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 left image: Nan Goldin, The Hug, New York City, 1980. Private Collection. © Nan Goldin. Courtesy Matthew Marks Gallery.
Above right image: Unknown. Collection of Peter J. Cohen.


Pin Your Pics at the KMA!


Become part of the KMA’s interactive exhibition wall for Picturing Love with your own treasured snapshots. Peruse your archive of personal favorites and bring them in! We especially like pictures of what you love: pets, people, places, and partners. We’re not picky about condition or age – our criterion is variety.

Submit your favorite photos showing affection:

  • We especially like pictures of those you love: friends, pets, relatives, and loved ones
  • Place your photos in the collection box in our Atrium
  • Pin your pics on our Instagram and Facebook pages with #kmapinmypic
  • Email your photos to pinmypic@katonahmuseum.org

*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.