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Art Museum's 'On Site Katonah' Offers Experimental Exhibition

Los Angeles-based artist Victoria Fu re-envisions the facade of the Katonah Museum of Art. Photo Credit: Facebook/KMA
Caitlin Masley, Neo-habitat in-progress installation at the Katonah Museum of Art. Photo Credit: Margaret Fox Photography/Katonah Museum of Art

KATONAH, N.Y. -- Visitors get a chance to walk over, under and through artworks at the Katonah Museum of Art during a special summer exhibition through Oct. 10.

OnSite Katonah presents experimental, site-specific installations created in response to the Katonah Museum of Art’s landscape, architecture and history.

Artists reimagine every facet of the KMA’s location with immersive projects, offering a museum that is at once familiar and strange. 

OnSite Katonah also provides numerous opportunities for KMA Members and the wider community to join in the creation process, from serving as volunteer artist assistants working side-by-side with artist Caitlin Masley during installation, to programs surrounding an off-site public art installation by Keiran Brennan Hinton. 

Hinton's public art installation will be unveiled at Sherry B Dessert Studio in Chappaqua in the fall. 

Artists in the exhibition transform common materials—such as plastic, rope, artificial lights, mirrors, and paint—to commanding effect. Reflection, geometry, luminosity, and rich visual texture are common threads that emerge in unexpected installations that newly sensitize viewers to the KMA’s site. 

Artists include Grimanesa Amorós, Amy Brener, MaDora Frey, Keiran Brennan Hinton, Caitlin Masley, Caleb Nussear, Jason Peters, and Rachel Mica Weiss. 

OnSite Katonah is organized by the Katonah Museum of Art’s Associate Curator, Elizabeth Rooklidge. 

“In creating this exhibition, we wanted to think about our entire campus as an extension of our creative energy, giving artists free reign to explore the hills, gardens, and frontage of the KMA as well as making works for the gallery space," said Darsie Alexander, Executive Director of the Katonah Museum of Art.

In conjunction with OnSite Katonah, Egg, a massive new commission by Victoria Fu, will wrap the KMA’s façade. 

Featuring a silhouetted hand holding an egg against a colored background, the artwork re-envisions the KMA’s architecture as a location for a bold statement. 

With a deliberate twist to further engage its surrounding community, Onsite will go “offsite” in September, with a public mural by OnSite Katonah artist Keiran Brennan Hinton. 

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