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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.
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.
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.