This Week at the Burchfield Penney


Thursday, December 13, 2018, 6:30–8 pm

Members of the Burchfield Penney are invited to an exclusive Members Only Preview of GENIUS LOCI: BURCHFIELD’S SPIRITS OF PLACE 1921-1943. Meet curator and Burchfield Scholar Nancy Weekly as part of this special event.

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Thursday, December 13, 2018, 6:30 pm

“What are you looking for when you can’t stop looking at a photo from your childhood? In Ann C. Colley’s case, the picture was of herself, aged nine, standing alongside a Czech doctor who was visiting her family home, a Unitarian parsonage in a bomb-damaged town near Manchester, just after the Second World War. All she knows is that he was called Dr. Novak and that he ran the Unitarian movement in Czechoslovakia. The warmth of that 1946 encounter was never to leave Colley, but “I never saw or heard of him again. I do not even recall his first name.”

This is a nuanced, subtle and luminous reading of a region whose past is full of suffering… Colley only wrote her book after the times veered back towards despair, notably in Ukraine, where the conflict with Russia of the past four years has lost the country not only Crimea and the industrial east but also many citizens’ lives. Colley writes with elegance. She has an impressionistic, magpie way of building up her story – a joke here, a street encounter there... [The memoir] is never far away from a considered reflection on where politics is going. (Times Literary Supplement, excerpt) 

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Friday, December 14, 2018, 10 am–10:30 pm

Join us on December 14th, 2018, for Stay Gold, as part of our M&T sponsored Second Fridays! In honor of our anniversary, Stay Gold is a community art party which celebrates the incredible breadth of talented artists and musicians in Buffalo by featuring site-specific installations throughout the building and music all night. 

Join the Burchfield Penney for an evening of art, music and the unexpected!

On the Second Friday of every month, thanks to the support of M&T Bank, the Burchfield Penney hosts something great! From openings and happy hours, programs, concerts, screenings or other special events, visitors experience the best of the Burchfield Penney.

The galleries are open from 10 am - 9 pm and are free all day! Special programs run from at 5:30 pm - 10:30 pm, with a special dance party starting at 9:30 pm. 

This event is free and open to the public.


Reception Area:
5:30 Frontstreet Men
6:30 Curtis Lovell
7:30 The Brothers Blue
9:30 Travi$ Twin

East Gallery:
6:00 Kokoneetz (Andrew Kothen)
7:00 Hop Hop
8:00 Space Cubs

Art Installations:

Markenzy Cesar
Debra Eck
Bianca McGraw
Jose Rodriguez
Darya Warner
Joshua With
Xiao Yang
Angelina and Ari Matteliano
Brian Milbrand and Holly Johnson
Eclectric Oil and Light  

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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.

Charles E. Burchfield (1893-1967), Rain and Wind Thru the Trees, 1935; watercolor on paper, 20 1/2 x 29 3/4 inches; Burchfield Penney Art Center, Gift of Mr. and Mrs. Armand J. Castellani, 1976 On view in the exhibition GENIUS LOCI: BURCHFIELD’S SPIRITS OF PLACE 1921-1943

Featured Upcoming Events


Thursday, December 20, 2018, 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.


Special Event  |  OPEN CHRISTMAS EVE! The Museum Store is open from 10 am-2 pm

Monday, December 24, 2018

The Museum Store is open from 10 am-2 pm on Christmas Eve!


Tour  |  Salvaged: The Stitched Narratives of Jennifer Regan: Curator tour with Heather Gring

Sunday, December 30, 2018, 1:30–3 pm

Join curator Heather Gring for a tour of Salvaged: The Stitched Narratives of Jennifer Regan.


Book Club  |  Small Stories by Timothy Minneci

Thursday, January 3, 2019, 6 pm

Small Stories compiles the random shenanigans, tomfoolery and occasional deviant behavior, with a lesson or two learned along the way.

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