KATONAH, N.Y. -- The Katonah Museum of Art will debut an ambitious new exhibit, "Eye to I: 3,000 Years of Portraits," starting Oct. 27.
The show, which will run through Feb. 16, will feature 60 portraits ranging from an Egyptian bust of Amenhotep III from 1,300 B.C. to a marble sculpture of a Roman priest from 120 A.D. to a 16th-century oil painting by Lucas Cranach of a German aristocrat posing as Mary Magdalene and Louis-Leopold Boilly’s 1823 self-portrait titled "Grimacing Man."
The exhibit also will feature Pablo Picasso's 1964 Cubist crayon drawing, "Tete d’homme barbu à la cigarette."
Exhibited with each artwork is interpretive copy from a range of contributors — from a U.S. poet laureate to a local policeman. Scholars, poets, politicians, actors, doctors, filmmakers, and recording artists all offer their personal responses to particular works. Meanwhile, through interactive video touch screens, visitors can contribute their own critique to compare and contrast.
“This unique exhibition combines the time-honored and rewarding tradition of looking at great art first hand with today's emphasis on the voice of the individual,” the museum’s Interim Executive Director Belinda Roth said in a statement. “We invite our community and visitors to become part of a network of art interpreters. It is very exciting to be at the center of a project that will truly take on an unpredictable, organic, and, hopefully, playful life of its own.”
The Katonah Museum of Art, at 134 Jay St., in Katonah, is open Tuesday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday from noon to 5 p.m.
Admission is free to members and children and $10 for non-member adults and $5 for non-member students and seniors.