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RendezBlue at the Burchfield-Penney Art Center from October 11 – 14, 2007

Weekend of Film, Music and Performance Centers on Theme of Architecture, Structure and Space

Posted: October 1, 2007
The Burchfield-Penney Art Center is pleased to present the first in a new series of art happenings at the museum. RendezBlue, a program combining film, performance and music, will take place from Thursday October 11 through Sunday, October 14, 2007 and will focus on concepts of Architecture, Structure and Space. All programs are free of charge and will take place at the Burchfield-Penney, 3rd floor, Rockwell Hall, Buffalo State College. RendezBlue is sponsored by BlueCross BlueShield of Western New York.


Films by Jonas Mekas and Hollis Framption

Thursday, October 11, 2007 at 7:00 p.m.

Jonas Mekas

Zefiro Torna: Scenes for the Life of George Maciunas (1992) 16mm, color, sound, 35 min

A tribute from one Lithuanian expatriate to another, ZEFIRO TORNA is Jonas Mekas at his most heartfelt. Comprised of diary footage of Maciunas from the mid-50s until his tragically early passing in the mid-70s, this early-90s production is a beautiful portrait of a lost friend and living spirit. -- from Anthology Film Archives catalog

Hollis Frampton

Zorns Lemma (1970) 16mm, color, sound, 60 min

"In his most important work to date, and the most original new work of cinema I have seen since Brakhage's Scenes From Under Childhood: Part IV. Frampton's film is an exercise in mathematical logic in cinema. Or is it a mechanical logic?... It's about alphabet. It's about the unities of similarities. It's about sameness in a confusion. It's about logic in chance. Its about structure and logic. It's about rhythm. Ah, what a difference between Zorns Lemma and all the 'serious' commercial movies that I occasionally praise!" -- Jonas Mekas, Village Voice "

Friday, October 12, 2007 from 5:30 – 7:30 p.m.

Happy Hour featuring Chris Barr

As a part of the biennial exhibition Beyond/In Western New York, the Burchfield-Penney will present the work of Chris Barr. Barr creates artwork that addresses issues of personal space, environment, relationships and time. As a participating artist in the exhibition, Barr’s performance is based on a piece he is creating which involves him creating a mobile Karaoke machine and walking around the streets of Buffalo, interviewing people and taping them as they perform songs. The presentation of his work will include a lecture on the goals of this project and its outcomes, followed by an evening of Karaoke.

Saturday, October 13 and Saturday, October 14

Doors Open Niagara

The inspiration for Doors Open Niagara had its origins in France where the first Doors Open event (La Journee Portes Ouvertes) took place in 1984. The idea soon spread to neighboring countries and has since expanded around the globe. Toronto was the first North American city to follow the European lead and launched a high profile event showcasing constructed heritage, architecture and design as a millennium project in 2000. Doors Open Niagara is organized by a steering committee of volunteers from both Canada and the United States in association with the Bi-national Tourism Alliance (BTA). The BTA is a tourism product and infrastructure development and training organization. It has been working with tourism, cultural and hospitality partners in the bi-national region since 2001 to develop the cross-border region into an internationally recognized, year-round cultural tourism destination. For more information, visit

Saturday, October 13, 2007

Bufffluxus Performance at 2:00 p.m.

Bufffluxus is a performance ensemble composed of musicians and aural artists that realizes verbo-visual sound poetry and Fluxus and sound events. Based in Buffalo, the ensemble has presented original and traditional experimental works for more than twenty years.Michael Basinski, Ho Eui Bewlay, Kevin Thurston, Michael Colquhoun, Tony Arnold will be featured.

The Works of Emmet Williams

Emmett Williams was one of the most long lived artists associated with the Fluxus movement. As an artist and poet, Williams collaborated with Daniel Spoerrri n the Darmstadt Circle of Concrete Poetry from 1957 to 1959. In the 1960s, Williams was the European coordinator of Fluxus and a founding member of the Domaine Poetique in Paris. He was a pioneer of Concrete Poetry, a fusing of visual, literary and musical practices into a verbal-voco-art form. While working with fellow Fluxus artist Dick Higgins at something Else Press Williams edited, An Anthology of Concrete Poetry.

Featured Works

Cellar Song (1962)

Michael Basinski, Ho Eui Bewlay, Kevin Thurston, Michael Colquhoun, Tony Arnold

Voice Piece for LaMonte Young (1962)

Michael Basinski, Ho Eui Bewlay, Kevin Thurston, Michael Colquhoun,

Tony Arnold

Alphabet Symphony (1962)

Michael Basinski, Ho Eui Bewlay, Kevin Thurston, Michael Colquhoun,

Tony Arnold

Four-Directional Song of Doubt for Five Voices (1957)

Michael Basinski, Ho Eui Bewlay, Kevin Thurston, Michael Colquhoun,

Tony Arnold

Duet (1964)

Ho Eui Bewlay, Michael Colquhoun

Song of Uncertain Length (1960)

Kevin Thurston

Local struggle for Dick Higgins (1963)

Michael Basinski, Ho Eui Bewlay, Kevin Thurston

The Last French-Fried Potato

Ho Eui Bewlay, Tony Arnold

Saturday, October 13, 2007 at 5:00 p.m.

