PLAY & REWIND: Ode to Summer on Film August 12 – October 7, 2018

PLAY & REWIND: Ode to Summer on Film presents film and video installations that take on the form of repositories of images framed by the summer landscape. The title refers, in part, to ideas and images of play and recreation and also references the act of recalling and reminiscing about the past. Using both digital and analogue processes, the majority of the works allude to how images are constructed and their physicality. Also noteworthy, the majority of the artists in the exhibition take traditional approaches to media utilizing constructed and found materials, 3-D and slide projection, as well as 8mm and 16mm film that further inflect nostalgic overtones. These methods of storytelling hint at parallels between the act of reminiscing and the nature of working with film where scenes are cut, sequenced and often reordered to suggest meaning.
The works depict an array of subjects, predominantly youth, occupying settings such as the seaside, play yards and dramatic plains. Collectively they map geographies extending from the Hudson Valley to New England, Los Angeles, Puerto Rico and Europe. These settings undergo a transformation by the subjective and emotive lens of artists who span different generations and include luminaries such as the photographer Tina Barney and abstract painter Agnes Martin, whose only film, Gabriel, is on view. PLAY & REWIND also includes younger practitioners such as Trisha Baga, Phil Collins, Laida Lertxundi, Beatriz Santiago Muñoz and Cengiz Tekin.
The exhibition is organized by Olga Dekalo, Assistant Curator, and is made possible through the generous support of Vickie Morris, Amanda and Darrell Alfieri, and Dyllan McGee.
The public is invited to the exhibition opening night party with DJ and filmmaker Ephraim Asili. Light refreshments included. $10, members and children under 12 years free. Please check the Museum website for details and weather notifications. Click here for advance purchase and free member sign-up.
Beatriz Santiago Muñoz. Still from Otros Usos (Other Uses) detail, 2014. 16mm film transferred to video. Courtesy of the artist and Galería Agustina Ferreyra.

Mark di Suvero’s Monumental SculptureOngoing

Since fall 2016 the KMA is host to 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.


Lawrence McGarvey: Open MindOngoing

Beginning November 2017, guests will encounter a new sculpture perched steps away from the KMA entrance. Both figurative and abstract, literal and metaphor, Open Mind embodies the spirit in which the KMA hopes its guests will approach their museum experience.

Created by New York artist, Lawrence McGarvey (b. 1965), the sculpture comes to us on temporary loan from Paraphé Art, a new online contemporary art gallery launched by Susan Grissom, formerly of The Lionheart Gallery in Pound Ridge. The figure, a profile of a human head with a cloud-like hole cut-out in the place of its brain, allows the viewer to see the changing world through a cleverly-placed negative shape. The viewer’s mind penetrates the sculpture and opens up to the freedom of the space that flows through it. The sculpture is simultaneously emptied and filled and visually dependent upon the world that surrounds it. McGarvey explains that the sculpture is a monument to “freedom of thought“ as well as a lyrical homage to Rodin’s The Thinker.

Lawrence McGarvey, Open Mind, 2017.
Aluminum sculpture. Courtesy of the
artist and Paraphe.art.