Heckscher Museum of Art – Salt Life
October 8 @ 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Presented by Arthur Dove and Helen Torr
An exhibition that presents approximately sixty works on paper by modern New York artists Arthur Dove (1880–1946) and Helen Torr (1886–1967). We will explore the couple’s connection to nature, their experimentation with materials and techniques, and their fascination with Long Island. In 1910 and 1911, Dove created a number of inventive works of art that used stylized, abstract forms at a remarkably early date in American art; he is considered the first American artist to have created such purely nonrepresentational imagery
In the 1920s and early 1930s, Dove and Torr lived on a sailboat on the Long Island Sound. In 1938, they purchased a 500-square-foot home in Centerport, NY. Torr declared, “We feel this is the loveliest situation we have ever had.” Dove agreed, “I love this swashbuckling around the salt water. . . . Everyone seems quite delighted with this place. It is beautiful.” Now known as the Dove/Torr Cottage, their home is listed on the National Register of Historic Places and is a member of the Historic Artists’ Homes and Studios (HAHS) program of the National Trust.