Hillwood Art Museum Reactions

Hillwood Art Museum Reactions.

On Tuesday 10/8/13 our class visited the current show at the Hillwood Art Museum (now called the Steinberg Museum of Art at Hillwood.) We were given a guided tour of the exhibition by one of the museum’s representatives. Students will react and respond to the exhibition by posting their comments below.

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18 thoughts on “Hillwood Art Museum Reactions

  1. I found the museum visit to be very intriguing. By finding art that relates to everyone in class was a great way to get the discussion going. I thought that Kristi was very knowledgeable and interesting to listen to. It was nice to see valuable art in a place so accessible to us.
    Out of all the artists in the museum, Jean Hassle and Liliane Lijn’s work stood out to me the most. I was drawn to Hassle’s painting because of all the vibrant colors he incorporated in this piece. Not only did the colors look beautiful but the way he built up color on the canvas was fantastic. As for Lijn’s Koan Cuts, I immediately found relevance to my work with the forms in this piece. To me the works looked like abstracted fingers. My current work incorporates color and the human hand form as this is why these artists were most interesting to me.

  2. I really enjoyed our class visit to the Hillwood Art Museum. I thought that it was interesting to hear about the artwork directly from someone with a lot of knowledge about each piece. I felt that Kristie was very knowledgeable and was impressed how she was able to answer everyone of our questions about the works in the museum. The piece that stood out to me personally was the piece “Paula’s Courage” by Alvin Loving. This piece had so much dimension and movement, that no matter which angle you looked at it, it was interesting and dynamic. It also had a nice balance of color and geometric shapes. I also really enjoyed Liliane Lijn’s “Koan Cuts” pieces. These works incorporated a nice use of collage and screen printing. I personally like to work in mixed media and use a variety of colors in my work which is why I was drawn to these pieces. I am glad we were able to take a trip to the museum and experience talking about artists’ work.

  3. I really enjoyed our visit to the Hillwood Art Museum. I was under the impression that the museum was just a gallery on campus for contemporary artists and students to exhibit their work. I had no idea that the museum has its own collection of over 2000 works from artists all over the world. It was interesting to learn how the gallery acquires the pieces as well as how they are labeled and organized into a documented catalogue. I was also very impressed by the variety of work that is currently displayed in the museum, as well as Kristie’s knowledge of each piece. She was incredibly informative and knowledgeable about each specific piece of work. A special thanks to Kristie for inviting us into the museum and conducting our discussion.

  4. I thought that the portion of the collection that was shown to us gave me a broad sense of what modern art is considered to be. We were not introduced to any photography during our visit, but I am already aware of what the museum has to offer from a previous visit. Kristie is so knowledgeable on the history assigned to each artwork and she presents the information in a way that makes me feel welcome to listening and participating in the art experience. I chose Robert Indiana’s screenprints “The Demuth American Dream No.5” primarily because I’m drawn to satire and the idea that it is acceptable to make statements based on truth if it creates awareness, or inspires change. Recently I learned that there is a set of coincidences surrounding Demuth, Indiana, and the number 5 which interested Indiana in making this appropriation and I appreciate the purpose behind it.

  5. I really enjoyed the visit to the museum. This experience has opened my eyes to the abundance of readily available contemporary works of art that can assist me in my own work as well as my other classes. Kristie was very knowledgable and was able to speak about each piece in depth. I really enjoyed the discussion and found that this museum is a great avenue for inspiration as well as a strong educational tool for developing my thesis. I found that I have parallels with Harriet Stanton’s work. Through out the conversation about her painting I was able to make connections within my own work and start to get a better understanding on how your surroundings can subconsciously effect your decisions. I am grateful for the experience and look forward to revisiting the museum soon.

  6. Kristie was a very knowledgeable museum docent. I enjoyed all the information she gave us about the work and about the Hillwood Museum in general. The was such a wide variety of contemporary art which did surprise me. I was unaware that the museum kept such a large permanent collection. I was extremely interested in the series by Robert Indiana. I realized right away that his work was based on another artist and he appropriated the images of the number % that Charles Demuth had made famous. I enjoyed a lot of the other works, also and it was great that most of the students had interesting questions and Kristie had some terrific information to share with us. Great experience.

  7. I was unaware that LIU had a collection of that many works in storage, but I am not surprised. LIU (formerly CW Post) has been around for so long, and has a notable heritage, especially with the artist community from Manhattan to the Gold Coast of the North Shore and out to the Hamptons.
    I appreciated all the works individually, and the knowledge Kristie was able to offer of them. The works were abstract to me and I felt I had to really reach out to understand what the artist was trying to convey. I did get the feeling that these were works the artists felt comfortable donating, and that that is okay. I believe that as an artist, not every work will be a master piece, but still has value to some degree.
    This was a great experience!

