The Art of Long Island’s Forests, Fields and Waters
February 24 / July 30, 2017
Harry Roseland, Pea Pickers, 1888.
From February 24 through July 30, 2017, The Long Island Museum in Stony Brook will showcase Long Island’s rich, bountiful resources in the new exhibition Edible Eden: The Art of Long Island’s Forests, Fields and Waters.
Celebrating the rich agricultural and maritime history of this region, the exhibition includes approximately 20 works by artists who depicted Long Island in the nineteenth century, continually focusing on the island as an edible Eden: its carefully tended fields, its bountiful orchards, its healthy livestock, and its diverse wildlife both in the forest and nearby coastal waters. Each was attainable in great quantity – seemingly limited only by how hard one was willing to work.
The Mount family, Charles Yardley Turner, Harry Roseland, Frederick William Kost, Gaines Ruger Donoho, and other artists serve as guides to the cornucopia of foods that Long Islanders grew, raised, hunted and gathered. Collectively, these works of art are also a testament to rural Americans’ resourcefulness and success at working the land and water.
Edible Eden is sponsored by Astoria Bank; Bank of America, New York Community Bank Foundation; Robert W. Baird Incorporated/Baird Foundation, Inc.; and the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Legislature.
Located at 1200 Route 25A in Stony Brook, the Long Island Museum is a Smithsonian Affiliate dedicated to American history and art with a Long Island connection. Regular museum hours are Thursday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday from noon to 5. For more information about programs and exhibitions, please call 631-751-0066 or visit the museum website at www.longislandmuseum.org.