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Long Island’s Cradle of Aviation Museum Hosts Great North American Solar Eclipse Event, Aug. 21

August 19, 2017
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The Cradle of Aviation Museum in Garden City, NY is hosting activities to engage visitors in the Great North American Eclipse of Monday, August 21, 2017 (courtesy of Cradle of Aviation Museum).

Garden City, N.Y. — On Monday, August 21, 2017, the Cradle of Aviation is hosting activities from noon to 4 pm for the Great North American Eclipse, when, for the first time in 100 years a solar eclipse will be visible across the whole continent of North America.  In New York, the visibility will be at 70%, creating a sense of sunset in the middle of the day.

“It’s so exciting to see the sun and moon, objects we see every day or night, in a new form in the sky together,” Amandeep Kaur, an Adelphi Physics Major interning at the Museum, says. “Being able to see one of the most dramatic and astonishing events of the natural world is an opportunity like no other.”

To encourage young scientists and visitors to get involved in the celebration of our sun, the museum will host activities free with museum admission from 12pm through 4pm.  These activities include Hands-on Science Zone, which will have experiments to help better understand this amazing event. In addition, educators will be on hand to demonstrate different ways to safely view the eclipse, provide giveaways, and offer visitors a chance to seal memories in a time capsule to be opened in 7 years, during the next eclipse, April 8, 2024, when the path of totality will cross upstate New York.

The solar eclipse celebration is just one of many educational events produced by the Cradle of Aviation Museum, built on the site from which Charles Lindbergh started his historic transatlantic flight. The Cradle is home to over 75 planes and spacecraft and is located on Charles Lindbergh Blvd., in the Garden City/Uniondale area. For more information call 516-572-4111 or log onto www.cradleofavaition.org.

 

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Heritage Museums & Gardens on Cape Cod Creates Special Activities for Safe Viewing of Partial Solar Eclipse Aug. 21

August 8, 2017
Sandwich, Cape Cod, Massachusetts

The enchanting gardens at Heritage Museums & Gardens in historic Sandwich, MA on Cape Cod, which offers an amazing range of experiences including flying on a zip-line through trees, seeing classic and antique cars, riding a historic carousel © 2017 Karen Rubin/ goingplacesfarandnear.com

(Sandwich, MA)—On August 21, all across the United States, a solar eclipse will be viewed by millions; those on Cape Cod will experience a dramatic partial solar eclipse that won’t be visible again in the U.S. until 2024. To celebrate this national event, Heritage Museum & Gardens, in historic Sandwich on Cape Cod, is offering a special day of activities.

Visitors will receive a free pair of safe eclipse viewing glasses (while supplies last), make their own pinhole projector, talk with astronomy expert Gil Newton, eat moon- and sun-themed food, and participate in other eclipse-related activities.

“This celestial event presents a great opportunity to come to Heritage for a day of fun and learning together about the natural world,” says Ellen Spear, president and CEO. “We encourage visitors to come for the day, spread a blanket on the Parade Field in the afternoon, make a pinhole projector, and view the solar eclipse together. ‘Moon Day’ at Heritage will be great fun!”

The event takes place between 1-4 pm, with the ultimate expression of the eclipse at about 2:30 pm.

Family Fun Fridays

Heritage Museums & Gardens—a premier cultural attraction on Cape Cod and a magnet for families— is hosting two more Family Fun Friday Events this season.  The events, sponsored by the Arbella Insurance Foundation, are free with admission and feature a live performance and activities throughout the day that appeal to kids and adults of all ages: outdoor games, crafts, scavenger hunt challenges, story times, nature exploration, and outdoor discovery.

“This year’s line-up of Family Fun Friday performances and activities has some old favorites and some great new talent. Heritage is a treasured place where families can truly be together for relaxing, quality time together,” said Ellen Spear, Heritage president and CEO. “Family Fun Fridays add to the fun, and are a place where families can make memories that will last a lifetime.”

The upcoming Family Fun Friday performances, which begin at 11 am, are:

August 11: Karen K & the Jitterbugs An unforgettable, theatrical, crowd-engaging musical adventure

August 18: Airborne Comedians An amazing and entertaining show featuring six- and seven-foot high unicycles and lawn chair juggling

Sandwich, Cape Cod, Massachusetts

Children and families enjoy playing in Hidden Hollow™, an enchanting, two-acre outdoor discovery and exploration area that includes a giant treehouse© 2017 Karen Rubin/ goingplacesfarandnear.com

New this year, families can enjoy the Premium Heritage Experience, which gives behind-the-scenes access, inside information, and fun, interactive experiences with Heritage’s collections, gardens, and exhibits. Children and families will also enjoy playing in Hidden Hollow™, an enchanting, two-acre outdoor discovery and exploration area that includes a giant treehouse; exploring 100 acres of nature trails, woodlands, and gardens; and riding on a vintage carousel.

