Long Island Museum: ‘…Robert Moses and Modern Long Island’ / June 22 – Oct 28

The Land of Moses

Robert Moses and Modern Long Island 

From June 22 through October 28, 2018, the Long Island Museum will present The Land of Moses: Robert Moses and Modern Long Island, a new exhibition on the development of this island we call home.
Prolific. Brash. Strategically brilliant. One of the most controversial figures in Long Island history. Builder Robert Moses (1888-1981) helped determine the environments in which we continue to live. The Land of Moses: Robert Moses and Modern Long Island, will reappraise this American icon. More than any other 20th century figure, Moses redefined transportation infrastructure and the recreational and cultural possibilities for generations of Long Islanders.
The Land of Moses focuses on Moses’s complex signature on bridges, parks, highways and more. Featuring objects from Moses’s personal life, architectural models, paintings, historical photographs, and film and audio clips, this exhibition will measure his legacies as an extraordinary builder and planner. From the creation of his Long Island State Parks Commission blueprint in 1924, to his late career disappointments that included the proposed (but not built) Rye-Oyster Bay Bridge in 1973, Moses’s remarkable efforts cannot be overstated. His decisive and powerful embrace of the automobile – “we live in a motorized civilization,” he once wrote – nurtured the region’s rapid suburbanization, even as it introduced profound new challenges in modern life. Ultimately, the significance of Moses’ life continues to be debated nearly 40 years after his death.
The Land of Moses will be on display in the Long Island Museum’s Visitors Center through October 28 and will be accompanied by a series of public programs (exact dates and times TBD). For more information visit longislandmuseum.org.
Located at 1200 Route 25A in Stony Brook, the Long Island Museum is a Smithsonian Affiliate dedicated to enhancing the lives of adults and children with an understanding of Long Island’s rich history and diverse cultures. Regular exhibition hours (unless otherwise noted), are Thursday through Saturday,10 a.m. – 5 p.m. and Sunday, noon – 5 p.m.  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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