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50 Works Celebrate 50 Years of Excellence Hofstra University Museum Celebrates Its Golden Anniversary

Hofstra University, Hempstead, NY – The exhibition 50/50: Celebrating Fifty Years of the Hofstra University Museum, on view from Through March 28, 2013 in the Museum’s Emily Lowe Gallery, celebrates the Museum’s 50th anniversary, highlighting gifts added to the permanent collection since 2006.

This golden anniversary exhibition, curated by the Museum’s Associate Director of Exhibitions and Collections Karen T. Albert, highlights the breadth and depth of the collection through just 50 of the 605 acquisitions donated during the tenure of Executive Director Beth Levinthal, who joined the Museum in 2006. The featured works include paintings, prints, photographs and drawings by 20th- and 21st-century American, Latino, and European artists such as Luis Cruz Azaceta, Henri Cartier-Bresson, Stanley Brodsky, Lucien Clergue, Yonia Fain, April Gornick, Robert Kipniss, Howardena Pindell, Robert Rauschenberg, Donald Resnick, Alison Saar, W. Eugene Smith and Stanley Twardowicz, among others. Additionally, the exhibition includes Pre-Columbian figures and vessels as well as early to mid-20th century African masks.

Ms. Levinthal said, “The 50th anniversary provides a meaningful opportunity to showcase a portion of the dynamic works of art that have been gifted to the Museum since 2006.  Each work has helped refine and reshape the Museum’s exhibition opportunities and educational outreach.”

A fully-illustrated catalog, 50/50: Celebrating Fifty Years of the Hofstra University Museum accompanies the exhibit. Supplemental materials including artist biographies and information about artistic processes which will be available on a touch screen kiosk in the gallery. A brochure for guided looking will enhance visitor experiences.

The golden anniversary exhibition reception will be held Tuesday, February 26, at 5 p.m. and will feature remarks by Hofstra University President Stuart Rabinowitz, and contemporary artist Howardena Pindell, whose work is included in the exhibition. Creative Expressions: Student Salon will feature performances by Hofstra University students amidst the works in the exhibition on Sunday, March 10, at 3pm. Both programs are free and open to the public.

For more information on this exhibit and associated public programs please call (516) 463-5672 or visit the Hofstra University website at

The Hofstra University Museum has been awarded the highest honor a museum can receive, continued accreditation by the American Alliance of Museums (AAM). Approximately 4 percent 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.

Hofstra University is a dynamic private institution of higher education where more than 11,000 full and part-time students choose from undergraduate and graduate offerings in liberal arts and sciences, business, engineering, applied science, communication, education, health sciences and human services, honors studies, the Maurice A. Deane School of Law and the Hofstra North Shore-LIJ School of Medicine.

Related Link: More About This Exhibition


Alison Saar (American, born 1956)
Stride Piano, 1993
Woodcut, 21.5 x 14.5 in.
Hofstra University Museum Collections
Gift of Judith A. Jedlicka, HU2008.4.3 

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