Set on 100 stunning acres of gardens, nature trails, and open spaces, Heritage Museums & Gardens is the only place where you can browse through rare works of art, fly through the trees on a zip line, and see iconic antique automobiles all in one day. Explore Hidden Hollow™, an interactive outdoor discovery area for kids of all ages. Take a ride on the vintage carousel. And find your own special spot on Cape Cod.

Heritage Museums & Gardens is open daily through October 9, 10 am-5 pm. For information or to purchase tickets, visit heritagemuseums.org.

 

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Nassau County Museum of Art Exhibitions Celebrate Century of Photography’s Masters

November 4, 2016
Dorothea Lange’s iconic photo, Migrant Mother, Nipomo, California, 1936,  from the collection of the Kalamazoo Institute of Arts ( Gift of the Photo Guild) will be featured in NCMA’s “Light Works: 100 Years of Photos”, here captured when one of the original 8x10s was exhibited at New York Public Library (Karen Rubin, goingplacesnearandfar.com).

Dorothea Lange’s iconic photo, Migrant Mother, Nipomo, California, 1936, from the collection of the Kalamazoo Institute of Arts ( Gift of the Photo Guild) will be featured in NCMA’s “Light Works: 100 Years of Photos”, here captured when one of the original 8x10s was exhibited at New York Public Library (Karen Rubin, goingplacesnearandfar.com).

From November 19, 2016 to March 5, 2017, all of Nassau County Museum of Art’s galleries are devoted to the art of photography. On view in the Main Galleries on the first floor are two exhibitions drawn from the collection of the Kalamazoo Institute of the Arts (KIA), Kalamazoo, Michigan: Ansel Adams: Sight and Feeling and Light Works: 100 Years of Photos. On view in the Second Floor Galleries is New Photos: Long Island Collects, important photographic works of the last half century from private Long Island art collections.

Ansel Adams: Sight and Feeling: Ansel Adams’ ability to create photographs with a remarkable range and subtlety of tones is legendary. Yet for all his technical mastery, Adams recognized that what made a compelling photograph was far more elusive. This exhibition of Adams’ photographs from the KIA collection suggests how his intuitive and emotional response to the landscape resulted in powerful and enduring photographs.

Light Works: 100 Years of Photos: From Eadweard Muybridge’s 19th-century photographic studies of animal locomotion to Richard Misrach’s contemporary chromogenic prints, this exhibition spans the history of photography. Alfred Stieglitz, Edward Curtis, Ansel Adams, Dorothea Lange, Diane Arbus, Richard Avedon, Walker Evans, Henri Cartier-Bresson and many other celebrated photographers comprise this survey of photography processes and subjects from 1873 to 2000.

New Photos: Long Island Collectsfocuses on significant photographic works created from the 1960s through the present day. Historically, photography has been used as a documentary medium to tell a story, Using the malleable medium of the photograph, artists have often enhanced or staged their works to convey a story, create emotion, or otherwise touch the viewer in a significant manner. This exhibition presents a survey of photographic works from private collectors. Among the artists included in New Photos: Long Island Collects are John Baldessari, Matthew Barney, Robert Mapplethorpe, Vic Muniz, Cindy Sherman and William Wegman, among many others.

The Museum is offering a variety of public programs to amplify the experience of visiting these three exhibitions. Two films are screening daily: Stryker’s America: Photographing the Great Depression and Cartier-Bresson’s Century. Three Brown Bag Lectures illuminate the art and the artists included in these exhibitions. Other public programs are inspired by the exhibitions: Sketching in the Galleries, and The River, a concert performed by the musical ensemble ETHEL. The Museum’s family programs from November 19 to March 5 similarly draw inspiration from the exhibitions: Neiman Marcus Family Sundays, February Break for Art and two Super Family Sunday offerings, Winter Wonderland and Merrynaking in a Gold Coast Mansion. For further information on these programs, visit the Museum’s website, nassaumuseum.org/events, after November 6.

