Museums provide engaging exhibitions and programs that explore different themes and issues relevant to current world experiences. SUNY Buffalo State graduate and undergraduate students in museum studies co-curated Different Perspectives to research and interpret works in the museum’s collection that address contemporary issues through multi-disciplinary perspectives. They explore subjects such as identity and gender politics, our relationship with the land, literary and musical improvisation, and historical and current events.
For thirteen years, Nancy Weekly, the Burchfield Penney Instructor of Museum Studies, who also serves as the Center’s Burchfield Scholar, Head of Collections, and Charles Cary Rumsey Curator, has provided an opportunity for students in museum studies to work as a team to curate and install a collection-based exhibition. This year’s offering, Different Perspectives, resulted from the work of Bailey Boyer, Emily Constantin, Asher Glazer, Allison Logan, and Ryan Moretta who selected artworks that sparked their curiosity. They conducted research to investigate different ways to interpret the art for adults and kids, wrote interpretive labels, and participated in the installation.
Their reactions to the artworks are presented as interpretive labels which will be added to the artworks’ historic record. We invite you to share your reactions online at www.twitter.com/BPArtCenter, www.facebook.com/BurchfieldPenney, and www.instagram.com/bpartcenter.