The Society for the Preservation of Long Island Antiquities (SPLIA) will open a new exhibit on September 15th. The exhibit is titled Collecting Long Island, and the objects come from all over the island, from the Hamptons to Old Westbury.
This display of regional paintings and decorative arts, most on public view for the first time, will present new discoveries and encourage visitors to look at objects through the eye of the collector to understand how we know what we know about the things Long Islanders have made, used, and cherished for centuries.
In 1976, SPLIA curator, Dean Failey, mounted the first exhibition to explore Long Island’s rich and often puzzling decorative arts heritage. More than forty years later, its groundbreaking discoveries continue to inspire and inform. Collecting Long Island follows the continued efforts of collectors to expand our knowledge of Long Island’s complex material past.
The exhibit will be open Thursdays through Sundays, noon to 4 pm, September 15th to December 17th, 2017.
An opening reception will be held Friday, September 15, at 5pm, as well as a Curator’s gallery talk on Saturday, December 2, at 2 pm. These events are free to the public but reservations are required. To register, call (631) 692-4664.
SPLIA Gallery is located at 161 Main Street, Cold Spring Harbor.
Painting: Oyster Bay Mill, provided by SPLIA.