Familiar Faces: Portrait Tour of Katonah’s Cultural Gems

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Contact: Dawn Dankner-Rosen/Jennifer Topiel, 914-747-2500
Familiar Faces: Portrait Tour of Katonah’s Cultural Gems

For the first time ever, the KMA, Caramoor, and John Jay Homestead invite you to tour these significant art collections with a focus on portraits

In the spirit of community, collaboration, and the arts — three of Westchester’s cultural hot spots, the Katonah Museum of Art, Caramoor Center for Music and the Arts, and the John Jay Homestead are pleased to announceFamiliar Faces: Portrait Tour of Katonah’s Cultural Gems. This special tour of John Jay Homestead, Caramoor’s Rosen House, and the Katonah Museum of Art will take place on Tuesday, November 5, 9:30 am – 2:30 pm, and will highlight the historical portraits of many local legends in the historical homes, comparing them with portraits as ancient as an Egyptian portrait head of Amenhotep III to contemporary images by Andy Warhol and Cindy Sherman.

“Katonah’s cultural and historic organizations make it a jewel of a community. We are proud to partner with Caramoor and John Jay Homestead for this unique tour, which will illuminate the gorgeous and significant portraits on view at these three venue,” says the Katonah Museum of Art’s Interim Executive Director Belinda Roth.

The program includes a catered lunch in Caramoor’s summer dining room, and the day wraps up with a docent-led tour of the KMA’s Eye to I…3,000 Years of Portraits exhibition. Meet in KMA parking lot at 9:30 am. $45.00 members of KMA, Caramoor and Friends of John Jay Homestead, $55.00 non-members. Limited space; pre-paid registration required. Call KMA to register.

About the Katonah Museum of Art

The Katonah Museum of Art (KMA), located at 134 Jay Street (Route 22) in Katonah, NY, is a
cultural destination offering changing exhibitions that feature art from all cultures and time periods. The KMA offers lectures, workshops, concerts and other events for a general audience, as well as innovative and substantive programs for over 100 member schools. The KMA mounts ten exhibitions per year in its main galleries, Sculpture Garden, and Learning Center. Influential modernist architect Edward Larrabee Barnes designed the 10,000 square-foot building. Located at the northern end of Katonah’s “Museum Mile” just off of Route 22, and neighboring John Jay Homestead and Caramoor, the Katonah Museum of Art is a two minute taxi ride from the Katonah Metro North train station.

The KMA offers lectures, workshops, concerts and other events for a general audience, as well as innovative and substantive programs for over 100 member schools. The Learning Center is an interactive space where children can come on a daily basis to explore and create art.

About Caramoor

“We built a home, my husband and I, not to be old or new, just to be beautiful. And we built it for music.” ~ Lucie Rosen

Walter and Lucie Rosen, built their country estate Caramoor, and filled it with treasures. Enjoying the pleasure their friends took in the beauty of Caramoor with its art collection, gardens, and musical programs, in 1946 the Rosens established a public trust to open Caramoor to the community. Their musical evenings were the inspiration for the Caramoor International Music Festival, now in its sixty-eighth year, and the ongoing Music in the Rosen House series.

Since its founding, Caramoor has enriched the lives of its audiences through innovative and diverse musical performances of the highest quality. Caramoor is often described as “a Garden of Great Music,” where audiences are invited to explore the beautiful grounds and gardens, discover the fascinating collection of period rooms and antiquities, and enjoy beautiful music in the Music Room, Spanish Courtyard and Venetian theater.

About John Jay Homestead State Historic Site

John Jay Homestead State Historic Site is both a local gem and national treasure. Nestled in the rolling Westchester countryside is the gracious home and farm of John Jay (1745-1829), one of America’s principal Founding Fathers, which includes twelve beautifully furnished period rooms. A visit to the Homestead today is an opportunity to increase one’s knowledge and enthusiasm for history, to contemplate the principles upon which America was founded, and to learn about farm life in the 19th century. John Jay was the first Chief Justice of the U.S. Supreme Court, and the second governor of New York State. Jay co-authored the Treaty of Paris, which ended the Revolutionary War, and the Federalist Papers, which aided ratification of the U.S. Constitution, and he served as President of the Continental Congress, and as the U.S. Secretary for Foreign Affairs.