This Week at the Burchfield Penney


Thursday, March 21, 2019, 6 pm

The Burchfield Penney Art Center offers a series of classes at The Center to Vets and their families to gather and explore how visual images can be used as a means of expression.

The evening begins with a tour led by docent Gina Derrico in the galleries followed art making in the studio classroom. The program is free and open to all veterans.

The partnership offers military veterans a safe, productive, healthy environment at The Center where they can network and forge new friendships while working with artists creating original works of art. Workshops will be facilitated by artists and projects completed during the visit.

This is a free program and open to all veterans and their families. 

For information, email Mary Kozub at


Thursday, March 21, 2019, 6:30–8 pm

“A murder? In our house? How could I not have known?” Maude Travers, shopkeeper, novelist, and psychic seer of historical events wondered how an occurrence of this magnitude could have escaped her attention. The discovery of this news came almost a century after the fact. Maude feels compelled to dig deeper into the story using her recently honed supernatural abilities. She is aided in her mission by an unexpected, yet gifted apprentice. Working as a team, they piece together a tale of 1920’s Buffalo, New York, seeking to understand the connection between bank robbing gangsters, a witness stashed in the insane asylum, and a rat within the ranks of the Buffalo Police Department. They also learn of the devastation experienced by the family of the victim. Can they help to make amends almost one hundred years later? A sharing of gifts, both old and new, are at the center of this mystery.

This event is free with gallery admission.

Thursday, March 21, 2019, 7 pm

Guitarist Sonny Baker has been a professional musician since the age of 15. He has performed with numerous bands including Lazlo Hollyfeld, Wooden Waves, and A Hotel Nourishing to name a few. He has produced nine recordings as a solo artist and is frequently featured on projects by fellow composers/musicians. Baker also assists in curating musical programs for the Burchfield Penney Art Center. Most notably, the Burchfield Penney’s Stay Golden annual event. In December. He has toured extensively throughout the US over the last ten years with various ensembles from Western New York.

Jeff Miers of the Buffalo News describes Baker as: "A wildly inventive guitarist whose ability to blend sweeping arpeggios, indie-rock jangle, and authoritative, outside-the-box soloing lends depth and soulfulness to the various bands he works with. His solo material is contemporary indie rock of the first order. Fans of Radiohead, Nels Cline and Television, line up."

This event is free with gallery admission.


TIGUE in the East Gallery
Friday, March 22, 2019, 7:30 pm

Tigue is a group of three percussionists with a fluid musical identity. The Brooklyn-based trio (Matt Evans, Amy Garapic and Carson Moody) makes their own kinetic and hypnotic blend of instrumental minimalism while opening up the possibilities of their instrumentation through commissioning and collaboration. Tigue’s debut album Peaks was released in 2015 with New Amsterdam Records with highlighted performances at the Ecstatic Music Festival, Bric Celebrate Brooklyn! Festival, and the Zemlika Festival in Durbe, Latvia. Recent commissions and premieres have included works by Molly Herron, Randy Gibson, Jason Treuting, Adrian Knight and Robert Honstein alongside collaborative ventures with Kid Millions and visual artist / sculptor Michael Mercil. These works have been presented in concert halls, galleries, black box theaters and universities throughout the country including EMPAC, Roulette, The deCordova Sculpture Park and Museum, Noguchi Museum, Yale School of Music, and Princeton University. Praised for their focused and “high octane” performances (New York Times), the Ohio-born band members have worked together since they were practically children.

Along with performing, the members of Tigue are dedicated to outreach and community projects. In collaboration with Make Music New York, the trio has led three 10-week music education programs with adult and adolescent inmates at New York City’s Rikers Island Correctional Facility, featured in both the New York Times and Rolling Stone Magazine. Working with inmates in both men’s and women’s facilitates, the trio shared the communicative nature of music through West African musical traditions and hand drumming culminating with inmate performances for the Rikers population. Tigue has also presented workshops and masterclasses with collegiate universities, elementary classrooms and community groups across the globe.

