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Burchfield-Penney Art Center Exhibition Schedule Announced for Fall 2003

Workshops, lectures, concerts and poetry readings complement visual arts exhibitions

Posted: September 2, 2003
The Burchfield-Penney Art Center is pleased to announce its program and exhibition schedule for the fall of 2003.

New Exhibitions

24:48 A video/performance/installation hybrid by Brian Milbrand and Tom Holt

Installation: October 1 at 8 pm through October 3 at 8 pm

Public Opening and Reception: Friday, October 3, 2003 from 8 - 10 pm

Complete project on view: October 4 and October 5

24:48 is a video/performance/installation hybrid resulting in the video documentation of 24 two-hour performances, including painting, sculpture, acting, poetry reading, musical performances and more. Each interval is recorded and then displayed continuously on a monitor in the viewing area, with one monitor being added every two hours. The result is a wall of 24 monitors that are simultaneously broadcasting the past 48 hours of activity. In addition to the video documentation, there will be a variety of artworks around the gallery that were created during many of the two-hour intervals. The Burchfield-Penney will be open to the public throughout the installation phase of this project beginning at 8:00 pm on October 1 culminating with a public opening reception from 8 pm - 10 pm on Friday, October 3. The complete project will be on view October 4 and 5. Participating artists include Annelise Abrams, Tom Bendtsen, Mike Boquard, Dorothea Braemer, Bufffluxus, Anna Chiaretta, Tony Conrad, Gianna Delluomo, Ron Ehmke, Stephanie Gray, Ivan Jurakic, Meg Knowles, Jody Lafond, Carl Lee, Mike Nosek, Joe Quinn, Joanna Razynska, Alan Rhodes, JT Rinker, Dennis Ryan, Tracy Ryan and Kelly Spivey.

Concerts in conjunction with 24:48:

The Electric Eclectic Orchestra and Vexer

Saturday, October 4, 2003 at 8:00 pm (Free and open to the public)

The Lazlo/Rozler Ensemble Sunday, October 5, 2003 at 2:00 pm (Concert is free and open to the public; however, regular museum admission applies).

Impressions of Niagara: The Charles Rand Penney Collection

October 11, 2003-January 4, 2004

Members' Preview: Friday, October 10, 2003 from 5:30 - 7:30 pm

Impressions of Niagara: The Charles Rand Penney Collection of Niagara Falls Prints, dating from the seventeenth to the early twentieth century, is the most extensive in the world. From this collection, Christopher W. Lane, guest curator for the exhibition, selected 99 pieces for exhibition in the cities of Lille, France and Mouscron, Belgium in the fall of 2002. Support for this exhibition was provided by Harter, Secrest & Emery LLP, First Niagara Bank, Maid of the Mist, Buffalo State College, the Buffalo-Lille Association and MTL-ACTS.

Family Workshops::

In conjunction with the exhibition, Impressions of Niagara: Selections from the Charles Rand Penney Collection, the Burchfield-Penney Art Center is offering two family workshops. Children six years of age and older are welcome with an accompanying adult. These programs are free and open to the public. Please call (716) 878-6020 to register.

Sunday, October 19, 2003 from 1 - 3 p.m.

Cut, Roll and Print!

Following a visit to the exhibition, art teacher Carleen Dixon will guide participants in the creation of relief prints inspired by images of Niagara Falls.

Sunday, November 23, 2003 from 1 - 3 p.m.

In Living Color

In this workshop, art teacher Carleen Dixon will focus on using watercolor to hand color prints imitating techniques that were used in the early nineteenth century.

John Pfahl: Arcadia Revisited

October 11, 2003-January 4, 2004

Members' Preview: Friday, October 10, 2003 from 5:30 - 7:30 pm

In the mid-1980s, the internationally renowned photographer John Pfahl re-explored Niagara Falls and a thirty-six mile stretch of the Niagara River for a project commissioned by the Amos W. Sangster Niagara River Centennial Committee to celebrate Sangster's landmark folios of 153 etchings, published 1886-88. Pfahl's exquisite photographs evoke surprising emotions, proving that he, of all artists, was able to transcend the overdone clich? of Niagara Falls to produce work that is truly moving. The Castellani Art Museum of Niagara University generously lent works from their collection for this exhibition.

