Exhibition Archive

Young Artists 2018January 21 – February 11, 2018

This annual exhibition of high school seniors' artwork from member schools, now in its 35th year, gives aspiring artists an opportunity to participate in all aspects of a museum exhibition. With guidance from professionals, the young artists organize, publicize, curate, and mount their own exhibition. Over 400 artworks from 40 local high schools across Westchester, Putnam, Rockland, Dutchess, and Fairfield will be on view. 

The Young Artists 2018 program is sponsored by Rebecca and Arthur Samberg.
The postcard artwork was designed by Kevin Lema of Peekskill High School at the Young Artists Graphic Design Workshop.



Object Out Loud: Arman and Nick CaveOctober 15, 2017 – January 7, 2018

Object Out Loud: Arman and Nick Cave —featuring two prominent artists separated by time and place—is designed as a visual dialogue. Incorporating work that is fundamentally sculptural and often political, the exhibition asserts the power of artists to transform everyday materials into symbolic relics replete with information and symbolism. Though emerging from vastly different moments and backgrounds, both Arman (1928-2005) and Nick Cave (b. 1969) share a love of the commonplace, from colorful sequins and chains to buttons and figurines. Through these diverse materials, often configured in dramatic standalone compositions, the artists reflect on their experiences, shaped by the reality of the world around them.

Arman’s bold appropriation of mass-produced objects was a form of realism that captured a new relationship to commerce exploding during the 1950s. Increasingly during this period, artists were moving away from the conventional materials of studio creation to draw their ideas from popular culture. Materials and themes once considered too low for the aims of fine art were embraced by Arman’s generation, which relished in turning highly familiar objects into fantastical and at times poetic artworks. Many of his objects have an aged patina, suggesting another time and use. Arman was the son of an amateur cellist and musical instruments appear frequently in his work, for example. So, too, does the cacophony of the street resound in the urban relics that crowd his compositions and infuse them with tactile energy.

Nick Cave is a multi-media artist whose work varies in scale and context from glittering installations to the iconic freestanding Soundsuits. A messenger and activist himself, his sustained interest in garments and their relationship to culture underlies his creation of sculptures built on themes of adornment, armor, and disguise. The first Soundsuit was made in response to the 1991 assault of Rodney King and the consequent uprisings in Los Angeles. At once ornately beautiful and powerfully political, Cave’s work often returns to conversations about society, justice, and black lives. Visually dense, they suggest the intricacies of life, threaded together by many different textures and histories. The result is a visual matrix that inspires the double meaning of the exhibition’s title, Object Out Loud. An object can refer to a tangible thing in the world, like sculpture. Yet the word can also be used as a verb—to object—to express disapproval and opposition. Here in this installation, these meanings are brought together in an animated dialogue spanning two visions and generations.

The exhibition is made possible in part by the generous support of Sara T. & Joshua Slocum, Agnes Gund, Judy & Tony Evnin, Sara Arnell, Lexann & Andrew Richter, Stephanie French, and Armand Bartos.

The organizers wish to thank the Arman Marital Trust, Corice Arman, Trustee, and Jack Shainman Gallery, New York, for their generous assistance with the exhibition.

Nick Cave, Wall Relief (detail), 2012. Mixed media including ceramic birds, and metal flowers. © Nick Cave. Photo by James Prinz Photography. Courtesy of the artist and Jack Shainman Gallery, New York.

ARMAN, In Favor of Admission (detail), 1976. Plexiglas and metal collage. © 2017 Arman Marital Trust, Corice Arman, Trustee.

Wall to Wall: Carpets by Artists July 9 – October 1, 2017

Wall to Wall: Carpets by Artists studies some of the best contemporary art through the lens of craft: the woven carpet. Featuring seventeen artists from across the globe, the exhibition reveals carpets to be a powerful locus of meaning today, one that cuts across subjects of design, art, décor, production, and geopolitics. Wall to Wall proposes that artist-designed carpets play a role in modern art history as a critical form that is becoming increasingly popular in artistic practices.

The featured carpets embody a wide range of formal interests, from material, to color, to spatial composition. They represent diverse approaches to collaboration as well: artist and weaver, artist and designer, artist and producer, artist and commercial business. With range and depth, the exhibition reveals how and why artists are advancing contemporary art practice through this ancient yet persistent medium.