  8. I have appreciated the experience of visiting Hollywood art museum! It’s an good opportunity to observe every opinion that our classmates discussed about their interests. The works that they picked were connected and close to their topic and style in my opinion. Maybe it’s kind of a resonance between the original artist and our classmates. In addition, Kristie was a terrific lecturer and I really enjoyed her instruction. I got some ideas via her thought-provoking information and introduction. Nice experience !

  9. Museum Response Art 503

    My class consisting of MFA and MA students visited the Hillwood Museum on the campus of LIU Post and had Christie as the curator. She spoke first about the museum and its collections. The paintings being viewed today were of abstract expressionism. Often when I think of abstract I think of very simple shapes that are not distinguishable images (although this grouping of their collection is surprised me) that usually do not interest me. The pieces displayed ranged from 1960s to 2011.
    We were asked to pick a piece that we were drawn to, asked what it reminded you of, state why you enjoyed this piece and what the materials are. I searched the room thinking I would find nothing because my taste is old fashioned with peeling or chipping paint. To my amazement I saw a structure created by Betty Beirne Parsons. This sculpture was called Ancient Message, even the name intrigued me because I’m a big fan of anything vintage. It was created by found wood from the shores of Long Island, NY. Betty collected these pieces of wood and put them together in what to me resembled a house. I was advised by Christie that Betty had also painted on top of some of the adhered pieces and then attached them to one another.
    I enjoyed this piece of artwork because I love worn, peeling, chipping, and cracking of any object, as you will see in my thesis show. Each person has a history and so do our possessions. These objects tell a story from where they have been and posses an energy from their owners.
    I was also drawn to Jon Bari Haessle’, an abstract expressionist from I believe Germany. His painting is an exquisite use of playful textural movements. He constructed his own oil colors which were self-tubed. This painting has multiple layers of oil paint, so many that you can still smell the oils if you are up close. It reminds me of my childhood, and finger painting with thick paint that cracks eventually when completely dry.
    Another painting that I admired was one by Harriet L. Stanton, who was a North Shore Long Island artist. This painting’s colors are so vibrant blue. Christie advised that she used a solvent at times to remove paint so at times you are looking at pure canvas. This was apparently a recreation to Harriet’s reaction to Long Island, the use of color, much like you see on the shores here, which might be why I’m attracted to it.
    Lastly we have Alvin Loving’s Paula’s Courage. Loving was a black abstract artist during the civil rights movement. His work played with the perception of color, ironic if you ask me. His painting make you ponder what is in front/behind this 2D plane. This piece reminds me of Sheldon Cooper from the Big Bang Theory (current TV show), as he would wear shirts that have similar geometric shapes with an optical allusion of foreground.
    I honestly have to state that I enjoyed this museum visit, I am really not that enthusiastic about abstract art, but between collection that was presented and the explanations from Christie, it made me appreciate the show and abstract art a little more.

  10. This is my second semester at LIU Post so a visit to the museum was absolutely necessary for me. I knew it existed and had been there briefly but never spent an extended amount of time in the space. I really enjoyed the abstract art that I now know they pulled from their private collection, impressive. The class was really well organized in a simple manner and student directed. I was totally engaged as we ended up covering almost every piece of artwork hanging, to which there was so much more then meets the eye, as always. Even the peices that I really wasn’t thrilled with, I left having a much greater appreciation for. I also walked away from class happy to have discovered yet another valuable individual like Kristie, the museum representative, that is so well informed about art making and art history, thank you. I really hope to find some time to get back there and pick your brain a bit. Best, Jen

  11. The opportunity to visit the current exhibition in the Hillwood Museum during class was a true pleasure. The guided tour by Kristi was an opportunity that opened my eyes to being an active observer. I find myself all too often walking through a gallery space and leaving with a heavy weight of visual information that slowly drifts away with the passage of time. This trip reminded me the importance of note taking and the power of a simple sketch to serve as a reminder of what was once inspiring. Writing this entry 3 weeks after the visit I am able to return to my notes and recall the expressive mark making in Barbara Hepworth’s color lithographs “Three Forms Assembling” and the simple symbolic shapes and colors presented by Patric Hughes in his “Midnight Blue” screen print. The loose brushstrokes in Harriet Stanton’s “Riding Figure” were really inspiring. Stanton’s process of adding and remove paint and keeping her mark extremely loose and fluid made me want to get into the studio and do some explorative mark making of my own. These three artists all played with the two dimensional surface of their page and the power visual elements such as line, shape and color have to bring that flat space to life.

  12. It was a great chance to see the collection of the museum on campus. I especially liked ‘Ivory Caprice’, oil on board, 1958, by Esphyr Slobokina. It was a painting that can be classified as Cubism. I really liked the naturalness of composition. Redish colored shapes were harmonized well with the ivory colored shapes and the dark blue colored shapes. Most of the shapes were formed in straight lines, but only one part of the painting was curved beautifully on the bottom right corner. One slight change of line increased the richness of variation.

