November exhibitions events at Nassau County Museum of Art

Nassau County Museum of Art, The Arnold & Joan Saltzman Fine Art Building

The Nassau County Museum of Art main building, the Arnold & Joan Saltzman Fine Art Building, is closed Nov. 6 through 17 for a show change and will reopen Nov. 18 with Fool the Eye.

The Manes Family Art & Education Center will be open during the show change.



Nov. 18, 2017 through March 4, 2018 at the Saltzman Fine Art Building

Is it a flat surface or is it a sculpture. Is it a photo or is it a painting? Is it wood or is it bronze? Is it rubber or is it steel? Perceptual tricks, optical illusions, a thousand playing cards combined suggest a face. Take a few steps to the right, the image changes; a few steps to the left, maybe another change.

What’s real and what isn’t? A photo starts to look like a painting, a collage like a photo. The real and the unreal become mixed together. All this and more is present in Fool the Eye, a study of how artists use the magic of perceptual illusion to fool viewers into thinking they’re seeing something that’s not there. Expect fascination, intrigue, shock, and astonishment. Fool the Eye is curated by Franklin Hill Perrell in association with Debbie Wells. Together, they organized several past exhibitions at the Museum, including Feast for the Eyes (July 2016), The Moderns: Long Island Collects (July 2015) and Garden Party (March 2014).


At the Saltzman Fine Art Building
2011, 50 minute BBC film
July 22-Nov. 5, 2017
Tuesday-Saturday, Screenings at 11 a.m., 12 p.m., 1 p.m., 3 p.m.*
Sundays, Screenings at 11 a.m. and 12 p.m.*
*with exceptions for special programs
Modern Dreams: Art of America
British art historian Andrew Graham-Dixon traces the role of 19th- and 20th-century artists in helping America to establish its own distinct culture. He goes to New York City to examine the gritty world of John Sloan and George Bellow, the Hamptons for a visit to Jackson Pollock’s studio and to Massachusetts for a fresh take on Norman Rockwell, and also explains how the Great Depression influenced the work of Edward Hopper and Arshile Gorky and inspired Abstract Expressionism, the nation’s first acclaimed art movement. Free with Museum admission; reservations not needed; first come, first seated.

At the Saltzman Fine Art Building
2009, 23-minute film
November 17, 2017-March 4, 2018
Tuesday-Sunday: Screening 11 a.m., 12 p.m., 1 p.m., 3 p.m.*
*with exceptions for special programs
Paper Medium Rare: All Things Paper
There is nothing we wouldn’t put in our mouths in our quest for the perfect meal. But paper? This film visits chefs at the helm of their respective kitchens—where telling the difference between food and paper may not be so easy. No longer do we have to salivate over a delicious-looking picture—now we can literally have our picture and eat it too. Imagine eating the menu after placing your dinner order and munching on a photo taken while you are at a restaurant. Nothing is too crazy, not even paper Campbell soups! Free with Museum admission; reservations not needed; first come, first seated.


October 21, 2017-Januarty 21, 2018
At The Manes Center
Master Class: Josef Albers and His Students
There is nothing like the relationship of teacher and student, a bond that becomes all the more enduring when the student rises to become a notable artist in his or her own right. In the first of a multi-part series devoted to the great artists whose students in turn became stars, timed to coincide with the opening of the first classes at the new Manes Center, this exhibition brings together the Museum’s own Formulation: Articulation portfolio by Josef Albers with notable works by some of his students from Black Mountain College and Yale University. The stunning roll call of Albers’ students includes Robert Rauschenberg, Richard Serra (whose masterwork Plumb Line is a highlight of the sculpture collection), Eva Hesse, Audrey Flack, Robert Mangold, Sol LeWitt, John Chamberlain, Neil Welliver, William Bailey, Chuck Close, Nancy Graves, Brice Marden, Jennifer Bartlett, among so many others. Albers brought his own Bauhaus training in the classrooms of Kandinsky and Klee to the United States, where even his undergraduate classes in drawing became life lessons in thinking and perception. His theory of the interaction of color remains the foundation upon which art, design, architecture and psychology classes on color perception continue to rely.
This exhibition of the work of Josef Albers and his “uber class” of art stars is the first in an exciting series dedicated to the teacher-student relationship in art history. Future shows will focus on the legacies of Auguste Rodin, Hans Hofmann, John Baldessari, Stan Brodsky and other master teachers.

