One Museum Drive
Roslyn Harbor, NY 11576
Description: Laura Cottingham, an artist, critic, writer and curator, discusses the rich lode of scenes of New York in the collection of the New Britain Museum of American Art, among them an Impressionist�s view of Union Square, a home scene on Manhattan�s 57th Street, an en plein air depiction of a creek near Kingston, and a Long Island domestic scene. Cottingham has taught art criticism at Cooper Union, The School of Visual Arts and Columbia University. Well-known on the international art scene, she has appeared before art audiences in London, Paris, Cologne, Berlin, Maastricht, Utrecht, Copenhagen, Vienna, Stockholm and elsewhere. She has served as a guest curator at major art museums in Europe; most recently, she juried the Swedish contemporary art annual. Her writings on art have been translated into several languages, including Russian and Chinese.
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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