October 30, 2015 by: Natalie Fleming
Exhibition Dates: November 12 – December 12, 2015
Reception: Thursday, November 12, 5-7PM
Department of Art Gallery
Working Title: Artists on the Edge of Lake Erie is an exhibition that explores the practice and process of artists working in postindustrial cities along the edge of Lake Erie. Shying from the ‘rust belt’ moniker, the exhibit makes effort to bring another dimension to contemporary post-industry. While cities such as Buffalo, Cleveland, Detroit, and Toledo are often described in popular discourse as failed, lost, in a state of transformation, under revitalization, or as prospective investment opportunities, this exhibit seeks to open a conversation between these viewpoints. Working Title focuses on the emerging dynamics generated by critically engaged art practices taking place within these cities.
Thus rather than asking ‘what is the role of art in transforming the city,’ we ask — is there a transformation of art and art practices emerging from these cities? In what way do working artists negotiate the socio-economic landscape with their practice? What barriers impede, or lack of barriers aid in, the production of art in areas of depleting populations or public funds? Are there ways in which the artwork and working conditions reflect or deny each other? These ideas will be discussed and included in the show through recorded telephone, email, and in person conversations with the artists. As the title suggests, Working Title is an ongoing conversation about work, art, and living in these cities.
Working Title is UB Department of Art Gallery‘s 2015-2016 Graduate Curatorial Project. In this annual program, graduate students are invited to submit ideas for an exhibition that demonstrates significant educational, artistic, and/or cultural value for the UB and larger Western New York community.