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Summer arts preview 2017: LI and NYC art exhibits

This image of a kitten is one of

This image of a kitten is one of the photos on display in the exhibit "Taking Pictures: Camera-Phone Conversations Between Artists" at the Metropolitan Museum of Art. Credit: Metropolitan Museum of Art

HOLOWNIA: WALDEN REVISITED and EARTH MUSE: ART AND THE ENVIRONMENT (Through July 30, Heckscher Museum of Art, 2 Prime Ave., Huntington) “Walden Revisited” pays homage to Henry David Thoreau, the 19th century writer who, inspired by Ralph Waldo Emerson, conducted an experiment in living compatibly with nature at Walden Pond. “Earth Muse” brings together works by contemporary Long Island environmentalist artists. 631-351-3250, heckscher.org

WE WANTED A REVOLUTION: BLACK RADICAL WOMEN, 1965-1985 (Through Sept. 17, Brooklyn Museum, 200 Eastern Pkwy.) Women of color were part of the movement heretofore associated with the white middle-class mainstream. Their concerns are expressed through myriad media by Beverly Buchanan, Elizabeth Catlett, Howardena Pindell, Faith Ringgold and others. 718-638-5000, brooklynmuseum.org

ROBERT RAUSCHENBERG: AMONG FRIENDS (Through Sept. 17, Museum of Modern Art, 11 W. 53rd St., Manhattan) The first 21st century Rauschenberg retrospective is structured as an “open monograph”: As other visual and performing artists come into his life’s work they become part of the exhibit, tracing an exchange of ideas. Among these figures are John Cage, Merce Cunningham, Jasper Johns, Paul Taylor, Cy Twombly and Susan Weil. 212-708-9400, moma.org

MIDNIGHT RUM: LONG ISLAND AND PROHIBITION (Through Sept. 4, Long Island Museum, 1200 Rte. 25A, Stony Brook) See who quenched New York City’s thirst during Prohibition. Breweries switched to “near beer,” at-home microbreweries, wineries, stills and speakeasys proliferated while booze was smuggled through Long Island’s waters. Experience it in photos, paintings and artifact vignettes. 631-751-0066, longislandmuseum.org

CHIHULY (Through Oct. 29, New York Botanical Garden, 2900 Southern Blvd., Bronx) The first major outdoor exhibition by Dale Chihuly graces the spectacular garden landscape by day and night. Think about seeing it both before and after the sun goes down. His blown-glass installations make for quite a light show, whether illuminated naturally or electrically. 718-817-8700, nybg.org

CALDER: HYPERMOBILITY (June 9-Oct. 23, Whitney Museum of American Art, 99 Gansevoort St., Manhattan) Works by Alexander Calder are displayed as the artist intended — in motion. Activations occurring at various intervals give viewers the rare opportunity of experiencing the kinetic nature of his sculptural artistry. 212-570-3600, whitney.org

TAKING PICTURES: CAMERA-PHONE CONVERSATIONS BETWEEN ARTISTS (June 27-Dec. 17, Metropolitan Museum of Art, 1000 Fifth Ave., Manhattan) In barely a decade, cellphone cameras have changed how photographs are made and shared. Twelve pairs of artists conduct an eyes-only dialogue, exchanging images in a game of “visual ping-pong.” See their “conversations” through video monitors, still prints and photo books that visitors can flip through. 212-535-7710, metmuseum.org

NEW YORK, NEW YORK (July 22-Nov. 5, Nassau County Museum of Art, 1 Museum Dr., Roslyn Harbor) No, it’s not the Frank Sinatra song. Museum director emerita Constance Schwartz curates an exhibit on city landscapes by such masters as Willem de Kooning, George Bellows, Red Grooms and other masters. 516-484-9337, nassaumuseum.org

FROM LENS TO EYE TO HAND: PHOTOREALISM 1969 TO TODAY (Aug. 6-Jan. 21, 2018, Parrish Art Museum, 279 Montauk Hwy., Water Mill) The Parrish re-examines a 20th century movement that challenged Abstract Expressionism with a return to representational art. Super-realistic paintings by Audrey Flack and Ralph Goings, among others, go against the artistic grain of the time. 631-283-2118, parrishart.org

AVEDON’S AMERICA (Aug. 12-Oct. 9, Museum at Guild Hall, 158 Main St., East Hampton) Black-and-white photos from the 50-year career of Richard Avedon range beyond his fashion and celebrity shots. The exhibit reflects the confluence of such issues as civil and women’s rights and the Vietnam War, along with portraits of ’60s icons Malcolm X, William F. Buckley and Janis Joplin. 631-324-0806, guildhall.org

And keep in mind . . .

