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Alberto Rey returns to Castellani for ‘Biological Regionalism: Niagara River, WNY’ exhibition

Castellani Art Museum of Niagara University (CAM of NU) will host two exhibition receptions celebrating Biological Regionalism: Niagara River, Western New York by Alberto Rey on Thursday, April 20, from 4–6 p.m. for CAM of NU Members and the Niagara University community and from 6–8 p.m. for the public.

Alberto Rey explores the complexities of the Niagara River past and present. Utilizing lushly illustrated narratives, Rey capitalizes on his unique visual language to speak to the importance of the Niagara River in American popular culture and how this has changed over time. These large-scale paintings reflect on the River’s historical significance to the Underground Railroad, Native American culture, and the pollution of both the River and communities along its bank.

This exhibition––the 12th in Rey’s Biological Regionalism series––explores the complexities of the sacred Niagara River and Falls past and present. Utilizing lushly illustrated narratives, his large-scale paintings reflect the Niagara River’s historical significance to Native Americans, enslaved people, and the pollution of the river and communities along its 36-mile stretch of U.S. and Canadian shores.