Exhibitions at the Katonah Museum of Art range from realism to abstraction, from ancient artifacts to cutting edge contemporary, from oil painting to any other material artists employ. Every few months the Museum is transformed. Within the school year this diverse schedule offers educators and students multiple opportunities to explore visual history and connect their Museum experience to classroom learning. In addition, every year an exhibition of student artwork is displayed throughout the Museum.
Matisse Drawings: Curated by Ellsworth Kelly from The Pierre and Tana Matisse Foundation Collection, a unique exploration of Henri Matisse’s drawings by one of America’s greatest abstract artists, provides new insight into the French master’s work. For this special exhibition, Ellsworth Kelly surveyed Matisse’s drawings from 1900 through 1950, revealing Matisse’s process and the range of his creativity as a draughtsman. Many of the 45 works on view, from quick sketches to highly detailed images, have rarely or never-before been exhibited. To accompany this display, Kelly selected work from his own large-scale Suite of Plant Lithographs (1964–66) for presentation in an adjacent gallery, illuminating both the sympathies and distinct differences between the two artists. The entire installation, including frame choice and placement of works, was conceived by Kelly, and this is among the last exhibitions on which he worked before his death (December 27, 2015). In his tribute to Kelly, Jerry Saltz described him as “the artist I now think of as the American Matisse.”
Mark di Suvero’s Monumental SculpturesFall 2016 – Fall 2017
This fall the KMA will host two of internationally renowned artist Mark di Suvero’s pioneering steel sculptures. Since the 1950s, di Suvero has transformed industrial materials such as wood timbers, tires, and scrap metal to create works that dynamize their setting. Visitors will find the space of the KMA’s South Lawn activated with Yoga (1991) and the Marilyn M. Simpson Sculpture Garden with Rust Angel (1995), works that exemplify di Suvero’s ability to imbue familiar sites with an original energy.
Young Artists 2017February 12 – March 5, 2017
The 34th annual Young Artists exhibition—a three-week exhibition featuring more than 400 artworks by high school students from over 40 schools across Westchester, Putnam, Rockland, Dutchess, and Fairfield counties.
The Young Artists program allows for aspiring artists to participate in all aspects of a museum exhibition, producing, curating, and mounting their own exhibition at the Katonah Museum of Art.
NEW THIS YEAR!! Young Artists Exchange: during the exhibition, we will turn KMA over to the Young Artists Community to host events and activate our galleries - a concert, dance performance, dialogue, critic session, on-site class, or community event. Teachers and students from participating schools are invited to submit proposals for event ideas, big and small. Limited funds are available to support ideas. Please join us for an informational Teacher’s Tea on Thursday, December 1 or contact us to learn more: firstname.lastname@example.org.