NOVEMBER 3, 2019

Wired! Uniting Art and Science with Energy

In a ground-breaking effort for a fine arts museum, top-tier science and major art by Jackson Pollock, Alexander Calder, Jasper Johns, James Rosenquist, Julie Mehretu, Frank Stella, Joseph Cornell and Man Ray will be fused in one dynamic and interactive exhibition. Working with the Brookhaven National Laboratory and the Tesla Museum, this innovative project juxtaposes masterworks in many media with images produced by the most advanced scientific instruments, and even an active “cloud chamber,” to explore the supposedly “invisible” world of energy.

“My art is energy made visible,” Pollock famously declared. Miya Ando, whose unforgettable aurora borealis installation embodies the energy of the heavens, is one of several works commissioned for this show.

Other highlights include monumental paintings by Richard Pousette-Dart, Julie Mehretu, James Rosenquist and Doug Argue, Stella’s most recent sculpture, a rare portfolio by Man Ray, sculpture by Arthur Carter and George Rickey and watercolors created directly for NASA by Barbara Prey. The laboratory of Nikola Tesla is re-created, using some of his historic instruments and spectacular images from a “beamline” at Brookhaven capture the beauty of physics. The science of art meets the art of science in one power-packed show.

Background: Doug Argue, Dancing on the Beach, 2019, oil on canvas, courtesy of the artist. This painting was specially created for this exhibition.

Below: James Rosenquist, Time Stops the Face Continues, 2008, oil on canvas with painted and motorized mirror (c) 2019 Estate of James Rosenquist/Licensed by VAGA at Artist Rights Society (ARS), NY. Used by Permission. All rights reserved.


Animodules, an original urban art form named Newark’s Official Peace Ambassadors


Newark’s original art form, the Animodules™, travel across the river to bring their message of peacemaking through the arts to Long Island at The Manes Center, an arts and education center with its own exhibition space at the Nassau County Museum of Art.

Animodules are unique interlocking sculptures that are artist facilitated, community created, contemporary totems. The exhibition is accompanied by Animodule making workshops where children and adults of all ages can work together to create this unique Public Art by the Public.™

“These (Animodules) provide a unique look into Newark’s diverse culture and extend that culture around the world…I witnessed firsthand the profound power of this art form and I named Animodules the official Peace Ambassadors of our City.”

Cory Booker, Former Newark Mayor, current U.S. Senator and Presidential Candidate

What is an Animodule?

An Animodule is a revolutionary, shared-value public art form and movement that is changing the way art and creative expression connects to community, business, and youth. The Animodule is a three dimensional “Animated “module” created sculpture, formed by notching two flat planes together to create a third dimension. It is an original urban art form, born in Newark, created by children and youth under the direction of professional artists. Working collaboratively, solving conceptual and design problems, merging art and science, program participants gain invaluable artistic, academic, and teambuilding experience creating a permanent artwork that represents their community.

Animodules form a strong bridge between communities, schools and businesses. Among many accomplishments, Animodules have engaged over 10,000 children in Newark, welcomed hundreds of thousands of visitors to Newark Airport, greeted the Dalai Lama at the Newark Peace Education Summit and appeared in Times Square for the UN International Day of Peace. Each year the Animodules come together to celebrate creativity and art in the annual Newark Creation Nation Art & Peace Parade.


A Mirror to Nature:
Sculpture by Marko Remec


The grounds of the Nassau County Museum will never be the same after the installation of Marko Remec’s monumental and thrilling new works, commissioned for the Museum and sited by the artist himself: Field Totem and Tall Totem. Along the sinuous drive, rising and falling with the gentle contours of a pair of hills, the elegant Field Totem stretches like a diamond tennis bracelet over the landscape. The entrance of the main building receives a fanfare in brilliant mirrors soaring twenty-six feet into the sky with Tall Totem.

Remec is an internationally renowned figure in contemporary art whose recent triumphs with similar site-specific works have included immensely popular works at Mass MOCA and the Long House Reserve. A former investment banker turned sculptor, Remec is a graduate of Williams College. This is the first phase of a major program of new works planned for the grounds of the Museum, long renowned as one of the region’s most important collections of outdoor sculpture.


Picture This: The Art of Children’s Books


Opening September 21 at The Manes Art and Education Center is Long Island’s first ever exhibition featuring the art of children’s books! Books inspire us, make us curious and bring us together. With works on loan from The Eric Carle Museum exhibited alongside contemporary illustrators, Picture This: The Art of Children’s Books celebrates the combined magic of stories and art.

Family Festival


For the first time at the Museum, join us for a festival celebrating the magic of children’s book illustration. Meet exhibiting illustrators alongside their work, get picture books signed, create artworks of your own and participate in special story times with the illustrators. Advance registration required; limited tickets available day of. Stay tuned for ticket release day.

Art Classes


Explore books through special classes on papermaking, collage, illustration and more.

Art Workshops


In as series of workshops geared for artists of all abilities, explore various approaches to illustrated journaling, bookmaking, printmaking and more.

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