$10 "not yet" members / $5 students / FREE for Burchfiield Penney members

Call 716-878-6011 for information and tickets.


Sunday, March 24, 2019, 1:30–3:30 pm

Join the Burchfield Penney for Children’s Book Club, the fourth Sunday of the month.

The program includes the book, a gallery tour and art making project. March's book is Stone Giant: Michelangelo’s David and How He Came to Be by Jane Sutcliffe and John Shelley.

$20 for one child including the book (Family/Dual Member Level or higher). Additional children of the same family free.

Not yet members: $25 for one child including the book; $5 for each additional child.

Pre-registration STRONGLY encouraged. Call 716-878-6011 during gallery hours. Call 716-878-3156 or email Mary Kozub at

Presenter: Steve Cichon, Journalist, Author and Historian
Sunday, March 24, 2019, 2 pm

Charles Burchfield moved to Buffalo in November 1921 and worked as a wallpaper designer at M.H. Birge & Sons Company until 1929. After resigning to devote his career to full-time painting, he found many intriguing subjects in the city. Burchfield Scholar Nancy Weekly, who curated the exhibition Genius Loci: Burchfield’s Spirits of Place 1921-1943 to illustrate specific places that inspired Burchfield, will introduce Steve Cichon, a journalist, author, and historian who portrays himself as “a proud Buffalonian helping the world experience the city he loves, writing about the people, places, and ideas that make Buffalo unique and special.” Come hear Steve talk about how Burchfield’s art reflected some of the rich Buffalo history that he has shared in books and blogs.

This event is free wtih gallery admission.

Image: Charles E. Burchfield (1893-1967), Grain Elevators [detail], 1932-38; oil on canvas mounted on board, 40 x 66 inches; Burchfield Penney Art Center, Gift of the Burchfield Foundation, 1974 This work is on view in the exhibition GENIUS LOCI: BURCHFIELD’S SPIRITS OF PLACE 1921-1943 through March 31.


The Burchfield Penney, accredited by the American Alliance of Museums and member of the Association of Art Museum Directors, is supported in part with public funds from Erie County and New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew M. Cuomo and the New York State Legislature.


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Class / Workshop  |  Hidden Place

Sunday, March 31, 2019, 1–4 pm

Nature brings surprises, especially when we happen upon a secret hollow in the trees, with dappled sunlight, and possibly a hidden jewel of a clutch of eggs. 


Book Club  |  My (Part-Time) Paris Life: by Lisa Anselmo

Thursday, April 4, 2019, 6 pm

When her mother dies from breast cancer, Lisa realizes she hadn’t built a life of her own and struggles to find her purpose. Who is she without her mother―and her mother’s expectations?


Performance  |  Made of Motion: Melanie Aceto Contemporary Dance

Friday, April 5, 2019, 7:30 pm

An evening of live music and dance with Melanie Aceto Contemporary Dance and guests. Works performed include premiers and long-time favorites.


Performance  |  Made of Motion: Melanie Aceto Contemporary Dance

Saturday, April 6, 2019, 2 pm

An evening of live music and dance with Melanie Aceto Contemporary Dance and guests. Works performed include world-premiers, buffalo premiers and long-time favorites.


Performance  |  Suitcase Productions presents Edward Albee’s Occupant

Friday, May 3, 2019, 8 pm

Suitcase Productions presents Buffalo actors Christina Rausa and Daniel St. Francis in this outstanding biographical drama at the Burchfield Penney. The story of one of America’s greatest sculptors told by one of its greatest playwrights is a must-see for anyone who has ever wondered what it …


Performance  |  Suitcase Productions presents Edward Albee’s Occupant

Saturday, May 4, 2019, 8 pm

Suitcase Productions presents Buffalo actors Christina Rausa and Daniel St. Francis in this outstanding biographical drama at the Burchfield Penney.  The story of one of America’s greatest sculptors told by one of its greatest playwrights is a must-see for anyone who has ever …

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