The Guild Hall permanent collection began in 1931 with a portrait of Thomas Moran, the iconic landscape painter who was among the first to see the East End as the perfect art colony. In the ensuing eight decades GH’s 2,200 acquisitions have included Pollock, Warhol, Close and many others. This exhibit is focused on newly acquired objets d’art such as “Spinning, Tango, Out,” a collision of abstraction and figurative styles by David Salle. The top half of the work is occupied by chaotic lines and a ceramic disc thrown onto the painting during its creation; the bottom half is an uncomfortably contorted female form rendered in oils on canvas.

New Additions to the Guild Hall Museum Permanent Collection 2010-2014 will be on display until Jan. 4 at Guild Hall in East Hampton. (631) 324-0806,

A three-millennia, three-gallery odyssey of Chinese art is being staged until the end of winter at the Nassau Museum, and was drawn from some of the area’s most important collections. Eleven large 6th century stone sculptures from the Arthur M. Sackler collection at Columbia University are the starting point. Time has fragmented these products of the northern Qi dynasty, a crucial period in Chinese art, but the distinctive visages remain. White porcelains adorned with blue dragons and other designs from the Ming and Qing eras (17th-18th centuries) form the core of the exhibit, courtesy of the Frick Collection in New York. Finally, Beijing artist Liu Dan’s 21st century works fuse past and present.

China Then and Now is showing until March 8 at the Nassau County Museum of Art in Roslyn Harbor. (516) 484-9337,

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Michael Isenbek, Associate Editor, dabbles in both fiction and nonfiction writing, coordinates the Pulse event listings and writes the text for "Zoom," among other editorial tasks. He has a Master's Degree in Liberal Studies and a Bachelor's Degree in Cultural Studies with a concentration in Journalism from SUNY Empire State College.