To See the City, Escape to the Suburbs

October 05, 2011 at 4:16 pm

Where: Katonah Museum of Art
Opening: Oct. 2
Closing: Dec. 31
Price: Free 10 a.m. to noon, Tues.-Fri.; $7 for adults and $5 for students all other times. 
Photo by Margaret Fox.

They say that sometimes you need a little distance to get perspective. This fall, you can test that theory out with two exhibits that explore the theme of “city as muse” at Westchester’s Katonah Museum of Art.

Featuring over 50 works in a variety of media, “New York, New York! The 20th Century,” showcases art inspired by the Big Apple. From photographers like Berenice Abbott, Diane Arbus, and Andreas Feininger to painters like William Gropper and Edward Hopper, the collection spans a wide cross-section of eras and artistic styles. The exhibition is divided into themes based on urban environs including the waterfront, avenues and streets, parks and “tall buildings.”

The other exhibit, “Storied City: New York in Picture Book Art,” is meant for both adults and children. Curated by children’s book author, critic and historian Leonard Marcus, the exhibit includes renderings of the cityscape through the eyes of a youngster. Seven of the illustrators featured in the exhibit have won the prestigious Caldecott Medal for children’s literature.

Click the thumbnails below to see images from the “Storied City” exhibit:

This picture of circus elephants crossing the Brooklyn Bridge is by LeUyen Pham. It’s from the book “Twenty-One Elephants,” by Phil Bildner (Simon & Schuster Children’s Publishing, 2004). Image courtesy of Phil Bildner and Kevin Lewis.

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