Nassau County Museum of Art: Exhibitions



thru November 8, 2015

Chagall, Les chardons, 1931Marc Chagall, Les Chardons, 1931

Fernand Leger Un Chien et oiseu dans le paysage, 1952 oil on canvas 25x36 inches Harvey ManesFernand Leger, Un Chien et oiseu dans le paysage, 1952. Oil on canvas. 25×36 inches. Harvey Manes

In a sweeping showcase of modern art, Nassau County Museum of Art presents two exhibitions, Selections from the Saltzman Family Collection and Long Island Collects Modern Art. The exhibitions open on July 25 and remain on view through November 8, 2015. These two exhibitions fall under the title

THE MODERNS: Chagall, Degas, Léger, Miró, Picasso and more….
THE MODERNS: Selections from the Saltzman Family Collection continues celebrations of the Museum’s 25th anniversary year with an exhibition of early 20th-century modern art. The exhibition honors the Museum’s Founding President, the late Ambassador Arnold A. Saltzman, who during his life formed one of America’s great private collections of early modernist painting and sculpture. The exhibition includes works by well-known modernists such as Marc Chagall, Joan Miró, Constantin Brancusi, Edgar Degas, Robert Delaunay, Pablo Picasso, Fernand Léger and many others.

THE MODERNS: Long Island Collects Modern Art, organized by guest curator Franklin Hill Perrell, draws together choice examples of 20th-century art from significant Long Island collections. This special presentation embraces a wide range of treasures by pioneering artists of the modernist era, among them Matisse, Monet, Renoir, Dali, Léger, Chagall, Miró, Toulouse-Lautrec and others.

The Museum is offering several public programs that will serve to enhance and illuminate the works on view. The Brown Bag Lecture series of exhibition talks will be presented on September 24 and October 29. Jake Gorst, author of a book on his grandfather, modernist architect Andrew Geller, presents a talk on his famous relative on September 26. Art historian Miriam Brumer discusses works in the Saltzman family collection on October 17. On November 7, Shirley Romaine discusses Serge Sabarsky, who mounted exhibitions of German and Austrian Expressionist works beginning in 1989 when he was the first director of the newly privatized Nassau County Museum of Art. A 30-minute documentary, Edgar Degas of Dandies, Ballerinas and Women Ironing, screens daily. Please visit for details and registration information.



July 25-November 8, 2015

Posters of the Russian Revolution: 1917-1921

Deni, Comrade Lenin...Earth ca. 1920Viktor Deni
, Comrade Lenin Purging the Unclean from the Earth, ca. 1920
Color lithograph, unnumbered edition. 
Nassau County Museum of Art; Gift of the Arnold A. Saltzman Family Foundation.


In the stormy period that began with the 1917 October Revolution, poster art became a principal means of communicating the ideals of Communism to the largely illiterate peasantry of Russia. Graphic, inexpensively produced posters carried the Revolution’s message and served to capture the minds and souls of the masses. These vibrant posters, depicting the new collective means of production in mines, fields and factories, were designed and executed by some of the foremost Russian artists of the time. Offered in conjunction with Selections from the Saltzman Family Collection, this exhibition is comprised of a collection of Russian revolutionary posters that was gifted to Nassau County Museum of Art by the Arnold A. Saltzman Family Foundation.



July 25-November 8, 2015

Frank Olt: New Works


Frank Olt’s colorful and dynamic installation of small-scale work occupies Nassau County Museum of Art’s Contemporary Gallery in Frank Olt: New Works, a solo exhibition that is on view through Sunday, November 8, 2015.

On Saturday, September 20, from 3 to 4 p.m., as part of the Artist in the Galleries series, Olt will greet museum visitors in the Contemporary Gallery and answer questions about his work and career. This event is free with museum admission; reservations are not needed.

A product of New York’s minimalist tradition, Olt’s abstractions form a unique hybrid of ceramics and painting. A resident of Oyster Bay, the artist maintains studios in Manhattan and Oyster Bay. He is a member of the art department at LIU Post and has held the post of artist-in-residence at MoMA’s famed PS 1 gallery.

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New Exhibition!


November 21, 2015-March 6, 2016

Maxfield Parrish: Paintings and Prints

Works by the American imagist Maxfield Parrish (1870-1966), one of the greats of the Golden Age of Illustration. From the National Museum of American Illustration, Newport, Rhode Island.

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Sculpture Park

Botero, Man on Horseback

Fernando Botero. Man on Horseback, 1984. Bronze. 98 3/8 x 76 x 52 inches. Extended Loan, The Metropolitan Museum of Art.

Otterness, Free Money

Tom Otterness. Free Money. Bronze, 2001. Nassau County Museum of Art. Gift of the Museum’s Contemporary Collectors Circle.


Allen Bertoldi. Wood Duck, 1979. Painted steel 15 x 15 x 1 foot . Nassau County Museum of Art, . Gift of the Nassau County Museum Association.

Reginato, Casanova Brown

Peter Reginato. Casanova Brown, 1984. Welded and polychromed steel. 111 x 80 x 57 inches. Nassau County Museum of Art. Gift of Mr. James Sollins.

Approximately 40 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.


Docent Led Exhibition Tours, Tuesday-Sunday at 2 p.m.
Docent Led Family Tours, Sundays at 1 p.m.
Tours are free with museum admission

Nassau County Museum of Art is located at One Museum Drive in Roslyn Harbor, just off Northern Boulevard, Route 25A, two traffic lights west of Glen Cove Road. The museum is open Tuesday-Sunday, 11 a.m.-4:45 p.m. Docent-led tours of the exhibition 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. Family art activities and family tours are offered Sundays from 1 pm; free with museum admission. Call (516) 484-9338, ext. 12 to inquire about group tours. Admission is $10 for adults, $8 for seniors (62 and above) and $4 for students and children (4 to12). Members are admitted free. The Museum Store is open Tuesday through Sunday, 11 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Call (516) 484-9337 for current exhibitions, events, days/times and directions or log onto

Please Note: Through the showing of “The Moderns” (closing November 8), there are additional weekend exhibition tours. Tours are offered Saturdays and Sundays at 2 p.m. and 3 p.m.

Closed for Show Change
November 9–20
Reopening November 21 with New Exhibition



Nassau County Museum of Art is chartered and accredited by New York State as a not-for-profit private educational institution and is governed by a privately elected Board of Trustees. The Museum and its programs are made possible through the support of Nassau County under County Executive Edward P. Mangano and the Nassau County Legislature; the Board of Trustees and Museum Members; Sponsors of Exhibitions and Events, Government and Foundation Grants, Corporate and Private Donors as well as earned income.


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