Upcoming Exhibitions

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

With its galleries awash in film and video installations that evoke sensations of summer, the KMA presents PLAY & REWIND: Ode to Summer on Film. The title references the subject of leisure as it plays out in video and photo images which allude affectionately to times past. Notes of nostalgia prevail in many of the works which were created using traditional analogue media such as slide projection, 8mm and 16mm film. By and large, the exhibition features works that incorporate methods of layering and collaging to produce imagery with non-linear narratives that unfold quixotically like a palimpsest or human memory—images that build atop one another, erase each other, and leave faint traces of what came before. Such 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.
Guests will encounter surprises as inherently 2-dimensional work extends into the galleries by way of inflatable toys and beach chairs. These installation components channel summer from the screen directly into the viewing space. Featuring the work of younger artists alongside luminaries such as photographer Tina Barney and the abstract painter Agnes Martin (whose only film Gabriel will be shown), PLAY & REWIND highlights themes of summer from New England to the Southwest to South America, Europe, and Asia. Settings include beaches, villages, and interiors and depict pastimes such as pursuing friendships, heading to the seashore, enjoying fresh fruit, and passing idle time. Artists span generations and geographies and include younger practitioners such as Trisha Baga, Phil Collins, Laida Lertxundi, Beatriz Santiago Muñoz, and Cengiz Tekin.
The public is invited to the opening night party on August 11 at 6:00pm. Admission is free for Museum members and children under 12 years of age. Event tickets are $10 for all other guests. We encourage you to purchase tickets in advance here.

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

Jewelry in one form or another has been around since the beginning of time. From prehistoric evidence of body decoration made of found materials through modern day design, jewelry has confirmed a sense of identity and status of the wearer. More recently, since the turn of the 21st century, new, very bold, sometimes startling, and often outrageous “jewels” have extended beyond our cultural expectations of personal adornment. The traditional boundaries that have for so many centuries defined body ornaments are reimagined – makers rethink it, remake it, ponder its place in history, and expand our definition of jewelry.
Organized by Jane Adlin, former curator in the Department of Modern and Contemporary Art at The Metropolitan Museum of Art, Outrageous Ornament will include approximately 50 examples of the most experimental and provocative work being created today by international artists, architects, fashion designers and jewelers.