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Burchfield-Penney Announces Fall 2005 Program Calendar

Posted: August 18, 2005
The Burchfield-Penney announces its fall 2005 program calendar:

Sylvia L. Rosen Biennial Lecture: Mark Leach

Thursday, September 15, 2005 at 8:00 p.m.

Free and open to the public

Mark Leach was the juror for Craft Art Western New York 2004 was Mark Leach, deputy director of the Mint Museum and founding director of the Mint Museum of Craft and Design, both in Charlotte, North Carolina. His twenty-five years of curatorial experience include positions at the John Michael Kohler Arts Center in Sheboygan, Wisconsin and the Center for Contemporary Art in Great Falls, Montana. Leach holds a B.A. in ceramic sculpture with a minor in art history from the University of Arkansas at Little Rock and an Ed.M. from Harvard University Graduate School of Education. He is currently a trustee and executive committee member of the American Craft Council and trustee of the Art Alliance for Contemporary Glass. Leach was also a panelist for the National Endowment for the Arts and served on the advisory board of the National Council for Education in the Ceramic Arts.

Lecture: H.H. Richardson and the Architecture of Mental Health by Dr. Francis R. Kowsky

Thursday, September 22, 2005 at 7:00 p.m.

Free and open to the public

Dr. Frank Kowsky, SUNY Distinguished Professor and professor of Art History at Buffalo State College, will present a slide illustrated lecture about the Buffalo State Hospital and early mental hospitals in America. The Buffalo Psychiatric Center is celebrating its quasquicentennial—125 years— of service to the Western New York community this fall. The facility officially opened as the Buffalo State Asylum for the Insane on November 18, 1880. It was renamed Buffalo State Hospital in 1890, and in 1974 it became the Buffalo Psychiatric Center. To honor the past and celebrate a future of hope and recovery for individuals with mental illness, the Psychiatric Center is planning several special events for its anniversary year, including this lecture at the Burchfield-Penney. For more information, contact 816-2014.

Saturday, September 24, 2005

Gala and Auction: In the Arts and Crafts Tradition

Larkin at Exchange Building, Buffalo, NY

For information, please call 878-3907.

Fall Artist Showcase at the Burchfield-Penney Museum Store

September 25 – December 18, 2005

Every Sunday this fall, a Western New York artist will be featured at the Burchfield-Penney Museum Store. For a schedule of artists, visit

Lecture by Stuart Robertson: Charles Rennie Mackintosh: The Glasgow Legacy

Thursday, October 6, 2005 at 7:00 p.m.

Free and open to the public

Stuart Robertson has been Director of the Charles Rennie Mackintosh Society for the last four years. The Society is an independent, non-profit making charity established in 1973 to promote and encourage awareness of the great Scottish architect, designer and artist, Charles Rennie Mackintosh (1868-1928). The Society’s headquarters are located at The Mackintosh Church at Queen’s Cross in Glasgow, Scotland, the only church to be built to the designs Mackintosh’s designs.

The Work of James Blue: A Retrospective

Thursday, October 13 – Sunday, October 16, 2005

Celebrating the innovative filmmaking and influence of the late James Blue.

Thursday, October 13, 2005 at the Burchfield-Penney Art Center

6:30 – 9:30 p.m. Reception

7:30 p.m. Blue’s Pedagogy

8:00 p.m. Blue’s Interviews

8:30 p.m. Blue’s Scripts

Friday, October 14, 2005 at 7:00 p.m., University at Buffalo Center for the Arts

Screening: The School at Rincon Santo, Columbia (1962, 10 min., 16mm)

A Few Notes on our Food Problem (1968, 35min.,16mm)

The March (The March to Washington) (1963-64, 33 min., 16mm), with a slide presentation by former UB professor Gerald O’Grady

Cost: $5 adults, $4 seniors, $3 students; free for members of the Burchfield-Penney and Hallwalls

Saturday, October 15, 2005

2:00 p.m., Burchfield-Penney

Who Killed Fourth Ward?

Invisible City

Cost: Free with museum admission: $5 adults, $4 seniors, $3 students; free for members of the Burchfield-Penney and Hallwalls and faculty, staff and students of Buffalo State College

7:00 p.m., Market Arcade Film & Arts Centre

Introduction by Gerald O’Grady

Amal (1960, 21 min., 16 mm)

Olive Trees of Justice (1962, 90 min., 35mm)

Cost: $8 adults, $6 Burchfield-Penney and Hallwalls members and $5.50 for students/seniors

Sunday, October 16, 2005 at the Burchfield-Penney at 1:00p.m.