Nassau County Museum of Art is located at One Museum Drive in Roslyn Harbor, just off Northern Boulevard, Route 25A, two traffic lights west of Glen Cove Road. The museum is open Tuesday-Sunday, 11 a.m.-4:45 p.m. Admission is $12 for adults, $8 for seniors (62 and above) and $4 for students and children (4 to12). Members are admitted free. Docent-led tours of the exhibition are offered at 2 p.m. each day; tours of the mansion are offered each Saturday at 1 p.m.; meet in the lobby, no reservations needed. Tours are free with museum admission. Family art activities and family tours are offered Sundays from 1 pm; free with museum admission. Call (516) 484-9338, ext. 12 to inquire about group tours. The Museum Store is open Tuesday through Sunday, 11 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. The Red Maple Market Café is open Saturday and Sunday, noon to 3 p.m. Call (516) 484-9337 for current exhibitions, events, days/times and directions or log onto nassaumuseum.org.

 

New-York Historical Society: Toys, Trains, SuperHeroes

December 15, 2015
New York City

New-York Historical Society, the oldest museum in NYC, offers fascinating exhibits © 2015 Karen Rubin/news-photos-features.com.

One of the most fascinating museums in New York City is the New-York Historical Society. Here are highlights of the current exhibits:

Holiday Express: Toys and Trains from the Jerni Collection, through February 28, 2016
This holiday season, the New-York Historical Society  transforms into a magical wonderland with a dynamic installation from its renowned Jerni Collection of model trains, scenic elements, and toys from a bygone era. Featuring several treasures exhibited for the first time since New-York Historical acquired the collection, Holiday Express unfolds over a broad swath of the first floor and continues throughout the lower-level DiMenna Children’s History Museum. With the aid of theatrical lighting, an ambient audio “soundscape,” and other visual effects, visitors are engaged in an all-new and captivating holiday experience. Organized by New-York Historical’s Mike Thornton, Assistant Curator of Material Culture.

Superheroes in Gotham through February 21, 2016
Superheroes are a part of our daily lives, engaging our imaginations on the pages of comic books, on television, and movie screens, as well as across the Broadway stage and in the virtual world of gaming. Since their introduction in the late 1930s, superheroes have been societal role models, inspirational, and enviable. Based on mythological archetypes, they navigate the twists and turns of modern life. Through comic books, original drawings, posters, video clips, costumes, early merchandise, and props, Superheroes in Gotham tells the story of comic book superheroes in New York City; the leap of comic book superheroes from print to radio, to television, and ultimately to film; the role of fandom, including the yearly mega-event known as New York Comic Con; and how superheroes continue to inspire the work of contemporary comic book artists, cartoonists, and painters in New York City. Organized by New-York Historical’s Debra Schmidt Bach, Associate Curator of Decorative Arts, and Nina Nazionale, Director of Library Operations.

Silicon City: Computer History Made in New York through April 17, 2016
The New-York Historical Society celebrates New York’s central role in the digital revolution, highlighting the pioneering work and technological innovations that have transformed daily life. Silicon City presents New York as a technological hub where the intersection of commerce and innovation gave rise to the first computers and tech companies. Featuring more than 300 artifacts from the late-1800s through the 1980s, Silicon City will include early computers and telecommunications hardware, archival materials, photographs, digital artworks, and interactive experiences that immerse visitors in the decades-long evolution of technology. Organized by New-York Historical’s Chief Curator Stephen Edidin with assistance from Research Associate Cristian Panaite.

Maestà: Gaddi’s Triptych Reunited through March 20, 2016
After conservation and exhibition at the J. Paul Getty Museum and at the Art Gallery of Ontario, the New-York Historical Society’s Madonna and Child Enthroned with Ten Saints: Maestà is back on Central Park West. Painted circa 1330–34 by Taddeo Gaddi, the major disciple of Giotto, this panel was originally the central section of a triptych with two shutters (sportelli). Following new research the Maestà will be exhibited with the two double-sided wings from a private collection that have been linked to it. One features the artist’s amazing solar eclipse (Gaddi was temporarily blinded by one). Its frame will also be reconstructed and its conservation highlighted. In addition, this exhibition will showcase other 14th- and early 15th-century Italian panels donated to N-YHS in 1867 by Thomas Jefferson Bryan, a pioneering New York collector of Italian “primitives,” (i.e., painters before Raphael). Organized by Roberta J.M. Olson, Curator of Drawings, New-York Historical Society.

