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Exhibition Highlights Career of Long Island Artist

David Jacobs Dream, 1986 Aluminum 64 x 64 x 10 in. Courtesy of the artist

Top image: “Dream,” 1986, Aluminum, 64 x 64 x 10 in. Courtesy of the artist.

Hofstra University Museum Presents “David Jacobs: Sight and Sound”

A new exhibition, David Jacobs: Sight and Sound, at the Hofstra University Museum’s Emily Lowe Gallery, will focus on the sculptural works by the prominent Long Island artist, February 4-April 27, 2014, at the Emily Lowe Gallery. David Jacobs served on the faculty of Hofstra’s Department of Fine Arts, Design and Art History as a professor of sculpture from 1962-1995 and also as chair from 1982-1989.

Big Dipper
Big Dipper; Big Dipper, 1987. Painted aluminum. 50 x 85 x 5 in.

Curated by Karen T. Albert, the Museum’s associate director of exhibitions and collections, Sight and Sound will examine Jacobs’ art between 1959-1987.  Featured is his Sound Columns Environment, part of his famous Wah Wah sound sculpture series, that exemplifies his use of non-traditional materials to create a dynamic aesthetic. These large-scale sculptures use principals of physics and engineering to create sound with air. The result is a very interactive and sensory experience for the viewer.

Beth E. Levinthal, Executive Director of the Hofstra University Museum states, “David Jacobs is one of Long Island’s most esteemed artists and educators, and it is a pleasure to share highlights of his inventive and unique artistic contributions with the regional community.  We thank the New York Community Bank Foundation for their support of this exhibition.”

A fully illustrated catalog, David Jacobs: Sight and Sound, accompanies the exhibit and features an essay by Matthew Nichols, associate professor, Christie’s Education. Supplemental materials including a touch screen kiosk in the gallery and a brochure for guided viewing also will be available to visitors.

An exhibition reception will take place on Saturday, February 8, 2014 at 2 p.m. in the Emily Lowe Gallery. Mr. Jacobs will be present as a special guest and admission is free. On Saturday, April 12 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., the Museum will once again participate in the International Slow Art Day in which participants will look slowly at five works in the exhibition and then congregate for lunch to enjoy a discussion about the works.

For more information about 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% 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.

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