Roslyn, New York, U.S. July 7, 2019. “Would That I Wish For (Tall Totem)” 26-foot-tall sculpture was created, and installed in front of the Arnold and Joan Saltzman Fine Art Building, by artist Marko Remec, at the Nassau County Museum of Art, which commissioned the work. 

Nassau County Museum of Art: Reflections on Times & Space

From LONG ISLAND – by Ann Parry (ann-parry.com)
July 16, 2019

Deciding to take advantage of the nice-in-the-shade weather the first weekend in July, my friend Bob and I went to the Nassau County Museum of Art on Sunday, the last day of its “That 80s Show” exhibit. I also looked forward to seeing Animodules at the Manes Center, and new outdoor sculptures by conceptual artist Marko Remec

Roslyn, New York, U.S. July 7, 2019. [NOTE: YELLOW filter added to image]  “Vertebrate Progression (Field Totem)” outdoor sculpture of domed mirrors was created and installed by artist Marko Remec near the Manes Center at the Nassau County Museum of Art, which commissioned the work. (© 2019 Ann Parry/Ann-Parry.com)

Roslyn, New York, U.S. July 7, 2019. [yellow filter added to image]  “Vertebrate Progression (Field Totem)” outdoor sculpture of domed mirrors was created and installed by artist Marko Remec near the Manes Center at the Nassau County Museum of Art, which commissioned the work. (© 2019 Ann Parry/Ann-Parry.com)

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After parking, we walked up the path leading to the Saltzman Fine Art Building, when I saw Pamela, a friend and fellow photographer, a few yards away from us, chatting with someone as they headed toward the parking lot. 

Roslyn, New York, U.S. July 7, 2019. PAMELA WALDROUP poses next to bronze sculpture

Roslyn, New York, U.S. July 7, 2019. PAMELA WALDROUP poses next to bronze sculpture “Girl on a Bicycle “(1964) by Bruno Lucchesi, on the grounds of the Nassau County Museum of Art, Long Island. (© 2019 Ann Parry, Ann-Parry.com)

After getting Pamela’s attention, we laughed… for ever since the exhibit opened, we’d planned to see it, but weather and scheduling conflicts got in our way. Now, serendipity had landed us at the same space at the same time, so we could at least capture a few photos by the “Girl on a Bicycle” (1964) sculpture by Bruno Lucchesi.

That 80s Show

Roslyn, New York, U.S. July 7 2019. During last day of

Roslyn, New York, U.S. July 7 2019. During last day of “That 80s Show” exhibit at Nassau County Museum of Art, visitors are in gallery, with paintings from left to right: “Toward the Brightest Light,” 1986, by Julian Schnabel (b. 1951); (at center) “Southern Comfort, “1984, by Sandro Chia (b. 1946); “The Human Comedy, 1987, by Annette Lemieux (b. 1957); (above mantel) “Easter Painting,” 1982, by Gregory Amenoff (b. 1948). (© 2019 Ann Parry/Ann-Parry.com)

After renewing my membership, I entered a spacious gallery hung with five huge paintings and a few smaller, though not small, ones.  [See above photo]

Since the gallery was part of the “That 80s Show” exhibit, it wasn’t chance the artists and I shared birthdays within about ten years of each other.

Two of the artists died at tragically young ages, and, as I feared, it was of tragically times-related causes. Jean-Michel Basquiat was only 27 when he died in 1984 of a heroin overdose. Tseng Kwong Chil was only 40 when he died in 1990 of an AIDS-related illness – which, near the same time, stole my much missed, musically gifted brother in his thirties. 

Roslyn, New York, U.S. July 7, 2019. Visitor looks at artwork from Men in the Cities series by Robert Longo (b. 1953). From L-R, the first 3 are Untitled, analog silver gelatin prints, 20 x 16 inches; at extreme right is “Men in the Cities: Eric,” (1983), lithograph on rag paper, 71 1/2 x 35 7/8 inches. (© 2019 Ann Parry/Ann-Parry.com)

Roslyn, New York, U.S. July 7, 2019. Visitor looks at artwork from Men in the Cities series by Robert Longo (b. 1953). From L-R, the first 3 are Untitled, analog silver gelatin prints, 20 x 16 inches; at extreme right is “Men in the Cities: Eric,” (1983), lithograph on rag paper, 71 1/2 x 35 7/8 inches. (© 2019 Ann Parry/Ann-Parry.com)

More than once, I was struck how visitors looking at artwork impacted, even transformed, the experience. The above photo of a man looking at works from the “Men in the Cities” series by Robert Longo is one example, and a different man near a different lithograph by Robert Longo is another.