Picasso’s Le Tricorne, Ongoing
The show positions Picasso’s curtain in a dialogue with other New-York Historical Society objects, including paintings from the European tradition that provide background to the artist’s work as well as to the traditions against which the revolutionary artist rebelled. Other thematic threads pivot around dance subjects and explore roughly contemporary American paintings, sculpture, posters, and watercolors. Among the works included are examples by William Adolphe Bouguereau, Will H. Bradley, Philippe de Champaigne, Jean-Léon Gérôme, Childe Hassam, Malvina Hoffman, Ricardo de Madrazo y Garreta, Elie Nadelman, Edward Penfield, Maurice Prendergast, John Sloan, and Adriaen van Utrecht.  Organized by Roberta J.M. Olson, Curator of Drawings, New-York Historical Society.

PUBLIC PROGRAMS

The Story: A Reporter’s Journey
Judith Miller, Bret Stephens
Tuesday, January 12, 2016, 6:30 pm
$34 (Members $20)
In an intimate conversation, Judith Miller turns her reporting skills on herself and her career, discussing her early years at The New York Times, her controversial work regarding Iraq’s weapons of mass destruction, and the decisions she made during the Scooter Libby investigation.

The Secret History of Wonder Woman
Jill Lepore
Thursday, January 14, 2016, 6:30 pm
$34 (Members $20)
Since her introduction in 1941, Wonder Woman has remained the most popular female superhero of all time, but the history behind her creation has remained largely unknown. American History Book Prize winner Jill Lepore uncovers the origin of one of the world’s most iconic superheroes and how it holds within it a fascinating family story, as well as a crucial connection to 20th-century feminism.

The American President: From Teddy Roosevelt to Bill Clinton
William E. Leuchtenburg, Douglas Brinkley
Saturday, January 16, 2016, 9:30 am to 11:00 am
$44 (Members $32)
From the assassination of William McKinley in 1901 to Bill Clinton’s last night in office in January 2001, the American presidency—and the nation, as a whole—experienced a tremendous growth in power and influence. Celebrated presidential historian William E. Leuchtenburg chronicles the presidents of the past century, highlighting their moments of high drama and triumph.

Leaders in War: Charles de Gaulle
Andrew Roberts
Tuesday, January 19, 2016, 6:30 pm
$38 (Members $24)
In June 1940, General Charles de Gaulle showed that sublime heroism was possible even during the chaos surrounding the Fall of France. Andrew Roberts discusses de Gaulle’s leadership, showing how his response to that catastrophe was always admired by Winston Churchill and Franklin Roosevelt, even while they clashed with his rebarbative personality.

America’s Bank: The Epic Struggle to Create the Federal Reserve
Roger Lowenstein, Byron R. Wien
Tuesday, January 26, 2016, 6:30 pm
$34 (Members $20)
In 1913, after a series of disastrous financial panics shook the nation, Congress was persuaded to approve the landmark Federal Reserve Act. Renowned financial author Roger Lowenstein reveals the rich history and key players behind the drama-filled creation of America’s central bank, which ultimately enabled the young country to become a global financial powerhouse.

Sherman’s “Other” March: Burning the Carolinas
John F. Marszalek, James M. McPherson, Harold Holzer
Wednesday, January 27, 2016, 6:30 pm
$38 (Members $24)
After making Georgia “howl” by marching his army from Atlanta to the sea, Union General William T. Sherman led an even more destructive march—through the Carolinas. Join three eminent historians as they explore Sherman’s devastating follow-up campaign to break Confederate resistance and end the Civil War.

Founded in 1804, New-York Historical is the oldest museum in New York City. New-York Historical has a mission to explore the richly layered political, cultural and social history of New York City and State and the nation, and to serve as a national forum for the discussion of issues surrounding the making and meaning of history. It is located across 77th Street from the Museum of Natural History.

New-York Historical Society, 170 Central Park West (at 77th Street), New York, NY 10024, 212-873-3400, www.nyhistory.org

‘Out of the Vault: 25 Years of Collecting’ Opens at Nassau County Museum of Art

March 5, 2015
Roy Lichtenstein, Foot and Hand, 1964, a gift of Mr. and Mrs. Samuel Dorsky, will be exhibited as part of the Nassau County Museum of Art's "Out of the Vault".

Roy Lichtenstein, Foot and Hand, 1964, a gift of Mr. and Mrs. Samuel Dorsky, will be exhibited as part of the Nassau County Museum of Art’s “Out of the Vault”.

In celebration of its 25th anniversary, Nassau County Museum of Art is presenting Out of the Vault: 25 Years of Collecting, its first comprehensive exhibition of works from the permanent collection. It will be on view March 21 to July 12, 2015.

