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Burchfield-Penney Exhibition and Program Schedule for April-August 2005

Posted: March 28, 2005
To follow is the listing of exhibitions and programs at the Burchfield-Penney Art Center:

New Exhibitions

Into the Woods with Charles Burchfield: Watercolors from Riverside Institute of Technology

Education Corridor

April 9 – June 12, 2005

Opening Reception: April 10, 2:00 - 3:00 p.m.

HSBC Bank funded a visiting watercolorist artist and supplies for this Buffalo public high school project - an in depth exploration of watercolor and the work of Charles Burchfield. Other resources used by art teacher Jan Abbarno included classical music and Burchfield publications and video.

Beyond/In Western New York 2005

April 16 – August 14, 2005

Opening Reception at the Burchfield-Penney: Friday, April 22 from 6:30 – 8:30

The Burchfield-Penney Art Center joins 12 other visual arts organizations in WNY in presenting this exhibition, which has been organized by the Albright-Knox Art Gallery. Works by Marc B?hlen, Tony Conrad, William Y. Cooper, Ron Ehmke, Jackie Felix, Meg Knowles, Jody LaFond, John Knecht, Aaron Miller, Joe Miller, Jim Morris, Jamie O’Neil and Alfonso Volo will be on view at the Burchfield-Penney.

The Power of Observation

May 7 - August 7, 2005

Charles E. Burchfield possessed extraordinary powers of observation of the natural world that he translated into timeless artworks. While some serve as historic documents of early to mid-twentieth century American landscapes before the spread of urban and suburban development, others serve as universal confirmation of the awe-inspiring world that surrounds us. This exhibition features Burchfield’s nature drawings, including some works acquired by the Burchfield-Penney during the past few years that have never been shown before as well as first public display of View from our Front Porch at Salem, Ohio, the jolting vision of a sunburst during a rain and snowstorm painted in 1917. This fine example of Burchfield's more expressive and experimental "Golden Year" style was donated at the end of 2004 by the Burchfield-Penney’s founding director, Dr. Edna M. Lindemann. Variations on Burchfield’sDogwood wallpaper, which he designed for production by the M. H. Birge & Sons Company in Buffalo, demonstrates the extraordinary difference among patterns produced by shifts Concerning Heritage

May 21-September 11, 2005

Following the theme underlying Art on the Hyphen: Cuban-American Artists of Western New York, in which artists expressed their experiences relating both to their ethnic heritage and their current concerns living in the United States, this exhibition of work from the collection will feature work by artists of various ethnic backgrounds. Native Americans, African Americans, Eastern European immigrants, and Latino artists from several different countries are among those to be represented. Artists include George Campos, Craig Centri?, Ana Maria Hidalgo, Arnold Mesches, Richard Nephew, Roberto Pacheco, Endi Poskovic, Alberto Rey, Jolene Rickard, Jeanette Shropshire, Jeffrey Thomas, and others.

Continuing Exhibitions

Art on the Hyphen: Cuban-American Artists of Western New York State

January 15 - April 3, 2005

Art on the Hyphen: Cuban-American Artists of Western New York State is a presentation of works by Cuban-American artists currently working in Western New York. As "hyphenated" Americans, these artists explore, simultaneously, both Cuban and American culture. The exhibition provides an artistic context for them within the history of the art of Cuba and the United States in the 21st century. Artists include Christian Campos, George Campos, Errol Daniels, Jorge Guitart, Alberto Rey, Agustin Rolando Rojas, and Nestor Zarragoitia.

Recent Acquisitions

November 13, 2004 – April 24, 2005

This exhibition features sculpture, paintings, photographs and works on paper that were acquired in 2003 and 2004 include works by Lawrence Calcagno, Patricia Carter, Wayne Higby, Ani Hoover, Sara Kellner, Mary Metcalf Langs, Gary Nickard, Wes Olmsted, John Opera, Charles Cary Rumsey, John Toth, Joe Whalen and Patty Wallace.

