Traveling Exhibits

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 Dalí

Les Diners de Gala (Gala's Dinners) was published in 1973 as a collaboration between Salvador Dalí 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 Dalí, of course, took the glory. Their goal was to produce magnificent meals fit for a royal feast. Dalí 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 Dalí's favorite meals. These lithographs are the product of Dalí's experimentation with mixed media and are regarded as his most unique prints. “Informed by Dalí's distinctive style, the tome presents a heady blend of hallucinatory illustrations set against outlandish, and surprisingly appetizing, recipes that capture the flavor of Dalí 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 emblematic of how practically everything Dalí touched turned to gold.” Food was a favorite theme in much of Dalí's work--his paintings, prints and other works are filled with images...

 

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.