In 1976, SPLIA curator, Dean Failey, mounted the first exhibition to explore Long Island’s rich and often puzzling decorative arts heritage. More than forty years later, its groundbreaking discoveries continue to inspire and inform. Collecting Long Island follows the continued efforts of collectors to expand our knowledge of Long Island’s […]
Preservation Long Island’s gallery for changing exhibitions is located at its headquarters inside a former Methodist-Episcopal church constructed in 1842 on Main Street in Cold Spring Harbor. Annual exhibitions explore Long Island’s remarkable past and showcase a collection of fine and decorative art, architecture, and material culture.
Curated by Franklin Hill Perrell of the Artful Circle with special thanks to Debra Wells #MyLongIslandLandmarks, was inspired by an Instagram hashtag. We reached out to the community asking for depictions of favorite Long Island landmarks so that people would think about Long Island as a place of history and […]
“Selling Long Island: Commercial Maps of the Late 19th and Early 20th Centuries” explored how the art of cartography was used during the 19th and 20th centuries to define the geography of Long Island as a place for investment, industry and commerce, home-building, and ultimately, substantial growth and profit. Featured […]
Dedicated to the late Huyler Held (1925-2012), a Preservation Long Island past president and its longest standing trustee, this exhibit featured many of Preservation Long Island’s most significant acquisitions. Ranging from eighteenth and nineteenth century masterworks of Long Island decorative arts to 20th century ephemera, these objects and images tell […]
Step back in time to see how Long Island was in the early 1900s at our exhibit, Long Island at Work and at Play: Early 20th Century Photographs from Preservation Long Island’s Collections. These never before seen images are just some of the gems of Preservation Long Island’s collections. Featuring […]