Exhibition Archive

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.

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


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.

Young Artists 2017 February 12 – March 5, 2017Pay what you wish admission

Now in its 34th year, the Young Artists exhibition showcases the extraordinary talents of aspiring artists. More than 400 artworks by high school students from over 40 schools across Westchester, Putnam, Rockland, Dutchess, and Fairfield counties will fill the KMA galleries.This unique program gives teens the opportunity to work behind-the-scenes to produce a museum exhibition. In the course of many months they take on the roles of graphic designer, curator, exhibition designer, art installer, and artist as they collaborate with professionals to produce this impressive exhibition. Click here for a video of students and teachers sharing their thoughts about the Young Artists 2017 experience. The winning invitation was designed by Anna Lao from White Plains High School in this year’s Graphic Design Workshop.
View all 42 invitation designs on Facebook

All are invited with family and friends to the
Opening Reception on Sunday, February 12, 3 – 5 pm.
View photos from the Opening.

New this year: Join us throughout the 3-week exhibition for experimental, student-led happenings taking place at the KMA, including the inaugural event hosted by the KMA’s Teen Advisory Committee. Stay tuned for details!.


To find out how your school can participate in this program, contact Margaret Adasko, Curator of Education, at madasko@katonahmuseum.org, or (914) 767-2969.

The Young Artists 2017 program and exhibition is made possible by the generous support of Rebecca and Arthur Samberg.

Thinking Through Art: Young Artists and Writers In the Learning Center and Spot Lounge
February 12 – March 5, 2017
Pay what you wish admission

Pamela Hart with students

The exhibition Thinking Through Art: Young Artists and Writers presents art and writing created by students and inspired by the exhibition Matisse Drawings: Curated by Ellsworth Kelly from the Pierre and Tana Matisse Foundation Collection. This multi-session, Museum-based curriculum that culminates in an exhibition uses the examination of original art as a dynamic source for generating new works involving writing, visual art, and media. On display will be work by fourth grade students from Katonah Elementary School, Katonah, NY and third grade students from King School, Greenwich, CT.

Now celebrating its 11th year, Thinking Through Art is presented both in the Museum galleries and the students’ classrooms, and features KMA’s writer-in-residence, poet Pamela Hart, who works in-depth with students from Westchester and Fairfield counties. The curriculum is collaboratively planned with teachers and supports Common Core and other literacy skills.

All are invited with family and friends to the
Opening Reception on Sunday, February 12, 12 – 2 pm

Poetry Readings at the KMA:
Friday, February 17, 10 am - 12 pm, Katonah Elementary School
Friday, February 24, 10 am, King School

Wednesday, March 8, poetry readings at Increase Miller School

The Thinking Through Art  exhibition and program is funded in part by the New York State Council on the Arts (NYSCA) and the generous support of private donors.


Matisse Drawings: Curated by Ellsworth Kelly from The Pierre and Tana Matisse Foundation Collection October 23, 2016 – January 29, 2017
Opening Reception: Saturday, October 22, 4-8PM

Matisse Drawings: Curated by Ellsworth Kelly from The Pierre and Tana Matisse Foundation Collection, a unique exploration of Henri Matisse’s drawings by one of America’s greatest abstract artists, provides new insight into the French master’s work. For this special exhibition, Ellsworth Kelly surveyed Matisse’s drawings from 1900 through 1950, revealing Matisse’s process and the range of his creativity as a draughtsman. Many of the 45 works on view, from quick sketches to highly detailed images, have rarely or never-before been exhibited. To accompany this display, Kelly selected work from his own large-scale Suite of Plant Lithographs (1964–66) for presentation in an adjacent gallery, illuminating both the sympathies and distinct differences between the two artists. The entire installation, including frame choice and placement of works, was conceived by Kelly, and this is among the last exhibitions on which he worked before his death (December 27, 2015). In his tribute to Kelly, Jerry Saltz described him as “the artist I now think of as the American Matisse.”

Matisse Drawings: Curated by Ellsworth Kelly from The Pierre and Tana Matisse Foundation Collection is organized by the American Federation of Arts and the Mount Holyoke College Art Museum in collaboration with The Pierre and Tana Matisse Foundation.

The exhibition was made possible by the generous support of the Eugene V. and Clare E. Thaw Charitable Trust and The Pierre and Tana Matisse Foundation. Additional support provided by the JFM Foundation, and Mrs. Donald M. Cox.

Support for this exhibition at the Katonah Museum of Art is provided by Sara & Joshua Slocum, Ginny & Martin Gold, Rochelle & Mark Rosenberg, The Jerome Levy Foundation, Judith D. & Roger Widmann, The Fifth Floor Foundation, and Jon & Barbara Landau.

AFA logo Mount Holyoke logo

Left image: Henri Matisse, After R.B. Skira, 1948, Ink on paper, 17 5/16 x 13 in. © 2016 Succession H. Matisse / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York, Courtesy American Federation of Arts.
Right Image: Ellsworth Kelly, Lemon (Citron), 1965–66. Lithograph in black ink on handmade Arches paper, 35 1/4 x 24 in. Collection of the artist. 



OnSite Katonah July 10 - October 2, 2016

OnSite Katonah presents experimental, site-specific installations created in response to the Katonah Museum of Art’s distinctive landscape, architecture, and history. With projects boldly immersive and keenly subtle, artists investigate and reimagine every facet of the KMA’s location. Installations occupy the light-filled Sally and Volney Righter and Mary L. Beitzel Galleries; the Marilyn M. Simpson Sculpture Garden, with its towering Norwegian spruce trees; and the sloping greens of the Front and South lawns. These artistic interventions into our site transform the Museum’s physical space—which so deeply impacts the KMA’s institutional identity— into a platform for creative experimentation.

Artists include Grimanesa Amoros, Amy Brener, MaDora Frey, Keiran Brennan Hinton, Caitlin Masley, Caleb Nussear, Jason Peters, and Rachel Mica Weiss.

Above Image: Caitlin MasleyNeo-habitat (after the modernists) in-progress installation view, 2016, Acrylic, pigment and spray paints, silver leafing and whiteout pens, and foam core, Beatrice Coleman Hall, dimensions variable. Courtesy of the Artist. Photo by Margaret Fox Photography.

OnSite Katonah is made possible by support from the Dinan Family Foundation, Betty Himmel, Joshua & Sara T. Slocum, Deborah Mullin & John Chatsky, and Marilyn Glass. In-kind donation provided by O’Brien Excavation LLC, and Lawton Adams Construction. The Katonah Museum of Art is supported in part by ArtsWestchester with support by the Westchester County Government, The New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew M. Cuomo and the New York State Legislature..

Victoria Fu, EggJuly 10 – October 2

Los Angeles-based artist Victoria Fu employs analogue and digital techniques to explore the impact of virtual aesthetics on the everyday human experience. While Fu typically works in film, light-projection, and photography, for the KMA she will create a site-specific building wrap, covering the Museum's front façade with one of her enigmatic, unexpected images. Fu's work was featured in the 2014 Whitney Biennial and she is a recipient of the prestigious 2015 Guggenheim Foundation Fellowship. Egg will mark the artist's first solo project on such a monumental scale.

Egg is made possible by support from Anthony B. & Judith Evnin and Ginny & Martin Gold.


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