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.
SPL has a new museum addition to our Museum Pass Program: the New York Transit Museum. Housed underground in an authentic 1936 subway station, the NYTM is the largest museum of public transportation in the country. Located in Brooklyn, the museum exhibits blend science, art and design with NYC history to tell the story of mass transportation.
We have 2 membership cards to the NYTM, each card will admit 2 adults and 2 children. The museum is closed on Mondays and major holidays. This pass is now available for patrons to reserve in Tixkeeper.
Most states have a state flower, a state bird, state insect (lots of bees and butterflies). But did you know some states have a state poem? Indiana, Massachusetts, New Mexico, Oklahoma and Tennessee all have state poems which you can read here.
The Archive of Recorded Poetry and Literature at the Library of Congress offers a chance to listen to poets reading their own works. Sample Allen Ginsburg, Ray Bradbury, Anne Sexton, Maxine Kumin and Joyce Carol Oates. One of the gems in the collection is a 1959 interview with Robert Frost in which he recites some of his poems.
Do you want to find a copy of particular poem you remember? Check Litfinder in the library’s collection of databases. You can search by poem or by poet’s name.
Today there is a position at the Library of Congress called the Poet Laureate Consultant in Poetry. Until 1986 there was a similar position called the Consultant in Poetry to the Library of Congress. On the Syosset Library’s third floor is a display of books of some of the American poets who have held these positions. Perhaps you will discover a new poet to enjoy or rekindle interest in an old favorite.
Wouldn’t this month be an appropriate time to visit the birthpace of Long Island’s own Walt Whitman? The library has a museum pass to let you explore the site for free. Reserve the pass online or call 516-921-7161 ext. 239.
Syosset Public Library has added The Jewish Museum to the Museum Pass Program. Located at 5th Avenue at 92nd Street, The Jewish Museum maintains a unique collection of over 30,000 works of fine art, antiquities, folk art and broadcast media which reflect the global Jewish experience for over more than 4,000 years. The Jewish Museum is a distinctive hub for art and Jewish culture for people of all backgrounds.
We have 2 separate passes to the Jewish Museum. Each pass contains 2 membership passes which allow admittance for 2 adults. Children ages 18 and under are free and do not require a pass. The museum is closed on Wednesdays. This pass is now available to reserve on the Museum Pass page of our website.
For additional information regarding visiting hours and exhibits please visit The Jewish Museum website.
The Syosset Public Library has added the Brooklyn Botanic Garden to the Museum Pass Program. Located in the borough of Brooklyn the BBG was founded in 1910 and is located in Prospect Park. The BBG sits on 52 acres which include gardens within gardens, over 10,000 plant collections and more than 200 cherry trees.
Syosset Public Library patrons can now reserve this pass online through our website or by calling or visiting the Readers’ Services Desk. We have two passes to the gardens, each will admit 2 adults and 2 children ages 16 and under. The gardens are closed on Mondays. Please contact Readers’ Services at 516 921-7161 ext. 239 or visit our website for more information.
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.)