6.1/ Long Island Museum: Lumen Martin Winter’s Murals & Public Works, 6.23 – 9/17


Lumen Martin Winter

Long Island Museum to Showcase

Artist’s Murals, Public Works

Lumen Martin Winter,1961.

On Friday, June 23, the Long Island Museum will present Lumen Martin Winter:  An Artist Rediscovered, on display in the Art Museum through September 17, 2017.  The exhibition, accompanied by a catalog, results from a major donation of the artist’s work, received in 2015. 

From 1935 until his death in 1982, artist Lumen Martin Winter completed over 40 public art projects that were ambitious in scope, scale, and versatility.  He mastered a wide range of media and worked in a variety of genres, not reconciling himself to a single approach.
“There have been so many ‘isms’ in the field of drawing, painting, sculpture, and design,” he once wrote. These “must be avoided if a work of art is to have lasting qualities.”
Winter was an important American public artist for more than 50 years, with major murals and commissions at the United Nations in New York and the AFL-CIO Building in Washington D.C.  In the late 1960s, Winter was chosen by NASA to design the official insignia for lunar missions Apollo XIII-XV. 
Winter’s life as a public artist was story of gradual commercial and critical success.  But after his death, Winter’s profile was diminished, and his name became as obscure as some of the fading frescoes produced in the prime of his career.  Now, for the very first time in a museum setting, Winter’s work is being re-appraised some 35 years after his death. 
Lumen Martin Winter:  An Artist Rediscovered will include more than 90 works of art, from paintings to sculpture, that shed new light on this prolific but not fully appreciated artist

Long Island Museum


Located at 1200 Route 25A in Stony Brook, the Long Island Museum is a Smithsonian Affiliate dedicated inspiring adults and children with an understanding of Long Island’s rich history and diverse culture.  Regular museum hours are Thursday through Saturdayfrom 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.

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