At The Manes Center
2006, 23-minute film
October 21, 2017-January 21, 2018
Tuesday-Sunday, ongoing*
*with exceptions for special programs
Josef and Anni Albers: Art is Everywhere
Sedat Pakay’s film, Josef and Anni Albers: Art is Everywhere, is the first to explore in tandem the lives of these artistic pioneers of 20th-century modernism. Produced in close association with the Josef and Anni Albers Foundation, the documentary includes rare footage of Josef and Anni and a number of unprecedented interviews with people significant in their lives, including Robert Rauschenberg, Sidney Janis, Denise René, John Szarkowski, John Cohen, and Philip Johnson. Free, donations accepted. Reservations not needed

At the Manes Center
Fridays, 9:30-10:30 a.m.
November 3, 10, 17
Fri-Yay Art Day!
Deanna DelSanto
Children and their adult companions investigate color, shape, form and more with hands-on activities. They will have the opportunity to experiment and become familiar with art materials and processes as they discover new skills while nurturing creative expression. Free for members, $5 per child for nonmembers. Reservations not needed.

At The Manes Center
Saturdays, 11 a.m.-3 p.m.
November 4, 11, 18, 25
Studio Saturdays
Drop into The Manes Center to create projects and work inspired by the art on view in the current exhibition. Spend up to an hour exploring a range of materials, techniques, and themes before continuing your exploration out into our lush grounds filled with trails, a sculpture park and gardens. Open to all ages and abilities. Free with Museum admission. Reservations not needed.

Sundays, 1-4 p.m.
Family Tour at 1 p.m. at the Saltzman Fine Art Building
Art Activities, 1:30-4 p.m. at The Manes Center
November 5, 19, 26
Family Sundays at the Museum
Converse, collaborate and create at Family Sundays at the Museum. Be inspired by the works in the galleries, explore new art materials.

Family Sunday allows children and the adults in their lives to take time to reconnect while talking about and making art together. Family art projects draw inspiration from the artworks on view in the Museum’s exhibition, Fool the Eye.

New projects are featured every week. Free with Museum admission. Reservations not needed. Note: not offered on Nov. 12

At The Manes Center
Tuesdays, 9:30-10:30 a.m.
November 7, 14, 21, 28
Story Time
Look, listen and create with picture books and art! Children and their adult companions share story time followed by a walk through the gallery and drawing activities inspired by illustrations in our story book and the art on view. Free for members, $5 per child for nonmembers. Reservations not needed.


Sculpture Park
Approximately 30 works, many of them monumental in size, by renowned artists including Fernando Botero, Tom Otterness, George Rickey and Mark DiSuvero among others, are situated to interact with nature on the museum’s magnificent 145-acre property.

Walking Trails
The museum’s 145 acres include many marked nature trails through the woods, perfect for family hikes or independent exploration.

From restored formal gardens of historic importance to quiet little nooks for dreaming away an afternoon, the museum’s 145 acre property features many lush examples of horticultural arts. Come view our expanded gardens and beautiful new path to the museum.

The Museum is open Tuesday-Sunday, 11 a.m.-4:45 p.m. Admission is $12 for adults, $8 for seniors (62 and above) and $4 for students and children (4 to12). Admission to the Saltzman Fine Art Building includes admission to The Manes Family Art & Education Center. Members are admitted free.

Docent-led tours of the Saltzman Building exhibitions 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. Call (516) 484-9338, ext. 12 to inquire about group tours. The MUSEUM STORE is open Tuesday through Sunday, 11 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Call (516) 484-9338 for current exhibitions, events, days/times and directions or log onto



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