Wild Kingdom: 100 Years Of Animal Art

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From left: Debbie Wells, Franklin Perrell, curator of The Wild Kingdom and Eden Never Ends, Artist Hunt Slonem, Museum Board president Angela Susan President, Harvey Mannes board trustee, Museum’s Director, Dr. Charles Riley (Photos by Steve Mosco)

Nothing beats the theme of animals in art and the latest exhibition at the Nassau County Museum of Art is roaring with members of the animal kingdom. Wild Kingdom: 100 Years of Animal Art assembles a circus parade of the wild and the woolly, from the big cats (lions, tigers, leopards and others) to the sheep and bunnies beloved by all (including the cats). The roll call of major talents represented in the show whose paintings, drawings and sculpture have immortalized the wild kingdom includes many of the top dogs in art history, including Pablo Picasso, Marc Chagall, John James Audubon and Jeff Koons among many others.

The exhibit was curated by Franklin Hill Perrell and Debbie Wells and with more than 100 works on view, something is bound to leap out and capture your attention. Don’t miss Don Nice’s Animal Crackers, Hunt Slonem’s Migration 2, Peter Beard’s Orphaned Cheetah Cubs and Night of the Snow Leopard by Milton Glaser.

As a special treat, a lavishly colorful installation by the world-renowned artist and designer Hunt Slonem will transform the elegant rooms of the mansion into a dream-like sanctuary for parrots, rabbits and butterflies, his signature motifs. This show within a show, titled Eden Never Ends, includes not just a dazzling array of paintings but an unforgettable installation of fabrics and extravagant furniture designed by Slonem, created expressly for this show.

Wild Kingdom: 100 Years of Animal Art runs through March 3, 2019, at the Nassau County Museum of Art, located at One Museum Dr., Roslyn Harbor. For more information on this exhibit and the museum, call 516-484-9338 or visit www.nassaumuseum.org.

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Jennifer Fauci is the managing editor of Long Island Weekly, Anton Media Group's award-winning special sections and Anton’s local magazines. Her passion for literature, travel and the arts lend to the unique content in her publications. In her time at Anton, she has received first place in the Folio Awards, second place for the NYPA awards and is the recipient of six PCLI awards.

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