Smithsonian Institute’s Director of Food History Programs Susan Evans discusses how and why food can be used as a tool for connecting people with the complexities of American history. Free with regular museum admission.
February 24 – June 4, 2017
Brilliant Partners: Judith Leiber’s Handbags & The Art of Gerson Leiber
The Long Island Museum opens for its 2017 season on Friday, February 24. Among some of the highlights this spring is Mamie Eisenhower’s inauguration ball handbag, designed by Judith Leiber, one of about 130 Leiber-designed bags in the exhibition Brilliant Minds: Judith Leiber’s Handbags and the Art of Gerson Leiber.
Mamie Eisenhower’s inauguration ball handbag, 1953. Peau de soie with rhinestones. The National Museum of American History, Smithsonian Institution
This beautiful and important exhibition focuses on the creative productivity and shared aesthetics of a unique East End Long Island couple that has achieved high levels of artistic success. This exhibition is on view through June 4 in the Art Museum.
Judith Leiber (b. 1921) is an internationally celebrated designer of handbags and accessories, whose client list includes almost every First Lady from Mamie Eisenhower to Laura Bush, the opera singer Beverly Sills, and many other celebrities. Gerson Leiber (b. 1922) is an Abstract Expressionist artist with a large body of oil canvases, etchings, prints, and sculptures to his credit.
Married for 70 years, the Leibers have had a profound support and influence on one another that is best seen in a pairing of their work. The exhibition will provide a retrospective examination of each and examine how this confluence of creativity has led to their continued achievements. Both have fascinating biographies. Judith Leiber (neé Peto) was born in Budapest, the daughter of upper-middle class Jews, and survived the Nazi occupation of Hungary. In 1946, she met and married Gerson Leiber, a young American GI from Pennsylvania who had aspirations of becoming an artist. While Judith built her career working for Nettie Rosenstein (the Brooklyn-based designer who created the little black dress) and then launched her own company, Gerson continued to evolve as an artist, exhibiting his paintings, etchings, and lithographs in many American galleries.
Brilliant Partners will include a selection of approximately 130 of Judith’s handbags and nearly 50 works of art from Gerson. This exhibition provides a wide-angle lens on both their lives and influences upon one another.
February 24 through July 30, 2017
Edible Eden: The Art of Long Island’s Forests, Fields and Waters
Harry Roseland, Pea Pickers, 1888.
Celebrating the rich agricultural and maritime history of this region, the exhibition includes approximately 20 works by artists who depicted Long Island in the nineteenth century, continually focusing on the island as an edible Eden: its carefully tended fields, its bountiful orchards, its healthy livestock, and its diverse wildlife both in the forest and nearby coastal waters. Each was attainable in great quantity – seemingly limited only by how hard one was willing to work.
The Mount family, Charles Yardley Turner, Harry Roseland, Frederick William Kost, Gaines Ruger Donoho, and other artists serve as guides to the cornucopia of foods that Long Islanders grew, raised, hunted and gathered. Collectively, these works of art are also a testament to rural Americans’ resourcefulness and success at working the land and water.
February 24 – April 16, 2017
Colors of Long Island
Colors of Long Island is the LIM’s annual student art exhibition, offering Long Island students in grades K through 12 the opportunity to display their work in a museum setting. The exhibition includes artwork from 165 participating schools, more than any other year prior. The title, Colors of Long Island may be interpreted in many ways; some students refer to Long Island’s changing seasons, while others refer to its diverse cultures. Regardless of artist interpretation, the museum welcomes artwork in all media.
About the Long Island Museum
Located at 1200 Route 25A in Stony Brook, the Long Island Museum is a Smithsonian Affiliate dedicated to American history and art with a Long Island connection. Regular museum hours are Thursday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday from noon to 5. For more information about programs and exhibitions, please call 631-751-0066or visit the museum website at www.longislandmuseum.org.