Calendar of Events

Geneseo provides residents and visitors with a wide variety of activities that appeal to all ages and interests. Please browse through our many events, which we attempt to keep as current as possible. Our sister website, www.geneseony.org, contains schedules of governmental organizations and meetings.

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Feb
22
Fri
Concurrent Exhibitions from Special Collections @ Bertha V.B. Lederer Gallery at SUNY Geneseo
Feb 22 @ 1:00 pm – 5:00 pm

Mata Ortiz Ceramic Pottery from Northern Mexico

Exhibition Dates: January 31 – March 9, 2019

From the Permanent Collection Part II:
Selections from the Alan Case Collection of Mata Ortiz Ceramics

Mata Ortiz pottery is from a small town in northern Chihuahua in Mexico. It is not far from the ancient city of Paquime. That is where a young Juan Quezada found  pieces of ancient Paquime pottery and began the long process of rediscovering. He recreated the process by looking at the pieces he found and deductive reasoning. As an adult he continued the work of figuring out how to produce ceramic pots, and eventually began selling his own work .Quezada later taught his family members how to make and glaze their pottery with distictive designs. This, now family business, changed the economic lives of the village. In a village south of Mata Ortiz, Barrio Porvenir, Felix Ortiz no doubt inspired and possibly instructed by Quezada began making his own pottery and developed his own particular style. Ortiz then taught his sibling as well.

Alan Case was a voice instructor in the music department for many years. The SUNY Geneseo permanent collection was fortunate to receive this extraordinary collection as a gift from Alan Case’s family.

From the Jorge and Norma Gracia Collection of Contemporary Latin American Painting

Norma, acrylic on canvas, n.d.

The Jorge and Norma Gracia Collection of Latin American art was donated to the SUNY Geneseo permanent collection in 2017. Of the eleven works of art, five are Argentinian, three Cuban, one Jamaican, and a painting from Peru that is undated. Outside of the Peruvian painting the remaining are twentieth century artists. This collection includes works that reference major events in Argentinian history during the 1970s. The paintings in the Gracia collection are an example of the great artwork done, and continuing to be produced in countries across South America and the Caribbean. These exciting works, their vibrant color, and excellent execution are also the first major contribution of Latin American art donated to the permanent collection.

Exhibitions are free and open to the public. We look forward to your visit to the gallery. For more information contact Lori Houtz at 585-245-5841 or Cynthia Hawkins at 585-245-5813.

Gallery Hours:
Wednesdays & Thursdays: 1:00 – 4:00 PM
Fridays & Saturdays: 1:00 – 5:00 PM

 

 

 

 

Exhibition – Contemplative Interiors: Furniture and Ceramics @ Lockhart Gallery in SUNY Geneseo McClellan House
Feb 22 @ 1:00 pm – 5:00 pm

By artist James Johnson

Curator: Alla Myzelev
Artists: James Johnson & Kala Stein

Exhibit Dates: February 6 through March 13, 2019

Opening Reception: February 6, 5-7 PM

Curator Alla Myzelev writes: French philosopher Gaston Bachelard once talked about the idea of a house as “imagination augmented by the values of reality”. The idea of the domestic interior as a place where we conceive of our world, where the outside world is reflected back to us through a prism of safety and enclosure. The interiors of a house then are spaces where our understanding of the world is crystalized, where we return at night to reflect upon our lives and activities of the day. While many authors have talked about the house in a metaphorical or realistic sense, Bachelard’s understanding of the poetics of the house as a space is especially relevant to the work of Johnson and Stein. Bachelard understands domestic interiors as not places that could or should be described, but as places that transcend the simple physicality of objects so as to understand the essential qualities of one’s house. It is in the feeling created by the contents of the dwelling that the real poetics of the space resides. The interchange between modernist lines and the warmth of colors and materials contributes to the object’s potential to be more than just well- designed. These works help their makers, viewers, and owners reflect on the nature of the craft- making itself.

James Johnson is a furniture maker, a sculptor and a woodburner. His work reflects and merges American, Scandinavian, and Japanese influences with the American tradition of shaker furniture and art and craft sensibilities. When making furniture James is primarily interested in highlighting the natural beauty of the material and making objects that are both simple and functional. His work is exhibited locally and nationally. His work ethic and approach to materials expresses his profound respect for simplicity and balance.

Kala Stein is an artist and designer noted for innovative molding and casting techniques. Her work explores dynamic systems and sustainable practices within the intersection of design, production, and the handmade. Kala exhibits her work widely, notably she recently received a National Endowment for the Arts Grant in 2017 with her collective. She taught ceramics at Alfred University for five years and at various universities and art centers across New York and California. Kala lives and works in Sonoma, California where she is the Director of Ceramics & Arts at Sonoma Community Center, and frequently visits her camp in the Finger Lakes region of New York.

By artist Kala Stein

All exhibits are free and open to the public. We look forward to your visit to the gallery. For more information contact Lori Houtz at 585-245-5841 or Cynthia Hawkins at 585-245-5813.