Screening: Kenya Boran Parts I & II (with David MacDougal, 1974, 66 min. 16mm)

The Work of James Blue: A Retrospective is co-sponsored by Hallwalls Contemporary Arts Center; the Burchfield-Penney Art Center; New York Council for the Humanities, a state affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities; the New York State Council on the Arts with support from the Electronic Media & Film Program; the Samuel P. Capen Chair in American Culture, SUNY at Buffalo and the Department of Media Study, UB.

Tuesday, October 18 at 7:00 p.m.

Lecture by Donald Friedlich

Saturday, October 22 from 11:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.

Family Workshop: Have Your Dessert and Paint It Too with A.J. Fries

At Hyatt’s – All Things Creative, 910 Main Street, Buffalo

Open to children ages 8 – 14 with accompanying adult. Space is limited. Call 878-3550 for information and reservations (required).

Concert by Tony Conrad

Friday, October 21 at 8:00 p.m.

A chamber work for eight amplified strings, Parallel History I is a bricolage of skewed appropriations from Western musical monuments, somewhat in the tradition of Anton Webern’s “arrangement” of a Bach fugue. In Parallel History I the common practice harmony of the West has been “translated” into an alien scale using tones that were eclipsed by our standardized music notation. Parallel History I was written for Beyond/In Western New York, and this performance is a world premiere.

Free for members of the Burchfield-Penney; $5 for non-members

Family Free Day: Sunday, October 23, 2005

Poetry Reading by Myung Mi Kim

Sunday, October 23 at 2:00 p.m.

Free and open to the public

Myung Mi Kim was born in 1957 in Seoul, Korea. Her family emigrated to the United States when she was nine. Her books include: Under Flag (Berkeley, Kelsey St Press, 1991), The Bounty (Minneapolis, Chax Press, 1996), Dura (Los Angeles, Sun & Moon Press, 1999), Spelt, with Susan Gevirtz (San Francisco, a+bend press, 2000), Commons (Berkeley, University of California Press, 2002). When describing the influence that the emigration to the US had upon her writing, she says "There's something about being nine or so - you have enough access to language, you feel a connection to the culture fully. And yet again, that culture is and will be embedded in you. In this strange region of knowing and not knowing, I have access to Korea as a language and culture but this access is shaped by rupture (leaving the country, the language). When I engage 'Korea' - what resemblance does it have to any 'real' place, culture, or the language spoken there? So in this effort and failure of bridging, reconfiguring, shaping and being shaped by loss and absence, one enters a difficult negotiation with an imaginary and a manner of listening which to me is the state of writing." Kim holds degrees from the University of Iowa (MFA), The Johns Hopkins University (MA), and Oberlin College (BA). She is presently Professor of Creative Writing and member of the faculty of the Poetics Program at the State University of New York at Buffalo.

Lecture by Gail Brown

Tuesday, October 25 at 7:00 p.m.

Friday, October 28, 2005 from 5:30 – 7:30 p.m.

Happy Hour: Nightmare on Elmwood with music by DKQ david kane quartet

$10 for non-members; free for members of the Burchfield-Penney

Family Free Day: Sunday, November 13, 2005

Lecture by Steve Saracino

Thursday, November 3 at 7:00 p.m.

Poetry Reading by Mark Nowak

Sunday, November 13, 2005 at 2:00 p.m.

Free and open to the public

Mark Nowak is the author of the critically acclaimed debut book of poems, Revenants, the editor of Xcp: Cross Cultural Poetics, and the co-editor of Visit Teepee Town: Native Writings After the Detours. He has received two Jerome Foundation grants and a McKnight Foundation grant for his journal, Xcp: Cross Cultural Poetics, as well as a National Endowment for the Humanities grant. He grew up in Buffalo, New York, graduated from Canisius College, and currently lives in St. Paul, Minnesota, where he teaches at the College of St. Catherine and is active in the labor movement. His most recent book, Shut Up Shut Down, published in 2004 by Coffee House Press was nominated for the James Laughlin Award by the American Academy of Poets.

About the Burchfield-Penney Art Center

The Burchfield-Penney Art Center is a museum dedicated to the art and vision of Charles E. Burchfield and distinguished artists of Buffalo Niagara and Western New York State. Through its affiliation with Buffalo State College, the museum encourages learning and celebrates our richly creative and diverse community. For more information, call (716) 878-6011 or visit

The Burchfield-Penney Art Center is accredited by the American Association of Museums and is supported in part with public funds from the New York State Council on the Arts. Additional operating support is provided by the Elizabeth Elser Doolittle Trust, the James Carey Evans Endowment, the Mary A. H. Rumsey Foundation and the Burchfield-Penney's members and friends.
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