KATONAH, N.Y. – Filmmaker and artist Chris Larson’s exhibit, “Chris Larson: The Katonah Relocation Project” will be on view at the Katonah Museum of Art from March 29 through June 28.
Larson is a filmmaker and artist whose practice encompasses large-scale installation, sculpture, photography and performance. The exhibition explores themes of creation, destruction and the transformation of space over time.
Larson will take over the gallery and sculpture garden in a full-scale installation that draws its inspiration from the relocation of Katonah. In 1897, the town was moved to create the Cross River Reservoir, a much-needed source of drinking water for the ever-growing metropolis of New York City. Rather than lose the hamlet to the impending flood, townspeople banded together to transport their homes and belongings a short distance away, using horse-drawn sleds.
Taking this story as a point of departure, Larson explores themes of home and relocation, examining both the history of this event and the materials that it encompassed – timber logs used for transport, grease used to ease mobility and the water that would eventually cover parts of the town.
Larson was born and raised in St. Paul, Minn. He received a BFA from Bethel College in 1990 and an MFA from Yale University in 1992. In addition to exhibiting throughout the United States, Larson has participated in group exhibitions in Brazil, Canada, China, France, Mexico, Peru and Uruguay, and he has had solo exhibitions in Switzerland and Germany. His work recently was featured in the Whitney Biennial (2013). He currently is on the faculty of the Department of Art, University of Minnesota in Minneapolis.
The Katonah Museum of Art is at 134 Jay St.
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