Traveling Exhibits

Lure of Niagara: Highlights from the Charles Rand Penney Historical Niagara Falls Print Collection

It is believed that more prints were made of Niagara Falls before the twentieth century than of any other specific place, and The Charles Rand Penney Collection of Historical Niagara Falls Prints is the largest collection of this genre. Viewing so many images of one subject together, we can gain new insights not only about the location itself, but also about the manner in which the scene has been depicted, emerging with a deeper understanding of the history of Niagara Falls.  The collection is organized into seven thematic categories—Hennepin & Derivatives, A Variety of Depictions, Niagara As a Symbol, Popular Prints, Prints for the Wealthy, Extraordinary Events, and Maps. The immense size and fragility of the complete collection precludes a presentation in its entirety. The Lure of Niagara: Highlights from the Charles Rand Penney Historical Niagara Falls Print Collection* *features works, representative of the larger holdings of the collection, that are symbolic, commercially popular, historically relevant, and particularly unique.

Fields of Dreams: North American Baseball Stadiums by Photographer Jim Dow

These panoramic photographs evoke nostalgia and a sense of the American scene that is rapidly disappearing in the twenty-first century. Baseball aficionados will fondly recall the glories of Comiskey Park, Yankee Stadium, the Fenway, Candlestick Park and many more. While many of these structures no longer exist, Jim Dow's photographs remind us that the crack of the bat, the roar of the crowd and the spirit of baseball continue to live in the hearts of fans of all ages. Also included in the exhibition are photographs and information documenting the history of more than 100 years of baseball at Niagara University. Fourteen graduates of Niagara University played the major leagues, including Joe McCarthy, legendary manager of the New York Yankees. Sal "The Barber" Maglie, a famous Niagara Falls native, is also profiled. Jim Dow's work is included in many private and museum collections, and his photographs have appeared in prestigious publications, such as The New York Times and American Photographer.

Jean-Michel Basquiat: An Intimate Portrait

An intimate look at the friendship between artists Nicholas Taylor and Jean-Michel Basquiat born under the pulsating lights of New York's famed Mudd Club in lower Manhattan in January 1979. These documentary photographs of Basquiat are being exhibited and traveled for the first time in their entirety. The accompanying text panels, written by Taylor, serve to contextualize the historical significance of Basquiat in the early 1980s.

The Exquisite Corpse in Glass: Contemporary Figurative Flameworkers Play a Surrealist's Game

In this exhibition, eleven internationally recognized figurative glass sculptors are invited to 'play' a modern version of the Surrealist game, the cadavre exquis (exquisite corpse.) In the original game, the players would write words on bits of paper, which would then be drawn at random to create nonsensical (or amazingly profound!) sentences.

Les Diners de Gala by Salvador Dali

Les Diners de Gala (Gala's Dinners) was published in 1973 as a collaboration between Salvador Dali and a secret chef. The secret chef" being the top French restaurants of the day, including Lasserre, La Tour d'Argent, Maxim's and Le Buffet de la Gare de Lyon, ”whose chefs created the recipes and Dali­, of course, took the glory." Their goal was to produce magnificent meals fit for a royal feast. Dali­ dedicated Les Diners de Gala to his wife Gala, who is stylized on the golden cover. With 136 recipes in twelve categories, this collection of eccentric formulas includes an entire chapter on aphrodisiacs. This portfolio of twelve lithographs, complete with a distinctive engraving in the lower margin of each work titled Spoon with Crutches, is a Surrealist twist on some of Dali's favorite meals. These lithographs are the product of Dali­'s experimentation with mixed media and are regarded as his most unique prints. Informed by Dali­'s distinctive style, the tome presents a heady blend of hallucinatory illustrations set against outlandish, and surprisingly appetizing, recipes that capture the flavor of Dali­ and Gala's unlimited imagination, ”reminding us it's all suitable for eating!" This flamboyant book is a veritable stroke of genius, ”its gold cover...