Showtime December 2011

The Art of Collage

imageWith its exhibition, Ripped: The Allure of Collage, The Hecksher Museum of Art recognizes the first medium to challenge artistic conventions of painting and sculpture in the last century. The show, on view through January 8, features approximately 50 pieces by European and American artists, including long-dead masters of the medium and some of the most respected collagists working today. Collages by Long Island legends Roy Lichtenstein and Ray Johnson are among the work in the diverse collection. Other notables include Jean Arp, Romare Bearden, Salvador Dalí, Conrad Marca-Relli and contemporary artists Nancy Scheinman, John Digby and Steven Ford. An important exhibition considering the scarcity of collage displayed in major museums, Ripped is a rare treat not to be missed. The Heckscher invited Kenneth Wayne, PhD to be the show’s guest curator.

The Heckscher Museum of Art, 2 Prime Avenue, Huntington.
(631) 351-3250,

imageMapping the Body

The University Center Gallery at Adelphi University is showcasing a series of unique monoprints by Catherine Bebout through January 8. Mapping the Body is a collection of work influenced by Bebout’s time in India during her 2008 Fulbright research grant. The artist explores maps, travel, Oriental and Ayurvedic medicine, effects of globalization on the human body and the systems of organization used to chart these ideas. Each one-of-a-kind piece is a palimpsest of information built through multiple printmaking processes and digital imaging tools, including silkscreen, lithography and monoprinting. Bebout seeks to reveal deeper meaning and the interconnectedness between all living things by weaving together personal iconography and images appropriated during her travels to remote and exotic locales in India and Asia. The result is a striking series worth contemplation. The exhibition is open from December 6 to January 8. An artist reception is scheduled for Wednesday, December 7 at 5pm.

Ruth S. Harley University Center Gallery at Adelphi University, 1 South Ave, Garden City. (516) 877-3000,

oliver peterson

Oliver Peterson, Associate Editor, writes and helps drive the visual arts coverage at Pulse. He has a BFA from the School of Visual Arts and an MFA in writing from Southampton College. He is an accomplished painter based on the East End of LI, where he lives with his wife and two dogs.