One Museum Drive
Roslyn Harbor, NY 11576
Description: Marc Chagall is a major exhibition that includes a significant selection of about half of Chagall’s 1957 series of hand-colored etchings of Bible stories, a series never before seen on Long Island. The exhibition portrays this important and loved artist as a storyteller, demonstrating how Chagall, throughout a long and distinguished career, incorporated facets of his early Russian-Jewish heritage into multilayered works. Chagall’s storytelling paintings portray a fantastic pictorial world where heaven and earth seem to meet. It’s a world where people and animals—cows, goats, donkeys, horses and birds—float upside down or sideways, irrespective of the laws of gravity, and couples are always in love. Chagall’s hypersensitive imagination is palpable as he shares with the viewer his memories of family in brilliantly colored works set amidst the houses and streets of his native Vitebsk. The exhibition runs through November 4, 2012.
Venue Description: Spanning 145 acres, the Nassau County Museum of Art is one of the largest suburban fine arts museums in the country. The museum includes formal gardens, outdoor sculptures, the Arnold & Joan Saltzman Fine Art Building, and the Art Space for Children. The Saltzman museum is housed in a Georgian mansion designed by Ogden Codman Jr., and features mainly 19th-, 20th-, and 21st-century works, including internationally acclaimed and local artists. Its permanent collection includes the likes of Edouard Vuillard, Pierre Bonnard, and Roy Lichtenstein.
The Art Space for Children, housed in a separate building, features changing exhibitions of topics and material of interest to children. Family Sundays, free with admission, offer a day of hands-on art activities and gallery. Art classes are available for all ages and a special summer program is put on in July and August. Once outside the museum's walls, visitors can explore vast gardens designed by Marian Coffin, considered some of her finest. The gardens include specialty sections devoted solely to roses or azaleas, as well as fountains, shrubs, and walkways. The Sculpture Garden has 40 sculptures that interact with the natural environment.
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