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3rd Floor Gallery Hours: Tuesday – Saturday, 12 – 6 pm (Wednesday until 7 pm)

ICELAND: Artists Respond to Place

Friday, October 10, 2014 through Saturday, January 10, 2015
Free admission | #IcelandArt

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Thursday, October 9, 3 – 6 pm

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Opening Reception

Thursday, October 9, 7 – 9 pm

ICELAND: Artists Respond to Place focuses on the rich and complex relationship of contemporary Icelandic artists to the singular geography of their country—one of the most geologically dynamic places on earth. The exhibition features 12 of Iceland’s leading contemporary artists whose works cover a broad range of formal approaches and media, including painting, photography, sculpture, site-specific wall drawings, and video installations.

Icelandic artists are attuned to perpetual environmental flux, to physical changes in the land brought on by shifting geologic plates and volcanic eruptions, and the alternating solar rhythms of summer’s unending daylight and winter’s unsparing darkness. They have a heightened awareness of the environment as a dynamic, living entity—a place of extremes and dualities. With its fiery volcanoes, glacial ice caps, powerful waterfalls, and unpredictable, often-violent atmospheric conditions, the austere, beguiling landscape of Iceland functions as muse and material for many Icelandic artists.

ICELAND: Artists Respond to Place features the work of Birgir Andrésson, Guðrún Einarsdóttir, Olafur Eliasson, Georg Guðni Hauksson, Einar Falur Ingólfsson, Guðjón Ketilsson, Eggert Pétursson, Ragna Róbertsdóttir, Rúrí, Egill Sæbjörnsson, Katrín Sigurðardóttir, and Þórdís Alda Sigurðardóttir.

The exhibition is curated by Pari Stave and organized by the Katonah Museum of Art. Stave is an independent curator based in New York. Her recent exhibitions include MUNCH | WARHOL and the Multiple Image (Scandinavia House, 2013; co-curated with Patricia G. Berman); New Wave Finland: Contemporary Photography from the Helsinki School (Scandinavia House, 2013; co-curated with Timothy Persons); and the exhibition Magnetic North: Artists and the Arctic Circle (1285 Avenue of the Americas Art Gallery, 2014). From 2011-2013 she served as Consulting Curator for Scandinavia House/The American-Scandinavian Foundation.

About the Katonah Museum of Art

Accredited by the American Association of Museums, the Katonah Museum of Art (KMA) originates ten to twelve exhibitions annually, covering a broad range of art and humanities topics. From the beginning, the KMA was committed to presenting exceptional art from all cultures and time periods. The founders’ decision to be a non-collecting institution resulted in a dynamic and flexible exhibition program, which remains one of the most distinctive features of the KMA. The KMA offers lectures, films, workshops, concerts, and other events for a general audience; and presents innovative and substantive programs for over 100 member schools.

Audio Guide

Friday, October 10, 2014 through
Saturday, January 10, 2015
Free (no cost except your minutes)

Learn more about ICELAND: Artists Respond to Place with your cellphone! Hear the exhibition’s artists and curator share their thoughts on several exhibition highlights and walk you through the gallery. Call 212.514.0013 to begin the tour.

We gratefully acknowledge the Foreign Ministry of Iceland, The Icelandic Consulate General in New York, and Iceland Naturally for their support of the exhibition and related programming, and Icelandair for its assistance with transportation. Special thanks to Magnús Gústafsson and to the participants in the 2014 ASF Trustee trip to Iceland for their support. Exhibition-related children’s programming is supported in part by a grant from The Sonja Foundation. Additional support has been provided by the following funds of the ASF: the Bonnier Family Fund for Contemporary Art, The Icelandic Cultural Fund, and The F. Donald Kenney Fund for the Visual Arts.

Voyage to the Virtual: Nordic Digital Art

Opening January 2015

The first Scandinavia House exhibition dedicated to digital art, Voyage to the Virtual presents moving image artworks by Nordic artists working with video, interactive, and virtual performance. Exploring new Nordic interpretations of visual space – the cinematic, architectural, and conceptual – the exhibition invites visitors on a perceptual voyage into the realm of the virtual.

The exhibition is curated by Tanya Toft, Curator and Ph.D. Fellow at Copenhagen University, and organized by The American-Scandinavian Foundation.

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Press Information

To request visual materials and further press information, please contact:
Kate Erickson, Scandinavia House/The American-Scandinavian Foundation
or +1 212.847.9717