Twisting perspectives that reference high-rises, passageways and intersections of an urban landscape are the subject of the Hofstra University Museum exhibition Doug Hilson: Urbanscapes, on view at the Emily Lowe Gallery, September 1-December 11, 2015. Hilson, a professor emeritus of fine arts, design, art history at Hofstra, has inspired young artists since he joined the faculty in 1986.
Curated by Karen T. Albert, the Museum’s Associate Director of Exhibitions and Collections, Urbanscapes offers the first survey of Hilson’s work in 20 years. Included are paintings and drawings as well as a digital interactive sketchbook providing viewers with a glimpse into Hilson’s creative processes.
A fully illustrated four-color catalog with a biographical essay by contemporary artist Laurie Fendrich, a retired Hofstra University professor of fine art, accompanies the exhibit, as do in-gallery interpretive materials, such as the interactive touch screen kiosk and a free Art Caper activity for children and families.
“Doug Hilson’s art and teaching has impacted a new generation of artists throughout our nation, and we are pleased to highlight his unique artistic vision in this exhibition,” said Beth E. Levinthal, executive director of the Hofstra University Museum. “We thank the New York State Council on the Arts and the New York Community Bank Foundation for their support in bringing this exhibition to fruition.”
There will be an opening reception for the exhibit that is free and open to the public on Saturday, September 19, from 2-4 p.m. On Thursday, October 15, at 7:30 p.m., Professor Hilson will present a talk in the gallery about the exhibition. Tickets are $5 general admission, $3 senior citizen (65+).
The Museum’s popular series Second Saturdays at the HUM has children and family activities planned in conjunction with Urbanscapes. The themes and dates are Circle It! on Saturday, September 12, 1:30-2:30 p.m. for ages 5-10; Scope It! on Saturday, November 14, 1:30-2:30 p.m. for ages 5-10; and Resist It! on Saturday, December 12, 1-2:30 p.m. for ages 8-12. These programs, led by the Museum’s educators, allow children and their adult companions to spend time exploring the works on view and engaging in hands-on activities inspired by what they have seen and discussed. The fee for the Second Saturday program is $5 per child per session when prepaid and $7 per child per session at the door.
For more information about this exhibit and associated public programs please call (516) 463-5672.
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Doug Hilson; Hot Spot, 2015; Oil and acrylic on canvas; 36 x 48 in.
Courtesy of the artist. Photo: Dana Duke