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Hofstra University Museum Presents “Over the River: Transforming Long Island”

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Paintings, prints, photographs, and actual planning documents exploring Long Island’s environment and infrastructure and how they transformed from the late 19th-21st centuries are the subject of Over the River: Transforming Long Island, presented by the Hofstra University Museum, September 6-December 16, 2016, at Emily Lowe Gallery. The exhibition looks at the construction of bridges, tunnels and roadways that connect Long Island to New York City and their impact on the landscape.

Curated by Museum associate director of exhibitions and collections Karen T. Albert, the exhibition also addresses issues of suburban planning and development, sustainability, and an altered environment. Featured artists include Marilyn Bridges, Margery Caggiano, Joseph Constantino, Robert Bruce Crane, Janet Culbertson, Louis Lozowick, Antonia Masi, Barbara Roux, Emily Trueblood, Andy Warhol, and Lumen Martin Winter.

An opening reception will take place on Thursday, September 15, 4-6 p.m. with Dr. Robert Brinkmann, Hofstra University vice provost for scholarship and excellence serving as guest host and speaker. Dr. Brinkmann is an expert on sustainability issues. The reception is free and open to the public.

An illustrated catalogue with an essay by Ms. Albert accompanies the exhibit, as do in-gallery interpretive materials including an interactive touch screen kiosk with information about the artists and the history of Long Island, and large-print versions of wall text are available for the visually impaired.

Beth E. Levinthal, executive director of the Hofstra University Museum said, “Nineteenth century bucolic Long Island was a very different place from the 21st century sprawling suburban Long Island we know today.  Over the River: Transforming Long Island allows audiences to explore the dynamic and evolving history of our region.  We thank the New York State Council on the Arts, Astoria Bank, and the National Center for Suburban Studies at Hofstra University for their support in bringing this exhibition to the public.”

Those interested in this historic subject matter may want to participate in some specialized programming that is being planning in conjunction with the exhibition:

Friday, September 16, 2-3 p.m. Bethpage Federal Credit Union Global Explorations for Adults features Karen T. Albert discussing The Changing Long Island Landscape. $7 general and $5 for seniors (65+).

Thursday, November 10: Suburban Sustainability: A Symposium presented by the Hofstra Cultural Center, features tours of the exhibit.  Contact the Hofstra Cultural Center at 516-463-5669 for further information.

Friday, November 18, 2016, 2-3 p.m. Long Island and the Creative Word. Kelly McMasters, Hofstra assistant professor of English and director of publishing studies, will help participants create individual written responses to exhibited works. McMasters, who teaches nonfiction writing in Hofstra’s MFA in Creative Writing program, is the author of Welcome to Shirley: A Memoir from an Atomic Town, which was listed as one of Oprah’s top 5 summer memoirs. $7 general and $5 for seniors (65+).

September through December, 1:30 – 2:30 p.m., families with children ages 5-10 may create their own works of art during Second Saturdays at the Hofstra University Museum at Emily Lowe Gallery. Themed topics include:  Span It!; Locate It!; Move It!; Transform It!  Advance registration is required.  Program fees: $7 per child per session when prepaid ($9 when paid the day of the program); $12 per child for two sessions prepaid; $18 per child for three sessions prepaid; $21 for all four sessions prepaid.

For more information about this exhibit and associated public programs please call (516) 463-5672 or visit the Hofstra University Museum website at hofstra.edu/museum.

Hofstra University Museum has been awarded the highest honor a museum can receive, continued accreditation by the American Alliance of Museums (AAM). Approximately 3% of museums nationwide have earned this distinguished recognition. Accreditation certifies that the Hofstra University Museum operates according to professional standards, manages its collections responsibly and provides quality service to the public.

Top Image:

Andy Warhol (American, 1928-1987)

Brooklyn Bridge, 1983

Screenprint on Lenox Museum Board

Extra, out of edition.  Designated for research and education purposes only.

39 3/8 x 39 3/8 in.

Hofstra University Museum Collections, Gift of The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts, Inc., HU2014.10

© The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts, Inc.

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