Remembering Robert N. Blair

October 25, 2003-January 18, 2004

Selections from the collection will pay homage to Robert N. Blair (1912-2003), who was recognized as one of Western New York's most accomplished watercolor painters. Many people consider his most important series to be his first-hand observations in Europe during World War II. Selections from the generous gift made by the artist in 1985 will be

featured with later works, including his landscapes of Western New York.

Images of War

October 25, 2003-January 18, 2004

In addition to the Robert N. Blair collection of World War II watercolors, the Burchfield-Penney Art Center's collection contains other works that examine the effects of war, with images of its participants and its victims. This exhibition will include Tanya Ganson's works on the Russian Revolution, Patty Wallace's diptych referencing the Vietnam War, Stephen Saracino's image of war in the Middle East, and Endi Poskovic's images relating to the Bosnian war, as well as works by Harvey Breverman, Westley Olmsted, Esther Hoyt Sawyer and Robert Senkpiel.

In Context: Art and Text

October 25, 2003-February 8, 2004

Exhibited works from the collection will be a resource for an Arts-In-Education collaborative project with Kenmore West High School funded by the New York State Council on the Arts. The theme of the exhibition is the relationship between visual art and written language. Selected paintings, drawings, photographs, prints and sculpture will

explore the ways that artists use text in their art, incorporating passages of text, words or single letters as a meaningful part of the composition. The artists represented include Charles Agel, Nancy Dwyer, Marion Faller, Bonnie Gordon, Richard Kegler, Robert Lax, Joseph Piccillo, Russell Ram, Robert D. Schroeck and Andrew Topolski.

American Land, American Life

November 15, 2003-February 8, 2004

Few artists or writers have been able to show so distinctively the amazing characteristics of the natural world as Burchfield. He drew inspiration from authors such as Henry David Thoreau and John Burroughs, and poets Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, William Cullen Bryant and John Greenleaf Whittier. At the age of twenty, already immersed in the idea of recording his intense impressions, he decided to become an artist instead of a naturalist. This exhibition demonstrates Burchfield's ethos through paintings, drawings, prints and wallpapers from the Burchfield-Penney Art Center's collection, the largest, most comprehensive Burchfield Collection in the world. Continuing Exhibitions

Listening to the Trees: Burchfield Masterworks from the Spiro Family Collection

May 3-November 2, 2003

A remarkable private collection of works by Charles E. Burchfield is being presented in public for the first time. Amassed over decades, the Spiro Family Collection reflects a shared interest in Burchfield's appreciation for nature's beauty and awe-inspiring qualities. Paintings from all stages in Burchfield's life offer a full perspective on the artist's imagination. The exhibition is made possible with generous support from Hodgson Russ LLP and The Vogt Family Foundation.

Inspired by Burchfield: Naturescapes by Orleans-Niagara BOCES Special Education Students

July 12 through November 2, 2003

Reception: Sunday, September 14 from 2 - 3 pm

Special Education Teachers Karen Koch and Aimee Grimm and Art Teacher Mary Gurley conducted a year-long project with their students that involved sketching trips to the Charles E. Burchfield Nature and Art Center, and tours of Burchfield-Penney Art Center. The recently published curriculum guide Charles E. Burchfield: Art and Nature was also used as a reference. The resulting projects include Burchfield inspired nature sketchbooks, acrylic and watercolor paintings, monoprints and a hand-bound wallpaper book.

Recent Acquisitions of Craft Art from the Collection

July 26 - November 9, 2003

Nancy Valle's terra cotta sculpture, Taeyoul Ryu's rocking chair made of bent plywood with ash veneer, Carol Townsend's stoneware vessel, all acquired with funds from the Collectors' Club, are featured in this exhibition of acquisitions made during the past two years.

