Embracing the goal to enhance and support the rich artistic talent on Long Island, LIM has created a special membership opportunity for visual artists, LIMarts: a collaborative arts group. Designed for artists dedicated to creating a new forum within our cultural community, LIMarts offers space for the exhibition and sale of artwork, varied programming events, lectures and opportunities for social gathering with other artists and the public. For information about becoming an LIMarts members, e-mail Alexandria D’Auria.
The Long Island Museum and LIMarts are pleased to present the 6th annual members’-only exhibition, Anything Goes! Members were invited to create and submit artwork, and as the title suggests, anything goes!
Anything Goes! will be on view December 6, 2019 – January 5, 2020 in the Visitor’s Center.
Artist of the Month: Pura Cruz
The guitar has been a strong symbol throughout my life. As a young child, I twirled on my toes to Spanish “melodias” my father and uncles played on dark guitars, in dark hats.
As a tribute, I initiated a series of hanging sculptures titled “BROKEN GUITARRA” in 1998, when my father was living out his death. My uncles serenaded him with his beloved boleros and tangos. The series consist of almost 100 mixed-media wall sculptures. My very first “BROKEN GUITARRA” piece was selected by Historian/Curator Joshua Ruff for the exhibition “New Neighbors: The Changing Face of Long Island” at The Long Island Museum in 2000.
As a recipient of The George & Helen Segal Foundation Grant/Award of $10,000 for Sculpture 2002 – 2003, I created 3 bronze guitars.
In my work I am exploring and mourning loss — of family, community, custom, identity, and the possibility of wholeness and the necessity of re-constructing something new out of the shattered parts.
Recently, as a response to the 2011 census, which points to the Hispanic/Latino population growth on Long Island, I created ten 6 x 3 foot paintings titled “A Guitar Grows on LI”.
See Pura’s work on display in the Visitor Center through November 30th.
- Celebrate the arts as a key component to the vitality, diversity and cultural richness of Long Island
- Maximize the Long Island Museum’ continuing role in telling the history of Long Island’s artisans – past, present and future.
- Include representation from a broad spectrum of visual artists and artisans
- Provide a forum for the local and regional arts community to gather and exchange ideas
- Advocate, promote and exhibit visual arts from the Long Island/metropolitan area
- Strengthen relationships between the LIM community and Long Island artists
- Develop ways to connect artists and the public through innovative education programs, events and exhibitions