Daily Admissions - Constant Carnival: The Haas Brothers in Context

  • Mar 15 - Jun 26, 2022
  • Katonah Museum of Art

    134 Jay Street
    Katonah, New York 10536
Ticket Price $0.00-$12.00 Buy Tickets
Description

Please Note: Masks are required for all visitors (age 2+) regardless of vaccination status.  

Constant Carnival: The Haas Brothers in Context explores the work of contemporary artists Simon and Nikolai Haas within the art historical tradition of the carnivalesque. The exhibition is the first to pair the Haas Brothers’ sculptures with historical, modern, and contemporary masterworks.  The exhibition, which traces the history of the carnivalesque from the sixteenth century to the present, is loosely organized around two themes: The World Turned Upside Down and Bodies and Boundaries. Each section will put historical and contemporary works in conversation with each other and with the Haas Brothers’ designs. Other artists represented in the exhibition include Leonora Carrington, Salvador Dalí , Joan Miró, Niki de Saint Phalle, and Kiki Smith. 

Jeila Gueramian: Let’s Step Inside Experience a magical environment created by artist Jeila Gueramian. Full of whimsical creatures and surprising elements hand-crafted from recycled textiles, the installation will entice visitors to inspect, discover, and engage with the playful creations around them. This family-friendly space is open during regular Museum hours.  

This project is supported in part with federal American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) funds allocated to the New York State Library by the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS).

Elena Grajek: Overdramatic (Through May 8, 2022) The Spot Gallery will highlight work by Katonah Museum Artists’ Association member Elena Grajek. Grajek’s drawings, collages, and prints play with pareidolia, the human tendency to see an object or meaning where there is none. While her depictions of people and animals are deceptively simple and even child-like, her complex compositions, developed through layers of drawing, painting, and collage, suggest relationships and tensions among these characters, and invite the viewer to create narratives of their own.

Carol Bouyoucos and Antionette Wysocki: Natural Synergy (May 10 - June 26, 2022)Natural Synergy brings together Carol Bouyoucos and Antoinette Wysocki, two artists whose layered imagery balances chance and control, representation and abstraction, all the while inviting a myriad of interpretations. Their collaborative installation amplifies both their shared aesthetic sensibility and close attention to materiality.  

Carol Bouyoucos’ painterly photomontages begin in nature. While walking through the nature preserve where she lives and works, Bouyoucos takes iPhone pictures of the surrounding forest. She then digitally alters and combines these photographs with historical images. The resulting works, created with distinctly 21st century tools, evoke the romanticism and nostalgia of nineteenth-century landscape painting. They compel viewers to see nature anew—and to consider their own role in both its destruction and preservation.  

For Antoinette Wysocki, painting is as much about serendipity as it is about intentionality. She begins by laying a groundwork of gestural marks and washes of paint. From these brushstrokes—made spontaneously and instinctually—emerge abstract elements, more detailed imagery drawn from the natural world, and snippets of text, all of which Wysocki builds up slowly, through layer upon layer of paint. Through this additive process, she creates a dialogue between organic and abstract forms. 

Jungle Fool: Jungle Fool is featured within the Haas Brothers' exhibition, Constant Carnival: The Haas Brothers in Context. Like many of the Haas Brothers' works, the 7-foot-tall sculpture exhibits otherworldly, anthropomorphic features which, despite being fiendishly freaky, feel welcoming and blissfully unconnected to the harder, earthier problems we mortals all experience. It represents self-expression and individuality and speaks to more significant social issues such as race, gender, and women's rights, with the undercurrents of humor, compassion, and true humanity. Humorously animalistic, with a comical nod to sexuality, it creates opportunities for people to think differently about the world and its future. 

Manolo Valdés : The KMA is pleased to present two sculptures by the Spanish artist Manolo Valdés, Caballero and Butterflies. Valdés' work engages with the legacy of the Old Masters—in particular, Francisco de Goya, Diego Velázquez, and other towering figures of Spanish art history. Caballero, for instance, alludes to Velázquez's equestrian portrait of Phillip IV, but transforms the original painting's central figure into a three-dimensional bronze sculpture. Butterflies also takes inspiration from the history of painting, in this case Henri Matisse's Woman with a Hat. As Valdés has reflected, “I am just a narrator who comments on the history of painting in various ways, using new materials: it is like a game that consists of changing the code and the key to the artwork…. Many of my colours, materials and textures are the product of relived experiences of other masters.” 