Gallery Hours:
Wednesday & Thursday: 1:00 – 4:00 PM
Friday & Saturday: 1:00 – 5:00 PM

Exhibition – SANKOFA: Hope of Renewal @ Bertha V.B. Lederer Gallery at SUNY Geneseo
Feb 22 @ 1:00 pm – 5:00 pm

Rosa Sparks, linoleum cut, 2017

Exhibition Dates: January 30 – March 9, 2019
Opening Reception: Wednesday, January 30, 5-7 PM

Artist Steve Prince writes: Sankofa is an Adinkra symbol from Ghana, which translates as, “to look into one’s past in order to move forward.” Sankofa: Hope of Renewal” is comprised of drawings and prints by artist Steven Prince. His work offers a candid look into America’s past and challenges us to look deeper for meaning and understanding of how we have collectively arrived at this juncture in history. The art challenges us to not only be cognizant of the history and the scars we have sustained, it posits a message of hope for communal renewal if we dare work together to solve the deep-set communal issues.

Prince’s complex visual images that present the trials and joys experienced by all reminds us that those experiences can be and are for many a source of inspiration and creativity. We are pleased to present the work and message of Prince in the SUNY Geneseo gallery. He will be on campus working with Professor Beth McCoy in a seminar that promotes social justice through art. He will create a special large-scale drawing with course students in the Kinetic Gallery during his stay.

Exhibitions are free and open to the public. We look forward to your visit to the gallery.

Gallery Hours:
Wednesdays & Thursdays: 1:00 – 4:00 PM
Fridays & Saturdays: 1:00 – 5:00 PM

For more information contact Lori Houtz at 585-245-5841 or Cynthia Hawkins at 585-245-5813.

 

 

 

Winter-Themed Storytime @ Teacher Education Resource Center in Milne Library
Feb 22 @ 6:30 pm – 7:30 pm

Please join us for a Winter-Themed Storytime for children and their caregivers!
• There will be refreshments, games, and crafts at this free event open to all members of the community.
• Any age is welcome, though these stories are geared toward the under-10 age group (appropriate for preschoolers).
• Storytime will be performed by members of the Young Children’s Council, and will take place in the Teacher Education Resource Center on the lower level of Milne Library.

Sponsored by the Young Children’s Council and students from the School of Education.

Feb
23
Sat
Concurrent Exhibitions from Special Collections @ Bertha V.B. Lederer Gallery at SUNY Geneseo
Feb 23 @ 1:00 pm – 5:00 pm

Mata Ortiz Ceramic Pottery from Northern Mexico

Exhibition Dates: January 31 – March 9, 2019

From the Permanent Collection Part II:
Selections from the Alan Case Collection of Mata Ortiz Ceramics

Mata Ortiz pottery is from a small town in northern Chihuahua in Mexico. It is not far from the ancient city of Paquime. That is where a young Juan Quezada found  pieces of ancient Paquime pottery and began the long process of rediscovering. He recreated the process by looking at the pieces he found and deductive reasoning. As an adult he continued the work of figuring out how to produce ceramic pots, and eventually began selling his own work .Quezada later taught his family members how to make and glaze their pottery with distictive designs. This, now family business, changed the economic lives of the village. In a village south of Mata Ortiz, Barrio Porvenir, Felix Ortiz no doubt inspired and possibly instructed by Quezada began making his own pottery and developed his own particular style. Ortiz then taught his sibling as well.

Alan Case was a voice instructor in the music department for many years. The SUNY Geneseo permanent collection was fortunate to receive this extraordinary collection as a gift from Alan Case’s family.

From the Jorge and Norma Gracia Collection of Contemporary Latin American Painting

Norma, acrylic on canvas, n.d.

The Jorge and Norma Gracia Collection of Latin American art was donated to the SUNY Geneseo permanent collection in 2017. Of the eleven works of art, five are Argentinian, three Cuban, one Jamaican, and a painting from Peru that is undated. Outside of the Peruvian painting the remaining are twentieth century artists. This collection includes works that reference major events in Argentinian history during the 1970s. The paintings in the Gracia collection are an example of the great artwork done, and continuing to be produced in countries across South America and the Caribbean. These exciting works, their vibrant color, and excellent execution are also the first major contribution of Latin American art donated to the permanent collection.

Exhibitions are free and open to the public. We look forward to your visit to the gallery. For more information contact Lori Houtz at 585-245-5841 or Cynthia Hawkins at 585-245-5813.

Gallery Hours:
Wednesdays & Thursdays: 1:00 – 4:00 PM
Fridays & Saturdays: 1:00 – 5:00 PM

 

 

 

 

Exhibition – Contemplative Interiors: Furniture and Ceramics @ Lockhart Gallery in SUNY Geneseo McClellan House
Feb 23 @ 1:00 pm – 5:00 pm

By artist James Johnson

Curator: Alla Myzelev
Artists: James Johnson & Kala Stein

Exhibit Dates: February 6 through March 13, 2019

Opening Reception: February 6, 5-7 PM

Curator Alla Myzelev writes: French philosopher Gaston Bachelard once talked about the idea of a house as “imagination augmented by the values of reality”. The idea of the domestic interior as a place where we conceive of our world, where the outside world is reflected back to us through a prism of safety and enclosure. The interiors of a house then are spaces where our understanding of the world is crystalized, where we return at night to reflect upon our lives and activities of the day. While many authors have talked about the house in a metaphorical or realistic sense, Bachelard’s understanding of the poetics of the house as a space is especially relevant to the work of Johnson and Stein. Bachelard understands domestic interiors as not places that could or should be described, but as places that transcend the simple physicality of objects so as to understand the essential qualities of one’s house. It is in the feeling created by the contents of the dwelling that the real poetics of the space resides. The interchange between modernist lines and the warmth of colors and materials contributes to the object’s potential to be more than just well- designed. These works help their makers, viewers, and owners reflect on the nature of the craft- making itself.