This presentation highlights patrons’ numerous gifts to the Museum over the last quarter century that have never, or rarely, been exhibited. Each gallery space within this multifaceted presentation will focus on different themes such as past and present portraiture, great traditions in paintings, post-war prints and vintage posters of many eras. Exploring a diverse range of artists that are strongly represented in the Museum’s collections, this exhibit includes works by naturalist John James Audubon, photographer Larry Fink, as well as Pop Art icons Marisol Escobar, Robert Indiana and Larry Rivers, among others.

Nassau County Museum of Art is located at One Museum Drive in Roslyn Harbor, just off Northern Boulevard, Route 25A, two traffic lights west of Glen Cove Road. The museum is open Tuesday-Sunday, 11 a.m.-4:45 p.m. Docent-led tours of the exhibition are offered at 2 p.m. each day; tours of the mansion are offered each Saturday at 1 p.m.; meet in the lobby, no reservations needed. Tours are free with museum admission. Family tour and art activities are offered Sundays from 1 pm; free with museum admission. Call (516) 484-9338, ext. 12 to inquire about group tours. Admission is $10 for adults, $8 for seniors (62 and above) and $4 for students with ID and children aged 4 to 12. Members and children under 4 are admitted free. The Museum Store is open Tuesday through Sunday, 11 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Call (516) 484-9337 for current exhibitions, events, days/times and directions or log onto nassaumuseum.org.

 

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‘China Then and Now’ Exhibit Opens at Nassau County Museum of Art

November 19, 2014
Liu Dan (b. 1953), Mingsha Diabolo, 2013, Ink on paper, from The Xiling Collection, is on view in the China Then and Now exhibition at the Nassau County Museum of Art, Long Island,

Liu Dan (b. 1953), Mingsha Diabolo, 2013, Ink on paper, from The Xiling Collection, is on view in the China Then and Now exhibition at the Nassau County Museum of Art, Long Island,

China Then and Now, an exhibition opening at the Nassau County Museum of Art, Long Island, brings together exemplary Chinese works of art from the classical, early modern and contemporary periods. The exhibition explores three millennia of one of the world’s most important artistic traditions from the perspective of American collectors on Long Island, such as Childs and Frances Frick and Dr. Arthur M. Sackler. The exhibition opens on November 22, 2014 and remains on view through March 8, 2015.

It is the museum’s first exhibition devoted to Asian art, China Then and Now sheds new light on a fascinating chapter in America’s engagement with China and its arts.  This exhibition reveals the passion of American collectors of both the past and present for the culture and history of China.
China Then and Now unfolds over three galleries, each of which showcases the elegant beauty of Chinese art of different eras and media. The exhibition opens with 11 large-scale classical stone sculptures lent by the Art Properties, Avery Architectural and Fine Arts Library, Columbia University and formerly in the collections of Arthur M. Sackler. At the heart of China Then and Now is an installation of blue-and-white porcelains from the Ming and Qing eras (17th to 18th centuries) collected by Childs and Frances Frick and on loan, for the first time, from The Frick Collection in New York City. This display reunites these works with their original setting, the Georgian-style Bryce-Frick mansion that is today the home of the Nassau County Museum of Art. A final gallery presents extraordinary ink paintings by the renowned Beijing artist Liu Dan (born 1953) whose works bridge traditional forms with contemporary practices.

Among the special events in conjunction with the exhibition, on Saturday, December 20 at 3 p.m. Daisy Yiyou Wang, Curator of Chinese and East Asian Art at the Peabody Essex Museum, will give a lecture A Thousand Graces: Chinese Buddhist Sculpture in America Then and Now.
The talk traces the journeys of Chinese Buddhist sculptures from early 20th-century temples to their display in American art museums as they fascinated noted American collectors such as Dr. Arthur M. Sackler, Charles L. Freer and John D. Rockefeller, Jr. Wang shares her new research on Charles L. Freer, the founder of the Smithsonian’s Freer Gallery of Art, exploring his collection of Chinese Buddhist art. She is the author of a forthcoming monograph on Freer and his collection. Admission is $15 (museum members, $5) and includes museum admission. Register at nassaumuseum.org/events.
Sponsored by HSBC Private Bank, China Then and Now is co-organized by guest curators Amy G. Poster, Curator Emerita of Asian Art at the Brooklyn Museum, and Kaijun Chen, Ph.D., post-doctoral Fellow at the Max-Planck-Institute for the History of Science.

Docent-led tours of the exhibition are offered at 2 p.m. each day; tours of the mansion are offered each Saturday at 1 p.m.; meet in the lobby, no reservations needed. Tours are free with museum admission. Family art activities and family tours are offered Sundays from 1 pm; free with museum admission.

