Exhibition Archive

Cladogram: 2ND KMA International Juried Biennial

July 11 – September 19, 2021

Cladogram: 2ND KMA International Juried Biennial, juried by Yasmeen Siddiqui, brings together artists working in written and visual media. A cladogram is a branching diagram that shows relationships among different species and their history of evolution. Similarly, this exhibition will include work that engages with personal or family history, explores the ways in which historical objects and ideas are organized, categorized, and displayed, and challenges the dominant narrative of history and art history. With Cladogram, the KMA presents a broad range of contemporary work created by artists based locally, regionally, and from 21 countries around the world, in an effort to build networks of artists internationally. Yasmeen Siddiqui is a curator, essayist, lecturer and founding director of Minerva Projects, which supports interdisciplinary artists. Advance timed tickets recommended.




Exhibition Award WinnersThe Katonah Museum of Art is proud to announce the winners of Cladogram: 2ND KMA International Juried Biennial, on view from July 11 – September 19, 2021. The winning artists were announced at the exhibition’s 1st Look reception on July 10 by juror Yasmeen Siddiqui, founding director of Minerva Projects.

  • $2,000 Michaela and Skip Beitzel 1st Place Award: Boedi Widjaja, Singapore
  • $1,500 Lisbeth and Frank Stern 2nd Place Award: Miki Carmi and Tamy Ben-Tor, Brooklyn, NY
  • $1,000 Lisbeth and Frank Stern and Diana and Loring Knoblauch 3rd Place Award: Desmond Beach, Pikesville, MD
  • $700 LaRuth Gray, Vanessa Smith and Anonymous KMAA Award: Margaret Fox, Sleepy Hollow, NY

A complete artist directory can be accessed here.

#ArtistAudioWelcome to #ArtistAudio, a new series of audio/video clips featuring personal insights as told by the Cladogram artists themselves. Listen to them speak about their works, their process, and the stories that inspired them. The full playlist of videos is available on the KMA's YouTube channel.


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Matthew O'Reilly, Smoldering Grecian, 2020, Ceramic, salt, flocking, metal, plaster, shoe, paint, 75 x 48 x 30 inches, Courtesy of the artist
Heidi McKenzie,Building Blocks, 2020,Stoneware, ceramic fired-on iron decal, Installation variable, Courtesy of the artist
Antonietta Grassi, Linkers No.1, 2020, Oil and ink on Belgian linen, 48 x 60 x 1 ½ inches, Courtesy of the artist
Homepage image: Boedi Widjaja, A tree rings, a tree sings 树龄°, 2021,Algorithmically-generated video,20:17 minutes,An ambient music video by Boedi Widjaja, supported by Audrey Koh (research), Dr. Eric Yap (DNA sequence) and Jacky Boen (coding). Commissioned by the Asian Art Institutum and National Arts Council Singapore, co-presented with Gasworks London; and partly supported by the NTU Centre for Contemporary Art Singapore Residencies program.


About Yasmeen SiddiquiYasmeen Siddiqui is the founding director of Minerva Projects, an independent art press whose objective is to cultivate writing about the visual arts through an interdisciplinary and literary lens. In tandem with this work, Siddiqui lectures, writes, and edits; having her work published in artist and exhibition catalogues, as well as on Hyperallergic, and in ART PAPERS, Cairo Times, Medina Magazine, Flash Art, Modern Painters, NKA, and The Brooklyn Rail. Current projects include a book length manuscript on the subject of home and a series of essays considering authoritarianism through the works of artists and authors. She is co-editing the anthology Living and Sustaining a Creative Life: The Storytellers of Art Histories (Intellect Books, 2021). She has been the recipient of 2018 Ucross Foundation Residency Fellow; 2018 ICI Independent Vision Curatorial Award Nominee; 2008 The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts Curatorial Research Fellowship and is a Visiting Assistant Professor at Pratt Institute. She serves on the Board of Voices in Contemporary Art (VOCA).

