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

September 20 

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

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