Roots: Burchfield’s Early Subjects, Themes and Influences

October 30, 2004 – May 1, 2005

This exhibition of works by Charles E. Burchfield focuses on the influences that environment and experience had on the artist, with an emphasis on works in Burchfield’s hometown of Salem, Ohio and surrounding areas. Works from the Burchfield-Penney’s collection are featured along with pieces on loan from the collection of Harriet and Mortimer Spiller.

A Memorial to Catherine Catanzaro Koenig

January 15- May 15, 2005

Nineteen works and three studio props selected by the artist’s daughter and son, Becky and David, and Nancy Weekly, provide a retrospective window on the life of Catherine Catanzaro Koenig in this memorial exhibition.

Permutations of Fiber

Sylvia L. Rosen Gallery

February 12 – August 14, 2005

Artworks created from fiber include woven textiles, keenly designed quilts, sculptural basketry, handmade and manipulated paper, and soft sculpture made of fabric are featured in this exhibition. Thanks to the biennial craft art exhibitions, fiber artists and patrons who have a special love for the medium, the Burchfield-Penney Art Center has developed a collection with a broad range of examples. Regional artists represented in the exhibition, many of whom enjoy national reputations, include Daisy Anderson, Nancy Belfer, Lenore Davis, Laurie dill-Kocher, Amy Hamouda, Boris Kroll, Cynthia Printup-Harms, Peter Sowiski, and Lynette Hubbard Trefts.

Offsite Exhibitions

The Art of Printmaking

The M&T Center, One Fountain Plaza, Buffalo, N.Y.

December 14, 2004 – May 14, 2005

Prints in the collection of the Burchfield-Penney Art Center by Western New York artists and mid-20th century artists of Burchfield’s era illustrate the myriad of ways that printmakers have expressed themselves in this medium. Examples range from Buffalo’s back alleys documented by William J. Schwanekamp and wood engravings of regional subjects by Burchfield’s collaborator J. J. Lankes to Jean MacKay Henrich’s subtle abstraction, Endi Poskovic’s 6-color, multi-cultural woodcut called The Big Triumph in Red & Green with Blue Text and Joe Scheer’s highly detailed scan and gicle? print of Moths of Allegany County [Diachrysia balluca]. The M&T Center is open to the public. Tours of the exhibition take place each Tuesday at noon. Call 878-6020 to confirm.

The Art of William Y. Cooper

Joy Gallery, New Mt. Ararat Temple of Prayer

971-983 Jefferson Avenue, Buffalo, NY

April 29 – October 1, 2005

This interactive exhibition features paintings by William Cooper, who describes himself as an “Afrocentric artist.” His colorful works with dynamic compositions are a fusion of two cultures – his American experience and his African heritage. The Joy Gallery is open to the public Monday through Friday 3 to 5 p.m. Call (716) 885-7756 for information.

Burchfield’s Backyards and Beyond

Muscarelle Museum of Art, College of William and Mary, Williamsburg, VA

August 27 – October 23, 2005

This exhibition of works by Burchfield features several masterworks from the Burchfield-Penney Art Center’s permanent collection and exemplifies all that was unique in Burchfield’s depictions of the world around him. Sun-drenched scenes of backyard fields take on a magnificent resplendence; his technique of imposing human expressions within nature connect the viewer emotionally and visually to the works. This exhibition includes outstanding watercolor and oil paintings, drawings, doodles, and prints from all stages of Burchfield’s career, offering a full perspective of his depiction of an American experience that is slowly disappearing.


