Visions Of Glamour And New York Debut At NCMA

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Fragrance and Cosmetics Packaging as an Art Form A retrospective of iconic designs by Marc Rosen (Photos by Elizabeth Johnson)

Glamour is practically synonymous with New York City, and the Nassau County Museum of Art’s New York, New York and Glamour Icons exhibitions drew a huge crowd to its glittering opening on July 21. The new exhibitions generated a ton of excitement with halls crammed full of patrons to view exquisite artwork that symbolizes the city that never sleeps.

The fabulous New York, New York exhibit displayed works of art from its earliest years. New York City was the stage on which the transformation of America played out, reflecting economic and historic upheavals that led to the city’s place as the financial and art capital of the world.

The exhibition was guest-curated by Director Emerita Constance Schwartz. It features more than 140 works by artists such as John Sloan, Reginald Marsh, Childe Hassam, Red Grooms, Robert Henri, Fairfield Porter, Berenice Abbott, Milton Avery and Georgia O’Keeffe among many others.

Glamour Icons, a retrospective of fragrance and cosmetics packaging as an art form, was also unveiled. The award-winning works of designer Marc Rosen, who was on hand for the debut, spoke with excitement about this epic exhibit, which is the first to recognize the art form, bottles and packages created for the fragrance industry. These beautifully shaped bottles make women all over the world feel gorgeous and empowered. Glamorous and sexy, each bottle is designed to entice the buyer.

The Nassau County Museum of Art is located at One Museum Dr. in Roslyn Harbor, just off Northern Boulevard, Route 25A, two traffic lights west of Glen Cove Road. The museum is open Tuesday to Sunday, 11 a.m. to 4:45 p.m. Admission is $12 for adults, $8 for seniors (ages 62 and above) and $4 for students and children (ages 4 to 12).

Docent-led tours of exhibitions at the Saltzman Fine Art Building are offered at 2 p.m. each day; tours of the mansion are offered each Saturday at 1 p.m.; meet in the lobby, no reservations needed. Tours are free with museum admission.

Family art activities and family tours are offered Sundays from 1 p.m.; free with museum admission. Call 516-484-9338, ext. 12 to inquire about group tours. The museum store is open Tuesday through Sunday, 11 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Visit www.nassaumuseum.org or call 516-484-9338 for current exhibitions, events, days/times and directions.

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Elizabeth Johnson is editor of Manhasset Press and Manhasset Press Magazine. Growing up in nearby Garden City and attending New York University, she is well-versed in the locale and knowledgeable about the beat she covers. Her community involvement is extensive and includes the Manhasset SCA, Kiwanis International, Manhasset Chamber of Commerce, St. Mary’s Church, and various civic and local charitable organizations. Curious by nature, her travels, community service, love of the arts as well as local sports give her the inside view to unique content. During her time at Anton, she has received several awards from the New York Press Association and the Press Club of LI, including the coveted "Best Community Newspaper" several years in a row.

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