 

Visiting the Katonah Museum of Art

The Katonah Museum of Art is pleased to welcome its members and the public to its galleries and grounds. The KMA is committed to keeping you healthy and safe. To help prepare for your visit, please review the policies and other useful information below to help ensure your safety, the quality of your visit and the security of the art on display. Masks are required for all visitors (age 2+) regardless of vaccination status. For updates, please see katonahmuseum.org before coming to the Museum.  

Admission and hours

  • Advanced timed tickets are recommended. Please check that tickets in your order are for the correct day and time slot before checking out.
  • Katonah Museum of Art members are suggested to reserve advance timed tickets, but there will be no charge.
  • All transactions will be by credit or debit card, no cash will be accepted.
  • Our standard hours of operation remain the same. (Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday and Saturday: 10:00 AM – 5:00 PM; Thursday: 1:00 PM - 8:00 PM; Sunday: 12:00 PM – 5:00 PM; Closed Monday)
  • Visitors are required to adhere to the Visitor Code of Conduct (see below) and to follow Visitor Etiquette (see below).
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Visitor Code of Conduct

By reserving your timed ticket, you agree to adhere to the Visitor Code of Conduct and to play your part in keeping the Museum safe for both visitors and staff.

Health and Safety

  • Indoors, masks are required for everyone over age 2, regardless of vaccination status.
  • Outdoors, masks are optional for all.
  • Hand sanitizer is available for your use when you enter the Museum and in the public areas.
  • By purchasing tickets and entering the Museum, you are affirming that in the past 10 days you:
    • Have not had symptoms of COVID-19 or a positive COVID-19 test.
    • Have not been in close proximity to someone with confirmed or suspected COVID-19.
  • The contact information you provided when purchasing your ticket will be used if we need to notify you of any COVID-19 exposure.  Likewise, should you become ill with COVID-19 following your visit, please notify the Museum as soon as possible.
  • Museum staff will be cleaning and disinfecting all high-touch surfaces with increased frequency throughout the day.

Social Distancing

  • Our capacity is limited to 50 visitors per time slot.
  • Please maintain six feet between yourself, other visitors, and Museum staff.

Liability

By reserving tickets, you confirm that you are aware that visiting the Katonah Museum of Art includes risks arising from possible exposure to communicable diseases, including COVID-19.  You knowingly and voluntarily accept this risk and assume full responsibility for any injury, illness, or other loss that you may sustain as a result. 

Families

This Spring, the Learning Center will feature Jeila Gueramian: Let’s Step Inside, a magical environment created by artist Jeila Gueramian. Full of whimsical creatures and surprising elements hand-crafted from recycled textiles, the installation will entice visitors to inspect, discover, and engage with the playful creations around them. This family-friendly space is open during regular Museum hours. Members and children under 12 are always free. Masks are required indoors for everyone over age 2, regardless of vaccination status.  

Visitor Etiquette

Our members and frequent visitors to the Katonah Museum of Art will be familiar with the following rules, designed to make your visit enjoyable and to protect the artwork, as well as our guests. Please help us by following these guidelines.

  • Please keep a distance of at least three feet from the artworks. Do not touch any artwork at any time
  • For the current exhibition, informal photography for your personal use is permitted in the galleries. Flash is not permitted.
  • Please silence your phone and, if you must take a call, exit the gallery and do so in the Sculpture Garden.
  • Food, drink, chewing gum and tobacco products are not allowed in the galleries.
  • Please leave large bags or backpacks in your car, as we cannot accommodate them in the galleries at this time.
  • Do not carry children on shoulders.
  • Strollers are allowed in the galleries, but they must be pushed by adults at all times.
  • We ask that children younger than 12 be supervised by an adult at all times.
Date & Time

Mar 15 - Jun 26, 2022

Venue Details

Katonah Museum of Art

134 Jay Street
Katonah, New York 10536 Katonah Museum of Art
Katonah Museum of Art
Accredited by the American Alliance of Museums, the Katonah Museum of Art originates three to four exhibitions annually, covering a broad range of art and humanities topics. From the beginning, the KMA was committed to presenting exceptional art from all cultures and time periods. The founders’ decision to be a non-collecting institution resulted in a dynamic and flexible exhibition program, which remains one of the most distinctive features of the KMA. The KMA offers lectures, films, workshops, concerts and other events for a general audience; and presents innovative and substantive programs for over 100 member schools. Our Learning Center is the only interactive space in Westchester County where children can come on a daily basis to explore and create art. Our outreach programs for the local Hispanic immigrant population are at the forefront of community-based education programs. The KMA works intensively with schools and service organizations to develop literacy and assimilation skills among this population.  Annual attendance is approximately 25,000 people.

The Katonah Museum of Art's programs are made possible by ArtsWestchester with support from the Westchester County Government, as well as by The New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew M. Cuomo and the New York State Legislature.