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In the Context of Time

On View Friday, February 14–Sunday, May 31, 2020

Collectors of art, both public and private, often acquire more art than they could ever display at one time. The “Salon Style” presentation of this exhibition is meant to reflect one way that collectors deal with this problem. During the Renaissance period in Europe, collections would often be stored in a “Cabinet of Curiosities” where every inch of space was occupied by a unique and interesting object. In subsequent centuries the concept of the Salon would come to represent gatherings of people to share ideas, and eventually the exhibition of the great art of the day. Hanging an exhibition in the Salon Style would allow for use of every last inch of space in an exhibition. In the Context of Time uses this style to bring more great paintings out of the Burchfield Penney Art Center vaults, and also serves as an extension of the historic exhibition In the Fullness of Time, Painting in Buffalo, 1832-1972. Paintings included here are primarily from the collection of the Burchfield Penney Art Center.