Animodules

Roslyn, New York, U.S. July 7, 2019. The Wolf Animodule is on display at the exhibition of Animodules, an urban artform of nonviolent superheroes, at the Manes Center at Nassau County Museum of Art, on Gold Coast of Long Island. (© 2019 Ann Parry/Ann-Parry.com)

Roslyn, New York, U.S. July 7, 2019. The Wolf Animodule is on display at the exhibition of Animodules, an urban art form of nonviolent superheroes, at the Manes Center at Nassau County Museum of Art on Long Island. (© 2019 Ann Parry/Ann-Parry.com)

Animodules – an original urban art form of nonviolent super heroes – were on display both inside and outside the Manes Center. They filled the large room with a positive, vibrant energy.

These Agents of Peace were first created at the Barat Foundation in Newark, New Jersey.

Animodules Mission: “Transforming lives and communities through collaborative public art to promote peace, social justice, diversity, and beautification of public space.” 

Roslyn, New York, U.S. July 7, 2019. Commissioned Artist Animodules - 13 inches, handp-painted on aluminum by artists of the Bridge Art Gallery - are inside display case at the exhibition of Animodules, an urban artform, at the Manes Center at Nassau County Museum of Art, on Long Island. (© 2019 Ann Parry/Ann-Parry.com)

Roslyn, New York, U.S. July 7, 2019. Commissioned Artist Animodules – 13 inches, hand-painted on aluminum by artists of the Bridge Art Gallery – are inside display case at the exhibition of Animodules, an urban art form, at the Manes Center at Nassau County Museum of Art, on Long Island. (© 2019 Ann Parry/Ann-Parry.com)

This is the first museum exhibition for Animodules, and it runs through to September 15, 2019. 

Final Reflections

Roslyn, New York, U.S. July 7, 2019. “Vertebrate Progression (Field Totem)” outdoor sculpture of domed mirrors was created and installed by artist Marko Remec near the Manes Center at the Nassau County Museum of Art, which commissioned the work. (© 2019 Ann Parry/Ann-Parry.com)

Roslyn, New York, U.S. July 7, 2019. “Vertebrate Progression (Field Totem)” outdoor sculpture of domed mirrors was created and installed by artist Marko Remec near the Manes Center at the Nassau County Museum of Art, which commissioned the work. (© 2019 Ann Parry/Ann-Parry.com)

Perhaps in part because I’m fond of (literally) shiny things, I’m a fan of Marko Remec’s three outdoor sculptures commissioned by the Nassau County Museum of Art.

Remec’s “The Vertebrate Progression (Field Totem)” was a short make-your-own-path walk from the Manes Center, and typically would be viewed from the road, where one wouldn’t notice a couple of dome mirrors were damaged and some were removed from the end.

The convex dome mirrors of the other two sculptures – the 26-foot-tall “Would That I Wish For (Tall Totem)” [see feature photo at top of this post] and the horizontal “NYET” – were fine off the ground on well-beaten paths.

Even if the sweaty-in-the-open-field weather didn’t stop me from spending quite as much time as I’d like to capture far and close up views of the Field Totem, I’d want to return with my Nikon during each of the seasons.

Roslyn, New York, U.S. July 7, 2019. Close up of part of “Vertebrate Progression (Field Totem)” outdoor sculpture of dome mirrors, which was created and installed by artist Marko Remec near the Manes Center at the Nassau County Museum of Art. (Ann Parry/Ann Parry, ann-parry.com)

Roslyn, New York, U.S. July 7, 2019. Close up of part of “Vertebrate Progression (Field Totem)” outdoor sculpture of dome mirrors, created and installed by artist Marko Remec near the Manes Center at the Nassau County Museum of Art. (© 2019 Ann Parry/Ann-Parry.com)


Feature Photo at top of post Roslyn, New York, U.S. July 7, 2019. “Would That I Wish For (Tall Totem)” 26-foot-tall sculpture was created, and installed in front of the Arnold and Joan Saltzman Fine Art Building, by artist Marko Remec, at the Nassau County Museum of Art, which commissioned the work.


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Garden City, New York, USA. June 6, 2019. The Freeport High School Upperclassmen Jazz Band entertains guests during the Cocktail Hour of the Apollo at 50 Anniversary Dinner, an Apollo astronaut tribute at the Cradle of Aviation Museum, celebrating the Apollo 11 mission Moon landing.

