Exhibition Archive

Matthew Geller: Woozy Blossom (Plantanus nebulosus)
June 1 - October 31, 2010

Matthew Geller’s sixteen-foot-high perforated steel tree produces a continuous fog, inviting visitors to be engulfed in its mist and revel in its cool, moist air. The fog is in a constant state of flux, sensitive to the slightest changes in wind, temperature, and humidity.

Woozy Blossom (Platanus nebulosus), 2010
Steel,fog (water+air +high pressure),copper,brass,pump Photo by M. Fox

May 2, 2009 – March 1, 2010
Chakaia Booker

In the early 1990s, Chakaia Booker began constructing sculptures from discarded rubber tires, using the various tread patterns and colors as visual palette and social metaphor. For Booker, the resilience of the rubber symbolizes the strength of African-American identity in the modern world, while color nuances evoke a range of black skin tones. The tire grooves also reference the scarification practices popular in certain African cultures.

Photograph: Margaret Fox

Gridlock, 2008 Rubber tire; 2 pieces: each 100 x 48 x 20

February 7 - February 14, 2010
Young Artists 2010

Marking its 27th year, the Young Artists exhibition showcases the extraordinary talents of seniors from the Museum’s member high schools. This year features the work of over 300 students from 34 schools in Westchester, Putnam, Rockland, Dutchess, and Fairfield counties. Concurrently on view in the Project Gallery is Thinking Through Art, an exhibition of student work created during a year-long collaboration between the KMA and six area elementary schools. Together, the two shows and their related programs have become an annual celebration of community, family, and children’s art.

Julie Safferstein, Horace Greeley High School

October 18, 2009 - January 24, 2010
Bold, Cautious, True: Walt Whitman and American Art of the Civil War Era

This landmark exhibition takes its themes from a troubled era in American history and its title from a Walt Whitman poem. Whitman’s elegiac words introduce the portraits, landscapes, battlefield scenes, and genre pictures that depict the heroism of the common soldier, the flight of escaped slaves, and the courage of the women and children left behind. Bold, Cautious, True features the work of some of the most important American artists of the mid-19th century, including Frederic E. Church, Sanford Gifford, Winslow Homer, Eastman Johnson, John Frederick Kensett, and Worthington Whittredge.

Eastman Johnson; A Ride for Liberty—The Fugitive Slaves, March 2, 1862, 1862; Oil on board; 21 ½ x 26 inches; Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, Richmond; The Paul Mellon Collection

October 18, 2009 - January 24, 2010
Hudson River Trilogy: Alison Moritsugu

Themes of exploration and conquest abound in Alison Moritsugu’s contemporary reinterpretations of 19th-century Hudson River School art. Her landscape paintings on cut logs appear as homage’s to the idyllic art of the past, yet any sense of nostalgia is negated by the surface on which they are painted. Likewise, her new wallpaper installation, while beautiful, depicts invasive plants that threaten to destroy the native flora of the Hudson River Valley.

Alison Moritsugu Large Catalpa Slice I; 41 x 43 x 2 inches; Courtesy Littlejohn Contemporary
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