Historic Artists’ Sites of Long Island Website Launches

Yoko Ono "Play It By Trust" installation at LongHouse Reserve
Yoko Ono “Play It By Trust” installation at LongHouse Reserve
Richard Lewin

It should come as no surprise to anyone that the East End has been a haven for artists known round the world, but what some may not know is that even further west, Long Island has long cultivated an influential art scene. Through a grant from the Robert David Lion Gardiner Foundation (RDLGF), the Heckscher Museum of Art and RDLGF recently launched a website devoted to shining a spotlight on these hotspots of artistic inspiration: Historic Artists’ Sites of Long Island at lihistoricartistssites.org.

“​The Robert David Lion Gardiner Foundation was founded to promote the advancement of regional history. RDLGF encourages our 501(c)(3) historic stewards to work together sharing their stories,” says Kathryn M. Curran, executive director of the RDLGF. “We strongly believe in linking historic sites thematically as means to engage the public and broaden awareness. These collaborations increase each organization’s sustainability by reaching out to new audiences.”

The website, developed by Graphic Image Group Inc., serves as an easy-to-access online guide for Long Island visitors and residents looking to learn more about where revered local artists lived and worked. The homes and studios of the great landscape and genre painters, abstract expressionists and modernists are open for virtual visits any time, allowing art lovers to experience the surroundings that inspired immeasurable creativity. In addition to the compelling history of each art site, the website offers all the necessary contact, parking and ticket info, and more.

“RDLGF’s creation of Historic Artists’ Sites of Long Island offers the public an artist’s house tour that spans Long Island. This website is a ‘one-stop’ information portal celebrating Long Island’s artistic heritage,” Curran says. “Its user may plan a day or longer of exploration. It also offers the most current information on each site’s events and upcoming programs, hopefully encouraging membership and support.”

The artist locations listed at the time of launch, many of which are recognized in the National Register of Historic Places, include:

Arthur Dove and Helen Torr Cottage of the Heckscher Museum of Art
30 Centershore Road, Centerport
Artists Arthur Dove (1880–1946) and Helen Torr (1886–1967)

The Arts Center at Duck Creek
127 Squaw Road, Springs
Artist John Little (1907–1984)

The Art Barge
The Art Barge

The Art Barge of the D’Amico Institute
110 Napeague Meadow Road, Amagansett
Artists Victor D’Amico (1904–1987) and Mabel Birckhead D’Amico (1909–1998)

Dan Flavin Art Institute at Dia Bridgehampton
23 Corwith Avenue, Bridgehampton
Artist Dan Flavin (1933–1996)

Elaine de Kooning House in East Hampton
Elaine de Kooning House in East Hampton
Courtesy Heckscher Museum of Art

Elaine de Kooning House
55 Alewive Brook Road, Northwest Harbor
Artist Elaine de Kooning (1918–1989)

Leiber Museum
446 Old Stone Highway, Springs
Designer Judith Leiber (1921–2018) and artist Gerson Leiber (1921–2018)

LongHouse Reserve
133 Hands Creek Road, Northwest Harbor
Artist and designer Jack Lenor Larsen (1927–2020)

The Pollock-Krasner House and Study Center
The Pollock-Krasner House and Study Center, Photo: Helen A. Harrison, courtesy Pollock-Krasner House

Pollock-Krasner House & Study Center of Stony Brook University
830 Springs-Fireplace Road, Springs
Artists Jackson Pollock (1912–1956) and Lee Krasner (1908–1984)

 

Thomas and Mary Nimmo Moran Studio
229 Main Street, East Hampton
Artists Thomas Moran (1837–1926) and Mary Nimmo Moran (1842–1899)

The Watermill Center
The Watermill Center
Lovis Ostenrik

The Watermill Center
39 Watermill Towd Road, Water Mill
Artist Robert Wilson (born 1941)

William Sidney Mount House of the Long Island Museum
1556 Stony Brook Road, Stony Brook
Artist William Sidney Mount (1807–1868)

“Long Island has a proud place in American art history. Offering exceptional light and air, along with inspirational vistas, artists have always flocked here to live and work,” Curran states. “This website links the studios and homes of some of America’s greatest artists over centuries. It offers a historic view into another aspect of our region’s rich creative and cultural heritage. I strongly urge you to explore these places and support the stewards who are dedicated to their oversight and promote their legacy.”

Discover the Historic Artists’ Sites of Long Island at lihistoricartistssites.org.

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