Alternating Currents II

Townsend Gallery
On view June 8-July 13, 2024
10:00am – 5:00pm daily
Free Admission

Opening reception: Saturday, June 8, 2024, 2:00-4:00pm

ACII is the second in a series of exhibitions which borrows its title from Nikola Tesla’s generation, transmission, and use of electricity from the late-nineteenth century. In 1896 Tesla’s system was set up in Niagara Falls with the world’s first hydroelectric plant.  

Using alternating current as a framing device, this exhibition considers the craft-based artwork of LGBTQ+ artists from across Western New York. By bringing these artists together and emphasizing the role of craft within contemporary art, Alternating Currents II centers a specific cohort of artists within Western New York whose art shapes our cultural conversation. 

Image credit: Susan Koloski, Swell, 2022, basswood cherry, 38 x 30 x 20 inches.  Courtesy of the artist.

Alternating Current II Artists

Helen Beckley-Forest, H. Boone, Zara Bronwyn, Kevin Carr, Jack Edson, Win Han, Justin Higner, Shayna Kiblin, Susan Koloski, Thomas Matayas, Gerald Mead, Cristiano Pereira, Aric Verrastro, and Vince Verrastro.

From Curator Dana Tyrrell

Craft art has long been a vessel for storytelling; a medium through which personal narratives find voice and collective histories are preserved. In Alternating Currents II, the Niagara Arts & Cultural Center is proud to platform the diverse voices and narratives of LGBTQ+ artists from across Western New York. 

From vibrant textiles to intricate ceramics, and delicate needlework to bold quilts, these works of art embody a kaleidoscope of lived experiences, community perspectives, and highlights the intersection of identity and craft. 

As a curator, my hope is that this exhibition serves as a space for connection, understanding, and affirmation. Whether you identify as part of the LGBTQ+ community or as an ally, may you find resonance and inspiration in this artwork.