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Upcoming Exhibition



November 18, 2017-March 4, 2018


Sharon Moody, Drowning Girl Secret Hearts Vol. 1 No. 83, Nov 1962, 2016, oil on panel, 16 x 16 inches


Is it a flat surface or is it a sculpture. Is it a photo or is it a painting? Is it wood or is it bronze? Is it rubber or is it steel? Perceptual tricks, optical illusions, a thousand playing cards combined suggest a face. Take a few steps to the right, the image changes; a few steps to the left, maybe another change.

What's real and what isn't? A photo starts to look like a painting, a collage like a photo. The real and the unreal become mixed together. All this and more is present in Fool the Eye, a study of how artists use the magic of perceptual illusion to fool viewers into thinking they're seeing something that's not there. Expect fascination, intrigue, shock, and astonishment.

Fool the Eye is curated by Franklin Hill Perrell, organizer of many past exhibitions at the Museum, including most recently Feast for the Eyes (July 2016), The Moderns: Long Island Collects (July 2015) and Garden Party (March 2014).