Leeann Cantanzaro (1973- ), Purple Flutter T-Pot II, 1996; ceramic, Overall: 17 x 14 x 5 1/2 in. (43.2 x 35.6 x 14 cm); Craft Art in Western New York Purchase Award funded by The Floristy, 1996
On View Saturday, March 25–Sunday, July 16, 2000
The vessel is one of the earliest forms created by artists. While originally functional, the vessel also became an object of aesthetic expression and, anthropologically, it is a means by which we have learned about ancient cultures. The subjects of ornamentation and complexity of design preserve and communicate details of life in both idealized and real states. In addition, as a metaphor for the human body the vessel has played a primary role for many contemporary artists. This exhibition of works from the museum’s collection included vessels by Gail McCarthy and a an untitled vase (1999) by Stephen Merritt made of terra cotta with slip, purchased with funds from the Sylvia L. Rosen Endowment.