Westchester Fall Arts Preview: Art
See samurais’ swords and peacock-inspired paintings around the county. Plus, galleries to visit and arts and crafts markets to browse.
September 15 – January 7, 2015
This Leads to Fire: Russian Art From Nonconformism to Global Capitalism, Selections from the Kolodzei Art Foundation Collection
Neuberger Museum of Art, Purchase (914) 251-6100; www.neuberger.org
All artists would like to believe that they challenge the status quo, but few experience what Nonconformist Russian artists did in 1974 when they tried to hold an open-air exhibition in a suburb of Moscow: City officials came with bulldozers to attack the unsanctioned artists and destroy their work. The Neuberger’s fall exhibition explores these daring Nonconformist and contemporary artists, with an exhibition of 100 works from the 1950s through the present from the Kolodzei Art Foundation.
September 27 – November 15
Lineage: The Art of Mentorship
Clay Art Center, Port Chester
(914) 937-2014; www.clayartcenter.org
It’s back-to-school season, so celebrate the student/teacher bond with this exhibition, which shows the work of 21 artist/educators and their mentees side-by-side.
October 12 – January 4, 2015
Lethal Beauty: Samurai Weapons and Armor
Katonah Museum of Art, Katonah
(914) 232-9555; www.katonahmuseum.org
When we see samurai swords and armor, it’s usually in the movies, where ultra-fast fight choreography prevents us from admiring their artistry. The Katonah Museum gives you time to slow down and appreciate the details of 63 pieces of samurai weapons and armor, all made by master craftsmen from the 13th to the 20th centuries. You can find masks, helmets, short swords, daggers, and even early rifles—plus artwork that depict these weapons in action.
October 3 – December 6
Drawing Line Into Form: Works on Paper by Sculptors from the Collection of BNY Mellon
ArtsWestchester’s Arts Exchange White Plains
(914) 428-4220; www.artswestchester.org
Henry Moore, Louise Bourgeois, Sarah Sze, William Kentridge, and Robert Smithson may be best known for their sculptures, but this fall ArtsWestchester showcases their 2D drawings, which are no less impressive. Some of the works are preliminary sketches that would later be fleshed out into sculptures.
October 11 – January 18, 2015
Strut: The Peacock and Beauty in Art
Hudson River Museum, Yonkers (914) 963-4550; www.hrm.org
Much like Katy Perry, the Hudson River Museum is excited about peacocks—a symbol of “all things vain and beautiful” in centuries of art. The exhibition features peacock-inspired paintings and decorative objects for the home, going all the way back to the Gilded Age. The images of fashionable women decked out in those jewel-tone feathers may inspire you to do a little strutting of your own.
You Can Take It With You
Appreciation is great, but if you’re looking for art that you can take home with you, keep these art and craft shows, sales, and fairs in mind.
Fall Crafts at Lyndhurst
September 12 – 14
Lyndhurst, Tarrytown (845) 331-7900; www.artrider.com
Armonk Outdoor Art Show
1 Business Park Dr, Armonk (914) 806-6307; www.armonk outdoorartshow.org
Crafts at Purchase
November 1, 2
The Performing Arts Center Purchase (845) 331-7900; www.artrider.com
CLAY-HOLIDAY: Annual Studio Tour and Sale
November 22 – December 22
Clay Art Center, Port Chester (914) 937-2047; www.clayartcenter.org