Exhibitions at a Glance

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.  


Object Out Loud: Arman and Nick Cave

October 15, 2017 - January 7, 2018

This thought-provoking exhibition highlights two important American artists who transform found objects to address issues of identity, consumerism, and social justice. Nick Cave, a leading contemporary artist uses performance and sculpture to raise questions about race, gender and identity, while Arman redefines familiar objects and the residue of everyday life. Both work through a process of accumulation and assemblage, creating complex and dynamic artworks.

This exhibition lends itself to ELA curriculum goals such as developing students' ability to observe details and interpret evidence presented in diverse media, as well as make inferences and understand character and identity through close analysis. Social Studies connections include the interrelationship of consumerism, mass production, and environmental consciousness along with the idea of civic responsibility. Tours run 90 minutes and include an object-based art activity on the theme of identity. For tour details or to schedule a visit, please contact Maria Nikitin at: education@katonahmuseum.org or 914-232-9555, ext.2985.

Educator's Preview: Object Out Loud  Thursday, October 19, 4 - 6 PM
Join a private tour of KMA's fantastic fall exhibition Object Out Loud: Arman and Nick Cave led by curator Olga DeKalo. Enjoy a mini workshop with poet Pam Hart and dancer Maria Colaco, as they demonstrate techniques for engaging students with the artwork on view through word and movement. Learn about school tour options, curriculum connections, and multidisciplinary activities for your students. Free, please RSVP. Light Refreshments served.

The exhibition is made possible in part by the generous support of Sara T. & Joshua Slocum, Agnes Gund, Judy & Tony Evnin, Sara Arnell, Lexann & Andrew Richter, Stephanie French, and Armand Bartos.The organizers wish to thank the Arman Marital Trust, Corice Arman, Trustee, and Jack Shainman Gallery, New York, for their generous assistance with the exhibition.

Credits: Arman, Liberty Lighthouse, 1988, Bronze Statue of Liberty covered with spotlights, 74 x 53 x 7 inches, Arman Studio Archives New York; Nick Cave, Soundsuit, 2016, mixed media including a large toy horse, toys, gloves, wire, metal and mannequin , 118 x 60 x 55 inches; Inventory #NC16.007 ©Nick Cave. Photo by James Prinz Photography. Courtesy of the artist and Jack Shainman Gallery, New York.


Young Artists 2018

January 21 - February 11, 2018

Now in its 35th year, the Young Artists exhibition showcases the extraordinary talents of budding artists. Nearly 400 artworks by high school students from over 40 schools across Westchester, Putnam, Rockland, Dutchess, and Fairfield counties will fill the KMA galleries. This unique program gives aspiring artists the opportunity to work behind-the-scenes to produce a museum exhibition.  In the course of many months they take on the roles of graphic designer, curator, exhibition designer, art installer, and artist as they collaborate with professionals to produce this impressive exhibition.  All are invited with family and friends to the Opening Reception on Sunday, January 21, 3 – 5pm.

Contact madasko@katonahmuseum.org to find out how your school can participate.



The Young Artists 2018 program is sponsored by Rebecca and Arthur Samberg.


Long, Winding Journeys: Contemporary Art and the Islamic Tradition 

February 25 - June 17, 2018

Traditional Islamic art forms are the starting point for twenty-eight contemporary artists of Middle Eastern and South Asian descent whose work is featured in this exhibition. Students will learn about Islamic artistic traditions including calligraphy, miniature painting, textiles, and mosaics, and explore connections between these art forms and themes of storytelling, identity, culture, and history.  Artists include Anila Agha, Fereydoun Ave, Ala Ebtekar, Shadi Ghadirian, Shirin Neshat, and Shahzia Sikander.

Educator's Preview: Thursday, March 1, 4 - 6pm, Free. RSVP





Credit: Hassan Massoudy, Untitled ("O friend, don't go to the flower garden, the flower garden is within you." -Kabir, 16th c.), 2005, Ink and pigment on paper, 29 x 21 in. Courtesy of Sundaram Tagore Gallery, NY