"Who Told You That You Were Naked? Surveillance and Human Vulnerability," Work by Gary L. Wolfe

"Who Told You That You Were Naked? Surveillance and Human Vulnerability," Work by Gary L. Wolfe

Sep 19, 2024 - Feb 23, 2025

  • Reception Sep 19, 2024 • 4:30-8 p.m.


Castellani Art Museum and the University at Buffalo Art Galleries, Center for the Arts are excited to unveil Who Told You That You Were Naked? Surveillance and Human Vulnerability, an interactive installation by acclaimed Western New York artist Gary L. Wolfe. This innovative exhibition, running from September 19, 2024, to February 23, 2025, explores the complex themes of vulnerability, privacy, and surveillance through a captivating blend of traditional paintings and video technology.

Gary L. Wolfe, a Buffalo native with a background in Christian Ministries, Psychology, and Humanities, brings his extensive career in health and human services to his art, focusing on the marginalized and exploring themes of pain, suffering, and vulnerability. His installation features 80 paintings—40 naked figures and 40 portraits—arranged to surround viewers includes embedded hidden surveillance cameras, interactive digital elements, and a soundscape of model voices. The figures, often posed with objects or gestures to obscure their identities, challenge viewers to confront the pervasive nature of surveillance culture.

Visitors will experience two distinct thematic presentations: the "seductive" side at the UB Art Galleries, Center for the Arts and the "sinister" side at Castellani Art Museum. This dual approach offers a nuanced exploration of surveillance and human vulnerability, enhanced by guest lectures and scholarly discussions fostering collaboration between the two institutions.

The opening reception on September 19 will span both venues, encouraging attendees to experience the full scope of Wolfe's provocative installation. The UB Art Galleries will host its reception from 5–8 p.m., while the Castellani Art Museum will hold its reception from 4:30–8 p.m. (4:30–5:30 p.m. VIP, Niagara University, and Members Reception, 5:30–8 p.m. Public Reception). This event promises to be a captivating introduction to an exhibition that engages its audience through its immersive, thought-provoking concepts.