Rebel with a Cause: 
The Extravagant Eighties as Envisioned by Eric Fischl

When an international art star curates an exhibition revisiting one of the most dynamic eras in American art history, expect fireworks. Eric Fischl, master of the loaded group portrait, has been the curatorial advisor for a stunning show featuring more than a hundred works by all the great personalities of the Eighties, beginning with him and his wife April Gornik, along with Julian Schnabel, David Salle, Ross Bleckner, Bryan Hunt, Jean-Michel Basquiat, Keith Haring, Kenny Scharf, Cindy Sherman, Robert Longo, Jenny Holzer, Robert Mapplethorpe, Annette Lemieux, Charlie Clough, Tseng Kwong Chi, Jonathan Lasker and others. The show also features a “hall of fame” of music and sports memorabilia, including Michael Jackson’s glove, Prince’s fashion, Madonna’s jewelry, and autographed items from the Islanders, Mets and the 1980 Olympic hockey team.

In his brilliant keynote to the show, Fischl wrote:

"When I think about the 80s I think about the energy, the confusion, the passions and the fault lines. At that time, no one knew who was going to last, who was better, everything was just pushing everything else." What a decadent decade it was! Madonna and the Ramones, David Bowie and the B-52s were rocking the Palladium and the Mudd Club, the Dow was rocketing and Wall Street was in the movie theaters, the Islanders built a dynasty and the Berlin Wall was torn down. The artists were on top of a media craze that foretold the digital era and riding a flood of investment in the art market. Fischl compared it to catching a wave off Montauk: “That feeling of being swept up and carried by something so much bigger and more powerful than yourself, something you’d worked so hard to catch, and now you’ve caught it and you’re in it.”

Tseng Kwong Chi, Keith Haring, New York Subway, 1983;
Photo credit: ©Muna Tseng Dance Projects, Inc.;
Artwork credit: ©The Keith Haring Foundation


The Manes Collection


Share the passion for art with philanthropist and author Dr. Harvey Manes, whose personal collection includes masterworks from the Renaissance through cutting-edge contemporary. Highlights from this world-class private cache of art will be on view at the Manes Center. Join us for an opening reception on January 25, when we celebrate the launch for Dr. Manes's new book, Collecting Art for Pleasure and Profit.

Docent Tours of The Manes Collection

The Museum is offering docent-led tours of The Manes Collection exhibition on select days as part of general admission. Make sure not to miss this impressive display from Dr. Manes’ private art collection.

12:00 pm - 12:30 pm

A Mirror to Nature:
Sculpture by Marko Remec


The grounds of the Nassau County Museum will never be the same after the installation of Marko Remec’s monumental and thrilling new works, commissioned for the Museum and sited by the artist himself: Field Totem and Tall Totem. Along the sinuous drive, rising and falling with the gentle contours of a pair of hills, the elegant Field Totem stretches like a diamond tennis bracelet over the landscape. The entrance of the main building receives a fanfare in brilliant mirrors soaring twenty-six feet into the sky with Tall Totem.

Remec is an internationally renowned figure in contemporary art whose recent triumphs with similar site-specific works have included immensely popular works at Mass MOCA and the Long House Reserve. A former investment banker turned sculptor, Remec is a graduate of Williams College. This is the first phase of a major program of new works planned for the grounds of the Museum, long renowned as one of the region’s most important collections of outdoor sculpture.


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