Now that summer is upon us, many book groups take a few months off to enjoy the warm weather and the ocean breezes. Summer is a wonderful time to plan a visit to a museum with your book group. Below is a sampling of current museum exhibits that are part of SPL’s Museum Pass Program. Museum passes are available for Syosset residents and most passes admit 2 adults and 2 children. To reserve a museum pass, visit www.syossetlibrary.org and click on the museum pass icon or call (516) 921-7161 ext. 239.
CHIHULY – Saturday, April 22, 2017 – Sunday, October 29, 2017
Breathtaking works of art that dazzle with color, light, and form—by day and night. Artworks by world-renowned artist Dale Chihuly are now on view at NYBG in his first major garden exhibition in New York in more than ten years. CHIHULY, presented by Bank of America, showcases more than 20 installations and includes drawings and early works that reveal the evolution and development of Chihuly’s artistic process during his celebrated career. Set within NYBG’s landmark landscape and buildings, this sensory-filled exhibition is a must-see throughout the changing seasons from spring through fall.
To honor the centennial of America’s involvement in World War I, the New-York Historical Society presents a special exhibition examining this monumental event through the eyes of artists. World War I Beyond the Trenches explores how artists across generations, aesthetic sensibilities, and the political spectrum used their work to depict, memorialize, promote, or oppose the divisive conflict.
Old Westbury Gardens is pleased to invite you to a one of a kind art exhibition featuring the work of internationally renowned sculptor Seward Johnson. Johnson’s life size bronze sculptures will be on display throughout the historic Westbury House and the magnificent
Gardens and will feature two of the artist’s most popular series: “Celebrating the Familiar” and “Beyond the Frame” and will also feature 32 individual pieces of Johnson’s work. These works focus on sculptural commentary about day-to-day life and Johnson’s love of nature and French Impressionism. -Lisa Jones, Readers’ Services Librarian
This article first appeared in the Syosset Public Library”s newsletter, The Book Club Insider, July 2017 issue.
The Guggenheim MuseumStorylines: Contemporary Art at the Guggenheim Brings together over one hundred works from the Guggenheim’s contemporary collection, Storylines examines the diverse ways in which artists today engage narrative through installation, painting, photography, sculpture, video, and performance. (Now through Sept. 9th.)
Long Island Museum of American Art, History & Carriages Gilding the Coast: Art and Design of Long Island’s Great Estate Era Well over 1,000 estates were built across Nassau & Suffolk Counties between 1870’s and WW II. This exhibits takes a close look at the artistic design of some of these grand estates. (June 26th-Oct. 25th).
Museum of Modern ArtScorsese CollectsMoMA presents 34 works from the Scorsese Poster Collection. The installation is centered around a rare, billboard-size poster for the 1951 film The Tales of Hoffmann, and features other large-format pieces. (Now through Oct. 25th). Yoko Ono: One Woman Show, 1960-1971: First exhibition dedicated exclusively to the work of Yoko Ono. (Now through Sept. 7th).
New York Botanical Garden Frida Kahlo: Art, Garden, Life Fourteen of Kahlo’s works are on display in the Garden’s Art Gallery. They were selected for their use of detailed plant imagery. Kahlo created a beautiful garden at the Casa Azul (Blue House), her lifelong home in Coyoacán, Mexico City. Elements of the garden at the Casa Azul are evoked in the Enid A. Haupt Conservatory so that Garden visitors may learn more about Kahlo’s connection to the natural world. (Now through Nov. 1st.)