Castellani offering art and history lesson

Contributed image"Andy Warhol, Sitting Bull," 1986, screenprint on Lenox museum board from the Castellani Art Museum of Niagara University collection. The piece was a gift from the Andy Warhol Foundation in 2014.


The Niagara University History Department is collaborating with the Castellani Art Museum on a new exhibition. Experiencing Post-War U.S. History Through Art, which continues the tradition of faculty-curated exhibitions from the museum’s permanent collection.

The exhibit runs through June 20. An opening reception will be held on Feb. 20.

Organized by Michael J. Beam, interim director/curator of exhibitions and special projects in partnership with Niagara University faculty members, each professor selected works that represent a variety of perspectives on the major social, political, and economic themes explored in the U.S. in the contemporary world, a general education course offered at NU.

“These works invite the viewer to consider local, regional, and national histories, as well as Americans’ changing perspectives on their place in the world,” according to the introductory essay by NU History Department Faculty. “Art helps us to see history beyond the grand narrative of politics, presidents, and war, shedding light on the lived experience of everyday people.”

Participating faculty include Dr. Stephanie Wichhart, Dr. Michael Durfee, Dr. Mustafa Gokcek, Dr. Robert Kane, Dr. Marissa C. Rhodes, Dr. Shannon M. Risk and Dr. John Stranges. 

The exhibition is made possible, in part, by the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo and the New York State Legislature. 

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