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Posted: Thursday, October 11, 2018

This Week at the Burchfield Penney Art Center

Mexican Cinema and Culture: Bending Borders
October 10–12

Free admission made possible this year by riverrun.

Friday, October 12
October M&T Second Friday
10:00 a.m.–8:00 p.m.
On the second Friday of every month, the Burchfield Penney hosts something great, thanks to the support of M&T Bank. With openings and happy hours, programs, concerts, screenings, and other special events, visitors experience the best of the Burchfield Penney every second Friday. The galleries are open from 10:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. and are free all day. Visit the Burchfield Penney website for the full schedule of activities. RSVP on Facebook and invite your friends.

Starting at 2:00 p.m.
The riverrun Film Festival: Mexican Cinema and Culture: Bending Borders continues on M&T Second Friday

5:30–7:30 p.m.
Opening celebration: Display: The Sculpture of Anne Currier and Charles Cary Rumsey: In Motion

Live music by La Marimba

Drop-in art-making workshop and book reading

Saturday, October 13
8:00 p.m.
Rhapsody by Bobby Previte
Commissioned by the 2015 Greenfield Prize in Music, Rhapsody is an acoustic, evening-length song cycle on the subject of travel and migration. This star-studded band features John Medeski on piano, Nels Cline on acoustic guitars, Zeena Parkins on harp, Jen Shyu on vocals and erhu, Fabian Rucker on saxophone, and Bobby Previte on trap drums, autoharp, and harmonica.

In 2015, Previte received the Greenfield Prize in music at the Hermitage Artist Retreat to create a new work. Terminals Part II: In Transit (or Rhapsody) is the result. Rhapsody is the second in a three-part series exploring the experience of travel. Terminals Part I: Departures is a set of five concertos written for the visionary percussion group SO Percussion and five improvisers. This piece premiered at Merkin Hall in New York City in 2011, and the recording was released on Cantaloupe Music in 2014. In Rhapsody, the improvisers from Departures, all of whom had been selected based on their ability to separately carry 15-minute concertos, were thrown together into one ensemble.

Beginning from the point of view of a passenger sitting comfortably in an airplane, Rhapsody twists and turns until the traveler finally arrives on an unfamiliar shore. What is the experience of being in transit? Separated from your home but not yet at your destination, you are neither here nor there, confined with strangers in an intimate environment for a predetermined amount of time. Uncomfortable, yet somehow free. To travel is to be bound with these strangers by faith—faith in the vessel that carries you, faith in the people who operate it, and ultimately, faith in the strangers waiting at your destination.

Tickets: $15 members; $30 not-yet members

$30 tickets available online or by phone at 878-6011.
Members must call the Burchfield Penney to purchase tickets at the member price.


Sunday, October 14
11:00 a.m.–3:30 p.m.

Celebrating Trees: Spend the Afternoon at the Burchfield Penney
Join us for a celebration of trees. Drop in to the studio classroom for a fall-themed art-making project. Stay for a tour of Burchfield's Arboretum: A Celebration of Trees with exhibition curator Tullis Johnson. 

Come and celebrate fall with us by creating a work of art using beautifully preserved leaves. Using Burchfield’s Constant Leaf, 1960 as inspiration, design an oak leaf assemblage with autumn colors and embellishments to take home and enjoy.

Balsam fir tree saplings generously donated by the Saratoga Tree Nursery will be given away to the first 100 guests participating in these programs. 

All free with gallery admission.

Submitted by: Kathleen M Heyworth
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Friday, October 12, 2018