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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

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

West-end Gallery  

Artists deliver 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 was 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 serves as the Center’s Burchfield Scholar, Head of Collections, and Charles Cary Rumsey Curator.

Together they selected artworks from the Burchfield Penney Art Center’s collection that illustrate artists’ expressions of their identity 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 student-curators conducted research to establish historic and contemporary cultural contexts for artworks that sparked their curiosity. They wrote labels for adults and children to accompany the selected artworks. Their texts will be added to the museum’s document files for future reference.

The following artworks are featured in this 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
In Search of an Appropriate Symbolism/ Empty Chair, Buffalo, New York / Traditional Dance, Regina, Saskatchewan (1991) by Jeffrey M. Thomas

Messages / Visual Platform also includes paintings, photographs, sculpture, and prints by Brendan Bannon, Roberley Ann Bell, Linda Brooks, Patricia Carter, John Copoulos, Joel Peter Johnson, Julian Montague, Milton Rogovin, Christy Rupp, Rodney Taylor, and Louis Vastola.