Not “Under Construction!” Opening of Six Ladders Exhibition Features Eye-Catching Transformation of the Katonah Museum of Art
Bright swaths of vibrant colors transform the Katonah Museum of Art’s exterior beginning this Sunday, April 21st with the opening of its newest outdoor exhibition, Six Ladders by artist Andrea Lilienthal. Lilienthal created a series of giant bamboo ladders for the Museum’s stately Sculpture Garden that are whimsical and enigmatic; their brilliant colors electrifying the natural surroundings.
Five ladders, with their cheerful colors and playful patterns, lean against the Museum’s enormous spruce trees in various positions and at different angles. On the building’s façade, a 30-foot ladder extends just short of the roofline - its form and ribbons of color energizing the wall and lending sculptural dimension to the flat expanse. Each of the ladders are hand-constructed from sturdy commercial bamboo harvested in China and painted with high-gloss outdoor enamel paint from Holland. Their surfaces are smooth and reflective in contrast to the course-textured tree bark.
About the Katonah Museum of Art
The Katonah Museum of Art (KMA) is a cultural destination offering changing exhibitions that feature art from all cultures and time periods. The Museum attracts visitors from Westchester and Fairfield Counties, as well as the larger tri-state region. Located at the northern end of Katonah’s “Museum Mile” just off of Route 22, and neighboring John Jay Homestead and Caramoor, the Katonah Museum of Art is a two minute taxi ride from the Katonah Metro North train station.
The KMA offers lectures, films, workshops, concerts and other events for a general audience, as well as innovative and substantive programs for over 100 member schools. The Learning Center is an interactive space where children can come on a daily basis to explore and create art. Among the many programs for children and families are Stroller Tours, Family Days, Saturday Story Time, Schools Out/Arts In vacation day programs, and art classes for children ages three through twelve. The Museum’s innovative Arte Juntos/Art Together program for new immigrant families has been recognized as a model program by the federal government.
The KMA mounts 10 exhibitions per year in its main galleries, Sculpture Garden, and Learning Center. Influential modernist architect Edward Larrabee Barnes designed the 10,000 square-foot building.
*Museum hours: Sunday: 12pm – 5pm, Tuesday through Saturday: 10am – 5pm, Closed Monday.