Nassau County Museum of Art is located at One Museum Drive in Roslyn Harbor, just off Northern Boulevard, Route 25A, two traffic lights west of Glen Cove Road. The museum is open Tuesday-Sunday, 11 a.m.-4:45 p.m. Call (516) 484-9338, ext. 12 to inquire about group tours. Admission is $10 for adults, $8 for seniors (62 and above) and $4 for students and children (4 to12). Members are admitted free. The Museum Store is open Tuesday through Sunday, 11 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Call 516-484-9337 for current exhibitions, events, days/times and directions or log onto nassaumuseum.org.
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Lights, Sound, Movement Exhibit Opens at Gold Coast Arts Center Nov. 23

November 19, 2014
Kenny Greenberg is one of the five artists featured in "Lights, Sound, Movement," at the Gold Coast Arts Museum, Great Neck, Long Island, Nov. 23-Jan.15.

Kenny Greenberg is one of the five artists featured in “Lights, Sound, Movement,” at the Gold Coast Arts Museum, Great Neck, Long Island, Nov. 23-Jan.15.

“Lights, Sound, Movement,” a new exhibition on view Nov. 23-Jan. 15 at the Gold Coast Arts Center in Great Neck, looks at the wide range of contemporary art utilizing light, sound and movement, from works that are concerned entirely with motion and unpredictability, from sculptures that engage with political topics, to work that brings ancient myth into contemporary life.

This exhibit showcases five artists who redefine art’s traditional parameters by engaging with a wealth of new materials, processes and technology to incorporate light, movement and sound in their work.

Meet the artists and enjoy refreshments at an Opening Reception on Sunday, November 23, 4-7 pm. The exhibit and reception are free and open to the public.

Karen Kettering Dimit employs neon as a secondary material used to draw you into the larger subject contained within. The neon becomes the magnetic component attracting your eye to look deeper.

Kenny Greenberg is a neon artist utilizing this material in its traditional form. In drawing a connection to the op-art movement of the 1960’s, Kenny uses the random flashing of his colored neon circles to create an optical rhythm.

Annalisa Iadicicco transposes the every day use of lit signage by emphasizing subjects of a politically charged nature.

Jack Rohe Howard-Potter creates sculpture that delves into the implication of physical movement. While the pieces by themselves don’t actually move, Jack captures the moment along the path of movement from beginning to end.

Mara Sfara tells a story using light, sound and movement in her sculpture. In linking all three elements the sculpture acts as a stage set in a theatrical performance.

Gold Coast Arts Center, 113 Middle Neck Road, Great Neck (entrance through the Maple Avenue parking lot). For more information, call 516-829-2570 or email gallery@goldcoastarts.org.

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‘Tanya Tucker: Strong Enough to Bend’ at Nashville’s Country Music Hall of Fame & Museum

November 19, 2014
The Country Music Hall of Fame® and Museum in Nashville explores the career of superstar Tanya Tucker with the exhibition Tanya Tucker: Strong Enough to Bend, running through May 2015.

The Country Music Hall of Fame® and Museum in Nashville explores the career of superstar Tanya Tucker with the exhibition Tanya Tucker: Strong Enough to Bend, running through May 2015.

NASHVILLE, Tenn. – The Country Music Hall of Fame® and Museum explores the career of superstar Tanya Tucker with the exhibition Tanya Tucker: Strong Enough to Bend, running through May 2015.

Tucker’s story is told through a collection of artifacts that illustrate her tough and tender duality and ahead-of-her-time tenure as a female country crossover star. Gorgeous stage costumes, including several Nudie’s Rodeo Tailor designs from very early in her career and gowns worn at award shows contrast with her numerous National Cutting Horse Association awards and a Harley-Davidson 1992 Screamin’ Eagle— customized in her special hue of pink paint. A copy of the September 26, 1974 Rolling Stone magazine featuring Tucker as the first female country artist to appear on the cover underscores her impact, as do Tucker’s outfit from the 1994 Super Bowl halftime show and a script from her 1981 appearance on an episode of the massively popular TV series The Love Boat.

Tanya Tucker’s talent blossomed early, despite being born into poverty in Texas and raised in ramshackle apartments and trailers in Arizona, Utah, and Nevada. She began performing on local shows at age six, and within years was a regular on a Phoenix TV program.  A Las Vegas agent sent a demo recording to Billy Sherrill, who quickly signed Tucker to Columbia Records. She was thirteen years old.

