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The Heckscher Museum of Art Presents Ripped: The Allure of Collage

Intro panel Image of Byzantine Frieze from the series Ritual Bayou by Romare Howard Bearden. On view during Ripped:The Allure of Collage Exhibition from October 29, 2010 through January 8, 2012.

The Heckscher Museum of Art is pleased to present Ripped: The Allure of Collage, which will run from October 29, 2011, through January 8, 2012. The exhibition will explore this highly expressive medium that emerged during the twentieth-century as a powerful art form. The show will feature works by modern and contemporary artists with the goal of presenting outstanding examples of the medium. This will be a significant event given the rarity with which collage is exhibited in museums. The exhibition is being organized by Guest Curator Kenneth Wayne, Ph.D.

Collage was the first medium in the twentieth century to challenge the sanctity of the age-old forms of painting and sculpture. Derived from the French word “coller” (to glue), collage uses bits of torn and cut paper, or other materials, sometimes taken from trash, to create a sense of dislocation, experimentation, irony and often great beauty. Unlike oil paintings on canvas or panel, or sculptures in marble or bronze, collage often uses materials with an inherent element of transience.

This exhibition will present approximately 50 collages by a diverse range of European and American artists to demonstrate the medium’s breadth. Related works in mixed media or assemblage will also be seen. Among the prominent artists expected to be featured are: Jean Arp, Kurt Schwitters, Hannah Hoch, George Grosz, Salvador Dali, Esphyr Slobodkina, Jiri Kolar, Hunt Diederich, Romare Bearden, Ray Johnson, Willem De Kooning, Roy Lichtenstein, Conrad Marca-Relli, Miriam Schapiro, Lesley Dill, and Jane Hammond.

Other talented artists in the exhibition include: John Digby, Steven Ford, Frank Olt, Peter Pitzele, Marybeth Rothman, Nancy Scheinman, Casey Vogt and Mark Wagner.

Among the areas of art to be invoked are Victoriana, Fauvism, Cubism, Dada, Surrealism, Conceptual Art, Abstraction, Abstract Expressionism, Pop Art, Feminism, the African-American experience, and Currency Art. The exhibition will be accompanied by a scholarly interpretation.

Also, opening on October 29 is A Way With Words: Text in Art, which explores works from the Museum Permanent Collection that incorporate text, giving new meaning to the cliché ‘a picture is worth a thousand words.’


For information about The Heckscher Museum of Art, visit

Museum Hours:

Wednesday – Friday:  10:00 am – 4:00 pm *

Saturday and Sunday:  11:00 am – 5:00 pm *

Monday and Tuesday:  Closed

* Huntington Township Residents admitted FREE on Wednesdays after 2:00 pm and Saturdays before 1:00 pm. Proof of residency required.


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2 comments to The Heckscher Museum of Art Presents Ripped: The Allure of Collage

  • wundaboy

    We are so fortunate to have this great museum in our town. Please visit these new exhibits and, better yet, become a member to show your intellectual and financial support. The arts are losing public funding and the Heckscher Museum needs your help!

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