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Edward Weston work on display at Heckscher Museum

The Heckscher Museum of Art, founded in 1920

The Heckscher Museum of Art, founded in 1920 by August Heckscher, is holding its summer exhibit “Edward Weston: Life Work.” (June 29, 2011) Credit: Alexi Knock

Katherine Hiscox walks slowly throughout two galleries with her arms crossed, stopping and looking closely at each black-and-white photograph that accents the white walls.

“This exhibit is very personal and the prints are so rich,” said Hiscox, 74, of Commack.

The Heckscher Museum of Art, founded in 1920 by August Heckscher, is holding its summer exhibit “Edward Weston: Life Work.”

The exhibit, in Huntington’s Heckscher Park, will be on display until July 24 and features a 60-piece collection of Weston’s most famous works taken during his 50-year career.

Weston, who is considered one of the most important American photographers of the century, photographed images ranging from landscapes and shells to still life and nudes, said Lisa Chalif, acting curator at the museum.

“The exhibit is distilled so it’s like the crème de la crème of his photographs,” Chalif said.

The photography exhibit is set up in chronological order, beginning with Weston’s early work in California and ending with his later landscape prints.

Admission for adults is $8 and the exhibit is free for Huntington residents on Wednesdays 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. and Saturdays 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.

The Weston collection also marks the launch of the Museum’s “Smartphone Audio,” which offers visitors with Smartphones a way to interact with the art through Quick Response codes. Users can scan the codes under certain photographs to link to audible entries of Weston’s personal diary.

“This is a new endeavor for us and we are very excited to have new technology in the museum,” Chalif said.

Just outside the gallery, children can create their own still life pieces based on Weston’s work. Examples of the artist’s photos are provided as well as several drawing boards, crayons and pencils.

Across the space devoted to Weston is the museum’s permanent collection that rotates four times a year to coincide with each new temporary exhibit. This collection includes several pieces from local artists.

“I feel like we keep outdoing ourselves,” said Helen Potter, the museum’s visitor services coordinator. “I thought our last exhibit was the best one yet and now I think it’s the Weston.”

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