  13. Our trip to the Hillwood was very informative. I was pleasantly surprised to learn that our University owned and had access to such a large amount of pieces by such well know artists. I had traveled into NYC that morning to look at some contemporary art at the MOMA for reference and inspiration. I had no idea I could see Motherwell, Robert Indiana and James Rosenquest right in my backyard. Since I have started my masters I have been looking at art a little differently. I compare and contrast the pieces to each other and I have started to look at artists that I resonate with and have a similar look or feeling within my own work. I really enjoyed looking at the Terry Frost painting “Ice Blue” and the Patrick Hughes “Midnight Blue 1974”. Both pieces were very graphic and brilliant in color, I have been incorporating this in my own work as well. I loved the Robert Indiana works “American Dream” As a whole the lecture by Kristie was very interesting it was easy to see her extensive art history background and they did a fabulous job hanging the show.

  14. I must confess, this was my third time checking out the Hillwood Museum’s exhibition, and each time I come in I find something new. This particular exhibition actually came as something of a surprise to me when I first saw it. I had no idea that the school had a permanent collection of art of any sort–let alone one featuring the likes of Robert Motherwell or John Opper. This, of course, is only one of many things I learned from listening to Kristie. Kristie’s talk was informative not only on an art-historical level (and her knowledge of each piece and its respective artist was, I must say, quite impressive), but also on a level of letting us see what sort of considerations must go into organizing and curating such an exhibition. All in all, I feel that the presentation of the work was highly successful and tied a diverse body of work together well (though I confess I would have like to have seen more three-dimensional pieces). As a painter, my favorite piece was Harriet L. Stanton’s “Riding Figure: Blue #4” for its melancholic use of color and loose, gestural brushwork. I was particularly struck by the manner in which the artist’s mark-making simply suggests the image of a figure on a bicycle rather than providing a realistic rendering.

  15. I want to say that I was very surprised that the Hillwood art museum had such big collection from all those famous artists. I remembered the first piece is from Robert Motherwell. I learned about him from my art history classes, a very big name in contemporary art history. It was nice to hear that the collection is donated mostly from private collections, and the college students can get chance to see and learn about all of these amazing works. Kristi’s presentation about the work was great, very informative and helpful for us to understand. I particularly like the one called “night” but maybe, I forget the proper name of the work. It has a little yellow window on the bottom and a moon on the top of the fame. The whole painting is dark blue. I like it because the painting reminds me of my childhood. Simple, but I always feel that I can see through the window, many possibilities outside of the window. The painting shows night, and what will happen tomorrow? when i think this way, I feel the window presents tomorrow.

  16. The show I attended was very interesting because of the curator’s decision in showcasing a single thick line across each wall that connected and lead the viewer’s eyes from painting to painting. When I heard the permanent collection is over five thousand images, it impressed me greatly.
    The first image my eyes captured and continued to view was the Motherwell painting. It is a large ink drawing that expresses the movements of his body throughout the piece. Automatic drawing is what it is called. Intuition making movements, this reminds me of the abstract expressionists. It is an abstract action painting. The black and white simple colors define the positive and negative space on the canvas. This big ink drawing shows grand movement with the artist’s arm, similar to Asian art. How the show was hung was also odd due to the thick gray line along the wall. Yet, at the same time, the thick line really connected the paintings on each wall by unifying them.
    There were several other paintings that also moved me. I was compelled to stand and soak the paintings in, one by one. Some of the names of these paintings in this specific art display were; Robert Motherwell (America 1915-1991) Africa 7, from Africa Suite, 1970 Color screen print on paper, James Rosenquist (American 1933) Coin Noir, 1977 Color lithograph and screen print on rolled arches cover paper 1996.50.A, Hassle (French b. 1939) Untitled, 2011 Oil on Canvas 2012.02 (Gift from the Artist) Harriet L. Stanton (American, b. 1924) Riding Figure – Blue #4, 1963 – 1964 Oil on Canvas, P. 1973.67, Beatrice Riese (American, The Hague 1917 – 2004) Odin the Fiddler, 1987 Tempera painting on paper 2001.88, Counting Coup, 1992 Acrylic Canvas 1989.02, Charles DeMuth, created No. 5.

    With my graduate degree commencing in May 2014, I feel very fortunate to view this collection and will surely be using this for my research on other artists in the future.

  17. For me, Kristie’s talk is the best part of this museum visiting! She is so knowledgeable about art and art history, and I can feel her passion about art and art history. I am inspired by her.

  18. It is very rare that I go up to see the museum upstairs due to it being out of the way when I’m in a hurry most of the time, but it was very nice to go and see what it had to offer. It is nice to know that they have a permanent collection of some very amazing works, rather than just showing travelling shows. That makes them seem even more like a real museum rather than just a space that people rent. Kristie was a real professional who knew exactly what she was talking about and clearly has a passion for what she does. If there were scheduled talks that she did for each new show (and maybe they do something like that but I am not aware) I would definitely go to hear more of her insight and knowledge. It is quite funny that they kept how the walls were painted for the movie filmed there, and it worked fantastically with the pieces chosen.

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