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Mayor Brown Celebrates Beyond/In Western New York At City Hall
Contact: Peter K. Cutler
First-Ever City Hall Beyond/In WNY Art Installation Opens on Observation Deck
Mayor Byron W. Brown today joined leaders of Buffalo’s arts and cultural community to celebrate the opening of the first-ever Beyond/In Western New York art installation at City Hall. The Mayor made the announcement with Louis Grachos, Director of the Albright-Knox Art Gallery, John Massier, Visual Arts Curator, Hallwalls Contemporary Arts Center and Catherine Gillespie, Chair, Buffalo Arts Commission.
“We’re very excited to join the 23 venues that are participating in the 3rd Beyond/In Western New York art exhibition,” said Mayor Brown. “Following yesterday’s thrilling high wire walk by Didier Pasquette, visitors to the art installation here at City Hall will get to see a wonderful art exhibit from Brooklyn-based artists McCallum & Tarry while also enjoying the same type of panoramic view of the city that Mr. Pasquette saw during his walk between the twin Statues of Liberty atop the Liberty Building.”
The City Hall installation, which is housed on the building’s 25th floor and the 28th floor Observation Deck, features the work of Bradley McCallum and Jacqueline Tarry, who have been a collaborative artist team since 1998. Jacqueline Tarry has family roots in Buffalo and their City Hall exhibit includes images from 1960’s era copies of The Challenger, The Buffalo Evening News and The Buffalo Courier-Express entitled “Moselle-Genesee” on the Observation Deck level. On the 25th floor of City Hall, the artists depict images of individuals arrested during the Montgomery, Alabama Bus Boycott of 1955-56.
According to an interview from the Beyond/In WNY catalog, McCallum & Tarry said of their exhibit, which was designed specifically for the City Hall installation, “The work we are creating is intended as a portrait of a time, of a people, and of a neighborhood. The power of their images lies in their honesty. It is personal. It is about home. Its focus is the influence of a time and place in the past that continually shapes and informs the present.”
“I think it is great that the Mayor was so supportive of having City Hall as a venue for Beyond/In Western New York,” said Louis Grachos. “This is a wonderful historical space and it is a very fitting space to present these works by Bradley McCallum and Jacqueline Tarry.”
"The arts commission is pleased that Buffalo City Hall, which is an incredible arts treasure in itself, is able to be a venue in this city wide arts event,” said Catherine Gillespie, Chair of the Buffalo Arts Commission. “It is important that the public has an opportunity to experience part of the breadth and depth of Buffalo fantastic arts community, which is frequently a well kept secret. The commission and the administration are pleased to help facilitate this happening."
"Beyond/In WNY 2010 could not be more pleased that the City of Buffalo has graciously made space on the 25th floors and observation deck of City Hall to showcase the paintings installation of Bradley McCallum and Jacqueline Tarry,” said John Massier. “This is made more significant for the fact that their new body of work is centered around memories of artist Jacqueline Tarry as she grew up on Buffalo's East Side in the neighborhood of Genesee and Moselle. Those of us in the contemporary art field are well aware of the success of this Buffalo-born artist and we're extremely grateful to the Mayor, the Arts Commission and the supportive staff of City Hall in presenting this work about Buffalo to our audience in this most spectacular of venues."
Mayor Byron W. Brown last July unveiled a renovation to the interior area of City Hall’s Observation Deck. The improvements include historically significant photography and interpretive signage features that provide visitors to the building’s 28th floor with a better understanding of what they see around them, as well as gain a better appreciation of Buffalo’s and City Hall’s history. The restoration effort was coordinated by the Buffalo Arts Commission.
“The improvements we made to the Observation Deck have expanded the experience our visitors enjoy when they come to this public space and the installation of the McCallum & Tarry exhibit further enhances that experience,” said Mayor Brown. “This is precisely what we wanted to accomplish when we transformed the Observation Deck and our participation in Beyond/In WNY confirms that our magnificent Art Deco treasure, listed on the National Register of Historic Places, is an ideal setting for such a compelling public art installation.”
The City Hall Observation Deck is open to the public Monday-Friday, 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Buffalo Tours conducts regularly scheduled free one-hour tours of City Hall Monday through Friday beginning at 12:00 noon (for more information on the City Hall tours, go to http://buffalotours.org/ or call 852-3300).
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Photos by Angel Art LTP, compliments of the Greater Buffalo Convention and Visitors Bureau. Additional photos by Adrian Roselli, compliments of Algonquin Studios