Exhibition Archive

Sparkling Amazons: Abstract Expressionist Women of the 9th St. ShowOctober 6, 2019 – January 26, 2020

Sparkling Amazons
presents the often-overlooked contribution by women artists to the Abstract Expressionist movement and the significant role they played as bold innovators within the New York School during the 1940s and 50s. Through the presentation of some 30 works of art alongside documentary photography, the exhibition captures an important moment in the history of Abstract Expressionism. This is the first time works by these extraordinary women will be brought together since the 9th St. show took place 68 years ago.
The exhibition is accompanied by a fully-illustrated catalogue with support from the Pollock-Krasner Foundation.

Image Credits:
Elaine de Kooning, Bullfight, 1959, 77 3/8 in. x 130 ½ in. (197.7 x 331.47cm) Denver Art Museum Collection: Vance H. Kirkland Acquisition Fund, 2012.300 © Elaine de Kooning Trust. Photography courtesy of the Denver Art Museum

 Illustrated Animals in Conversation June 30 – September 22, 2019

Original picture book art is on display in the Learning Center this summer, highlighting animal characters in conversation with each other and inspiring conversations with the viewer. A variety of styles are on view from books written and illustrated by Nick Bruel, Eric Carle, Carson Ellis, Jerry Pinkney, Giselle Potter, Marisabina Russo, and Mo Willems. Creative illustration and animal-inspired activities throughout the room will excite visitors of all ages.

Image Credits:
Eric Carle, Illustration for Where Are You Going? To See My Friend! By Kazuo Iwamura (Orchard Books). Collection of Eric and Barbara Carle, Courtesy of The Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art. © 2001 Eric Carle.

The Edge Effect: International Juried ExhibitionJune 30 - September 22, 2019

The Edge Effect describes an ecological phenomenon in the border area between disparate habitats, such as a meadow and a forest, which results in exponentially greater biodiversity. The Katonah Museum of Art recognizes that a museum creates a similar environment where works from artists with diverse backgrounds and locations are brought together to foster dialogue and spark creativity. Just as a border area is teeming with life, an exhibition can be a fertile place of ideas and images.

This exhibition includes works in all media and subject matter submitted by artists from all over the U.S. and 13 countries around the world. 67 works were chosen out of 957 submissions. Juried by Akili Tommasino, Associate Curator, Modern and Contemporary Art, Museum of Fine Arts, Boston. Awards granted to the top three submissions.
Click here for a full list of the artists.


LandEscape: New Visions of the Landscape from the Early 20th and 21st CenturiesMarch 17 - June 16, 2019

LandEscape explores the early 20th century American modernists who exhibited their innovative paintings at the groundbreaking 1913 Armory Show, and compares it to the work of artists from the 21st century who have rediscovered and reinvigorated the genre. This show is comprised of approximately 30 works and reveals how a diverse range of artists broke from the established landscape painting traditions of their predecessors to create a new visual language that profoundly changed the way landscape was perceived. Artists such as Marsden Hartley, John Marin, Alfred Maurer, Helen Torr and Marguerite Zorach all engaged with what was considered to be an unexceptional genre. One hundred years later the same innovative impulse has once again emerged in the works of contemporary artists Jo Baer, Lois Dodd, April Gornik, Shara Hughes, Alex Katz and Judy Pfaff who have again reinterpreted the landscape. Curated by Olga Dekalo.

LandEscape in In the News.
Image Credits:
Homepage image and above: Shara Hughes, The Not Dark Dark Spots, 2017, oil and dye on canvas, 68 x 60 inches, Private Collection, © Shara Hughes

Marguerite Zorach, Moonlight, 1910. Heckscher Museum of Art, Huntington, N.Y. Gift of the Baker/Pisano Collection.

April Gornik, Sun and Storm, 2006, oil on linen, 82 x 64 inches, Courtesy Danese / Corey, New York, © April Gornik.


Outrageous Ornament: Extreme Jewelry in the 21st CenturyOctober 21, 2018 – January 27, 2019

From the beginning of recorded time, jewelry has both articulated identity as well as heralded status. In recognition of the universal passion for and power of jewelry, the KMA opens the 2018 fall season with Outrageous Ornament: Extreme Jewelry in the 21st Century curated by Jane Adlin, who in her role of curator of modern and contemporary design at The Metropolitan Museum of Art, organized the Jewels by JAR and Cartier 1900-1939 exhibitions. In Outrageous Ornament, the KMA presents provocative work by internationally renowned artists which expand the boundaries and our understanding of personal adornment.

Photograph by Margaret Fox.
This exhibition is made possible in part through the generous support of Vickie Morris, Tony & Judy Evnin, Rochelle & Mark Rosenberg, and Deborah Mullin & John Chatzky.

Click here to see Outrageous Ornament highlighted in Ornament News.


PLAY & REWIND: Ode to Summer on Film August 12 – October 7, 2018

PLAY & REWIND: Ode to Summer on Film presents film and video installations that take on the form of repositories of images framed by the summer landscape. The title refers, in part, to ideas and images of play and recreation and also references the act of recalling and reminiscing about the past. Using both digital and analogue processes, the majority of the works allude to how images are constructed and their physicality. Also noteworthy, the majority of the artists in the exhibition take traditional approaches to media utilizing constructed and found materials, 3-D and slide projection, as well as 8mm and 16mm film that further inflect nostalgic overtones. These methods of storytelling hint at parallels between the act of reminiscing and the nature of working with film where scenes are cut, sequenced and often reordered to suggest meaning.
The works depict an array of subjects, predominantly youth, occupying settings such as the seaside, play yards and dramatic plains. Collectively they map geographies extending from the Hudson Valley to New England, Los Angeles, Puerto Rico and Europe. These settings undergo a transformation by the subjective and emotive lens of artists who span different generations and include luminaries such as the photographer Tina Barney and abstract painter Agnes Martin, whose only film, Gabriel, is on view. PLAY & REWIND also includes younger practitioners such as Trisha Baga, Phil Collins, Laida Lertxundi, Beatriz Santiago Muñoz and Cengiz Tekin.
The exhibition is organized by Olga Dekalo, Assistant Curator, and is made possible through the generous support of Vickie Morris, Amanda and Darrell Alfieri, and Dyllan McGee.
The public is invited to the exhibition opening night party with DJ and filmmaker Ephraim Asili. Light refreshments included. $10, members and children under 12 years free. Please check the Museum website for details and weather notifications. Click here for advance purchase and free member sign-up.
Beatriz Santiago Muñoz. Still from Otros Usos (Other Uses) detail, 2014. 16mm film transferred to video. Courtesy of the artist and Galería Agustina Ferreyra.


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