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Images courtesy of the Castellani Art Museum
Images courtesy of the Castellani Art Museum

Castellani Art Museum now offering virtual tours and programs

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Mon, Oct 19th 2020 03:45 pm

Digital content on YouTube, Facebook, Instagram & Twitter will supplement exhibitions, programs while museum remains closed through end of 2020

The Castellani Art Museum of Niagara University will remain closed to the public through the end of 2020 as a cautionary measure in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

A press release said, “In accordance with Niagara University, we are currently formulating a comprehensive reopening plan that prioritizes the safety of the campus community and beyond. Unfortunately, at this time, the museum will not host public visitors, group gatherings, or in-person programming.”

For the rest of the year, the CAM will provide virtual tours and programs:

•Subscribe to the CAM's new YouTube channel, and follow the release of videos every Friday from the folk arts series, “From the Field” and “Gather Together: Quilting Niagara.” 

“From the Field” highlights cultural traditions practiced in Western New York, including folk art, foodways, traditional music and dance from fieldwork conducted by the museum folklorist. “Gather Together: Quilting Niagara” is a video series accompanying the exhibition of the same name, developed in collaboration with the Kenan Center and the Kenan Quilters' Guild.

The video series is made up of an exhibition walkthrough and audio interview excerpts with each quilter featured in the exhibition.

•Tune into Facebook Live for virtual tours with museum staff at 12:30 p.m. on select Wednesdays in November. View the CAM’s permanent collection in the “Of Their Time” exhibition series on Wednesday, Nov. 4, with Interim Director Michael Beam. Get a behind-the-scenes glimpse of art works in storage on Wednesday, Nov. 11 with registrar Mary Helen Miskuly. Finally, enjoy a walkthrough of the current exhibition, “Gather Together: Quilting Niagara,” on Wednesday, Nov. 18, with curator of folk arts Ed Millar.

•Families can enjoy free art-making video tutorials with the CAM’s teaching artist, Alison Lytle. Visit the YouTube channel in December to view online videos from the children’s program “Art Express.”

Patrons can follow on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter for daily posts from the art collection, and subscribe to the YouTube channel.

CAM’s mission is to connect diverse audiences to art by inspiring creativity and learning within the campus community and beyond. The museum is a visual arts venue in Niagara County with a collection of more than 5,000 works of art, including those by notable artists such as Pablo Picasso, Andy Warhol, Salvador Dali, Louise Nevelson, Cindy Sherman and Robert Rauschenberg. The museum strives to present a wide range of exhibitions, exploring everything from regional folk art to world-class Niagara Falls prints and modern masters.

Visit www.castellaniartmuseum.org for more information.

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