Freeport H.S. Students Soar: ‘Apollo at 50’ at Cradle of Aviation Museum

From LONG ISLAND – by Ann Parry (ann-parry.com)
July 4, 2019

Three talented, professional-caliber Freeport High School student groups helped make the Apollo at 50 Anniversary Dinner memorable at the Cradle of Aviation Museum on June 6th: Navy Junior ROTC, Select Chorale, and Upperclassman Jazz Band. 

Freeport High School Navy Junior ROTC

NJROTC instructor: Major Donald R. Moore, Jr. (U.S. Marine Corps., retired)

Garden City, New York, U.S. June 6, 2019. Three Freeport High School Navy Junior ROTC cadets wearing uniforms and about to participate at Apollo at 50 Anniversary Dinner at Cradle of Aviation Museum, pose for photo in front of historic aircraft at museum exhibit. (© 2019 Ann Parry/Ann-Parry.com)

Garden City, New York, U.S. June 6, 2019. Three Freeport High School Navy Junior ROTC cadets wearing uniforms and about to participate at Apollo at 50 Anniversary Dinner at Cradle of Aviation Museum, pose for photo in front of historic aircraft at museum exhibit. (© 2019 Ann Parry/Ann-Parry.com)

Cadets, representing the over 200 students in Freeport High School’s Navy Junior ROTC, participated in “Apollo at 50.”

Garden City, New York, U.S. June 6, 2019. Freeport High School Navy Junior ROTC cadets wearing uniforms and about to participate at Apollo at 50 Anniversary Dinner at Cradle of Aviation Museum, pose for photo in front of historic aircraft at museum exhibit. (© 2019 Ann Parry/Ann-Parry.com)

Garden City, New York, U.S. June 6, 2019. Freeport High School Navy Junior ROTC cadets wearing uniforms and about to participate at Apollo at 50 Anniversary Dinner at Cradle of Aviation Museum, pose for photo in front of historic aircraft at museum exhibit. (© 2019 Ann Parry/Ann-Parry.com)

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Garden City, New York, USA. June 6, 2019. Members of Freeport High School Navy Junior ROTC prepare to make entrance during Apollo at 50 Anniversary Dinner, an Apollo astronaut tribute celebrating the Apollo 11 mission Moon landing. (© 2019 Ann Parry/Ann Parry, ann-parry.com)

Garden City, New York, USA. June 6, 2019. Members of Freeport High School Navy Junior ROTC prepare to make entrance during Apollo at 50 Anniversary Dinner, an Apollo astronaut tribute celebrating the Apollo 11 mission Moon landing. (© 2019 Ann Parry/Ann Parry, ann-parry.com)

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Garden City, New York, U.S. June 6, 2019. At right, a member of the Freeport High School Navy Junior ROTC is one of the cadets standing in front of the stage as Select Chorale members sing during Apollo at 50 Anniversary Dinner, an Apollo astronaut tribute celebrating the Apollo 11 mission Moon landing, at Cradle of Aviation Museum. Her uniform jacket has a braided epaulet on the left shoulder. (© 2019 Ann Parry/Ann-Parry.com)

Garden City, New York, U.S. June 6, 2019. At right, a member of the Freeport High School Navy Junior ROTC is one of the cadets standing in front of the stage as Select Chorale members sing during Apollo at 50 Anniversary Dinner, an Apollo astronaut tribute celebrating the Apollo 11 mission Moon landing, at Cradle of Aviation Museum. Her uniform jacket has a braided epaulet on the left shoulder. (© 2019 Ann Parry/Ann-Parry.com)

The next section includes NJROTC cadets saluting as the Select Chorale sings the National Anthem.

Freeport High School Select Chorale

Select Chorale Director: Monique Retzlaff

Select Chorale members had time to chat during the Cocktail Hour.

Garden City, New York, U.S. June 6, 2019. Freeport High School Select Chorale members, wearing formal black suits and evening dresses, gather before they perform during Apollo at 50 Anniversary Dinner at Cradle of Aviation Museum, an Apollo astronaut tribute celebrating the Apollo 11 mission Moon landing. (© 2019 Ann Parry/Ann-Parry.com)

Garden City, New York, U.S. June 6, 2019. Freeport High School Select Chorale members, wearing formal black suits and evening dresses, gather before they perform during Apollo at 50 Anniversary Dinner at Cradle of Aviation Museum, an Apollo astronaut tribute celebrating the Apollo 11 mission Moon landing. (© 2019 Ann Parry/Ann-Parry.com)

Shortly before entering the stage area of the vast atrium,  Apollo astronaut HARRISON SCHMITT and some Select Chorale members kindly agreed to gather for a group photo.

