Exhibition Archive

Chris Larson: The Katonah Relocation Project
In the Sculpture Garden and Beitzel Gallery
March 29 – June 28, 2015

When artist Chris Larson heard the astounding tale of Katonah’s relocation in the late 19th century, he knew he had stumbled upon a strange and inspiring story. Forced from their original location by the building of the Cross River Reservoir, the townspeople came up with a plan—they lifted their homes onto logs to be pulled by horses along soap-slicked timbers, re-siting their town to present-day Katonah. Tying this remarkable history of relocation to the building of the Katonah Museum of Art by local architect Edward Larrabee Barnes, Larson will replicate 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. Additional works in the galleries, including some cast in soap, respond directly to Katonah’s history and culture. A 2014 Whitney biennialist, Larson is a multimedia artist known for his sensitive and often dramatic responses to architectural environments and histories.


The exhibition is made possible by Ginny and Martin Gold, Susan and Peter MacGill, and Melissa Vail and Norman Selby. Generous in-kind assistance was provided by John Sullivan of Sullivan Architecture, P.C, White Plains.

Funding for this exhibtion is also provided in part by ArtsWestchester with support from the Westchester County Government, the New York State Council on the Arts with support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Legislature.

 
Chris Larson, Studio Unhinged, 2015. Installation of mixed media wood, paneling, local second-hand goods, carpet from the Beitzel gallery, fluorescent lights, paint and cardboard. Courtesy of the artist, St Paul, MN
 

A Home for Art: Edward Larrabee Barnes and the KMA
In the Righter Gallery
March 29 – June 28, 2015


A Home for Art: Edward Larrabee Barnes and the KMA presents an overview of Barnes’ career and role in modern architecture, including a close look at the many Westchester homes he designed. With an architectural practice based in Manhattan, Barnes raised his family in Mt. Kisco, and the story of Barnes’ relationship to the Katonah Museum of Art crosses the worlds of business, art, and family life.

Trained by legendary architects at Harvard University, Barnes strove for simplicity and functionality in his designs for skyscrapers, museums, schools, botanical gardens, and private homes. The Katonah Museum project was unique in design—an intimate, light-filled space surrounded by the natural beauty of this idyllic hamlet located just 45 minutes from New York City. Unlike many large projects Barnes had undertaken, this one was as much a form of personal expression as architectural design, with the informal feel of a domestic space for art.

Archival material from the Katonah Historical Society as well as photographs, drawings, and blueprints from the Loeb Library at the Harvard Graduate School of Design add depth to the exhibition. Video interviews with those who knew Barnes and collaborated with him on the Museum project reveal a much beloved member of the community and an unassuming local celebrity. Again and again, friends who knew and worked with Ed Barnes comment on his humility, which translates in his designs. As Barnes put it himself, “within the museum, the architect must not upstage the art.”

The exhibition is made possible by Janet Benton, Susan and Keith Kroeger, and Curtis Instruments. Generous in-kind assistance was provided by John Sullivan of Sullivan Architecture, P.C, White Plains.

Funding for this exhibtion is also provided in part by ArtsWestchester with support from the Westchester County Government, the New York State Council on the Arts with support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Legislature.

 

YOUNG ARTISTS 2015: A High School Art Exhibition

In the Beitzel and Righter Galleries
March 1 – March 8, 2015

Now in its 32nd year, this annual exhibition showcases the extraordinary talents of budding artists. Seniors from our member schools learn about and participate in every aspect of the exhibition process, from creating the invitation in a graphic design workshop to writing artist statements and installing the art in the galleries.

 

The Katonah Museum of Art’s education staff and installation crew introduce students to the concepts and skills involved in curating and hanging a professional exhibition. A team of KMA volunteers works behind the scenes, providing support to the students during the multi-day installation. Approximately 400 students from 43 schools in Westchester, Putnam, Rockland, Dutchess, and Fairfield counties are taking part in Young Artists 2015. This exhibition is one of many programs that fulfill the KMA’s mission of providing innovative art education to schools, both on site and in the classroom. It is a tribute to our young artists, their families and teachers, and the KMA’s continuing commitment to education.

 
Postcard desgined by Max Crawley of White Plains High School
 

THINKING THROUGH ART: Young Artists and Writers

In the Learning Center and Project Gallery
March 1 – 8, 2015

The exhibition, Thinking Through Art: Young Artists and Writers, presents art and writing created by students and inspired by the exhibition Lethal Beauty: Samurai Weapons and Armor. This multi-session, museum-based curriculum that culminates in an exhibition, uses the examination of original art as a dynamic source for creating authentic works involving writing, visual art, and media.


Now celebrating its tenth 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 more than four hundred Westchester County elementary and secondary school students. The curriculum is collaboratively planned with teachers and supports the literacy skills addressed in the Common Core State Standards in English language arts.

 
KMA’s writer-in-residence, poet Pamela Hart with Increase Miller students during their Thinking Through Art visit
 

Line Describing a Cone: Tri-State Juried Exhibition
January 18 - February 15, 2015

The definition of space is one of the fundamental features of visual representation in twentieth and twenty-first century art. From the oscillating layers of a Cézanne painting to the deep corridors of depth in a de Chirico work, artists have addressed the elements of three dimensions in various and often competing ways. Using film as light cutting through space, contemporary artist Anthony McCall’s work, Line Describing a Cone (1973) inspires this year’s theme; the piece is spatial and temporary, with light the primary medium giving form to an environment. Artists are invited to explore the meaning of space in their work, using whatever materials and expressive outlets they require. Representing space is but one potential feature; experiencing with works that proclaim their physical relationship to their environment another.

 
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