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Installation by Rich Tomasello at Daemen College

Enter Daemen College’s Haberman Gacioch Center for Visual & Performing Arts and walk past the stalls of student art portfolios and into a gallery of unlikely objects—Rich Tomasello’s exhibition, Innocence Lost. There is no instructional statement on wall, no enlightening audio headphones. Although I had arrived after reading the printed exhibition brochure featuring a brief artist statement and three short essays by local arts professionals, anyone wandering through the gallery is left to ponder the array of artifacts in their own way. The small room titled Bedroom Bomb Shelter shows a child’s bed with a large flat-screen surveillance monitor hung on the wall. Below is a line of tall cans marked Civil Defense All Purpose Survival Cracker. The other wall is lined with barrels of Civil Defense Drinking Water. Shelves above are stocked with various cans, glass bottles, and supplies wrapped in brown paper.

Craft and Design on Exhibit at the Burchfield Penney Art Center

Two terrific exhibits installed cheek by jowl at the Burchfield Penney Art Center seem to raise the same question. About supposed artistic categories. Genres. Do they mean anything at all?

18th Annual Altars Exhibition at El Museo

“There’s a bit of magic in everything, and some loss to even things out.” The song lyrics by Lou Reed express something central to the Day of the Dead. His words were a kind of musical altar to the memory of two close friends who had died. Now, during this auspicious time of year, he too has passed on.

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