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Maggie Taylor, Cloud sisters. 2001. Pigmented digital print. 15 x 15 in. © Maggie Taylor.Huntington, NY – The Heckscher Museum of Art is pleased to present Modern Alchemy: Experiments in Photography. This exhibition will be on view from December 6, 2014 through March 15, 2015.

Modern Alchemy: Experiments in Photography focuses on 20th- and 21st -century artists who have pushed the boundaries of photography in myriad ways, creating images that have a complex relationship to objective reality. Beginning with Man Ray’s portfolio Electricité, the exhibition traces 20th -century experimentation with photograms, multiple exposures, combination printing, tonal contrast, unusual perspectives, cropping, and chemical processing, often resulting in the creation of images that are abstract. Contemporary photographers have expanded the medium’s limits even further, reviving older techniques such as the camera obscura, experimenting with long and multiple exposures, darkroom processing, and camera-less photography, or exploring digital technologies. Matthew Brandt, Harry Callahan, Chris McCaw, Laszlo Moholy-Nagy, Abelardo Morell, Floris Neususs, Lucas Samaras, Aaron Siskind, Hiroshi Sugimoto, Maggie Taylor, Edmund Teske, and Jerry Uelsmann are among the featured artists.

Also opening on December 6, 2014 is Ferdinand Richardt’s Niagara: A Study in Landscape Painting. This Permanent Collection exhibition will be on view through April 12, 2015. Ferdinand Richardt’s Niagara: A Study in Landscape Painting examines Richardt’s iconic view of one of America’s most popular tourist sites within the context of American and European landscape painting.