Let us be your docent as you check out what’s happening this fall at a museum near you.

 

'OVER THE RIVER: TRANSFORMING LONG ISLAND’

Through Dec. 16, Hofstra University Museum, Emily Lowe Gallery, Hempstead

How was Long Island put together? Not geologically speaking, but in terms of the infrastructure that makes the Island an extension of a great metropolis. “Over the River: Transforming Long Island,” through Dec. 16 at Hofstra University Museum’s Emily Lowe Gallery, focuses on the construction of tunnels, bridges and highways that make Long Island accessible to the masses. Addressing such issues as development, sustainability and environmental impact, the exhibit features the works of artists ranging from Janet Culbertson to Andy Warhol. “Nineteenth-century Long Island was a very different place from the 21st century sprawling suburban Long Island we know today,” says Beth Levinthal, executive director of the museum. “This exhibit allows audiences to explore the dynamic and evolving history of our region.”

INFO 516-463-5672, hofstra.edu/museum

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‘LOOKING OUT, LOOKING IN: WINDOWS IN ART’

Through Nov. 27, Heckscher Museum of Art, 2 Prime Ave., Huntington

In art, windows serve as both a practical and metaphorical tool. Signifying a transparency between public and private spaces, windows also illuminate. In “Looking Out, Looking In: Windows in Art,” the Heckscher Museum provides the viewer a peek at what lies within a scene as well as a frame of the landscape without. Drawn from the museum’s permanent collection, the exhibit features 19th and 20th century paintings and photographs by Berenice Abbott, John Sloan and Fairfield Porter, among many others. Opening the same day at the Heckscher is the Long Island Biennial, an exhibition of 53 works selected by a trio of jurors from 336 entries.

INFO 631-351-3250, heckscher.org

 

‘A CENTURY OF PHOTOGRAPHY’

Nov. 19-March 5, Nassau County Museum of Art, 1 Museum Dr., Roslyn Harbor

The Nassau County Museum of Art presents dual photographic exhibitions — works by Ansel Adams and “A Century of Photography” — both drawn from the collection of the Kalamazoo (Michigan) Museum of Art. Adams, of course, is legendary for his range and subtlety in tone while capturing black-and-white images of the spectacular American West. Spanning essentially the history of photography, the companion exhibit features works ranging from Eadweard Muybridge’s 19th century studies of animal and human locomotion to Richard Misrach’s contemporary chromogenic prints, as well as works by Alfred Stieglitz, Diane Arbus, Richard Avedon and others.

INFO 516-484-9337, nassaumuseum.org

‘ARTISTS CHOOSE ARTISTS’

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Oct. 30-Jan. 16, Parrish Art Museum, 279 Montauk Hwy., Water Mill

In “Artists Choose Artists,” the Parrish Art Museum’s juried biennial open to those living on the East End of Long Island, a jury of established artists each choose two emerging artists who will display their works next to that of the mentors who selected them. The 2016 jurors are Tina Barney, Lynda Benglis, Donald Lipski, Tony Oursler, Jorge Pardo, Cindy Sherman and Leo Villareal.

INFO 631-283-2118, parrishart.org

 

‘I’VE GOT THE MUSIC IN ME’

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Through Oct. 23, Long Island Museum, 1200 Rte. 25A, Stony Brook

For the Long Island Museum’s annual juried show, “I’ve Got the Music in Me,” 68 local artists submitted 144 works on the theme of, you guessed it, music. Check out winning entries and see who else made the cut in the Stony Brook museum’s Visitors Center.

INFO 631-751-0066, longislandmuseum.org

 

WILLIAM HEPPENHEIMER

Oct. 22-Jan. 1, The Museum at Guild Hall, 158 Main St., East Hampton

Heppenheimer, winner of the 2014 Artists Members Exhibition at Guild Hall, gets to collect his prize at last — a solo show in the Spiga Gallery. Heppenheimer’s winning abstract painting, “Tablet K,” was selected by art critic Robert Storr. Also on display will be Michael Knigin’s paintings and prints in remembrance of Anne Frank in the Woodhouse Gallery and works by Long Island artists Connie Fox and Bill King in the Moran Gallery.

INFO 631-324-0806, guildhall.org