Showtime November 2011

Latino Art Takes Over

imageNassau County Museum of Art is showcasing Latino art in three exhibitions on view through November 27. The group show featuring contemporary Latin American Art, Exploraciones Contemporáneas, includes art by Vik Muniz of Brazil, Cuban-American DEMI, Manuel Esnoz of Argentina and Darío Escobar of Guatemala. Painting, photography, sculpture and mixed media are part of the show. A solo show by Rimer Cardillo features mixed media photography and site-specific artworks the artist calls “cupí” (from the native Guarani word for anthill). Rimer Cardillo: Journadas de la memoria includes a full-gallery cupí installation, “Birds of Clay, Oil and Ashes Cupí.” Also at the museum is Francisco Goya: Los Caprichos. The exhibition features a full set of historic etchings by Spanish artist Francisco de Goya y Lucientes (1746-1828). Published in 1799, the series is considered “one of the most influential series of graphic images in the history of Western art,” according the museum.

Nassau County Museum of Art, One Museum Drive, Roslyn Harbor.
(516) 484-9337,

Leaping from Nature

imageNature never looked like this before. Or, at least, not exactly like the art on display in the exhibition, Re-Natured: Cui Fei and Roy Nicholson. Both artists use nature as a springboard to make their art. From there, all bets are off. Nicholson is an English-born painter who is inspired by lush gardens. Paintings are abstract with elements of representational forms. Nicholson creates a painting each week to capture the fleeting atmosphere of “gloaming” (twilight). A separate series portrays poisonous plants. Cui is a contemporary installation artist who incorporates Chinese history and calligraphy into her work. Born in China, she abstracts the graceful characters of language while using natural materials such as sand, tendrils and thorns to create art without identifiable references. Re-Natured: Cui Fei and Roy Nicholson is on view from November 12 to December 17 at the Staller Center’s University Art Gallery at Stony Brook University. An artist reception is planned for November 19 from 7 to 9pm.

Staller Center, Stony Brook University, Stony Brook. (631) 632-7240,

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Pat Rogers is a freelance writer specializing in arts and culture on Long Island. When not going to art openings or interviewing actors or musicians, she’s looking for the next interesting story.