Jolene Rickard (b. 1956), Two Canoes, 1987; color photograph collage, 28 x 17 inches; The M&T Bank Collection at the Burchfield Penney Art Center, 1991
Messages / Visual Platform
On View Friday, April 13–Sunday, July 29, 2018
This exhibition of works from the Burchfield Penney Art Center’s collection delivers artists’ messages about issues that affect our environment, health, identity, and survival. They stimulate conversation and action in the face of adversity in social and political arenas.
Messages / Visual Platform has been curated by SUNY Buffalo State graduate students in the museum studies course, MST 622 “Researching and Presenting Museum Collections.” They include: David Banchich, Ashley Carney, Audrey Clark, Matthew Crissey, Mark Dabney, Melissa Fanton, Carla Feller, and Mary Langille. They worked with Nancy Weekly, Burchfield Penney Instructor of Museum Studies at SUNY Buffalo State, who is also the Burchfield Scholar, Head of Collections, and Charles Cary Rumsey Curator at the Burchfield Penney Art Center. Together they selected artworks that illustrate artists’ expressions of their identity, both as individuals and as part of a global community. They also chose artworks that address the duality of the world we live in: both positive and negative images of nature’s beauty and the ravages of environmental damage and pollution.
The eight student-curators chose the following artworks for their research and label-writing project: Buchenwald - Ovens and Cemetery (2001) by Harold L. Cohen, Welcome (2015) by Nancy Dwyer, Untitled (#22) (ca. 1970s) by Wilhelmina Godfrey, Surgery without penetration (1997) by Anna Kaarina Nenonen, Pride and Prejudice (1936) by Kevin B. O’Callahan, Two Canoes (1987) by Jolene Rickard, The Iwasaki Family, Prospect Park, Brooklyn, NY (2002) by Ann Rosen, and In Search of an Appropriate Symbolism/ Empty Chair, Buffalo, New York / Traditional Dance, Regina, Saskatchewan (1991) by Jeffrey M. Thomas. Their research establishes historic and contemporary cultural contexts for the artworks. Their labels, written for both adults and children, will accompany the selected artworks and will be added to the museum’s document files for future reference.