Quilts by Daisy Anderson

Central Gallery, August 16 - October 12, 2003

Several quilts by quilt maker Daisy Anderson will be exhibited in conjunction with the Freedom Schooner Amistad's visit to Buffalo Harbor from September 10-14. A number of Anderson's quilts incorporate symbols believed to have been used to convey coded information to slaves about safe havens and Underground Railroad sites on their journey to freedom. Also on display will be Amistad-inspired Poetry Quilts created by students participating in Liberty Partnerships and Upward Bound, two pre-collegiate programs at Buffalo State College.

Gallery Talk: Thursday, September 4, 2003, 12:15 p.m., Daisy Anderson will discuss her quilt-making with Felix Armfield, associate professor of history and social studies at Buffalo State College.

Upcoming Exhibitions

Sculptures by Westley Olmsted

January 17, 2004 through March 21, 2004

The Burchfield-Penney Art Center is presenting the first comprehensive survey of sculptural works by sculptor/painter Westley Olmsted. Olmsted's sculptures are composites of mechanical parts that have been pieced together and painted to create fantastic robot-like creatures. The exhibition will feature sculptures from public and private collections dating back to the 1970s, when the artist began work in the medium.

A Survey of Current Watercolor in Western New York

April 3, 2004 through June 27, 2004

Charles E. Burchfield (1893-1967) was renowned for his unique mastery of watercolor painting, inspiring generations of artists and establishing national respect for the medium. This exhibition, the first of its kind at the Burchfield-Penney, will demonstrate how artists from our region are currently using watercolor. Curator of Education Gerald Mead and noted regional watercolorist Rita Argen Auerbach have selected work by a number of fine artists, illustrators and designers to explore the range of styles, approaches and applications of watercolor.

Permanent Exhibitions

The Roycroft Legacy

The Roycroft Legacy is a fascinating exhibition of late 19th and early 20th century furniture, domestic objects, and publications by Roycroft artisans, primarily donated by Charles Rand Penney.

Charles E. Burchfield's Studio

This authentic recreation of a corner of Burchfield's Gardenville, New York, studio presents many of the artist's tools and favorite inspirational objects, as well as the unpretentious furniture that equipped his comfortable work site. Reflecting the studio's appearance in the mid-1960s, this vignette reveals the humble environment inwhich the artist worked.

The Metcalfe Rooms

The Metcalfe House, designed in 1882 by the well-known New York City firm McKim, Mead & White, stood on the corner of North Street and Delaware Avenue in Buffalo, NY until 1980. Preservationists were able to only save parts of the structure from demolition. The dining room and library are now housed in Rockwell Hall; the Metcalfe House staircase is in the Metropolitan Museum of Art. Please call (716) 878-6120 for an appointment to view the rooms.

Traveling Exhibitions

June 17 - October 12, 2003

Remembering the Forgotten Ones: The Photographs of Milton Rogovin

New-York Historical Society, 2 West 77th Street, New York, NY

A joint project of the New York Historical Society, Sound Portraits Production (the Society's collaborators on their 2001 exhibition, Flophouse), and the Burchfield-Penney Art Center, this remarkable exhibition documents the lives of residents of Buffalo's Lower West Side through a series of photographs taken by Milton Rogovin at ten-year intervals beginning in 1972. For this exhibition, the Burchfield-Penney Art Center lent 56 photographs from its Milton Rogovin Collection that illustrate the artist's career as one of America's finest social documentary photographers. With care and respect he has created portraits of the poor, disadvantaged, disenfranchised, and hard-working laborers

who subsist powerlessly in industries and social systems that exploit them. He has pledged his life to giving voice to these Forgotten Ones in compelling images that tell the stories that are written on people's faces and in the details of their environments.