Spoken Music

Spoken Music is concert of works by Dick Higgins, Allyson Knowles, Michael Basinski, and Jackson Maclow. Spoken Music refers to text based works by artists and poets that are both visual and sonic and are often called concrete poetry or visual poetry. These texts become musical notations which are used by performers to present sound pieces in the same spirit as a musical composition.

Featured Works

Wool Hat (1980) Jackson MacLow

Michael Basinski, Ho Eui Bewlay, Kevin Thurston, Michael Colquhoun

A House of Dust (1972) Allyson Knowles

Michael Basinski, Ho Eui Bewlay, Kevin Thurston, Michael Colquhoun,

Tony Arnold

Eeohdeepey (1985) Michael Basinski

Michael Basinski, Michael Colquhoun, Don Metz

A Vocabulary for Sharon (Belle) Mattlin (1973) Jackson Mac Low

Michael Basinski, Ho Eui Bewlay, Kevin Thurston, Michael Colquhoun, Tony Arnold

Reffered to in the Text as Mule Car (1978)Michael Basinski

Michael Basinski, Michael Colquhoun, Kevin Thurston

Fungini (1983) Michael Basinski

Michael Basinski, Don Metz, Kevin Thurston,

Danger Music #17 (1962) Dick Higgins

Michael Basinski, Ho Eui Bewlay, Kevin Thurston, Michael Colquhoun,

Tony Arnold

Saturday, October 13, 2007 at 8:00 p.m.


Concert of Works by Edgar Varese (1883-1965) and Iannis Xenakis (1922-2001).

Jan Williams is a percussion soloist and conductor. Composers who have written works especially for him include Lukas Foss, John Cage, Elliott Carter, Joel Chadabe, Morton Feldman, Orlando Garcia, Gustavo Matamoros, Luis de Pablo, Frederic Rzewski, Nils Vigeland, and Iannis Xenakis. He has toured extensively as a percussion soloist and conductor throughout the United States, Europe, New Zealand and Australia and has recorded for Columbia, Vox/Turnabout, Desto, Lovely Music, Spectrum, Wergo, DGG, Orion, Hat-Art, OO, New World, Deep Listening, EMF and Mode Records. He served as Co-Artistic Director of the North American New Music Festival, with Yvar Mikhashoff, from 1985-1991. He is professor emeritus at the University at Buffalo where he directed the percussion program for 30 years and served as Chair of the Music Department from 1980-84. He is Trustee of the Yvar Mikhashoff Trust for New Music.

Featured Works

Ionisation (1929-31) - Edgard Var?se

Jan Williams, conductor

Paille in the Wind (1992) - Iannis Xenakis

Jonathan Golove, cello

Stephen Manes, piano

Rebonds B (1987-89) – Iannis Xenakis

Jonathan Hepfer, percussion

Density 21.5 (1936) – Edgard Var?se

Alice Teyssier, flute

Rebonds A (1987-89) – Iannis Xenakis

Jonathan Hepfer, percussion

Po?me ?lectronique (1957-58)- Edgard Var?se

Dmaathen (1976) – Iannis Xenakis

Alice Teyssier, flute

Jonathan Hepfer, percussion

Ionisation (1929-31) – Edgard Var?se

Jan Williams, conductor

Sunday, October 14, 2007 at 2:00 p.m.

Lecture Cheryl Gladu

Our Sustainable Future: Green Housing. Why the future of housing looks so positive

Cheryl Gladu is a community and environmental activist, as well as businesswomen based in Montreal, Canada. She has several years of management experiences in the private sector, and has held various positions in the environmental not-for-profit sector. Gladu is a partner in ECOCIT?, a consulting firm which is setting the standard for urban housing, with aggressively green, innovatively designed, urban homes.

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, contact the Burchfield-Penney Art Center at 716 878 6011 or visit

The new 84,000 square foot Burchfield-Penney, designed by Gwathmey Siegel and Associates Architects, is scheduled to open in the summer of 2008. The two-story building will be the Burchfield-Penney’s first free-standing home and have a major presence on Elmwood Avenue in the heart of Buffalo’s Museum District.

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, the Institute of Museum and Library Services and Erie County. Additional operating support is provided by Buffalo State College, the Elizabeth Elser Doolittle Trust, the James Carey Evans Endowment, the Mary A. H. Rumsey Foundation and charitable contributions by museum members and visitors. Media sponsor: Buffalo Spree.
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