Upcoming Exhibitions

Lethal Beauty: Samurai Weapons and Armor

In the Beitzel and Righter Galleries
October 12, 2014 – January 4, 2015

The striking duality of deadly weaponry forged with artistic beauty is on full display in Lethal Beauty: Samurai Weapons and Armor. With 63 works by master craftsmen from the 13th to 20th centuries, the exhibition features five full sets of armor, masks, helmets, and warrior hats. Remarkable weapons include long and short swords, daggers, and examples of early Japanese rifles. The exhibition also showcases a pair of 17th-century folding screens by a Kano school artist depicting battle scenes from the famous Tale of the Heike, one of the greatest warrior epics in Japanese literature that marks the dawn of samurai honor, valor, and fortitude.

Lethal Beauty was curated by Dr. Andreas Marks, Minneapolis Institute of Arts, Collection of the Clark Center, and tour organized by International Arts & Artists, Washington, DC.


Funding for this exhibition provided by ArtsWestchester, with support from Westchester County Government, the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Legislature, as well as the Museum’s Exhibition Patrons. Additional sponsorship provided by Betty Himmel, Kim and John Latham, and The Japan Foundation New York.

Tri-State Juried Exhibition

In the Beitzel and Righter Galleries
January 18 – February 15, 2015

One of the most popular showcases of local talent, the triennial exhibition features the work of select artists from New York, New Jersey, and Connecticut whose work is appearing in our galleries for the first time. At once an acknowledgement of the creative versatility of our region, the exhibition serves to bring our community to the attention of national critics and participants. Major artists whose work is standard fare in art history seminars have juried this prestigious triennial and are join by leading curators in their efforts. Staffers from MoMA, the New Museum, Yale and the Guggenheim come to Katonah to do their work. Past jurors include curators Eugenie Tsai, Thelma Golden, Nan Rosenthal, Elizabeth Sussman, and Robert Storr, as well as artists Benny Andrews and Donald Sultan.


Chris Larson: The Katonah Relocation Project

In the Sculpture Garden and Project Gallery
March 22 – June 28, 2015

The Katonah Relocation Project is an ambitious architectural project related to Edward Larrabee Barnes. Larson works on a dramatic scale and is known for his aspiring constructions that respond to architectural environments and histories. Using the Katonah Museum of Art’s beautiful Barnes-designed building as a point of departure, Larson will create a large white structure for the sculpture garden inspired by Barnes’ private residence in Mt. Kisco. Towering Norwegian spruce located in the sculpture garden will appear to pierce the building, literally bringing nature into its composition. Visitors will be able to walk inside the full-size structure and explore it from within. It will provide both a dramatic addition and historically related (temporary) addition to the campus. Indoors in the Project Gallery, a full history of the move, an introduction to Larson’s work and an overview of Barnes and his seminal role in modern museum architecture will be shown.


Inside the Outside: Self-Taught Art from the Louis Dreyfus Family Collection

In the Beitzel and Righter Galleries
July 12, 2015 – October 4, 2015