Minerva Projects, Founding Director, minervaprojects.org, director@minervaprojects.org
2018 Ucross Foundation Residency Fellow
2018 ICI Independent Vision Curatorial Award Nominee
2008 The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts Curatorial Research Fellowship


Artful History in the Learning Center


Have you wondered about the silhouettes in the Learning Center? They form an art history timeline through artworks, artists and objects that represent different cultures and periods and show how art has changed over time.  A variety of activities and projects invite visitors to explore the timeline and think creatively about how artists examine connections between the past and present. Play a matching game connecting images and silhouettes, use KMA archival materials in an art project, experiment with artistic activities from different art movements and embark on an art history journey around the KMA. Contribute your ideas and help the Museum decide what silhouette should be one of the artworks to exemplify the 21st century on the timeline.

Michele Oka DonerAugust 21, 2019 – August 9, 2021

Michele Oka Doner is an internationally renowned artist whose career spans five decades. The breadth of her artistic production encompasses sculpture, furniture, jewelry, public art, functional objects and video. Her current installation at the Katonah Museum consists of two bronze sculptures – Mana and Primal Self Portrait. Part human, part divine, part tree and part mineral, these headless and armless bronzes are at once commanding, monstrous, riveting, even humorous. Fashioned from roots and vines collected by the artist, cast in bronze using the lost wax method and finished with rich earth-toned patinas, these figures demonstrate Oka Doner’s lifelong study and appreciation of the natural world.

Mana continues the artist’s lifetime dialogue that focuses on ushering nature into art, exploring the rich convergence between the human and natural world. Unsettling and imposing, Mana mixes construction and deconstruction, vitality and decrepitude. Primal Self Portrait has rather thick, even impenetrable, hermetically opaque skin. Layer upon layer of texture forms a protective shield of formidable skin. While deeply scarred, as the vertical striations imply, the skin of the female remains unbroken enough to suggest invulnerability, the indomitability of the female body, however nakedly exposed to the prying eyes of the world.

Her work encompasses materials including glass, bronze and silver and in a variety of scales – mirroring the world around her – from the small and intimate to the large and more imposing. Michele is well-known for creating over 35 public art installations throughout the United States and in Europe, including Radiant Site at New York’s Herald Square subway (1987), Flight at Washington’s Reagan International Airport and A Walk on the Beach at The Miami International Airport (1995-2010) which features 9000 bronze sculptures inlaid over a mile and a quarter long concourse of terrazzo with mother-of-pearl – it is one of the largest public artworks in the world.

Michele Oka Doner was born and raised in Miami, Florida and studied at the University of Michigan, where she received her undergraduate and MFA degrees, as well as an honorary doctorate. Oka Doner moved to New York City in 1981 where she maintains a studio. Her work is included in major public collections including the Museum of Modern Art, Metropolitan Museum, the Whitney Museum of American Art, The Art Institute of Chicago and the Victoria and Albert, among others.

Gregory Volk: A Knit of Identity: On the Nature-Based Art of Michele Oka Doner
Donald Kuspit: Skinned Alive: Michele Oka Doner’s Bio-Figuration

Image Credits:
Photo courtesy Gerald Forster
Michele Oka Doner, Primal Self Portrait, 2008, Cast bronze, patinated, red iron oxide, Unique, Courtesy of the artist and Marlborough, New York and London
Michele Oka Doner, Mana, 2015, Cast bronze, patinated
, Edition 1 of 3, Courtesy of the artist and Marlborough, New York and London

Evidence (Stephan Moore + Scott Smallwood)June 30, 2019 – June 27, 2021

Since 2001, Stephan Moore and Scott Smallwood, as the duo Evidence, have created a body of work that weaves sonic environments out of the sounds collected in their wide-ranging field recording practice.Their work draws its materials and inspiration from a process of deep listening, recording, studio editing and finally improvisation and performance using custom software-based instruments that they design.

Go Where Light Is (Installation Version) reflects on the artists' journey to the Balance/Unbalance Conference in 2016 in Manizales, Colombia, where a prototype of this installation was first presented. For that version of the piece, sounds were collected by the artists and added daily to the installation, so that it grew more and more complex over time.  Traffic, weather, insects, birds and the accidental music of the street were folded into the piece which evolved into a kaleidoscopic portrait of a city.  The soundscapes of the city’s urban parks, botanical gardens and shopping centers merge with the sounds of travel, recorded in cars, trains and airports.  These materials, woven together in performance, are further remixed using a generative playback algorithm to create a continuous sonic journey.

