The Nest, an exhibition of art in nature
March 6 - June 19, 2016
In a provocative display that incorporates contemporary art, relics from the natural world, and items of material culture, The Nest, an exhibition of art in nature, examines the exquisite beauty and profound symbolism of the nest in art and culture. Drawing its inspiration from the extraordinary form of the bird’s nest, the exhibition examines how the fundamental drive to gather, assemble, and create is a function of both nature and the artistic process. The Nest includes a blend of authentic nests, works by eighteen contemporary artists, and a selection of feathered pre-Columbian textiles, offering a rare opportunity to consider the creative impulse from multiple vantage points.
In a diverse range of mediums, the work of the artists in the exhibition spans from direct consideration of birds and their nests to those treating the nest’s symbolic potential. They examine the life of birds and grapple with our changing environment, while exploring the nest as metaphor of home, birth, economy, and the human body. Next to these contemporary works appears a selection of pre-Columbian Peruvian textiles. Adorned with hundreds to tens of thousands of brightly colored feathers, their artistry confirms that birds have served as a source of inspiration for makers since ancient times. Birds’ nests from the Yale Peabody Museum of Natural History collection also populate the galleries, a selection from one of the most extensive and significant collections in North America. The affinities in aesthetic language between the birds’ and artists’ creations provoke inquiries into the definition of art as they blur the traditional division between art object and the everyday natural environment.
Artists in the exhibition include Sharon Beals, Sanford Biggers, Dove Bradshaw, Björn Braun, John Burtle, Walton Ford, Shiela Hale, Fiona Hall, Porky Hefer, Nina Katchadourian, Louise Lawler, Judy Pfaff, James Prosek, Hunt Slonem, Kiki Smith, Andreas Sterzing, Paul Villinski, and David Wojnarowicz.
The Nest, an exhibition of art in nature provides an unexpected lens through which to observe the fascinating parallels between human and animal behavior, raising timely questions about the survival of the birds and their habitats in our increasingly fragile ecological world.
Young Artists 2016
February 7 - 21, 2016
The 33rd annual Young Artists exhibition—a two-week exhibition featuring more than 400 artworks by high school students from over 40 schools across Westchester, Putnam, Rockland, Dutchess, and Fairfield counties.
The Young Artists program allows for aspiring artists to participate in all aspects of a museum exhibition, producing, curating, and mounting their own exhibition at the Katonah Museum of Art.
Family and friends will have an opportunity to view the students' artwork created in response to the KMA exhibition SupraEnvironmental, which closed at the end of January.
During the week, students will be reading the poems they wrote as part of the Thinking Through Art program, an innovative partnership between the museum and schools from the Katonah-Lewisboro School District and beyond. Like the artwork on view, the poetry is also inspired by the artwork of the seven contemporary artists featured in SupraEnvironmental.
Readings include a brief reception as well as another opportunity to view the students' artworks.
SupraEnvironmentalOctober 25, 2015 – January 24, 2016
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This exhibition brings together the work of contemporary artists who transform natural and man-made materials and provide new pivots and vantage points onto our contemporary environment.Throughout the exhibition there is an abiding sense of how contemporary artists create enlightening and unexpected encounters with the objects and things that shape our day-to-day situations. Their work prompts deep experiences of the actual and imaginative relationships that we have with our environment and also our positions within it. This exhibition is curated by Charlotte Cotton for the Katonah Museum of Art.
The Print Sale October 25, 2015 – January 24, 2016
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The Print Sale has arrived! Visit our benefit pop up shop featuring contemporary editions by Louise Bourgeois, Stanley Whitney, Kiki Smith, and many more. Curated by Robin Simon of Robin Simon Appraisals, the sale selection also includes photography and prints by artists of the Katonah Museum Artist Association (KMAA) - a great way to support and learn more about the work of artists in our local community.
Every sale benefits exhibition and education programs at the museum.
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.