Outrageous Ornament: Extreme Jewelry in the 21st CenturyOctober 21, 2018 – January 27, 2019

From the beginning of recorded time, jewelry has both articulated identity as well as heralded status. In recognition of the universal passion for and power of jewelry, the KMA opens the 2018 fall season with Outrageous Ornament: Extreme Jewelry in the 21st Century curated by Jane Adlin, who in her role of curator of modern and contemporary design at The Metropolitan Museum of Art, organized the Jewels by JAR and Cartier 1900-1939 exhibitions. In Outrageous Ornament, the KMA presents provocative work by internationally renowned artists which expand the boundaries and our understanding of personal adornment.
Photograph by Margaret Fox.
This exhibition is made possible in part through the generous support of Vickie Morris, Tony & Judy Evnin, Rochelle & Mark Rosenberg, and Deborah Mullin & John Chatzky.

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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.




KMAA Featured Artists:  Mindy Horn and Kiyoshi OtsukaSpot Gallery:  November 18, 2018 – January 27, 2019
Reception: Sunday, November 18, 2018, 3:00 to 5:00 pm

Mindy Horn is a ceramic artist who makes porcelain sculptures.  A series of wall pieces titled Becoming Imperfect will be featured.

My work is about what it means to grow.  A life, an idea, and a work of art all begin with a kind of perfection, an untested plan of what they are meant to be.  Layers of meaning, complexity and ambiguity develop.  The perfect is transformed into a finer imperfect.  (Excerpt from Artist’s Statement)


Mindy Horn
Chorus, 2016
Porcelain, mounted to painted wood panel
41 x 41 x 3 inches
Courtesy of the artist







Kiyoshi Otsuka is a painter whose acrylic abstractions develop directly from experience of the landscape.  He will exhibit works from the Shinjo Series (One’s Heart).

The images I present here speak to the beauty, intensity, and mystery of nature and our deep connection to its ever evolving and transformative power. 
(Excerpt from Artist’s Statement)


Kiyoshi Otsuka
Shinjo Series 6010, 2017
Acrylic on canvas
36 x 36 inches
Courtesy of the artist and Sorelle Gallery