William Sidney Mount Hits the Road
LIM sends well-known painting on U.S. tour
Stony Brook, NY … December 9, 2015 … Stony Brook native William Sidney Mount’s well-known painting Dance of the Haymakers, currently on display at the Long Island Museum, will take off on a national tour next spring as part of an exhibition organized by the Detroit Institute of Arts.
The exhibition, titled Dance: American Art, 1830-1960 will feature more than 90 objects and works of art which depict American dance, ranging from Native American art to the rise of professional dancers and female artists in the early 20th century and beyond. It opens at the Detroit Institute of Arts in March 2016 and from there, will travel to the Denver Art Museum and finally to Crystal Bridged Museum of American Art in Bentonville, Arkansas.
The painting, completed in 1845, represents William Sidney Mount’s successful return to genre painting after the death of his beloved mother and older brother Henry in 1841. For a time, he seemed to have lost the will to paint and completed only a few genre pictures between 1840 and 1844. With Dance of the Haymakers and subsequent works, Mount reaffirmed his reputation as a premier painter of American life.
Visitors to Stony Brook will have a chance to see Dance of the Haymakers through January 3, 2016, as part of the current exhibition Young Island: William Sidney Mount’s Scenes of Childhood, before it begins its U.S. tour. The painting will return home to the Long Island Museum in early 2017.
Sunday Street Concert Series
Long Island Museum Announces New Partnership
Music Series Brings Big Names to Stony Brook
Stony Brook, NY … November 10, 2015 … The Long Island Museum is excited to announce its partnership with WUSB-FM’s Sunday Street Concert Series and The Greater Port Jefferson Arts Council, presenting an eclectic music series featuring national and international touring artists throughout spring 2016.
The series begins with singer/songwriter Sloan Wainwright on Sunday, January 17 at 3 p.m. and legendary rock artist Willie Nile on Sunday, January 31 at 3 p.m. All performances take place at the Long Island Museum in the Gillespie Meeting Room of the Carriage Museum, a new venue for WUSB’s long-running series. The Greater Port Jefferson Arts Council, whose motto is “bringing our North Shore communities together through the arts and expression,” is a proud co-presenter of these exceptional performances.
The Sunday Street Series began in 2004 at The University Cafe at Stony Brook University, when Charlie Backfish, host of the long-running weekly radio program Sunday Street (Sunday mornings on WUSB 90.1 FM and wusb.fm from 9 AM to 12 noon), began presenting concerts with many of the singer/songwriters featured on the program. In its first decade, the series presented 172 concerts with musicians from all over the world performing in an intimate venue. It’s a favorite of the likes of Eric Andersen, Fairport Convention, Garland Jeffreys, Iain Matthews, Graham Parker, Susan Werner and many more.
Sloan Wainwright is a singer/songwriter best known for her rich contralto voice and a musical style combining pop, folk, jazz and blues. Born into a highly acclaimed musical family (youngest sister to Loudon Wainright, aunt to Rufus Wainwright and Martha Wainwright), Sloan has collaborated since the mid 1990’s with guitarist Stephen Murphy and has released eight albums.
Willie Nile emerged on the New York music scene in 1980 with a highly-acclaimed debut album and has, since then, released eight other studio albums. His most recent, “If I Was A River,” is a piano-based collection of original songs. Willie’s live performances are always high-energy and have earned him a passionate fan following. Some of his more famous admirers include Pete Townsend and Bruce Springsteen.
LIM, Setauket Church Among $100 Mil Trust Benefactors
Stony Brook, NY … April 14, 2016 … The Long Island Museum and the Setauket Presbyterian Church announced today that they are among the very grateful beneficiaries of a landmark gift, a $100 million charitable trust from the Kingsley Gillespie Charitable Trust, Bank of America N.A, Trustee. This gift continues the Kingsley and Kenyon Gillespie families’ lifelong legacy of philanthropy to the Three Village Community, as well as their commitment to the arts, community service and faith. Other beneficiaries of the charitable trust include MIT, Stamford Hospital in Stamford Connecticut, The Rotary Club of Stamford and the First Presbyterian Church of Stamford. Every year, the charities will receive the income earned by the trust.
The Long Island Museum will receive 10% of the income from the $100 million trust. This bequest is one of the most significant gifts in the museum’s 77 year history.
“The Board of Trustees and the museum’s staff are overwhelmed by the Gillespies’ generosity. This tremendous gift strengthens the LIM’s existing endowments and solidifies the museum’s financial foundation. We are forever indebted to the Gillespie family for their foresight and their belief in the importance of the LIM and its place as a cultural leader in our community,” stated Neil Watson, LIM’s Executive Director.
The Gillespie Meeting Room, located on the upper level of the Carriage Museum at the Long Island Museum is commemorated in memory of Doris and Kingsley Gillespie. It includes a stage and seating for approximately 125 people. The room provides space for lectures, music concerts, seminars, exhibits and other special events, a lasting tribute to Mr. and Mrs. Gillespie’s interests and the family’s professional ties to the field of communication.
Doris Kenyon was born in 1900 in Brooklyn, but as a child spent her summers in Old Field. In the 1930s, Old Field became her year-round home. She had a lifelong affection for the Three Village area and it is appropriate that a part of the Carriage Museum is commemorated in her name.
She was married to Kingsley Gillespie, a graduate of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, who had begun his career as plant manager and research director of the Stamford Rubber Supply Company. In 1941 he made a career change, becoming publisher of a Connecticut newspaper, The Advocate of Stamford. In 1957 he also became publisher of the Greenwich Time. Mr. Gillespie was a former owner of Stamford radio station WSTC.
