Linda Brooks (b. 1951), Obianuju, 18 (from the series, teens), 2011; archival inkjet prints on Hahnemuhle paper mounted on 1/8 inch sintra board, 36 x 36 inches; Gift of the artist, 2017
Taking a Stand: Issues Addressed by Women Artists
On View Friday, April 10–Sunday, September 27, 2020
In recognition of the magnitude of change generated by women legally being granted the right to vote one hundred years ago, this special exhibition demonstrated the strength of women artists to express their critiques of today’s world. It is part of a series of exhibitions held at the Burchfield Penney Art Center that provide an opportunity for graduate students in museum studies at SUNY Buffalo State to work as a team to curate and produce a collection-based exhibition. Four graduate students taking the course “Researching and Presenting Museum Collections” include Sarah Drozda, Madeline Friedler, Cohen Sulzbach, and Anwiya Youkhanna. They will work with Nancy Weekly, Burchfield Penney Instructor of Museum Studies at SUNY Buffalo State, who serves as the Center’s Burchfield Scholar, Head of Collections, and Charles Cary Rumsey Curator, to co-curate the exhibition and conceive of related programs that are both educational and entertaining.
This year’s theme, Taking a Stand, focuses on artworks that confront major global issues such as the environment and climate change, identity and sexual politics, race and inequality. For the exhibition, they select artworks from a proposed checklist that spark their curiosity and then they conduct research to establish historic and contemporary cultural contexts. As a result, they write interpretive labels for adults and youths, and their texts will be added to web-accessible document files for future reference. Students also learn techniques for their hands-on experience for handling, installing, and storing art.