Inside the Outside: Five Self-Taught Artists from The William Louis-Dreyfus Foundation
July 19, 2015 – October 11, 2015
The self-taught genre remains one of the most complex and intriguing themes in modern and contemporary art. This exhibition brings together highlights from the extraordinary collection of William Louis-Dreyfus and features a focused look at five artists – James Castle, Thornton Dial, Nellie Mae Rowe, Bill Traylor, and Willie Young – who did not have access to formal art education to embark on their separate journeys, resulting in astoundingly open and imaginative bodies of work. Though these artists started creating their work late in life, they were driven by an inexorable urge to respond to personal visions and aspects of their daily lives. With more than sixty works on view, this exhibition showcases some of the finest examples of self-taught art in any private collection.
The exhibition is accompanied by a publication with essays by Karen Wilkin and Trenton Doyle Hancock.
Emilie Clark: The Delicacy of Decomposition
July 12, 2015 – October 11, 2015
Artist Emilie Clark uses her family's preserved food waste to create installations that retain the quality of old-world still life paintings. As part of a larger collaboration with the Fairfield/Westchester Museum Alliance on the Seven Deadly Sins, the KMA explores the idea of Gluttony – a term expressing excessive self-indulgence as well as over-consumption.
Barnes Private Residence, 1952, Relocated, 2015
In the Sculpture Garden
March 29, 2015 – October 11, 2015
Tying the remarkable history of the relocation of Katonah to the building of the Katonah Museum of Art by local architect Edward Larrabee Barnes, Chris Larson has replicated Barnes’ private Mt. Kisco home at full scale in the sculpture garden. With a nod to the Katonah narrative, he constructs the modernist structure as if it were dragged in on logs, elevated on timber cribbing, and pierced through by the Norway spruce trees. A 2014 Whitney biennialist, Larson is a multimedia artist known for his sensitive and often dramatic responses to architectural environments and histories.
Allan McCollum: Perfect Vehicle
On the South Lawn
July 19 – October 11, 2015
Allan McCollum has spent more than four decades exploring how objects accrue meaning through their manufacture, modes of display, and means of exchange. Displayed on the front lawn of the KMA, Perfect Vehicle investigates the space between a handmade sculpture placed on a plinth and reproductions of Chinese ginger jars that have been extensively copied, traded and presented as objet d'art for centuries. The vessel is individually cast and thickly painted in a bluish-green hue of commercially available paint and has no opening, thus eliminating the typical use that one might expect of a vase. Allan McCollum was born in Los Angeles, California in 1944 and now lives and works in New York City. He has participated in over one hundred museum and gallery exhibitions both nationally and internationally and was a part of the 43rd Venice Biennale and the Whitney Biennale in 1975.
Stephan Moore - Glass Elevator
In the vestibule
Glass Elevator is a sound installation for the glass-walled vestibule at the Katonah Museum of Art in Katonah, NY. As a visitor passes through the space, a quiet droning sound can be heard, which could easily be mistaken for the sound of typical building systems. When all of the doors are again closed, the space is suddenly transported, by sound, to another location — an example of audio cinema, or, in R. Murray Schafer’s term, schizophonia. Whether anyone lingers in the space to experience these sounds is another matter — the piece hides itself from all but the most curious. The title refers to the fictional mode of transportation used by the eccentric confection magnate Willy Wonka in novels by Roald Dahl: a transparent elevator capable of traveling in any direction, and even into outer space