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

A mother embraces her son. Friends pose by the seaside. Lovers clutch in the dark corner of a nightclub. All of these images and more are captured in the KMA’s exhibition, Picturing Love: Photography’s Pursuit of Intimacy. By turns disarmingly candid and unabashedly performative, the photographs in the exhibition examine how love is captured – and indeed at times bestowed – by the act of taking a picture. In the present moment of virtual like, love, and swipe, when all aspects of public and private life circulate in seemingly endless supply on the Internet, the exhibition takes a step back to look at the formidable history of this subject from photography’s early days to the present. Picturing Love features some forty renowned and many anonymous artists.

Our spring programming is replete with learning opportunities centered on the history of documentary and narrative photography for both adults and children. Organized by KMA Executive Director, Darsie Alexander, with Dolmatch Fellow, Olga Dekalo, the exhibition features some fifty works from a range of periods and genres.

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.

Homepage left image: Zackary Drucker and Rhys Ernst, Relationship #19, 2008–2014 From the Relationship series. © Zackary Drucker and Rhys Ernst. Courtesy the artists and Luis De Jesus Los Angeles.
Homepage right image: Unknown. Collection of Peter J. Cohen

Above: Catherine Opie, Melissa & Lake, Durham, North Carolina, 1998 Private Collection. © Catherine Opie. Courtesy the artist and Regen Projects, Los Angeles.

Curator's Note

KMA’S BLOG for Picturing Love is now live! Check out our series of online photography posts and conversations about intimacy. We are looking for photo essays that tell a personal story about yourself, your family or loved ones with text and images. You can send your submissions to odekalo@katonahmuseum.org for a chance to be featured on our online platform.

Thank you for sharing your personal snapshots illustrating what affection means to you, they are an integral part of our exhibition and are prominently featured in the Museum's Atrium. Keep your submissions coming, and consider including a short description or a story to go along with your photos. Pick up Post-It notes at the Visitors Desk and pin and paste your entries directly on the Atrium's Interactive Photo Wall. Alternately, you can email your photos and captions to pinmypic@katonahmuseum.org. And don't forget to hashtag your pics of affection using #kmapinmypic for a chance to be featured on KMA's Instagram and Facebook.

Olga Dekalo, Rosalie Dolmatch Curatorial Fellow  

 *Please note that pictures may or may not be used on the KMA’s interactive photo wall, blog and other communication forums. Hard copies of snapshots will not be returned.

Mark di Suvero’s Monumental SculptureFall 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.

Header Image: Mark di Suvero, Yoga, 1991, Steel, stainless steel, 29’ 6 1/2” x 31’ 2” x 31’ 2”. Courtesy of the artist and Paula Cooper Gallery, New York. Photograph © Margaret Fox Photography.
Image Above: Mark di Suvero, Rust Angel, 1995. Painted steel. Courtesy of the artist and Paula Cooper Gallery. Photograph © Margaret Fox Photography.