Upcoming Exhibitions

The Edge Effect: International Open 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 will be granted to the top three submissions.

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"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. The catalyst for this project is the groundbreaking 9th St. Show arranged by avant-garde artists with the help of the fledgling gallerist, Leo Castelli in 1951. The show became a pivotal moment for the emergence and acceptance of Abstract Expressionism. The artists of the 9th St. Show had struggled to gain critical recognition having been shut out by museums and galleries due to the radical nature of their work. Of the more than 60 artists in the show, including many who were to become prominent figures in Abstract Expressionism, only 12 were women. This is the first time works by these extraordinary women will be brought together since the 9th St. Show took place 68 years ago. At the time, the women were referred to as “Sparkling Amazons,” a tongue-in-cheek designation that underscored the patronizing attitude of the time. These women would neither have viewed themselves as “amazons” nor as feminists; they simply worked and lived as artists, pursuing their professions with the same dedication as their male counterparts even though the social stakes were much higher for them at the time. Several of the artists, including Lee Krasner, Joan Mitchell, Elaine de Kooning and Helen Frankenthaler went on to have distinguished careers and have found their rightful place in the art historical canon. Others, including Grace Hartigan, Perle Fine and Anne Ryan, enjoyed critical success. The remainder, Sonia Sekula, Day Schnabel, Yvonne Thomas, Jean Steubing and Guitou Knoop are yet to be recognized by art history, a fact that this exhibition addresses.

Curated by Associate Curator, Michele Wijegoonaratna, PhD.

The exhibition will be 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: Vane H. Kirkland Acquisition Fund, 2012.300 © Elaine de Kooning Trust Photography courtesy of the Denver Art Museum.