At the time, few child performers had achieved success in country music. But the singer’s husky voice and audacious confidence made her seem more grown-up. She proved as much when she walked into a Nashville studio, in March 1972, and announced to Sherrill and the veteran musicians, “Well, I know my part, boys. Do you know yours?” She proceeded to belt out “Delta Dawn” like a seasoned pro, and by summer the song was a hit.

Tucker assured her success by releasing six consecutive Top Ten hits—including the #1s “What’s Your Mama’s Name,” “Blood Red and Goin’ Down,” and “Would You Lay With Me (in a Field of Stone)”—in two years, all produced by Sherrill. The narrative songs told daring stories that courted controversy, and Tucker’s mature-beyond-her-years vocal style brought out the drama and emotion in each.

Two years into her singing career, Tucker appeared on the cover of Rolling Stone magazine—a rare national media spotlight for a country star in 1974. To her parents, Beau and Juanita Tucker, such recognition signified that their teen daughter had crossover potential that could take her beyond the country audience.

On October 10, 1974—Tucker’s sixteenth birthday—she signed a $1.4 million contract with MCA Records, a deal brokered by her ambitious father. Her seven years on MCA yielded the #1 hits “Lizzie and the Rainman.” “San Antonio Stroll,” and “Here’s Some Love.” In 1978, she recorded the rock-influenced album T.N.T. in Los Angeles.

In California, Tucker began dating singer Glen Campbell, twenty-two years her senior; their fiery, tabloid-filled relationship ended in acrimony.  After a stint with Arista Records, Tucker signed with Capitol Records and reunited with producer Jerry Crutchfield, with whom she had worked at MCA.

Tucker’s 1986 album, Girl Like Me, featured four Top Ten hits, including the #1 “Just Another Love.” She enjoyed a long run of success on Capitol (and sister label Liberty), with a string of Top Ten hits through 1997, including three consecutive #1s, “I Won’t Take Less Than Your Love,” “If It Don’t Come Easy,” and “Strong Enough to Bend.”

Tanya Tucker heard her name called as the 1991 CMA Female Vocalist of the Year while lying in a hospital bed, watching the awards show on TV. Earlier the same day, she had delivered her second child, Beau.

Her first child, daughter Presley, was born in July 1989—a year after Tucker had checked herself into the Betty Ford Center over issues with substance abuse. Her third child, Layla, arrived in 1999.

For Tucker, the CMA award came at a time when some radio stations refused to play her music while criticizing her choice to be a single mother. The CMA award, the first of her career, proved that the country music industry at large continued to support her. The national media cited Tucker’s win, and her eighteen Top Ten hits between 1988 and 1994, as signs that country music reflected the evolving roles of women in American society.

Tucker detailed her colorful life story in her1997 autobiography, Nickel Dreams: My Life. The singer also starred in her own reality show, Tuckerville, on cable network TLC. “Every one of us has good and bad times in our lives,” Tucker wrote in Nickel Dreams. “In my case, they have been to extremes.”

Accredited by the American Alliance of Museums, the Country Music Hall of Fame® and Museum is operated by the Country Music Foundation, a not-for-profit 501(c)(3) educational organization chartered by the state of Tennessee in 1964. The museum’s mission is the preservation of the history of country and related vernacular music rooted in southern culture.  With the same educational mission, the foundation also operates CMF Records, the museum’s Frist Library and Archive, CMF Press, Historic RCA Studio B and Hatch Show Print®.

More information about the Country Music Hall of Fame® and Museum is available at countrymusichalloffame.org  or by calling (615) 416-2001.

 

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Oddities, Antiquities and Rarities Exhibit at DFW Elite Toy Museum

October 7, 2014

 

A life-size automaton that dramatizes that death of Cleopatra, Egypt’s most glamorous queen, will be the star of DFW Elite Toy Museum’s “Oddities, Antiquities and Rarities” Exhibition, on view through Feb. 28, 2015.

“‘The Death of Cleopatra’ is the most dramatic of the automatons in the exhibit,” said DFW entrepreneur and museum owner Ron Sturgeon “The automaton beautifully depicts a still breathing Cleopatra, as a pair of asps writhe at her ankle,” said Curator Rodney Ross. The exhibit will also include other automatons, as well as many one-of-a-kind collectible models from the renowned toy collector Count Giansanti-Coluzzi and a fan-favorite prop from The Addams Family television program.

