By now, you may have finalized your New Year’s Eve plans to paint the town red.
But there have been many generations who made such plans 364 other days of the year. Check them out in the “Night on the Town” exhibit at The Heckscher Museum of Art in Huntington, which ends Sunday.
The exhibit features a variety of work from the museum’s permanent collection that have the theme of going out on the town in the 19th and 20th centuries, says the exhibit’s co-curator Lisa Chalif.
“At this time of year, people are looking for entertainment and this is a show basically about entertainment – what people do in their spare time and to relax, ” Chalif says. “I think they’ll gain an understanding of what other people do to entertain themselves in their downtime.”
From dining and dancing to attending music and theatrical performances, an evening out is documented in paintings, photographs, drawings and prints in works by John Sloan, Larry Fink, Arthur Dove and others. Amid the art work, two café tables are placed in the gallery with chairs to create a sort of evening environment in the gallery itself.
Chalif says the show, which opened in October, displays “how universal the experience of going out on the town is” whether in the city or in more rural areas.
“Everybody does it. Every walk of life,” she says.
Every walk of life also listens to music. So while you’re viewing art documenting night life, also savor the Heckscher’s “Rock On! Masterworks of Rock Photography” exhibit, which ends Jan. 9.
The 55 images of rock and roll musicians from the early years of Elvis Presley and Chuck Berry, through the classic days of The Beatles and The Rolling Stones, up to more recent hip-hop icons like Tupac Shakur and LL Cool J, are on display. Photographs by Art Kane, Bob Gruen, Mick Rock and others are included.
An added bonus: Old School, will perform rock hits by artists featured in the exhibition on Jan. 7. The concert, as well as extended hour admission to the museum, are free from 4:00 to 8:30 p.m.
WHAT “Night on the Town,” through Jan. 2, and “Rock On! Masterworks of Rock Photography,” through Jan. 9 (Performance by Old School at 7 p.m. Jan. 7)
WHEN /WHERE Closed Mondays and Tuesdays, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Wednesdays to Fridays, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays. The Heckscher Museum of Art, 2 Prime Ave., Huntington.
COST $8 ($6 Huntington Town residents)
INFO 631-351-3250 or heckscher.org