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03/12/2023 - 06/25/2023
Katonah, NY

Miniature Worlds: Joseph Cornell, Ray Johnson, Yayoi Kusama

Yayoi Kusama Bird, 1980 Collage, pastel, gouache, and ink on paper 25 7/8 x 20 1/8 in. (65.7 x 51.1 cm) Private Collection, Courtesy of Omer Tiroche Gallery © YAYOI KUSAMA

Time & Location

March 12 – June 25
The Katonah Museum of Art (Katonah, NY)


Miniature Worlds explores the relationships between Joseph Cornell and two pioneering artists—Ray Johnson and Yayoi Kusama—and brings their works together for the first time.

This exhibition examines the prominent role Cornell played within the vast network of visual and textual references and free-form associations that Johnson synthesized from his everyday life. It also traces how Kusama turned to collage to evoke and commemorate Cornell. Like all relationships, these two friendships were worlds unto themselves, complete with their own histories, languages, and complex emotional terrains. The intimate, small-scale works exhibited here were shaped by and reflect these miniature worlds.

For more information visit the Katonah Museum of Art website.

This event is supported through JFNY Grant for Arts & Culture grant.

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