Current Exhibitions

Kathy Goodell: Infra-Loop, Selections 1994—2020

Curated by Andrew Woolbright

February 6 – July 11, 2021
Morgan Anderson Gallery and Howard Greenberg Family Gallery

Kathy Goodell, Voyager, 2020

explores the artistic practice of Kathy Goodell, whose work remains a mysterious synthesis. Associated with many movements and contemporaries, Goodell’s career charts a path and fills in the gaps of what we think about art in the ‘90s, ‘00s, and the present. Her practice has determined itself through a kind of non-specificity, one that resists easy classification and interpretation. The meaning of her work, and context through which we are to understand it, is simultaneous and withheld—west coast spiritualism meets east coast abstraction; procedural non-objectivity blends with painterly biomorphism; protean theosophy informs post-modernist contemporary. This survey of work explores the through-lines in Goodell's practice as a moving target, examining an artist that is constantly challenging and reinventing her practice.

Support for this exhibition has been provided by a Foundation for Contemporary Arts Emergency Grant.

Lewis Hine, Child Labor Investigator

Curated by Anna Conlan and Amy Fredrickson

February 6 – July 11, 2021
Sara Bedrick Gallery

Lewis Hine, Sadie Kelly, 11 years old, Peerless Oyster Co., 1911, Samuel Dorsky Museum of Art

Using photography as a tool for social change, Lewis Hine’s (1874-1940) powerful photographs for the National Child Labor Commission proved the exploitation of young children working in unsafe conditions and ultimately led to American child labor law reform.

DIRT: Inside Landscapes

Curated by Emilie Houssart

February 6 – July 11, 2021
Seminar Room Gallery

John Pfahl, Salt Pile with Bagels, South Buffalo, NY, 1976, Samuel Dorsky Museum of Art


As part of the Dorsky Artist in Residence program, DIRT: Inside Landscapes will be the base for artist Emilie Houssart's explorations into how we relate to surrounding ecologies.

The Dorsky Collects: Selections from the Permanent Collection

Curated by Wayne Lempka

Corridor Gallery


Milton Avery, Card Players, 1944, oil on canvas, gift of Mr. & Mrs. Roy R. Neuberger, 1954.002

From its humble beginnings in the 1950s, the permanent collection of the Samuel Dorsky Museum of Art (formerly known as The College Art Gallery) has grown to comprise roughly 6,000 objects spanning over 4,000 years. While many individuals have been responsible for the increase in the number of objects accessioned into the collection, it was through the initial efforts of both the University’s Faculty Wives Club and the Arts & Crafts Society that a permanent collection was established on campus. When one considers that the few hundred objects which initially formed the core of the permanent collection in the 1950s, have grown to comprise approximately 6,000 objects, one cannot help but reflect upon the diligent efforts and the extreme generosity of a vast number of patrons over the last six decades.

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