Although the Burchfield Penney is closed to onsite visitors, we're excited to bring you online programs. They include home-education projects, conversations about our exhibitions and collections, artist interviews and more. Look for new posts each Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday with activities for the whole family. Thank you for staying in touch while staying at home. And until we can all be together again, stay safe.
Join us on July 2nd at 6:30 PM via Zoom Webinar
Book: Wandering Close to Home: A Gay Son and His Feminist Mother’s Journey to Transform Themselves and Their Family
Authors: Christopher Drajem and Linda Drajem
This memoir charts the path Christopher and Linda traveled as they realized that the life they were born into just didn’t quite fit. It maps the tentative steps taken by both mother and son to move away from societal, religious, and family expectations.
Linda Drajem grew up in the 1950s in Buffalo, New York, the oldest child in a Catholic working-class family. She married her high school sweetheart, got pregnant, and watched from the sidelines as women burned their bras and demanded equal rights. But the role of a stay-at-home mom wasn’t as fulfilling as he was led to believe it would be. Linda’s second son Christopher was born in 1968, one year before the Stonewall riots kick-started the modern gay rights movement. He attended Catholic schools, served as an altar boy at mass on Sundays, and had a secret that he was sure would send him to hell for all eternity: he was gay.
On their paths, there was challenge and heartache, joy and celebration, and the thrill and exhaustion of parenting. At the end of the day, they forged a path that brought personal satisfaction, a uniquely modern family, and all the comfort of home.
Martha Visser't Hooft (1906-1994), Tumblers and Pigeons, 1950; oil on canvas, 33 3/4 x 47 7/8 inches; Burchfield Penney Art Center, Gift of Mrs. Joshua B. Cahn, in memory of Robert B. Meech, 1986
Charles E. Burchfield (1893-1967), Tree and Pool and Passing Train, a.k.a. Flooded Field or Flooded Landscape, 1920; watercolor and gouache over pencil on paper, 11 x 19 1/8 inches (Sight: 10 3/8 x 18 5/8 inches); Burchfield Penney Art Center, Gift of Dr. Edna M. Lindemann in honor of John and Winifred Clancy, 1986
Wilhelmina Godfrey (1914-1994), City Playground, 1949-50; wax emulsion and oil on board, 44 x 38 inches; Burchfield Penney Art Center, Gift of Carol Wing, 1994
Wendell Castle (1932-2018), Spooning Chairs, 2002; Maple, Jelutong, 20 x 43 x 40 inches; Burchfield Penney Art Center, Gift of HSBC Bank and the artist, by exchange, 2008
Virginia Cuthbert (1908-2001), Mental Hospital, 1942; oil on canvas, 30 x 40 inches (frame: 43 1/4 x 33 inches); Gift of Robert D. Eldred, 2015
Florence Julia Bach (1887-1979), Still Life with Magnolias, Undated; oil on canvas, 24 x 30 inches; Collection of Jeffrey Their and Grant Paulsen
Howard D. Beach (1867-1954), Holly Hocks, 1920; oil on canvas, 34 3/4 x 45 inches; Private Collection
Raphael Beck (1858-1947), Horseshoe Falls and Niagara Gorge, undated; oil on canvas, 47 ½ x 72 inches; Collection of The Buffalo History Museum
Claire Shuttleworth (1867-1930), The Center of the Horse Falls, ca. 1915; oil on canvas, 29 1/8 x 24 1/8 inches; Private Collection
Valentino Dixon, Hirono Golf Club, 2016, Japan's most distinguished golf club, located near the port city of Kobe; Colored pencil on board; Courtesy of the artist
Charles E. Burchfield (1893-1967), Song of the Telegraph, 1917-1952; watercolor on paper, 34 x 53 in. (86.4 x 134.6 cm); Collection of William and Rose-Marie Shanahan
Charles E. Burchfield (1893-1967), Moonlight in June, 1961; watercolor on paper, 45 x 33 inches; Mead Art Museum at Amherst College, Bequest of Mary Louise Whittemore in memory of Eugene B. Whittermore (Class of 1924)
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Music, Performance & More
Connecting With Artists
Watch Ron Ehmke talk about being a performance artist. To learn more about him click here.
