Katonah Museum of Art, Katonah

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Current Exhibitions:

The Edge Effect: International Juried Exhibition

June 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.

In the Learning Center

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.

Upcoming Exhibitions:

Sparkling Amazons: Abstract Expressionist Women of the 9th St. Show

October 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 11 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.

In the early 1970s, the preeminent editor and art critic, Thomas Hess, would refer to them as “sparkling Amazons.” 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, Jean Steubing and Guitou Knoop are yet to be fully recognized by art history, a fact that this exhibition addresses.

Member Preview Sunday, October 6, 12:00 PM – 2:00 PM

Public Opening Sunday, October 6, 2:00 – 5:00 PM

Curated by Associate Curator, Michele Wijegoonaratna, PhD.The exhibition will be accompanied by a fully-illustrated catalogue with support from the Pollock-Krasner Foundation.

Rotem Reshef: Arcadia

October 6, 2019 – January 26, 2020

In Arcadia, Israeli artist Rotem Reshef has collected organic materials, some from the KMA grounds, to paint monumental rolls of unstretched canvas that are suspended from the walls.The marks and vibrant palette which saturate the entire surface reference the natural world, and the gesture of pouring paint reveals her unconventional artistic process that filters and redefines abstraction and expression.

Member Preview Sunday, October 6, 12:00 – 2:00 PM

Public Opening Sunday, October 6, 2:00 – 5:00 PM
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  • Amazing exhibit of a woman who uses fabric to elevate already extraordinary black and white photographs of African Americans. Hard to explain unless you see it or at least order a catalog. Covid...  more »
  • This was far to expensive to walk around for 10 min for 3 rooms of art. Not worth a trip or 20 bucks they charge u to get in  more »
  • Small museum! Came here for the Namaste Yoga which was a neat event of yoga and museum admission. The exhibits were mostly paintings and canvas landscapes and it was pleasant. They also have tables and chairs to sit outside and enjoy the view.
  • The people are so nice and the art is beautiful. It is so wonderful that you can submit your art and let the public see it. The art is always changing so you will always see something new and different. And the art is from different schools, and so many kids. There are also differant types of art
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