Chris Larson: The Katonah Relocation Project & A Home for Art: Edward Larrabee Barnes and the KMA


Sunday, March 29, 2015 - Sunday, June 28, 2015
All Day


Chris Larson: The Katonah Relocation Project 

In the Beitzel Gallery and Sculpture Garden

When artist Chris Larson heard the fantastic tale of Katonah’s relocation in the late 19th century, he knew he had stumbled upon a strange and inspiring story. Forced from their original location by the building of the Cross River Reservoir, the townspeople came up with a plan—they would lift their homes onto logs, raising them to be pulled by horses along soap-slicked timbers and re-sited in present-day Katonah. Tying this remarkable history to the building of the Katonah Museum of Art by local architect Edward Larrabee Barnes, Larson will replicate Barnes’ private Mt. Kisco home to scale in the sculpture garden. With a nod to the past, Larson will build the white modernist structure on logs, and with a wink to artistic license, he will redesign the Barnes building so that a few of the Museum’s enormous spruce trees pierce through it. He will create additional works, some cast from soap, responding directly to Katonah history and culture. Larson is a multimedia artist known for his aspiring constructions that respond to architectural environments and histories. He was a 2014 Whitney biennialist.

This event is part of ARTSEE, a festival showcasing new works of art throughout Westchester County in celebration of ArtsWestchester’s 50th anniversary.

A Home for Art: Edward Larrabee Barnes and the KMA

In the Righter Gallery

The story of acclaimed architect Edward Barnes’ (1915–2004) relationship to the Katonah Museum of Art crosses the worlds of business, art, and family life. With an architectural practice in Manhattan, Barnes lived in Mt. Kisco, where he raised his family. The exhibition presents an overview of his career and seminal role in modern architecture, including a focus on some of the Westchester homes he designed. Trained by modernist masters at Harvard University, Barnes strove for simplicity and functionality in his designs for skyscrapers, museums, schools, camps, colleges, botanical gardens, and private homes. Barnes was posthumously awarded the American Institute of Architects’ highest honor, the AIA Gold Medal, in 2007.

Event Location and Ticket Information

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Katonah Museum of Art
134 Jay Street
Katonah, NY
Handicap Accessible? Yes

Date: Sunday, March 29, 2015 - Sunday, June 28, 2015
Times: All Day

Ticket pricing:

Free - Members and Children under 12
10 - Adult Non-Member
5 - Senior & Student Non-Member

Presenter: Katonah Museum of Art
Presenter Phone: 914-232-9555
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