Join us for a once-in-a-half-century cultural happening celebrating the Burchfield Penney’s GOLDEN anniversary. We're turning 50 and we want YOU to help us party! For this one-night-only event, live music and art will fill not just the galleries but the hallways, stairwells, and secret nooks and crannies of our entire building until midnight. We're even using our freight elevator as one of our main stages! Site-specific installations by WNY artists will appear in spaces you’d never expect. Watch a slide show of our history projected onto the front of the building, and play a vintage game of Tetris on the big screen in our auditorium. We're hiding a few Easter eggs for sharp partygoers to discover, too. We'll have a cash bar and plenty of free snacks to munch on.
Come experience Western New York art and find yourself at The Center of it all. GOLDEN is FREE and open to the public. All ages are welcome. Current members, be sure to pick up your FREE GIFT at the Reception Desk—and if you're not a member YET, you can join for 20% off, tonight only!
Don't forget to share your photos of the party far and wide! Use the hashtags #GOLDENArtParty and #BPAC50 so we can find them, too.
Limited-engagement art installations(most will only be up for the night)
•Photographs by Avye Alexandres in the East Gallery, viewable ONLY from the second floor reception area
•An inflatable environment by Stanzi Vaubel (director/creator) with Carlie Todoro-Rickus (lighting), Su Hyun Nam (art direction), and a cast of dancers and musicians (active in the main entranceway from 4:15 to 5:15 and 10 to 11 p.m. only)
•A viewer-activated dollhouse by Dorothea Braemer (will YOU be invited in?)
•A new installation in the windows of the second-floor reception area by Karen Buchner
•A virtual tour of Artpark by Jennifer Seaman Cook (look for QR codes throughout the building; playable on iOS devices only)
•A 3-hour performance in the East Gallery by Dana McKnight
•Projections and spinning artworks in the "Squarewell" stairwell pop-up gallery by Marc Tomko
•A MINECRAFT version of Buffalo created by Mickey Harmon (aka Grovey Cleves) projected in the Auditorium
•Mixed media collages by Sara Baker Michalak in the "Spherewell" stairwell pop-up gallery
•A mirrored Ben Perrone sculptture in the second-floor rotunda
Team Razor Wire (Nicholas Miller and Christopher Kameck)
Musical performances from 5:30 p.m. to midnight on 4 stages throughout the building
hosted by emcee Ronawanda (a.k.a. Ron Ehmke)
East Gallery Stage
5:30 pm: Indie rocker Zak Ward
7:00 pm: Jazz artitsts Gabriella Carlo and Vincent Parlato
8:30: Chamber folk by Tiny Rhymes
9:30 pm: Singer-songwriter Alex Berkeley
Reception Space Stage
7:30 pm: Jacob Peter
8:15-11 pm: "GOLDEN Oldies" by DJ Ron D M Key
11:00 pm: Shoegaze DJ set by DJ Zwartwave (a.k.a. Dana McKnight)
Peter and Elizabeth C. Tower Auditorium Stage
6:45 pm: Hip hop from the duo of dev11n & Chūshō-Ko
Plus projections of artist Mickey Harmon's Minecraft Buffalo animation
and audience-playable games of Tetris
Fabulous Freight Elevator Stage
15 minute sets from 7–10 pm viewable from the second floor hallway to Archives; limited standing room
7-7:15 pm: A capella R&B Hip-Hop Jazz Du-Wop Neo-Soul by 4 B-LO
7:20-7:35 pm: Painting, acting, & poetry plus guitar-based music by sisters Dashuri Egriu & Jenevieve
7:40-7:55 pm: Politically aware hip hop by My Rap Name is Alex (a.k.a. Alex Mead of Bloodthirsty Vegans)
8-8:15 pm: 4 B-LO
8:20-8:35 pm: Dashuri & Jenevieve
8:40-8:55 pm: My Rap Name is Alex
9-9:15 pm: 4 B-LO
9:20-9:35 pm: Dashuri & Jenevieve
9:40-9:55 pm: My Rap Name is Alex
Throughout the building
7-10 pm: Roving violinist Seth Girod
PLUS the opening reception for Locust Street Art: A Buffalo Community Story, a new retrospective of work created by student artists created at Locust Street Neighborhood Art Classes over the last 50+ years, curated by Heather Gring.
AND highlights from the over 400 new photos in the ongoing David Moog project ARTISTS SEEN: PHOTOGRAPHS OF ARTISTS IN THE 21ST CENTURY throughout the building.
Expect surprises—and GOLDEN opportunities—around every corner!
Click here for a preview of GOLDEN in the Buffalo News.