September 10 - November 9, 2003

Frank Lloyd Wright: Windows of the Darwin D. Martin House

Boca Raton Museum of Art, Boca Raton, Florida

The exhibition's curator, Theodore L. Lownie of Hamilton Houston Lownie Architects, LLC in Buffalo designed this innovative installation that offers viewers an opportunity to experience original Martin House windows, on a scale of one-to-one, in context to a portion of the Darwin D. Martin House. The exhibit draws attention to glass windows, including the renowned Tree of Life window, doors and skylights that Frank Lloyd Wright called "light screens," as he designed their abstract nature-inspired patterns as filters through which viewers inside the house would look at nature outdoors. The exhibition was organized by the Burchfield-Penney Art Center in collaboration with the Martin House Restoration Corporation.

Other Programs

The Eighth Biennial Sylvia L. Rosen Endowment Lecture: Wayne Higby: Embracing Doubt

Thursday, September 25, 2003 at 7:00 pm

Wayne Higby, an internationally renowned ceramic artist known for his mastery of the Raku technique, will give a slide lecture on his work and inspirations entitled Wayne Higby: Embracing Doubt. Higby is a professor of ceramic art at the New York State College of Ceramics at Alfred University, and his work is in public collections around the world including museums in Tokyo, London, the Netherlands and China. He has received numerous awards and fellowships throughout his over 30-year career, and his most recent series, Thresholds, was exhibited this year in the Sylvia L. Rosen Gallery at the Burchfield Penney.A reception will follow the lecture. This program is free and open to the public.

Concerts in conjunction with 24:48

October 4 and 5, 2003

The Electric Eclectic Orchestra and Vexer on Saturday, October 4, 2003 at 8:00 pm

The Lazlo/Rozler Ensemble on Sunday, October 5, 2003 at 2:00 pm

Poetry Reading

Susan Howe

Sunday, October 19 at 2:00 p.m.

Susan Howe is a Stateof New York Distinguished Professor at the State University of New York at Buffalo, where she teaches in the English Department. Her books of poetry include Singularities (1990), The Europe of Trusts: Selected Poems (1990), Frame Structures: Early Poems 1974-1979 (1996), Pierce-Arrow (1999) and most recently The Midnight (ND Spring 2003). She is also the author of two books of literary criticism, My Emily Dickinson (1985) and Birthmark: unsettling the wilderness in American literary history. This program is and is open to the public.

Priscila Uppal

Sunday, November 23, 2003 at 2:00 p.m.

Priscila Uppal is a 28 year-old poet and fiction writer born in Ottawa and currently living in Toronto. She has published three collections of poetry: How to Draw Blood From a Stone (1998), Confessions of a Fertility Expert (1999), and Pretending to Die(2001), all with Exile Editions. She has also published fiction and/or poetry in national and international magazines. Her first novel, The Divine Economy of Salvation, was published to critical acclaim by Doubleday Canada in February 2002 and by Algonquin Books of Chapel Hill in the US in October 2002. She is a Professor of Humanities and Coordinator of the Creative Writing Program at York University. Her new poetry collection Live Coverage will be released in the fall of 2003, and she is at work on a new novel, a collection of short stories and a non-fiction project. This program is free and open to the public.

Family Workshops

Sunday, October 19 and Sunday, November 23, 2003 from 1 - 3 p.m.

In conjunction with the exhibition, Impressions of Niagara: Selections from the Charles Rand Penney Collection, the Burchfield-Penney Art Center is offering two family workshops. Children six years of age and older are welcome with an accompanying adult. These programs are free and open to the public. Please call (716) 878-6020 to register.

Sunday, October 19, 2003 from 1 - 3 p.m.

Cut, Roll and Print!.

Following a visit to the exhibition, art teacher Carleen Dixon will guide participants in the creation of relief prints inspired by images of Niagara Falls.

Sunday, November 23, 2003 from 1 - 3 p.m.

In Living Color

In this workshop, art teacher Carleen Dixon will focus on using watercolor to hand color prints imitating techniques that were used in the early nineteenth century.

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 supported in part with public funds from the New York State Council on the Arts, a State agency, and County of Erie. Additional operating support is provided by the Elizabeth Elser Doolittle Trust, the Mary A. H. Rumsey Foundation and the Burchfield-Penney's members.
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