Garden City, New York, USA. June 6, 2019. Apollo 17 astronaut HARRISON SCHMITT, at center, poses with Freeport High School Select Chorale members soon to perform at Apollo at 50 Anniversary Dinner at Cradle of Aviation Museum. (Ann Parry/Ann Parry, ann-parry.com)

Garden City, New York, USA. June 6, 2019. Apollo 17 astronaut HARRISON SCHMITT, at center, poses with Freeport High School Select Chorale members soon to perform at Apollo at 50 Anniversary Dinner at Cradle of Aviation Museum. (© 2019 Ann Parry/Ann-Parry.com)

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Garden City, NY, U.S. June 6, 2019. Freeport High School Select Chorale singers perform - with their Director MONIQUE RETZLAFF standing at right, facing them - during Apollo at 50 Anniversary Dinner. FHS Navy Junior ROTC cadets are saluting. Apollo astronaut tribute celebrating the Apollo 11 mission Moon landing was held at Cradle of Aviation Museum. ( 2019 Ann Parry/Ann-Parry.com)

Garden City, NY, U.S. June 6, 2019. Freeport High School Select Chorale singers perform – with their Director MONIQUE RETZLAFF standing at right, facing them – during Apollo at 50 Anniversary Dinner. FHS Navy Junior ROTC cadets are saluting. Apollo astronaut tribute celebrating the Apollo 11 mission Moon landing was held at Cradle of Aviation Museum. ( 2019 Ann Parry/Ann-Parry.com)

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Garden City, New York, U.S. June 6, 2019. Freeport High School Select Chorale singers exit stage after performing during Apollo at 50 Anniversary Dinner, an Apollo astronaut tribute celebrating the Apollo 11 mission Moon landing, at Cradle of Aviation Museum. (© 2019 Ann Parry/Ann-Parry.com)

Garden City, New York, U.S. June 6, 2019. Freeport High School Select Chorale singers exit stage after performing during Apollo at 50 Anniversary Dinner, an Apollo astronaut tribute celebrating the Apollo 11 mission Moon landing, at Cradle of Aviation Museum. (© 2019 Ann Parry/Ann-Parry.com)

Freeport High School Upperclassmen Jazz Band

Jazz Band Director: Michael LaSorsa

The Upperclassmen Jazz Band entertained guests during the Cocktail Hour.  

Garden City, New York, USA. June 6, 2019. The Freeport High School Upperclassmen Jazz Band entertains guests during the Cocktail Hour of the Apollo at 50 Anniversary Dinner, an Apollo astronaut tribute at the Cradle of Aviation Museum, celebrating the Apollo 11 mission Moon landing. (© 2019 Ann Parry/Ann-Parry.com)

Garden City, New York, USA. June 6, 2019. The Freeport High School Upperclassmen Jazz Band entertains guests during the Cocktail Hour of the Apollo at 50 Anniversary Dinner, an Apollo astronaut tribute at the Cradle of Aviation Museum, celebrating the Apollo 11 mission Moon landing. (© 2019 Ann Parry/Ann-Parry.com)

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Garden City, New York, U.S. June 6, 2019. Freeport High School members of its Upperclassmen Jazz Band briefly stop to pose after performing  during Cocktail Hour at Cradle of Aviation Museum during Apollo at 50 Anniversary Dinner, an Apollo astronaut tribute celebrating the Apollo 11 mission Moon landing. Garden City. (© 2019 Ann Parry/Ann-Parry.com)

Garden City, New York, U.S. June 6, 2019. Freeport High School members of its Upperclassmen Jazz Band briefly stop to pose after performing  during Cocktail Hour at Cradle of Aviation Museum during Apollo at 50 Anniversary Dinner, an Apollo astronaut tribute celebrating the Apollo 11 mission Moon landing. Garden City. (© 2019 Ann Parry/Ann-Parry.com)

Additional members of the Freeport Public Schools family:

Board of Education President Michael Pomerico

Superintendent of Schools Kishore Kuncham, Ed.D.

Freeport High School Principal Joe Mille

FYI fLI:  During Art Expos a few years ago, I enjoyed working with Freeport H.S. students interested in developing their editorial photography skills. They captured such effective news photos – including of visitor Superintendent Kishore Kuncham, Ed.D. – during the events!


  • How Apollo astronauts and flight directors helped CAM, on June 6, celebrate the 50th Anniversary of NASA’s 1969 Apollo mission:

Apollo at 50 Anniversary Dinner at Cradle of Aviation Museum


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