“These one-off models purchased from the Count provide a glimpse into recent automotive history,” said Rodney Ross, curator of the DFW Elite Toy Museum. In particular, the museum will highlight four Rolls Royce models made by J. P. Hartmann of Paris that came from Count Coluzzi’s private toy collection.

“Count Giansanti-Coluzzi was a discerning collector with impeccable taste,” Sturgeon said. “The Rolls Royce models attracted a lot of interest from bidders and are special to me because they were prized a toy collector I both knew and admired,” said Sturgeon.

A dog-friendly museum with free admission, the DFW Elite Toy Museum, 5940 Eden in Haltom City, Texas, has a collection of more than 3000 rare and collectible toys. For more information about the special and rare toys in the current exhibition, visit http://www.dfwelitetoymuseum.com.

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USS Hornet Museum to Host Splashdown 45 Festival July 26 Featuring Famed Apollo 11 Moonwalker Buzz Aldrin

March 23, 2014

SAVE THE DATE – In celebration of the 45th anniversary of the historic Apollo 11 mission in 1969, when humans first walked on the moon, the USS Hornet Museum will host Splashdown 45. This ever-popular festival, which also commemorates the daring, safe recovery of the astronauts and their command module by the aircraft carrier USS Hornet CVS-12, will take place Saturday, July 26, 2014 from 10:00am to 5:00pm, followed by an evening reception from 6:00pm -10:30 pm. All events will take place onboard the carrier at 707 W. Hornet Ave., Pier 3 in Alameda, CA. Special guest speakers include Apollo 11 astronaut and best-selling author, Buzz Aldrin, one of the first two men to walk on the moon. Aldrin will be available to sign copies of his acclaimed book, Mission to Mars: My Vision for Space Exploration. Festival guests will also have an opportunity to meet Aldrin and other significant guests during the USS Hornet Museum’s VIP cocktail reception and dinner in the evening. A press conference with Aldrin is being planned.

The aircraft carrier USS Hornet CVS-12 recovered the first two NASA missions that landed humans on the moon, Apollo 11 and Apollo 12. The ship is the largest surviving artifact from these events, which are acknowledged to be among the most important in human history. The USS Hornet Museum is now a registered state and national historic landmark and home of the largest collection of Apollo space mission artifacts on the West Coast.

“All visitors are welcome to join the USS Hornet Museum in commemorating one of the greatest technological achievements in human history,” said Randall Ramian, USS Hornet chief executive officer. “As we remember those significant events of the past, we will also look to the future of the U.S. space program. This includes the Museum’s commitment to educating future astronauts and aerospace scientists through our Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) and other youth education programs.”

While this year’s one-day event will again celebrate the various sciences and technologies connected with past space exploration programs – particularly Mercury, Gemini, and Apollo in the “space race to the moon” during the 1960’s – representatives from NASA and other private companies will also join Buzz Aldrin in discussing upcoming U.S. space exploration plans for missions to the moon, Mars, and beyond. In addition, numerous other Bay Area organizations will showcase important space-related artifacts and youth activities.

“We are pleased to announce that the USS Hornet Museum is once again bringing a world-famous ‘moonwalker’ to the San Francisco Bay Area,” said Bob Fish, Hornet Trustee, Apollo curator of the USS Hornet Museum, and author of Hornet Plus Three: The Story of the Apollo 11 Recovery. “Our Splashdown events have become nationally-recognized for our special guests, experts panels, and onboard activities. The USS Hornet Museum hosted over 3,500 guests for the 40th anniversary of Apollo 11 and we anticipate capacity crowds again this year.”

Other Splashdown 45 activities scheduled aboard the USS Hornet Museum – the Bay Area’s premier sea, air and space museum – include hands-on science activities, a portable planetarium, moon rock displays, specialized Apollo-themed tours, and interactive exhibits.

Proceeds from Splashdown 45 will help fund further development of the USS Hornet Museum’s community outreach activities, such as its youth education program, merit badges for Scout programs, and more.

The USS Hornet Museum, a popular tourist destination for families located in the San Francisco Bay Area, is a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization dedicated to inspiring people of all ages. Through field trips and live-aboard experiences, the USS Hornet offers educational programs focusing on naval history, science and space technology. A registered state and national historic landmark, the ship is open to the public daily from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and permanently berthed at 707 W. Hornet Ave., Pier 3 in Alameda, CA. Ample free parking is available across from the pier. The USS Hornet is also a unique, unforgettable venue available for corporate events; trade shows and expos; private parties and big band dances; and TV and film productions. For more information, ticket prices and event planning, visit:  http://www.uss-hornet.org or call (510) 521-8448.

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