Mother's Day outings around Long Island
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Or visit on Sunday, for a relaxing day strolling the storied gardens. Make sure to stop by the Plant Shop, where each Mom – actually all female visitors 18 and older – will receive a free plant.
Registration is required for the children’s floral workshop. Old Westbury Gardens is located at 71 Old Westbury Rd., Old Westbury. For further information, contact (516) 333-0048 or www.oldwestburygardens.org.
Nassau County Museum of Art
Those Moms who are art lovers will certainly welcome a visit to Nassau County Museum of Art. NCMA’s current exhibit, “AB-EX/RE-CON: Abstract Expressionism Reconsidered,” explores both the best known and less familiar practitioners of abstract and gestural painting who dominated American art, criticism and commentary beginning in the late 1940s and throughout the 1950s.
The exhibit highlights works by the legendary stars of Abstract Expressionism: Richard Diebenkorn, Helen Frankenthaler, Hans Hofmann, Jimmy Ernst, Franz Kline, Robert Motherwell and Mark Rothko. It also offers visitors a look at some of the lesser-known but highly regarded artists of the movement, among them Fritz Bultman and Jon Schueler.
Over 50 artists in all are represented, in the museum’s effort to recognize the many artists who have contributed to this movement, according to Karl E. Willers, the museum’s director, who organized the exhibition with his curatorial staff. “We have some of the best known names in post-war American art, with also a lot of practitioners of abstract expressionism who people are less familiar with but are worthy of more recognition in American culture,” he said.
The museum’s Contemporary Gallery showcases the work of Asad Faulwell and Chris Johanson, two young American artists working in very different styles. Born in Indiana, now living in Los Angeles, Faulwell’s intricate mixed-media art focuses on images of Algerian women, especially the freedom fighters who were involved in the 1954-1962 struggle to end French occupation. They are shown against highly decorative floral and geometric patterns familiar in Middle Eastern art.