Exhibition Archive

Young Artists 2021February 6 – 28, 2021

Young Artists 2021, on view February 6 – 28, 2021, brings together works from high school seniors across Westchester, Putnam and Fairfield counties. Now in its 38th year, this perennially popular exhibition represents some of the best in student artistic talent and it is comprised of nearly 300 artworks from more than 30 regional schools. The works range in scale, concept, media, and process, reflecting the diversity of expression in the region’s young artists. In addition to having their pieces exhibited, students work alongside Museum professionals to take part in publicizing, curating and installing the exhibition.

Experience an interactive 360 tour.
View video footage.
Experience a virtual tour of the exhibition.
View an online gallery of the works in the exhibition.
See the Graphic Design Workshop submissions.
For a list of participating schools click here.

The Museum extends special thanks to the following individuals who make the Young Artists program possible:
Exhibition Sponsor: The Samberg Family
- Dedicated art teachers who inspire countless students
- KMA Volunteer Project Team: Sally Aldrich, Gail Bryan, Terry Goodman, Elaine Joiner, Julie Kelly, Diana Knoblauch,
  Margie Kunhardt, Judy Newman, Jane Paccione, and Marian Swerdlow

- Graphic Design Educators from the Bedford Central School District: Heather Kranz and Lauren LaMance

Patterns:Thinking Through the Arts Collaboration between Katonah Elementary School and Katonah Museum of Art  In the Learning Center
February 6 – 28, 2021

Katonah Elementary School fourth grade students, inspired by Bisa Butler’s portrait quilts, created poems as part of this year’s Thinking Through the Arts program. Under the guidance of writer-in-residence Pam Hart, students wrote poems in a particular form known as the pantoum. This form originated in the 15th century in Malaysia as a kind of folk poem. Its particular pattern has been used by poets around the world. The program started with a virtual tour of the exhibition Bisa Butler: Portraits. Each student selected a Bisa Butler artwork to respond to as they brainstormed concepts and words. Through a series of four virtual sessions the students learned about the pantoum poem form, drafted their own poems and revised them. Thank you to the fourth-grade teachers Emily Cantor, Elizabeth Jackson, Deirdre Parkhurst and Elizabeth Patchoros for their support and assistance throughout the program. A maximum of two families can work in the room at a time. When you visit you will receive your own materials to create artwork inspired by the exhibitions.

Hands & Earth: Perspectives on Japanese Contemporary CeramicsOctober 20, 2020 – January 24, 2021


Drawn from the collection of Carol and Jeffrey Horvitz, Hands & Earth: Perspectives on Japanese Contemporary Ceramics includes works by some of Japan’s most important artists. The KMA’s exhibition marks the first time that the Horvitz’s renowned collection will be exhibited in New York. While Hands & Earth focuses on contemporary ceramics, the 41 works on display also provide a comprehensive survey of Japan’s ceramic tradition over the past 80 years, from the Mingei Folk Craft Movement of the 1930s to contemporary ceramic sculpture.

Experience a multimedia guide of Hands & Earth.
Listen to an audio tour featuring the stories behind the works.
Scan the QR code and download the tour to your mobile device.
Go on a virtual tour of the exhibition.
Purchase the Hands & Earth catalogue and postcards.

Additional support for this exhibition has been provided by The Japan Foundation, New York.

Kondō Takahiro (b. 1958), Ginteki wan “name;” Tsunami Bowl, 2016, Marbleized porcelain with metallic glaze, 3 7/8 x 4 3/4 inches, Carol and Jeffrey Horvitz Collection, Image: © Kondō Takahiro, photograph courtesy the Lowe Art Museum.


ROTHKOOctober 20, 2020 – January 24, 2021



When Mark Rothko painted Untitled in 1951, he was in the midst of a particularly prolific and creative period of his career. It was during this time that Rothko developed the style that would define his work until his death two decades later. He debuted these new paintings, including Untitled, in a solo show at the famed Betty Parsons Gallery in 1951. The exhibition earned critical acclaim and solidified Rothko’s reputation as one of the foremost leaders of the New York School—the group of artists who launched the movement of abstract expressionism with the groundbreaking 9th St. show in the same year.  

Untitled exemplifies Rothko’s signature style: deckle-edged rectangles of contrasting colors given depth and luminosity by the artist’s application of countless, thin layers of oil paint. Careful examination reveals different layers of yellow and green, and even glimpses of red that emerge around the edges of the upper rectangle. Rothko painted these bold expanses of color on large canvases to purposefully overwhelm the viewer. He hoped that this effect of being “enveloped within” the painting would bring about an emotional or even spiritual response.

As confirmed by his son Christopher, Rothko eagerly wanted to see small, single painting spiritual ‘chapels’ built along the sides of highways throughout the country where weary travelers could stop, contemplate a single work of his, and spiritually re-charge. This vision is an inspiration for the KMA’s Rothko Room, offering our guests the rare opportunity to contemplate and re-charge in solitude in front of a single masterpiece, as Rothko intended.

Mark Rothko (American, born Russia, 1903-1970) Untitled, 1951, Oil on canvas, Collection of Christopher Rothko, Copyright © 1998 by Kate Rothko Prizel and Christopher Rothko.
This installation was made possible by the generous support of Rochelle and Mark Rosenberg.

Bisa Butler: PortraitsMarch 15 – October 4, 2020

Bisa Butler: Portraits
 is the first solo museum exhibition of the artist's work and features 26 of her luminous, multi-layered fabric portraits that chronicles African American identity, culture and history—stories that have too often been ignored and unrecorded. Her process draws upon her Ghanaian heritage, evident in her choice of motifs, embellishments and patterning in the African textiles she employs. Broaching the dividing line between creating with paints on canvas and creating with fiber, her portrait quilts elevate a medium hitherto designated as craft into one that is clearly high art,  transforming family memories and forgotten figures in African American history into narrative social statements.  

Please use the following links to access the corresponding Bisa Butler: Portraits YouTube content.

This exhibition is made possible in part by The Coby Foundation, Ltd.

Image Credits:
Bisa Butler, The Princess, 2018, Cotton, chiffon, lace and satin, 70 x 46 in. (177.8 x 116.8 cm), Collection of Bob and Jane Clark


Celebrating Women, Fabric and Community

March 15 - October 4, 2020

Ghanaian-born artist Tijay Mohammed transforms the Learning Center with his collaborative installation 
An-Nisaa 1: The Women that celebrates women by using African wax fabrics he collects from seamstresses around the world. Visitors are invited to add to the installation and enjoy a variety of hands-on activities that explore fabrics, memories and portraiture.

Young Artists 2020February 9 – March 1, 2020

Now in its 37th year, this exhibition presents the work of the most talented high school seniors in the region. This year nearly 400 students from 40 schools in Westchester, Putnam, Dutchess and Fairfield counties are participating in Young Artists 2020. The Young Artists program exemplifies KMA’s dedication to providing dynamic museum education opportunities to its broad community and fostering the next generation of creative thinkers and artists.

Rotem Reshef: ArcadiaOctober 6, 2019 – January 26, 2020

In Arcadia, Israeli artist Rotem Reshef has collected organic materials, some from the KMA grounds, to paint monumental rolls of unstretched canvas that are suspended from the walls.The marks and vibrant palette which saturate the entire surface reference the natural world, and the gesture of pouring paint reveals her unconventional artistic process that filters and redefines abstraction and expression.
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