The Burchfield Penney is reaching out to local artists to explore how they're balancing life working at home. For more information on Bethany Krull visit: http://bpac.co/a:531
Watch Patricia Carter talk about her painting First Prize #2. To learn more about the artist visit: http://bpac.co/a:171
Need a laugh? A.J. Fries and Karen Eckert chime in. For more information on A.J. Fries visit: http://bpac.co/a:320.
Watch Alberto Rey Talk About His Painting, Appropriated Memories: Viñales, Cuba, 1996-97. For more info on the artist visit: http://bpac.co/a:868
Watch John Pfahl talk about his work Shed with Blue Dotted Lines, Penland, North Carolina, 1975. For more information on the artist visit: http://bpac.co/a:827
Expect the unexpected when we check-in with artists Pat Foran and Tricia Butski.For more information on Pat Foran visit: http://bpac.co/a:3099. For more information on Tricia Butski visit: http://bpac.co/a:2795.
Watch Kyle Butler talk about his work, Poised on all edges, 2012. Butler is an artist who works in painting, video and audio and lives in Buffalo, New York. For more info on the artist visit: http://bpac.co/a:1293
Creativity is a family affair within the Wajed household. The spirited foursome chime in for this HIGHLY viewed social media series that explores balancing life working from home. Learn about their passion and what it means to pay 'condolences to vanity'. For more information on Edreys Wajed visit: http://bpac.co/a:3097. Learn more about Eat Off Art here: https://www.eatoffart.com/
Watch Monica Angle talk about her work, River Crossing V, 2012. Angle is a painter, printmaker, bookmaker, and collage artist living and working in Buffalo, New York. For more info on the artist visit: http://bpac.co/a:1200.
A quirky, fun expedition through his inspiring, wondrous environments. What happens when you just let the house talk? What does it say? For more information on Dennis, go to: http://bpac.co/a:1163.
Watch Jim Pappas talk about Innerspace Continuum #7, 2003. A Syracuse, NY native, Pappas is highly regarded for his legacy of employing the arts, education and community engagement as instruments of social change. for more info on the artist visit: http://bpac.co/n:4021
In search of a watercolor painting class for beginners? Join Art Center Educator, Michaela Worosz, in her creative and relaxing beginner watercolor painting lesson. Share your painting with us by tagging @burchfieldpenneyartcenter or using the hashtag #burchfieldconnects
Download and print these Burchfield coloring book pages! Share your coloring pages by tagging @burchfieldpenneyartcenter or using the hashtag #burchfieldconnects
Look, Think, Find
How closely do you look at art? Here are five questions about artworks in our collection. LOOK at the painting carefully, THINK about the questions, FIND the answers in the painting. Share your answers with us by tagging @burchfieldpenneyartcenter or using the hashtag #burchfieldconnects
BPAC Sketch Together!
Join us for weekly sketching prompts announced every Tuesday at 11:30 am. Share your sketch with us by tagging @burchfieldpenneyartcenter or using the hashtag #burchfieldconnects
Home Museum Tours
Join these families as they guide you through their special Home Museum Tour.
We Want You to Participate!
Our Education Team invites you to create your own Home Museum Virtual Tour! Can you make a sign and do a 3-minute video with your family walking up to an artwork in your home talking about it? Video: Needs to be short, no longer than three minutes, but you can send several short videos. The presentation will be posted on Burchfield Penney's social media. Ask open-ended questions:
BPAC Education Activities
The Burchfield Penney Art Center now has free lesson plans for students and teachers. The following art inquiry guide is based on works from BPAC's permanent collection. BPAC is committed to offering educators resources that introduce students to art and support classroom benchmarks, particularly in the visual arts and English Language Arts. Use this resource in your online classroom or as standalone lessons.
More art inquiry guides coming soon!
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