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BY ELIZABETH LICATA
Travel is commonly accepted as
promoting growth and change.
It also results in art, as the
works chosen for Wanderlust
demonstrate in a wide variety
of fascinating ways.
Here’s one of those exhibitions where
the immediate reaction is “What a great
idea!” Kudos to the University at Buffalo
Art Galleries and curator Rachel Adams
for organizing such an ambitious project.
It is on view at both UB Art Gallery locations (Anderson Gallery and Center for
the Arts) and travels to Des Moines in
With a full title of Wanderlust: Actions,
Traces, Journeys 1967-2017, the exhibition looks at artists as voyagers who are
driven beyond the walls of their studios
to create action-based art. It starts with a
well-known group of conceptual artists—
some known as “land artists”—
including such figures as Vito Acconci, Nancy
Holt, Allen Kaprow, Richard Long, and
Ana Mendieta, who made groundbreaking work in the sixties and seventies. The
show also includes work by Janine Antoni, David Hammons, William Pope L.,
Mary Ellen Strom, and others, with artworks representing every decade of the
last fifty years.
There are participatory projects that
involve viewers walking themselves—
through the West Side, along the Outer
Harbor, and (in one case) with their eyes
closed. There are also a skywriting project
and a tree planting project. Previous UB
shows such as Splitting Light and Ragnar
Kjartansson’s The Visitors have demonstrated the robust and compelling vision
behind UB’s current exhibition program,
but this sprawling endeavor, which makes
public and student participation a priority, looks like it could be the most exciting
UB venture yet.
Wanderlust: Actions, Traces, Journeys
1967-2017 opens September 7 and runs
through December 31. Opening receptions
take place 5–8 p.m. Sept. 7 at the UB Art
Gallery in the Center for the Arts, and 11
a.m.– 2 p.m., Sept. 9 at the UB Anderson
Gallery, One Martha Jackson Place. Visit
ubartgalleries.org for more information.
Clockwise from top: Mary Mattingly, Pull, 2013; Teresa Murak, Procession, 1974; Allan
Kaprow, Taking a Shoe for a Walk, 1989; Janine Antoni, Touch, 2002