AIDS AT HOME: ART AND EVERYDAY ACTIVISM (Through Oct. 22, Museum of the City of New York, 1220 Fifth Ave., Manhattan) Through paintings, photos, film and archival objects from activist and support groups, the exhibit reveals personal stories about HIV/AIDS and caretaking. 212-534-1672, mcny.org

JOHN GRAHAM: MAVERICK MODERNIST (Through July 30, Parrish Art Museum, 279 Montauk Hwy., Water Mill) See works by an influential figure in American art in the first half of the 20th century. Jackson Pollock and Stuart Davis sought him out as well as Baltimore’s Cone sisters, who assembled an unrivaled Matisse collection, and Duncan Phillips, founder of Washington’s Phillips Collection. 631-283-2118, parrishart.org

HENRY JAMES AND AMERICAN PAINTING (June 9-Sept. 10, Morgan Library and Museum, 225 Madison Ave., Manhattan) The first exhibition to explore the 19th-century novelist’s love of the visual arts is glimpsed in paintings by such friends as John Singer Sargent and James McNeill Whistler. 212-685-0008, themorgan.org

FRANK LLOYD WRIGHT AT 150: Unpacking the Archive (June 12-Oct. 1, Museum of Modern Art, 11 W. 53rd St., Manhattan) Marking the sesquicentennial of his birth, the exhibit examines Wright’s genius through architectural drawings, models and building fragments, as well as TV interviews, paintings and such items as tableware and furniture. 212-708-9400, moma.org

TARYN SIMON: THE INNOCENTS (June 17-July 30, Museum at Guild Hall, 158 Main St., East Hampton) Coinciding with the 25th anniversary of the Innocence Project, Simon’s show visually documents stories of people serving time on death row for violent crimes that, it was ultimately proved, they did not commit. 631-324-0806, guildhall.org

AMERICAN VISIONARY: JOHN F. KENNEDY’S LIFE AND TIMES (June 23-Jan. 7, New-York Historical Society, 170 Central Park West, Manhattan) In the centennial year of the 35th president’s birth, 77 photographs from the Smithsonian in Washington, D.C., capture his vision of a new America through images of his formative years, his young family and far too-short presidency. 212-873-3400, nyhistory.org

DUALITY: GLIMPSES OF THE OTHER SIDE (June 24-Sept. 17, Islip Art Museum, 50 Irish Lane, East Islip) In this open-call exhibit, artists seek what’s hidden beneath our surface perceptions — chaos in the mundane, beauty in the ordinary and depravity in wholesome. 631-224-5402, islipartmuseum.org

MYSTICAL SYMBOLISM: THE SALON DE LA ROSE+CROIX IN PARIS, 1892-1897 (June 30-Oct. 4, Guggenheim Museum, 1071 Fifth Ave., Manhattan) Acquaint yourself with Symbolist art through the first museum peek into the bizarre world of these Parisian salons. 212-423-3575, guggenheim.org

EBB & FLOW: SEASCAPE AND SHORELINE VIEWS (Aug. 5-Nov. 12, Heckscher Museum of Art, 2 Prime Ave., Huntington) Paintings, prints and photographs from the Heckscher collection capture scenes ranging from shipwrecks to tranquil streams as depicted by Stan Brodsky, Arthur Dove, Edward and Thomas Moran and Maurice Prendergast, among others. 631-351-3250, heckscher.org

PARRISH ROAD SHOW: AUTO BODY (Aug. 12-31, off-site) The Parrish’s annual roadshow project of installations literally goes on the road for a text-based colloquial expression of environmental vs. commercial interests along Montauk Highway from Bellport to Water Mill. 631-283-2118, parrishart.org

— Steve Parks

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