Upcoming Exhibitions


March 16 – June 27, 2021

explores how contemporary artists working in photography, video, and new media are reimagining the genre of still life. Since ancient times, deceptively simple depictions of fruit, flowers, and every-day objects have disguised rich layers of symbolic association. The artists represented in Still/Live work from within the still life tradition, examining three themes—time, contemporary symbolism, and trompe l’oeil—with new technologies and from new perspectives.

Daniel Gordon, Jade Plant with Pears and Green Apples, 2019, Pigment Print with UV Lamination, 55 × 68 3/4 inches, ©Daniel Gordon, Courtesy Yossi Milo Gallery, New York / James Fuentes Gallery, New York.

Still Life Studio
In the Learning Center

Dive deep into the genre of still life in our Learning Center’s interactive Still Life Studio. Learn about what makes a still life and why such an old art form continues to inspire contemporary artists. Discover an unexpected paper-built still life installation by artist Daniel Gordon. Objects will be available to set up your own still life arrangement with various art materials to create unique still life artworks. Upon arrival, young visitors will receive an interactive family guide and activity pack at the front desk which will lead them through the Still/Live exhibition in the galleries. Look out for fun at-home and in-person still life activities that KMA’s education team will be sharing throughout the season.

Advance timed tickets required. Tickets for the Learning Center must be reserved for the same time slot as your main Museum admission.
Support for Still/Live is provided by the Katonah Museum of Art Exhibition Patrons. Leslie Cecil and Creighton Michael, Judy and Tony Evnin, Victoria Morris and Ellen and Bob Grimes.

The Rothko RoomMarch 16 – June 27, 2021

Experience two more masterpieces in a room designed for individual reflection. Untitled, 1969 and Untitled (Still-life with Clock and  Vase), 1938/1939 are the second and third in an ongoing series of works by Mark Rothko presented by the KMA. Rothko envisioned the creation of spiritual single work “chapels” along the sides of highways throughout the country where weary travelers could stop and contemplate one of his paintings. This vision inspired the KMA’s The Rothko Room, which offers guests the opportunity to spiritually re-charge in the presence of a single masterpiece, as Rothko intended. Advance timed ticketing reservation required.

The Rothko Room is made possible through the support of Kate Rothko Prizel and Christopher Rothko and through the contribution of Audrey and Richard Zinman.

Mark Rothko, Untitled, 1969, Acrylic on paper, 53⅝ x 42⅜ in, Rothko Estate, CR#2032.69, Collection of Christopher Rothko, Copyright ©2021 by Kate Rothko Prizel and Christopher Rothko.


Beatrice Scaccia: My Hope ChestMarch 16 – June 27, 2021

Italian artist Beatrice Scaccia’s exhibition My Hope Chest, which includes a stop-motion animation and site-specific wall drawing, grew from her thoughts about a simple item of furniture: the hope-chest. Hope chests were and still are used by unmarried young women to collect items such as clothing and household linen in anticipation of married life. Scaccia uses the symbol of the hope chest to explore the social expectations that are placed upon women.

Beatrice Scaccia
, My Hope Chest, 2020 (film still), Single channel digital stop motion animation, 10 min.


Cladogram: 2ND KMA International Juried Biennial

July 11 – September 19, 2021

The Katonah Museum of Art invites submissions for Cladogram: 2ND KMA International Juried Biennial, July 11 – September 19, 2021. The exhibition, juried by Yasmeen Siddiqui, will bring together visual artists, sound artists, book artists, craft-based artists, poets and authors whose work explores connections between the past and present. This includes, but is not limited to, work that:

  • Engages with personal or family history
  • Examines the idea and form of the archive, or the ways in which historical objects and ideas are organized, categorized, and displayed
  • Borrows from the history of art
  • Challenges the dominant narrative of (art) history and questions what and who that history includes and excludes

With Cladogram: 2ND KMA International Juried Biennial, the KMA seeks to present a broad range of contemporary work created by artists based locally, regionally, and globally. In doing so, the Museum hopes to build networks of artists around the world. Awards will be granted to the top three submissions.


