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Photo by Barbaraellen Koch | Andy Warhol’s Souper Dress, courtesy of Woodward Gallery, is paired with a 19th-century dress from the historical society’s permanent collection, at the entry to the exhibit.

“Back to the Future: Contemporary Artists Consider the Permanent Collection” opened with a reception Friday, Oct. 18, at Suffolk County Historical Society in Riverhead. (See photos of the opening reception.) “The contrast between new and old reveals the varied ways history influences the present and shapes the future,” according to a press release.
The show puts historical objects from the museum’s collection side by side with works by contemporary painters, sculptors and a photographer. Three pieces by Andy Warhol are included. The other artists represented are Cara Barer, Rob Carter, Judith Condon, Elizabeth Duffy, Katherine Frey, Susan Hoeltzel, Keith Long, Judy Richardson, Donna Sharrett and Karen Shaw. The curator is Mary Lou Cohalan, director of CarriageHouse Arts — co-sponsor of the exhibit — and former director of the Islip Art Museum.
The exhibit will continue through Nov. 23.

Photographers Jim Sabiston and Alex Vignoli were on hand this morning to give a gallery talk at Alex Ferrone Photography Gallery in Cutchogue. The talk was held in conjunction with “Lines,” an exhibit of their work that is on display through Nov. 3.

“Changes,” an exhibition of work by Barbara Zegarek of Greenport, will be on view Oct. 19 to Nov. 18 at Jedediah Hawkins Inn’s barn gallery in Jamesport. A reception will be held Saturday, Oct. 26, from 5 to 7 p.m.