5.8/ Heckscher Museum of Art: ‘The Art of the Narrative’ — thru 4.15.18

The Heckscher Museum of Art

The Art of Narrative: Timeless Tales and Visual Vignettes

On View Through April 15, 2018

~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~`  Martina Lopez, Heirs Come to Pass, 1991. Heckscher Museum of Art, gift of the Artist. Using art as her visual diary Martina Lopez tells her story through evocative experimental photography in Heirs Come to Pass.




Mythic stories, fantastic fables and timeless literary tales come alive through art. Now on view at The Heckscher Museum of Art, the exhibition, The Art of Narrative: Timeless Tales and Visual Vignettes, explores storytelling in art from the 16th through 20th centuries.

The Art of Narrative highlights works from Heckscher Museum’s rich and varied permanent collection. Whether depicting chronicles from the past, beloved literary works, or scenes from everyday life, the 36 works of art in the exhibit prove the adage that “a picture is worth a thousand words.”

Featuring paintings, sculpture, works on paper, and photographs, The Art of Narrative emphasizes each artist’s unique storytelling voice. An illustration from modernist Arthur Dove; a “Rogers Group” sculpture depicting daily life from John Rogers; experimental photography by Martina Lopez, who calls her work a “visual diary;” and a monumental biographical abstract by pop artist James Rosenquist are among the noteworthy objects presented in the exhibit.

Alonzo Chappel, François Girardon, George Grosz, Daniel Ridgeway Knight, Henry Varnum Poor, Adolf Schreyer, and many others also tell their own expansive stories in The Art of Narrative. 


Related Program:

Exploring Art…Making Memories: Monday, June 19, 2017; 1:00 pm to 2:30pm

Tour of The Art of Narrative. A unique program for individuals living with dementia and their care partners. Specially trained professionals lead an interactive tour of select works and encourage group discussion. Light refreshments. Registration is required. Space is limited.


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



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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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