  • $2,000 Michaela and Skip Beitzel 1st Place Award
  • $1,500 Lisbeth and Frank Stern 2nd Place Award
  • $1,000 Lisbeth and Frank Stern and Diana and Loring Knoblauch 3rd Place Award
  • $700 LaRuth Gray, Vanessa Smith and Anonymous KMAA Award

The deadline for submissions is Friday, April 2, 2021. Download a PDF of the Call for Submissions.

About Yasmeen Siddiqui

Yasmeen Siddiqui is the founding director of Minerva Projects, an independent art press whose objective is to cultivate writing about the visual arts through an interdisciplinary and literary lens. In tandem with this work, Siddiqui lectures, writes, and edits; having her work published in artist and exhibition catalogues, as well as on Hyperallergic, and in ART PAPERS, Cairo Times, Medina Magazine, Flash Art, Modern Painters, NKA, and The Brooklyn Rail. Current projects include a book length manuscript on the subject of home and a series of essays considering authoritarianism through the works of artists and authors. She is co-editing the anthology Living and Sustaining a Creative Life: The Storytellers of Art Histories (Intellect Books, 2021). She has been the recipient of 2018 Ucross Foundation Residency Fellow; 2018 ICI Independent Vision Curatorial Award Nominee; 2008 The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts Curatorial Research Fellowship and is a Visiting Assistant Professor at Pratt Institute. Siddiqui is a core faculty member at the School of Visual Art at Chautauqua Institution in Chautauqua, New York and the Master of Arts in Critical Craft Studies at Warren Wilson College in Asheville, North Carolina.

Minerva Projects, Founding Director, minervaprojects.org, director@minervaprojects.org
2018 Ucross Foundation Residency Fellow
2018 ICI Independent Vision Curatorial Award Nominee
2008 The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts Curatorial Research Fellowship



(All dates are for 2021)

  • April 2: Deadline for submission of artworks
  • April 30: Notification of accepted artists by email and web posting
  • July 2-3: Deadline for receipt of all artwork
  • July 10: 1st Look Preview Opening
  • July 11: Members and Public Openings
  • September 19: Exhibition closes
  • September 20: Artists, or their shippers, pick up artwork.
    (Artwork not picked up will incur a $50 per day storage fee).


To submit work, visit the CaFÉ submission platform. Download a PDF of the prospectus.


ARRIVALSOctober 3, 2021 – January 23, 2022

Arrivals call forth origin stories. How did we get here? Where did we come from? Americans have remarkably varied stories to share, having come to call this country home in so many different ways: by conquest, displacement, colonialism, the slave trade, voluntary migration, and more. This exhibition focuses on a select series of arrival moments—Columbus, the Middle Passage, the Pilgrims, Ellis Island, the southern border today, among others—in order to look at how artists over time have explored some of the myths and narratives around what it means to be American.

ARRIVALS, guest curated by Heather Ewing, will feature some 50 works spanning the 16th century to the present. Artists represented in the exhibition include Norman Akers, Katrina Andry, Enrique Chagoya, Maria Magdalena Campos-Pons, Willie Cole, Vanessa German, Cannupa Hanska Luger, Titus Kaphar, Dorothea Lange, Annie Lopez, Dulce Pinzón, Sara Rahbar, Faith Ringgold, Ben Shahn, Roger Shimomura, Jaune Quick-to-See Smith, Saul Steinberg, Stephanie Syjuco, Thuan Vu, Flo Oy Wong and N.C. Wyeth. Their works offer a multiplicity of perspectives on signal moments of arrival, confronting ideas of belonging, othering, storytelling, the memory of ancestors, displacement, race, resilience and perseverance. They shed light on the different ways that the country has responded to societal change and changing demographics, and on the variety of strategies that artists have employed as they grapple with the myths and complexities of America’s most cherished ideals.

Titus Kaphar (b. 1976), Columbus Day Painting, 2014, Oil and mixed media on canvas, 67 ¾ x 90 ¾ x 4 in,
Collection of Dr. Robert B. Feldman on long term loan to Orlando Museum of Art