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: Zackary Drucker and Rhys Ernst, Relationship #19, Relationship, #23, 2008–2014. From the Relationship series. © Zackary Drucker and Rhys Ernst. Courtesy the artists and Luis De Jesus Los Angeles.

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

Curator's Note

Thank you everyone who contributed stories and photo essays to the BLOG for Picturing Love! Reviewing and connecting with you about the scope and content of your submissions has been a meaningful way to expand the conversation about intimacy. The blog has allowed the exhibition to resonate beyond our galleries and to further mark how we all--both professionals and amateur image makers--take part in a personal telling of our lives. If you haven’t yet, see the many stories told through images, songs, and text at katonahmuseumofart.wordpress.com.

This June we celebrate fathers and LGBTQ pride month! Join us during these last two weeks of the exhibition with free admission for fathers on June 18 and 2-for-1 admission when you bring a loved one as your guest. The KMA reflects our community’s diverse make-up not only in its exhibition program, but also by facilitating access for all. Thus, our restrooms are now all-gender and accessible.

There’s still time to bring in your snapshots of affection and pin them directly onto the magnet wall in the Museum's Atrium. Do connect with us via KMA Instagram and Facebook and hashtag your pics of affection using #kmapinmypic.

Warmly, 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.