This exhibition of works from the Burchfield Penney Art Center’s collection delivers artists’ 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 has been curated by SUNY Buffalo State graduate students in the museum studies course, MST 622 “Researching and Presenting Museum Collections.” They include: David W. Banchich, Ashley M. Carney, Audrey M. Clark, Matthew J. Crissey, Mark F. Dabney, Melissa A. Fanton, Carla A. Feller, Mary Langille, and Abigail Augusta Lee. They worked with Nancy Weekly, Burchfield Penney Instructor of Museum Studies at SUNY Buffalo State, who is also the Burchfield Scholar, Head of Collections, and Charles Cary Rumsey Curator at the Burchfield Penney Art Center. Together they selected artworks that illustrate artists’ expressions of their identity, both 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. They researched the artists and related themes to put these works in historic and contemporary cultural context, and wrote label texts for both adults and children. Their labels will accompany the artworks they selected, and will be added to the museum’s document files for future reference.