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 complex material past.

This display of outstanding examples of regional paintings and decorative arts, most on public view for the first time, will present new discoveries and encourage visitors to look at objects through the eye of the collector to understand how we know what we know about the things Long Islanders have made, used, and cherished for centuries.


September 15, 2017 – December 17, 2017
Thursdays through Sundays, 12pm–4pm
(Closed Thanksgiving weekend)

Preservation Long Island Gallery

161 Main Street
Cold Spring Harbor, NY 11724

Curator’s Gallery Talk

Saturday, December 2, 2017 at 2pm
Free to the public but please RSVP: 631-692-4664 (Mon.–Fri., 9am–5pm)

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