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.  


Picturing Love: Photography’s Pursuit of Intimacy March 19 – June 25, 2017

Love, be it between a mother and her child, a romantic couple, or two best friends, has been the subject of many artistic explorations throughout history. Photography, thanks to its immediacy, became a favorite medium to capture those moments of affection. But is it possible to capture a fleeting feeling? Can a single subtle gesture, caught on camera, convey intense emotion or deep attachment?

During visits to Picturing Love, students will have an opportunity to observe nearly 50 photographs of this subject, from photography's early days to the present moment. Through group discussion and inquiry-based questions, students will think carefully about narrative and the way it can be captured in a single still. We will also consider compositional choices, artistic motivations, and intended audiences. Finally, we will investigate photographic processes and technology, offering the students a chance to examine a variety of historic photographic equipment in our Learning Center. In a creative hands-on art activity students will stage, photograph, and print scenes that express caring and kindness and incorporate them into collages using images and words. Teachers receive pre- and post-visit materials to help students get the most out of their Museum experience.

Tours may be scheduled Tuesday - Friday, 9:00am - 2:30pm, for pre-k students through college level. Tours are 60 to 90 minutes in length and include a hands-on activity. Group size is limited to 50, with one teacher or chaperone for every 15 students. Tours are free for KMA participating member schools, or $8 per students, including the hands-on activity. Chaperones are free. To learn about school membership, or to schedule tours, please contact Maria Nikitin at: education@katonahmuseum.org or 914-232-9555, ext.2985.

Pin Your Pics at the KMA! Become part of the KMA’s exhibition Picturing Love!
This exhibition includes an interactive display of visitor photographs, so we’re asking everyone to send in their own favorite snapshots illustrating affection. Place your photos in the collection box in our Atrium. Pin your pics on our Instagram and Facebook pages with #kmapinmypic. Or email your pic to pinmypic@katonahmuseum.org.

The exhibition is made possible by the generous support of Ellen & Bob Grimes, Deborah Mullin & John Chatzky, Melissa Vail & Norman Selby, Howard Greenberg, Amy Parsons & Paul Bird, and Diana & Loring Knoblauch. Additional support provided by Peter MacGill.

Left image: Nan Goldin, The Hug, New York City, 1980. Private Collection. © Nan Goldin. Courtesy Matthew Marks Gallery.

Right image: Unknown. Collection of Peter J. Cohen.

  Wall to Wall: Carpets by Artists July 9 – October 1, 2017

Wall to Wall: Carpets by Artists features fifteen artists from across the globe, revealing carpets to be a powerful locus of meaning today, one that cuts across subjects of design, art, décor, production, and geopolitics. Carpets demonstrate the spectrum of process, from the handmade to the industrially manufactured. The carpets represent diverse approaches to collaboration as well: artist and weaver, artist and designer, artist and producer, artist and commercial business. With range and depth, the exhibition reveals how and why artists are advancing contemporary art practice through this ancient yet persistent medium.

Youth tours for this exhibition will spark dialogue about design elements, material choices, and creative techniques and how these components are interwoven into the carpet form. Students will enjoy a creating a woven artwork with unexpected materials as part of their visit. For tour details or to schedule a visit, please contact Maria Nikitin at: education@katonahmuseum.org or 914-232-9555, ext.2985.

Artists include Polly Apfelbaum, Alan Belcher, Guillaume Bijl, Liam Gillick, Ilya and Emilia Kabakov, Joseph Kosuth, Ken Lum, Marilyn Minter, Sarah Morris, Paulina Olowska, Jorge Pardo, Richard Prince, Juliao Saramento, Rosemarie Trockel, and Heimo Zobernig. .

The exhibition is organized by MOCA Cleveland and curated by Cornelia Lauf, independent curator.

Installation view, Wall to Wall: Carpets by Artists at MOCA Cleveland. Photo: Jerry Birchfield. (c) MOCA Cleveland 2016.


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.

This project is supported by the Robert Rauschenberg Foundation in honor of Charles Bergman's many years of counsel and service. Additional Support for this exhibition is provided by Jon & Nancy Bauer, Victoria & Stephen Morris, the Donna & Marvin Schwartz Foundation, the Silverweed Foundation, and the Ohnell Family Foundation. Special thanks to Elizabeth & Samuel Sachs for their support and collaboration.