Visit Norman Rockwell and Friends: American Illustrations from the Mort Künstler Collection

Now that the holidays have come and gone, and we all have a little more free time on our hands. It's a perfect time to steal away some slow winter day and head over to the The Heckscher Museum of Art for a little cultural appreciation.

If you've never visited before, The Heckscher Museum provides a dynamic schedule of changing exhibitions on American art - all within walking distance of downtown shops and award-winning Huntington restaurants.

Between now and March 5, 2017, The Heckscher Museum is exhibiting Norman Rockwell and Friends: American Illustrations from the Mort Künstler Collection.

This exhibition features some of the masters from the Golden Age of American Illustration, including: Edwin Austin Abbey, Howard Chandler Christy, Dean Cornwell, Charles Dana Gibson, Winslow Homer, J.C. Leyendecker, Maxfield Parrish, Howard Pyle, Norman Rockwell, Jon Whitcomb, N.C. Wyeth, and more.

'In the late 19th and early 20th centuries, these artists contributed countless illustrations to the journals and books that were avidly read by an increasingly literate American public, assuming a cultural significance equivalent to that of television and digital technology today.'

'Depicting sentimental themes or dramatic adventures, the country’s illustrators envisioned the aspirations of the nation and gave visual expression to the American character.'

“I started collecting because these guys were my idols," states renowned artist and astute collector Mort Künstler, "And no one else was interested...I started out dreaming of owning five artists: Howard Pyle, N.C. Wyeth, Norman Rockwell, J.C. Leyendecker, and Dean Cornwell. Once I had them, I couldn’t stop.”

Encompassing 75 paintings and sketches acquired over decades, Norman Rockwell and Friends: American Illustrations from the Mort Künstler Collection, is the first time this important private collection is on public view.


Related Program: Meet the Artist

Gallery Tour and Talk with Mort Künstler, Thursday, January 12, 2017, 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm
Members Free, Non-Members $5
The Heckscher Museum of Art, 2 Prime Avenue, Huntington, NY 11743.

Enjoy an intimate conversation with the preeminent painter of American history, Mort Künstler. Surrounded by Künstler’s artwork and works from his private collection in the Museum’s exhibitions, The New Nation and Norman Rockwell and Friends, the artist shares his collecting vision and stories behind amassing this extraordinary collection representing the Golden Age of American Illustration. (Inclement Weather Date: January 19)


Museum Hours
Wednesday - Friday | 10:00 am - 5:00 pm *
Saturday and Sunday | 11:00 am - 5:00 pm *
Monday and Tuesday | Closed
*Huntington Township Residents admitted FREE Wednesdays after 2:00 pm and Saturdays before 1:00 pm. Proof of residency required.

Free Admission for Active Military Personnel, Veterans, and Family
Available to any bearer of a Geneva Convention Common Access Card (CAC), a DD Form 1173, a DD Form 1173-1, a Veteran’s DD-214, or a Veteran ID card and a driver’s license. Includes active military personnel (Army, Navy, Air Force, Marines, Coast Guard, National Guard, and Reserve) or Veteran and up to five (5) family members (spouse, child, aunt, uncle, grandparent, etc.)

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