo exhibition, Frank Olt: New Work. A product of New York’s minimalist tradition, Olt was an artist in residence at MoMA’s famed PS 1 gallery.
He is a member of the art department faculty of LIU Post. A Long Islander, Olt’s abstractions form a unique hybrid of ceramics and painting. Frank Olt: New Work is on view July 25-November 8, 2015.
Frank Olt’s small scale artwork occupies Nassau County Museum of Art’s Contemporary Gallery in a solo exhibition, Frank Olt: New Work. A product of New York’s minimalist tradition, Olt was an artist in residence at MoMA’s famed PS 1 gallery. Photo: Andrew Cohen
On Saturday, September 20, from 3 to 4 p.m., as part of the Artist in the Galleries series, Olt will greet museum visitors in the Contemporary Gallery and answer questions about his work and career. This event is free with museum admission; reservations are not needed.
Posters of the Russian Revolution: 1917-1921
In the stormy period that began with the 1917 October Revolution, poster art became a principal means of communicating the ideals of Communism to the largely illiterate peasantry of Russia. Graphic, inexpensively produced posters carried the Revolution’s message and served to capture the minds and souls of the masses.
These vibrant posters, depicting the new collective means of production in mines, fields and factories, were designed and executed by some of the foremost Russian artists of the time. This exhibition is comprised of a collection of Russian revolutionary posters that was gifted to Nassau County Museum of Art by the Arnold A. Saltzman Family Foundation.
“THE MODERNS” Open July 25-November 8
The Museum is offering several public programs that will serve to enhance and illuminate the works on view. The Brown Bag Lecture series of exhibition talks will be presented on August 27, September 24 and October 29. Jake Gorst, author of a book on his grandfather, modernist architect Andrew Geller, presents a talk on his famous relative on September 26. Art historian Miriam Brumer discusses works in the Saltzman family collection on October 17. On November 7, Shirley Romaine discusses Serge Sabarsky, who mounted exhibitions of German and Austrian Expressionist works beginning in 1989 when he was the first director of the newly privatized Nassau County Museum of Art. A 30-minute documentary, Edgar Degas of Dandies, Ballerinas and Women Ironing, screens daily. Please visit nassaumuseum.org/events for details and registration information.
Nassau County Museum of Art is located at One Museum Drive in Roslyn Harbor, just off Northern Boulevard, Route 25A, two traffic lights west of Glen Cove Road. The museum is open Tuesday-Sunday, 11 a.m.-4:45 p.m. Docent-led tours of the exhibition are offered at 2 p.m. each day; tours of the mansion are offered each Saturday at 1 p.m.; meet in the lobby, no reservations needed. Tours are free with museum admission. Family tours and art activities are offered Sundays from 1 pm; free with museum admission. Call (516) 484-9338, ext. 12 to inquire about group tours. Admission is $10 for adults, $8 for seniors (62 and above) and $4 for students with ID and children aged 4 to 12. Members and children under 4 are admitted free. The Museum Store is open Tuesday through Sunday, 11 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Call (516) 484-9337 for current exhibitions, events, days/times and directions or log onto nassaumuseum.org.
Nassau County Museum of Art is chartered and accredited by New York State as a not-for-profit private educational institution and is governed by a privately elected Board of Trustees. The Museum and its programs are made possible through the support of Nassau County under County Executive Edward P. Mangano and the Nassau County Legislature; the Board of Trustees and Museum Members; Sponsors of Exhibitions and Events, Government and Foundation Grants, Corporate and Private Donors as well as earned income.