Highlights: The Castellani Collection

Joan Mitchell (American, 1925–1992), Begonia, 1982, Oil on canvas, 111 1/2 x 80 inches, Gift of Dr. and Mrs. Armand J. Castellani, 1991

Exhibit:  October 17, 2015 – July 17, 2016
Reception:  November 22, 2015 — 2:00pm - 4:00pm

Overview

The Castellani Art Museum of Niagara University will host a public reception for “Highlights: The Castellani Collection,” from 2:00 – 4:00 p.m. on Sunday, November 22, 2015. This museum-wide exhibition, which fills all of its eight galleries, celebrates the release of the first collection publication in the history of the CAM, as well as the 25th Anniversary of the museum on the campus of Niagara University. The exhibition opened on October 17, 2015, in conjunction with the museum’s annual gala, and may be viewed any time the museum is open.

 “The Armand and Eleanor Castellani Collection: Art for the Public Eye,” was produced with a generous donation from the late Marie Castellani O’Donnell, and her husband Thomas O’Donnell. The catalogue is available for purchase in the Castellani Art Museum Shop for $25. 

 The companion exhibition, “Highlights: The Castellani Collection” features a selection of works donated by Armand and Eleanor Castellani as well as recent acquisitions from their children and grandchildren. Marian Granfield, Director of Niagara University’s Art History with Museum Studies Program, was guest curator. Granfield will give a curator’s talk and tour of the exhibition at 3:00 p.m.

This is a great time to visit The Castellani Art Museum of Niagara University. Granfield has created themes for each gallery, with introductory panels explaining the concept for each section. You'll see an amazing cross section of modern and contemporary art, as well as earlier works. This may be the only time you will see such a vast representation of the Castellani’s remarkable permanent collection.

Artists in the exhibition include: Jean-Michel Basquiat, Lynda Benglis, Norman Bluhm, Charles Clough, Ralston Crawford, Jasper Francis Cropsey, Friedel Dzubas, Eric Fischl, Nancy Graves, Grace Hartigan, Keith Haring, David Hockney, Barbara Kruger, Wilfredo Lam, Roy Lichtenstein, Robert Longo, Roberto Matta, Arnold Mesches, Joan Miro, Joan Mitchell, Alice Neel, Louise Nevelson, Judy Pfaff, Joseph Piccillo, Larry Poons, Robert Rauschenberg, Edward Ruscha, David Salle, Cindy Sherman, Charles Simonds, Rufinoa Tamayo, John Twachtman, Maurice Utrillo, Andy Warhol, Tom Wesselmann, and Michael Zwack. 

CASCADING CLOSING DATES:

The exhibition is open museum-wide through December 20, 2015.

Gallery 1 closes December 20, 2015.

Gallery 2 Gallery 2 closes February 28, 2016.

Gallery 3 closes January 10, 2016.

The Central Gallery remains on view through mid July, 2016.

Gallery 5 closes March 6, 2016.

Gallery 7 closes May 29, 2016.

Galleries 4 and 6 are ongoing with permanent collection works.

 

The Castellani Art Museum is open Tuesday – Saturday, 11:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. and Sunday from 1:00 – 5:00 p.m. Admission is free. For more information, please call 716-286-8200.