With frequent displays of world-class exhibitions and numerous programs that engage community members of all ages, the Nassau County Museum of Art is ranked among the nation’s most important suburban art museums. Here’s Doris Meadows, the museum’s public relations manager, to tell us about the museum and their newest exhibition, Garden Party, a colorful, festive harbinger of spring.
DayPlanIt: For first-time visitors of the Nassau County Museum of Art, what should they expect?
Doris Meadows: World-class exhibitions and stellar public and educational programming for Long Islanders! The museum’s permanent collection includes more than 500 art objects, spans American and European art of the 19th and 20th centuries, and encompasses all types of media, with works by Rodin, Braque, Vuillard, Bonnard, Lichtenstein, Rivers, Rauschenberg, Chaim Gross, Moses Soyer, Frank Stella, and Alex Katz among many others. In addition, our programs encourage the whole family to access and appreciate art in ways that best suit their personal interests, from viewing our collection or rotating exhibitions or attending informative lectures and tours. The grounds are also an elegant space to be admired by lovers of landscape architecture, studied by historic preservationists, but most of all, a place to stroll, sit, and enjoy nature in a setting designed by a master landscape architect.
DayPlanIt: We are very excited to hear about the museum’s newest exhibition, Garden Party. Can you tell us more about this exhibition?
DM: We have gorgeous, lush works – paintings, sculptures, costumes, fabrics, floral arrangements and flower motifs in decorative arts and design. The project also takes advantage of the museum’s incomparable property, richly embellished with beautiful gardens and sculpture. Garden Party explores the imagery of fête champêtre—outdoor entertainments and garden parties. The exhibition is organized by guest curators Franklin Hill Perrell, the museum’s former senior curator, and JoAnne Olian, curator emeritus at the Museum of the City of New York. This exhibition is organized thematically by season, beginning with a stunning portrayal of spring through a monumental mural by Robert Kushner. Works by artists from many different traditions are on view, including Chagall, Hockney, Mapplethorpe, O’Keeffe, Prendergast, Rivers, Rosenquist, Tiffany and many more!
DayPlanIt: Visiting the Nassau County Museum of Art, we were taken by the landscaping and architecture, and eager to learn about the rich history behind the museum and its setting. Can you tell us more?
DM: The Frick Estate, the main building, is an incredible three-story Georgian mansion that exemplifies Gold Coast architecture of the late 19th century. The estate is situated on a spectacular 145-acre property with formal gardens of historic importance, a sculpture park, the ponds, woodlands, an architecturally-significant restored trellis, rare specimen trees and marked walking trails. The sculpture garden is one of the largest publicly accessible sculpture gardens on the East Coast, with more than 40 sculptures.
DayPlanIt: Can you tell us more about the adult, family and children’s programs you offer?
DM: The museum has activities and programs for people of every age and every interest. Our family programs are very popular because they give busy families a way to spend quality time together. We also have programs for adult groups, senior programs, and programs that serve people with memory disorders, children on the autism spectrum and many others. The museum’s professional education staff is augmented by more than 350 volunteers who serve in office support roles and with the public, at the museum and in off site venues such as libraries and senior centers. Serving many populations is central to the museum’s mission.
Nassau County Museum of Art presents Garden Party from March 8, 2014 to July 6, 2014. The exhibition is organized by guest curators Franklin Hill Perrell, the museum’s former senior curator, and JoAnne Olian, curator emeritus at the Museum of the City of New York. Garden Party explores the imagery of fête champêtre—outdoor entertainments and garden parties—through paintings, sculpture, costume, fabrics and decorative arts and designs.
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To learn more about the current exhibition, Garden Party, visit: http://www.nassaumuseum.org/exhibits_current.php