Katonah Museum of Art
134 Jay Street, Katonah, NY 10536
A Home for Art: Edward Larrabee Barnes and the KMA presents an overview of Barnes’ career and role in modern architecture, including a close look at the many Westchester homes he designed. With an architectural practice based in Manhattan, Barnes raised his family in Mt. Kisco, and the story of Barnes’ relationship to the Katonah Museum of Art crosses the worlds of business, art, and family life. The exhibition includes archival material from the Katonah Historical Society as well as photographs, drawings, and blueprints from the Loeb Library at the Harvard Graduate School of Design. Video interviews with those who knew Barnes and collaborated with him on the Museum project reveal a much beloved member of the community and an unassuming local celebrity.
Chris Larson: The Katonah Relocation Project, is inspired by the astounding tale of Katonah’s relocation in the late 19th century. When multimedia artist Chris Larson heard about it, he knew he had stumbled upon a strange and inspiring story. Forced from their original location by the building of the Cross River Reservoir, the townspeople came up with a plan—they lifted their homes onto logs to be pulled by horses along soap-slicked timbers, re-siting their town to present-day Katonah. Tying this remarkable history of relocation to the building of the Katonah Museum of Art by local architect Edward Larrabee Barnes, Larson replicates Barnes’ private Mt. Kisco home at full scale in the sculpture garden. With a nod to the Katonah narrative, he constructs the modernist structure as if it were dragged in on logs, elevated on timber cribbing, and pierced through by the Norway spruce trees. Additional works in the galleries, including some cast in soap, respond directly to Katonah’s history and culture. A 2014 Whitney biennialist, Larson is a multimedia artist known for his sensitive and often dramatic responses to architectural environments and histories.
WHEN: Both exhibitions will be on display from March 29 – June 28, 2015. The Museum is open Tuesday through Saturday, 10am-5pm, Sunday 12-5pm, Closed Monday.
COST: Admission: $10 general, $5 for seniors and students; members and children under 12 free.