Image Credits:
Courtesy of the artists

The Rothko RoomMarch 16 – June 27, 2021

Experience two masterpieces in a room designed for individual reflection. Untitled, 1969 and Untitled (Still-life with Clock and  Vase), 1938/1939 are the second and third in an ongoing series of works by Mark Rothko presented by the KMA. Rothko envisioned the creation of spiritual single work “chapels” along the sides of highways throughout the country where weary travelers could stop and contemplate one of his paintings. This vision inspired the KMA’s The Rothko Room, which offers guests the opportunity to spiritually re-charge in the presence of a single masterpiece, as Rothko intended. Advance timed ticketing reservation required.

The Rothko Room is made possible through the support of Kate Rothko Prizel and Christopher Rothko and through the contribution of Audrey and Richard Zinman. Mark Rothko, Untitled, 1969, Acrylic on paper, 53⅝ x 42⅜ in, Rothko Estate, CR#2032.69, Collection of Christopher Rothko, Copyright ©2021 by Kate Rothko Prizel and Christopher Rothko.


Beatrice Scaccia: My Hope ChestMarch 16 – June 27, 2021

Italian artist Beatrice Scaccia’s exhibition My Hope Chest, which includes a stop-motion animation and site-specific wall drawing, grew from her thoughts about a simple item of furniture: the hope-chest. Used by unmarried women to collect items in anticipation of married life, Scaccia uses the hope chest to explore the social expectations placed upon women.

Beatrice Scaccia
, My Hope Chest, 2020 (film still), Single channel digital stop motion animation, 10 min.



March 16 – June 27, 2021

Still/Live explores how contemporary artists working in photography, video, and new media are reimagining the genre of still life. Since ancient times, deceptively simple depictions of fruit, flowers, and every-day objects have disguised rich layers of symbolic association. The artists represented in Still/Live work from within the still life tradition, examining three themes—time, portraiture, and trompe l’oeil—with new technologies and from new perspectives. In the Learning Center, experience Still Life Studio and learn what makes a still life and why this genre continues to inspire contemporary artists. Discover an unexpected paper-built still life installation by artist Daniel Gordon. Objects will be available to set up your own still life arrangement with various art materials to create unique still life artworks. Upon arrival, young visitors will receive an interactive family guide and activity pack which will lead them through the Still/Live exhibition in the galleries.

Sharon Core, 1610, from the series 1606-1907, 2011, Archival Pigment Print, 19 x 14 3/4 inches, © Sharon Core, Courtesy of the artist and Yancey Richardson, New York. Daniel Gordon, Jade Plant with Pears and Green Apples, 2019, Pigment Print with UV Lamination, 55 × 68 3/4 inches, ©Daniel Gordon, Courtesy Yossi Milo Gallery, New York / James Fuentes Gallery, New York. Support for Still/Live is provided by the Katonah Museum of Art Exhibition Patrons Leslie Cecil and Creighton Michael, Judy and Tony Evnin, Victoria Morris and Ellen and Bob Grimes.

Still/Live Challenge
Still/Live explores how contemporary artists are reimagining the still life tradition. We invite you to show us your interpretation of the still life genre by participating in the Still/Live Challenge. Each week during the exhibition a new theme will be announced to inspire your creativity. Drawings, paintings, and photos are all welcome. For more information click here.

Still Life Studio

March 16 – June 27, 2021

Learn about what makes a still life in our Learning Center’s interactive Still Life Studio. Learn about the still life genre and why such an old art form continues to inspire contemporary artists. Discover an unexpected paper-built still life installation by artist Daniel Gordon. Create your own still life arrangement with various art materials. Young visitors will receive an interactive family guide and activity pack at the front desk which will lead them through the Still/Live exhibition in the galleries. Look out for fun at-home and in-person still life activities that KMA’s education team will be sharing throughout the season.

Download a PDF of the Still/Live family guide.
Download a PDF of the ArteJuntos/ArtTogether Family Guide.

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