Lake to Lake: John Pfahl and Amos W. Sangster

Exhibit:  April 14, 2019 – December 20, 2019

Overview

The Castellani Art Museum will present an exhibition that reflects on the legacy of two artists whose works, spanning two centuries, captured the beauty and grandeur of the Niagara region.  Lake to Lake: John Pfahl and Amos W. Sangster will be on display from April 14 – December 20, 2019.

 In 1985 several community celebrations took place in Niagara Falls, NY to commemorate the establishment of the Niagara Reservation, the first state park in the United States, which protected land adjacent to the Falls from development by industry and tourism. The staff of the Buscaglia-Castellani Art Gallery (the precursor to the Castellani Art Museum) and local historians formed the Amos W. Sangster Niagara River Centennial Committee to mark the 100th anniversary of the creation of Sangster’s monumental portfolio of 153 etchings, The Niagara River and Falls from Lake Erie to Lake Ontario. An exhibition of selections from this portfolio was organized and took place from May 4, 1986 – September 7, 1986. From that same committee came the parallel exhibition Niagara River and Falls: A Contemporary View, photographs by John Pfahl that captured spectacular images from the same sites as Amos W. Sangster between Lake Erie to Lake Ontario.

 In this re-imagined exhibition, 12 plates (10 not shown in A Sangster Celebration) and 14 vignettes will be featured with John Pfahl’s photographs (11 original Pfahl pairings from Arcadia Revisted) to give a larger look at these two important bodies of work against the landscape as it stands today.

 Lake to Lake: John Pfahl and Amos W. Sangster is made possible in part, by the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Legislature.
       

Image credits:

John Pfahl (American, born 1939) View of Lake Erie and Buffalo from Wanakah, 1985, Ektacolor color-coupler print, Collection of the Castellani Art Museum of Niagara University, Purchased through a grant from the New York State Council on the Arts and The Institute for Museum Services, 1985

Amos W. Sangster  (American 1833-1904). Lake Ontario, 1886, etching. Collection of the Castellani Art Museum of Niagara University, Generous Donation from Dr. Charles Rand Penney, partially funded by the Castellani Purchase Fund, with additional funding from Mr. and Mrs. Thomas A. Lytle, 2006  

Checklist for Lake to Lake: John Pfahl and Amos W. Sangster

All works in this exhibition are Collection of the Castellani Art Museum of Niagara University, unless otherwise noted.

Amos W. Sangster prints:

Generous Donation from Dr. Charles Rand Penney, partially funded by the Castellani Purchase Fund, with additional funding from Mr. and Mrs. Thomas A. Lytle, 2006 and Gift of Bethlehem Steel Corporation, 1982

John Pfahl photographs:

Collection of the Castellani Art Museum of Niagara University, Purchased through a grant from the New York State Council on the Arts and The Institute for Museum Services, 1985

 

 Amos W. Sangster  (American, 1833-1904)            Etchings                             

A Breezy Day - Lake Erie, 1886

Buffalo Harbor, 1886                                                                                                            

A Point of Tonawanda Island, 1887  

Patience, ca. 1885                                                                                     

Beaver Creek in 1860, Grand Island, 1886 

The Rapids from Goat Island, 1887   

A Glimpse of the Rapids Above American Falls from Goat Island, 1887           

The Two Sister Islands, 1886

The End of the Pathway - Horse-shoe Falls, 1886

Rock and Mist - American Falls, 1888                          

Ice Mountain, Horse-Shoe Falls, 1886                                          

Entrance to the Cave-of-the-Winds, Niagara Falls, American Side, 1886                          

American Falls-Looking Down the River from Foot of Horse-Shoe Falls-American Side, 1886

View a Mile Below the Falls, 1886 

Two Miles Below the Falls - American Side, 1886                                       

In the Shadow of the Rocks, 1887                                                                   

A Jumper in the Whirlpool, undated   

Rapids Above the Whirlpool, 1888                                                           

The Sphinx of the Whirlpool, 1886                                                                       

From the Road to Brock's Monument, 1888

Grove of Oaks Below Lewiston, 1888                                                               

Fort Niagara, 1886                                                                        

Lake Ontario, 1886

John Pfahl  (American, born 1939)  Ektacolor color-coupler prints

Self-Portrait, 1985   Black and white photo                                                                                                                      

A Breezy Day on Lake Erie, August 1985

Buffalo Skyline, July 1986

Electric Plant from Beaver Island, October 1985

Cattails on Buckhorn Island, October 1985

Purple Loosestrife on Buckhorn Island, July 1985

Lone Observer on Three Sisters Island, March 1985

Tree Clump and Rapids from Three Sisters Island, May 1985

Rapids from Bridge to Three Sisters Island, July 1985

Horseshoe Falls with Rainbow, May 1987

Rainbow in the American Falls from Luna Island, July 1985

American Falls with Ice and Rainbow, April 1985

Horseshoe Falls from Below, September 1985

Horseshoe Falls at Sunrise, September 1985

Crescent Moon over Rainbow Bridge, July 1985

Two Miles Below the Falls, August 1985

Rocky Point Near Whirlpool, July 1985

Large Wave in Whirlpool Rapids, May 1985

Turbulent Water Near the Whirlpool, 1985

The Whirlpool Rapids, August 1985

View of Lower River from Brock's Monument, July 1985

Niagara Glen Boulders, October 1985

Fort Niagara from Niagara-on-the-Lake, July 1985

Lake Ontario and Toronto, June 1986

View of Lake Erie and Buffalo from Wanakah, August 1985

 

Additional works

John George Nussbaumer  (American, 1866-1948)

Amos W. Sangster, undated

Reproduction, from an original cabinet photo by

Nussbaumer's Portraits Studio, 512 Main Street, Buffalo, New York

Image Courtesy of Meibohm Fine Arts, Inc., East Aurora, New York      

 

Press Review booklet of Sangster’s portfolio of etchings,

The Niagara River from Lake to Lake created by publisher,

Thomas T. Fryer, 1886

Archives of the Castellani Art Museum of Niagara University

 

H. A. Parsons

Map of Niagara River and Parts Adjacent and

Map of Niagara Falls and Vicinity, Engraving by J. G. Darby

in Book of Niagara Falls, 1836

Engraving

Archive of the Castellani Art Museum of Niagara University

 

Giraldon

Plan de la Cataracte de Niagara et de l'Isthme

que separe les Lacs Erie et Ontario, 1801

Engraving

 

W.R. Callington                                    

A Bird's Eye View of the River Niagara

from Lake Erie to Lake Ontario, 1838

Hand colored lithograph  

                                                   

 Fully digitized Sangster portfolios can be viewed online at:

https://www.meibohmfinearts.com/artists/details/746