2018

 

A staple of artistic practice, the nude is a classic that compels us and provokes strong emotions. Buffalo artist Paul Rybarczyk’s bold color palette suits the power of his male subjects while often showing them at their most vulnerable, and serves as an interesting counterpoint to the lush and lovely female figures that emerge from the wood grain and muted landscape paintings of local artist Lauralynn White. (PS)

 

Albright alumnus, André Terrell Jackson ’13, remixes visual references from history, pop culture, diasporic cultures, and his own personal experiences with family and friends in the pursuit of his creative process. Based in fiber, Jackson’s mixed-media works cause viewers to investigate and question assumptions about identity politics. By transforming, juxtaposing and adapting common materials into his works, he examines the contradictions within and forces us to think differently about concepts related to beauty, identity and race. (PS)

Freedman Gallery (MG & PS)

 

The exhibition highlights Linder’s most recent body of work, which explores toxic waste sites in Buffalo, Tonawanda, and Niagara Falls, New York. Linder’s initial work focused on the Love Cana neighborhood along the Niagara River. During the 1940s, the Hooker Company dumped over 20,000 tons of toxic waste on this 36-square block locale. In 1978, the ill-health of its residents came to light, and subsequently, families were forced out of their homes. (MG & FG)

 

Acclaimed artist Susan Crile is no stranger to controversy, having won a landmark court case against the IRS, Crile v. Commissioner, for a dispute related to taxation of artists. In 2003, when photos of prisoners being tortured at Abu Ghraib prison in Iraq began to surface on the Internet, she began to focus her creativity towards awakening a global consciousness regarding incarceration and inhumane practices of prisoner torture. The Abu Ghraib series, 2005-2007, eventually led to a second series, Guantánamo and Black Sites, 2010-2016. For the first time, works from the Abu Ghraib series and the Guantánamo and Black Sites series are seen together. (MG)

 

Anna Chupa, professor of photography and chair of the department of Art, Architecture, and Design at Lehigh University, has spent 20 years documenting the evolution of the altars created by New Orleans Voodoo priestess Miriam Williams. Along with a suite of aluminum print images of Williams’ altars, Chupa will install an altar of her own that honors the Catholic Feast of St. Joseph, a tradition brought to New Orleans by thousands of Sicilians in the late 1800s. Visitors can access an interactive station to create a personal offering that Chupa will periodically add to the altar. In a related set of works on silk called “tilings” the artist examines Islamic cultural traditions and artistic practices and adapts the principals of girih tile designs to her photographic, digitally manipulated and reproduced montages. (PS)

Curated by student Kailee Robinson ’20, the exhibition includes prints from fashion icon Emilio Pucci, paired with prints from acclaimed fashion designer Gloria Vanderbilt. Abstracts, landscapes, still-life and more are offered in vibrant and bold color palettes with a careful eye for design evident in each work. (PS)

“Mystic student curates college fashion exhibit,” The Day, Nov. 14, 2018

Raul Gonzalez performs a “daddy” rendition of Andy Warhol Eats a Hamburger a.k.a. Burger, New York, updating the American tradition of eating a hamburger, as the artist eats a taco with his daughter on his lap. (FG)

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