A Message from the Museum Director
Summer is here at the Hofstra University Museum, with a much quieter campus inviting you to visit our two exhibitions showcasing work from our collections. Romare Bearden: Storyteller presents 22 prints by this artist, musician, teacher, scholar, and friend. Long Island Pulse stated that “Bearden’s hues seem to vibrate from the walls.” Come and be dazzled by the vision and passion of this uber-talented 20th century American artist. To enrich your visit, there are disposable earbuds and an iPod loaded with a jazz playlist from the album "Romare Bearden Revealed" recorded by the Branford Marsalis Quartet.
While here, you can duck into the Joan and David Axinn Library and visit the Filderman Gallery to view Portfolios II: Offset Lithographic Prints. While looking at the works, consider how artists today continue to be pioneers in experimenting with technology – as these artists were when exploring the new commercial offset presses in the early 1980’s.
Summer means outdoor pleasures and what could be better than bringing your children to the campus to explore the outdoor sculpture with one of our Let’s Explore Backpacks, supported by the generosity of the Bethpage Federal Credit Union. Each backpack is filled with conversation starters, looking activities, and hands-on art making opportunities that connect to a backpack theme. Also for your family, pick up The Great Art Caper and search for the culprit of the campus mystery. If you prefer to be indoors, the Romare Bearden Art Quest is always available for you and your children. The family offerings are available weekdays during summer and are free to all families! Finish off your visit with a stop in one of the several eateries open on campus and leave feeling refreshed in mind, spirit and body.
Enjoy your summer - we hope you will spend a moment or two of it with us.