Artists include Polly Apfelbaum, Alan Belcher, Guillaume Bijl, Liam Gillick, Ilya and Emilia Kabakov, Joseph Kosuth, Ken Lum, Marilyn Minter, Sarah Morris, Paulina Olowska, Jorge Pardo, Richard Prince, Julião Sarmento, Rosemarie Trockel, Christopher Wool, and Heimo Zobernig.

The exhibition is organized by MOCA Cleveland and curated by Cornelia Lauf, independent curator.

Wall to Wall: Carpets by Artists at the Katonah Museum of Art is made possible by the generous support of Vanessa Diebold, Lisa and Mark Schwartz, Old New House, Patsy Orlofsky, and an anonymous contribution.

Installation view, Wall to Wall: Carpets by Artists at MOCA Cleveland. Photo: Jerry Birchfield. (c) MOCA Cleveland 2016.


Creighton Michael: ON DRAWING in processJuly 9 – October 1, 2017

Creighton Michael, CHRONICLE 1617, 2017 Layered acrylic and digital transfer on concave panel Courtesy of the artist

New York artist Creighton Michael’s work asks the question, “What is drawing?” His engagement of abstract mark-making expands into many media, from the pencil and pen to paint and digital processes. The five works on view at the KMA exemplify his conceptually nuanced and visually rich explorations of the boundary between traditional methods of drawing and its radical transformation in contemporary art practice.

Michael’s work is in various public and private collections, including the National Gallery of Art and The Phillips Collection, Washington, D.C.; Museum of Modern Art and the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York; Brooklyn Museum; Neuberger Museum of Art, Purchase, New York; and Hafnarborg Museum, Iceland. He is a recipient of a Pollack Krasner Foundation grant, a New York Foundation for the Arts fellowship in sculpture and a Golden Foundation for the Arts award in painting.


Woven, Knotted, and HookedIn the Learning Center
July 9 – October 1, 2017

Constance Old, Orange Fuzz, 2016. Up-cycled paper and plastic on plastic drawer liner

Visit our Learning Center this summer, transformed into a weaving workshop where guests can experiment with traditional and non-traditional rug-inspired techniques. Enjoy a variety of new and recycled materials to create carpets, textiles, and wall hangings of all kinds. Contribute to a large collaborative weaving installation designed by artist Constance Old and view her unique hooked-rug artworks. Themed interactive ImagineIt! bags are available to use around the KMA campus.

Picturing Love: Photography’s Pursuit of Intimacy March 19 – June 25, 2017

A mother embraces her son. Friends pose by the seaside. Lovers clutch in the dark corner of a nightclub. All of these images and more are captured in the KMA’s exhibition, Picturing Love: Photography’s Pursuit of Intimacy. By turns disarmingly candid and unabashedly performative, the photographs in the exhibition examine how love is captured – and indeed at times bestowed – by the act of taking a picture. In the present moment of virtual like, love, and swipe, when all aspects of public and private life circulate in seemingly endless supply on the Internet, the exhibition takes a step back to look at the formidable history of this subject from photography’s early days to the present. Picturing Love features some forty renowned and many anonymous artists.

Our spring programming is replete with learning opportunities centered on the history of documentary and narrative photography for both adults and children. Organized by KMA Executive Director, Darsie Alexander, with Dolmatch Fellow, Olga Dekalo, the exhibition features some fifty works from a range of periods and genres.

The exhibition is made possible by the generous support of Ellen & Bob Grimes, Deborah Mullin & John Chatzky, Melissa Vail & Norman Selby, Howard Greenberg, Amy Parsons & Paul Bird, and Diana & Loring Knoblauch. Additional support provided by Peter MacGill.

Nan Goldin, The Hug, New York City, 1980 Private Collection. © Nan Goldin. Courtesy Matthew Marks Gallery.
Unknown. Collection of Peter J. Cohen.


Curator's Note

Thank you everyone who contributed stories and photo essays to the BLOG for Picturing Love! Reviewing and connecting with you about the scope and content of your submissions has been a meaningful way to expand the conversation about intimacy. The blog has allowed the exhibition to resonate beyond our galleries and to further mark how we all--both professionals and amateur image makers--take part in a personal telling of our lives. If you haven’t yet, see the many stories told through images, songs, and text at katonahmuseumofart.wordpress.com.

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