The Gillespies maintained homes in Stamford and Old Field and were involved in community activities in both areas. They were generous benefactors. In retirement years, they were able to spend more time at their Naples, Florida home.
Mrs. Gillespie is remembered fondly for her love of animals and her interest in riding. Neighbors saw her often on the roads of Old Field as she rode horses, a pony, and even a dog cart.
Mr. and Mrs. Gillespie both died at their Florida residence, he in 1984 and she in 1986. A daughter, Joan, a United States Foreign Service officer, died in Tunisia in 1959. Their son Kenyon died in March of 2015.
About the Long Island Museum
Located at 1200 Route 25A in Stony Brook, the Long Island Museum is a Smithsonian affiliate, dedicated to enhancing the lives of adults and children with an understanding and appreciation of Long Island’s rich history and diverse culture. For information about the museum’s world-class exhibitions and New York State chartered education programs visit longislandmuseum.org.
About the Setauket Presbyterian Church
Founded in 1660, the Setauket Presbyterian Church is a living, inclusive, and active faith community of around 500 people. It has a history of social engagement: some of its members were leaders in George Washington’s spy ring during the Revolutionary War. The current building dates from 1812, at 5 Caroline Avenue on the Setauket Village Green. Today the church has strong worship and preaching, programs for children and youth, a large, diverse, and vigorous peace and justice ministry, a twenty-two year relationship with a sister church in Cuba, and has recently founded Open Door Exchange, connecting families in need with free, good-quality donated furniture.
Long Island Museum Textile Collection Named for Prominent Family
Stony Brook, NY … May 25, 2016 … The Long Island Museum announces the naming of its 10,000 piece textile collection in honor of Mary and Philip Hulitar. Mary Hulitar has generously donated $500,000 to the LIM as a leadership gift to preserve, digitally archive, and exhibit the Mary & Philip Hulitar Textile Collection.
Mary Gerstenberg Hulitar has been a longstanding donor to the museum since 1987. Formerly a long-time resident of the Three Village area, her father was a key player in LIM’s early history. The LIM’s Dr. Charles W. Gerstenberg Carriage Reference Library is named for him and is an invaluable research resource for transportation scholars and curators. She is the widow of Philip Hulitar, a prominent and gifted women’s fashion designer in the 1950s and 60s, as well as a long-time patron of the arts. “I put two things together, my husband’s career and my life on Long Island—that angel place for me—when making the decision,” Mrs. Hulitar said from her home in Palm Beach.
“The museum’s Board of Trustees and the staff are thrilled to receive this major gift,” said Neil Watson, LIM’s Executive Director. “Through Mary’s generosity the richness of LIM’s textile collection can be made more fully available to designers, curators and scholars around the country. We consider this gift transformational. It allows us to expand our efforts in planning future exhibitions and new ways to exhibit and archive the collection, as well as bring more of it to the public.”
The LIM’s textile holdings maintain a key position as one of the museum’s core collections. The collection includes an outstanding set of historic costumes, quilts, shoes, and other textiles from the 18th century to the present, including a c. 1955 dress and matching jacket designed by Philip Hulitar for Bergdorf Goodman. “He was a brilliant influence as head designer for Bergdorf Goodman and this really exquisitely embroidered silk dress is our most beautiful mid-century gown,” said Chief Curator Joshua Ruff.
Mrs. Hulitar’s gift will be used for the museum’s ongoing work of cataloguing, conserving and researching the Mary & Philip Hulitar Textile Collection to ensure these irreplaceable pieces will be preserved for future generations. The museum will strive to add works to the collection designed by Philip Hulitar and also continue to expand his reputation to the field of fashion design and to the broader general public. In addition, the museum plans to invest in new, modern storage and display materials for the costumes.
Long Island Museum Receives Grant from Bank of America
Stony Brook, NY … August 18, 2016 … The Long Island Museum in Stony Brook announced today that it is the proud recipient of a $15,000 grant from Bank of America. “The LIM greatly appreciates Bank of America’s most generous gift of support and is honored by the long-standing partnership Bank of America has shown to the museum throughout the years,” said Neil Watson, LIM Executive Director.
“Through its innovative programs, events and exhibitions, The Long Island Museum gives residents and visitors unique cultural and learning opportunities,” said Bob Isaksen, Long Island president, Bank of America. “Supporting organizations that provide access to educational resources strengthens our communities and helps foster greater learning and interest in arts and culture.”
The funding provided by Bank of America will support the museum’s compelling exhibitions, vital education programs, and engaging public events, including workshops, family festivals, lectures, musical performances, family book clubs, concerts and demonstrations.
Bank of America invests in communities in order to advance local economies and create positive change. Support to organizations that provide critical services and programs is just one of the ways they help improve the quality of life in the communities they serve. The Bank of America Museums on Us program, in which the Long Island Museum is a participant, is part of its overall commitment to improving access to the arts through philanthropic giving, sponsorships and loans from their corporate art collection.
About the Long Island Museum
Located at 1200 Route 25A in Stony Brook, the Long Island Museum is a Smithsonian affiliate dedicated to enriching the lives of adults and children with an understanding and appreciation of Long Island’s rich history and diverse cultures. For more information about the museum’s exhibitions and programs please call 631-751-0066 or visit www.longislandmuseum.org.
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