The Castellani Art Museum at Niagara University will host an exhibit by artist Alberto Rey called Biological Regionalism: Niagara River, Western New York.
It will be on display from April 20 until Feb. 25, 2024. An artist’s reception is scheduled for Aprl 20 at 4:30 p.m.
In a statement on the museum’s website, Rey state’s that “It is crucial to inform on the importance of our region in America’s cultural and natural heritage and the challenges that the Niagara River faces.” The show will explore the complexities of the Niagara River’s past and present. Rey seeks to share the cultural importance of the Niagara in American popular culture and how that has changed over time. These large-scale paintings reflect on the river’s historical significance to the Underground Railroad, importance to Native American culture, and the pollution of the river and the communities along its banks.
Rey’s Biological Regionalism continues his four-decade artistic journey “documenting human relationships to natural waterways and how these relationships have a direct effect on the flora and fauna of regions across the globe. Building on past, present, and future, this work is guided through what he has termed, ‘a devotional painting approach.'”
This exhibition is made possible through the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of the Office of the Governor and the New York State Legislature.
For more information, visit the museum’s website here.