The M&T Center, One Fountain Plaza, May 24 – November 16, 2005

When the Erie Canal opened in 1825, it connected Albany and the Hudson River with Buffalo, thereby creating one of the country’s most significant trade routes for transporting grain and goods from the Northeast to the Midwest and beyond. For over a century Buffalo was one of the most important shipping hubs in the United States, so grain and steel industries, among others, flourished here. The waterfront and factories supported thousands of laborers. These industries also attracted artists who portrayed various aspects of the working person’s experience, from individual portraits to the team work of production line assembly or the massive scale of steel plant manufacturing. Works from the Burchfield-Penney Art Center’s collection will illustrate a range of 20th-century works that explore romantic, empathetic, and critical notions about the post-Industrial era’s effect on the people and environment in Western New York.

A Watercolor Celebration

Mayor’s Conference Room, Room 209, Buffalo City Hall

June 14 – December 9, 2005

These watercolor paintings by the founding/charter members of the Niagara Frontier Watercolor Society and are on view to coincide with the 25th anniversary of the Society. The artists represented in this exhibition are Rita Argen Auerbach, Bill Gates, Joan Hambleton, Margaret Martin, Dan Meyer, Bob Potzger, and Joe Whalen. Their work represents the extraordinary talents and skill of many watercolor artists living and working in Western New York.

Programs and Events

Thursday, April 21, 7:00 p.m.: Artist Talk: William Y. Cooper and Joseph Miller (free)

The artists will discuss their work.

Thursday April 28, 8:00 p.m., Friday, April 29, 10:00 p.m. and Saturday, April 30, 7:00 p.m.

Performance: Everything by Ron Ehmke ($5 for non-members)

Ron Ehmke does everything: spoken-word performances, large-scale ensemble events, autobiographical storytelling, political satire, improvisational cabaret, cable access television, arts programming, DJ-ing, you name it. He has been creating live art throughout the U.S. for the last 25 years, both alone and frequently in collaboration with actors, visual and media artists, dancers, and others. EVERYTHING is his first new evening-long solo project since 1998. The show is structured like a touring rock concert, from a merchandise table in the lobby to a set list which changes from venue to venue and night to night. (The only thing missing is the music—and if you’ve ever heard him sing, you know that’s a blessing.) The content will be drawn from every phase of Ehmke’s career, including monologues, stories, rants, videotapes, character sketches, audio pieces, and brand-new material. Each evening’s event will include one or more hand-picked guest artists and spur-of-the-moment surprises.

Thursday, May 5, 7:00 p.m.: Artist Talk: Alfonso Volo and Jackie Felix (free)

The artists will discuss their work.

Thursday, May 12, 7:00 p.m.

Screening by Meg Knowles and Jody LaFond (free)

New works by Knowles and LaFond will be presented in their first public screening.

Saturday, May 14, 8:00 p.m.

Performance by Aaron Miller ($5 for non-members)

A collaborative performance by Aaron Miller, Buffalo multimedia artist; Monica Duncan, Atlanta College of art Visiting Artist and Video Department faculty member; Neil Fried, ACA Video Department faculty member; and Aimee Rydarowski, ACA Digital Video Graduate. Using the programs Max/MSP/Jitter, the performers will create feedback systems to explore the mechanisms that map the creation and evolution of memory over time. The piece will combine projected image, sound, music, text, gesture and voice.

Friday, June 17, 2005, 8:00 p.m.: Parallel History I by Tony Conrad ($5 for non-members)

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 premi?re.

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 museum is open Tuesday – Saturday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. Admission is $5 for adults, $4 for seniors and students and $3 for children and is free for students, faculty and staff of Buffalo State College and members of the Burchfield-Penney.

The Burchfield-Penney Art Center thanks Lumsden and McCormick LLP, The Premier Group and an anonymous donor for their generous support of Beyond/In Western New York 2005 at the Burchfield-Penney. In addition, we thank Judge and Mrs. John T. Elfvin, Northtown Automotive Group, The Baird Foundation, Consulate General of Canada, Buffalo / Consulat g?n?ral du Canada, Buffalo, Hadley Exhibits Inc.and M&T Bank for supporting all 13 participating venues in presenting this exhibition.

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 charitable contributions by museum members and visitors.
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