James Johnson is a furniture maker, a sculptor and a woodburner. His work reflects and merges American, Scandinavian, and Japanese influences with the American tradition of shaker furniture and art and craft sensibilities. When making furniture James is primarily interested in highlighting the natural beauty of the material and making objects that are both simple and functional. His work is exhibited locally and nationally. His work ethic and approach to materials expresses his profound respect for simplicity and balance.

Kala Stein is an artist and designer noted for innovative molding and casting techniques. Her work explores dynamic systems and sustainable practices within the intersection of design, production, and the handmade. Kala exhibits her work widely, notably she recently received a National Endowment for the Arts Grant in 2017 with her collective. She taught ceramics at Alfred University for five years and at various universities and art centers across New York and California. Kala lives and works in Sonoma, California where she is the Director of Ceramics & Arts at Sonoma Community Center, and frequently visits her camp in the Finger Lakes region of New York.

By artist Kala Stein

All exhibits are free and open to the public. We look forward to your visit to the gallery. For more information contact Lori Houtz at 585-245-5841 or Cynthia Hawkins at 585-245-5813.

Gallery Hours:
Wednesday & Thursday: 1:00 – 4:00 PM
Friday & Saturday: 1:00 – 5:00 PM

Exhibition – SANKOFA: Hope of Renewal @ Bertha V.B. Lederer Gallery at SUNY Geneseo
Feb 23 @ 1:00 pm – 5:00 pm

Rosa Sparks, linoleum cut, 2017

Exhibition Dates: January 30 – March 9, 2019
Opening Reception: Wednesday, January 30, 5-7 PM

Artist Steve Prince writes: Sankofa is an Adinkra symbol from Ghana, which translates as, “to look into one’s past in order to move forward.” Sankofa: Hope of Renewal” is comprised of drawings and prints by artist Steven Prince. His work offers a candid look into America’s past and challenges us to look deeper for meaning and understanding of how we have collectively arrived at this juncture in history. The art challenges us to not only be cognizant of the history and the scars we have sustained, it posits a message of hope for communal renewal if we dare work together to solve the deep-set communal issues.

Prince’s complex visual images that present the trials and joys experienced by all reminds us that those experiences can be and are for many a source of inspiration and creativity. We are pleased to present the work and message of Prince in the SUNY Geneseo gallery. He will be on campus working with Professor Beth McCoy in a seminar that promotes social justice through art. He will create a special large-scale drawing with course students in the Kinetic Gallery during his stay.

Exhibitions are free and open to the public. We look forward to your visit to the gallery.

Gallery Hours:
Wednesdays & Thursdays: 1:00 – 4:00 PM
Fridays & Saturdays: 1:00 – 5:00 PM

For more information contact Lori Houtz at 585-245-5841 or Cynthia Hawkins at 585-245-5813.

 

 

 

Fanatics Presents: Rex and the Rockabilly Kings – All About Elvis @ The Geneseo Riviera
Feb 23 @ 7:00 pm

Rescheduled from December 8 to this date. December 8, 2018 tickets will be honored. Doors open at 6 PM, show starts at 7PM. General admission is $25 or $29 at the door. VIP with table service is $30 or $34 at the door.

Rex Fowler of Aztec Two-Step fame has an exciting new show that pays homage to the legacy of Elvis, featuring his band Rex and The Rockabilly Kings performing early Elvis Classics. The Kings perform authentic renditions of Elvis Sun and early RCA Records classics from 1954 into the early 60s, with Rex leading the group on Elvis-style acoustic guitar, compelling lead vocals and historically accurate and often amusing song introductions. He’s backed by a dazzling 3-piece band featuring brothers Billy and Steven Muddy Roues on Scotty Moore-style electric guitar and Bill Black-style slap bass respectively. Muddy also plays a riveting blues harp solo on Mystery Train and both brothers sing their share of inspiring lead vocals. Joe Geary rounds out the band on good vibes and D. J. Fontana-style drums and percussion. The Roues brothers also contribute stirring Jordanaires-style harmonies that were an essential part of Elvis early sound.

Drawing from his Country roots and the African/American traditions of Gospel and Rhythm & Blues that were nurtured in the fertile soil of the Mississippi Delta, Elvis Aaron Presley intuitively created a revolutionary groundbreaking sound that had never been imagined before, inspiring artists such as John Lennon and Keith Richards to form their own bands, changing popular music forever. Elvis musical contribution, cultural impact, and artistic achievement made him an unsurpassed 20th century icon.
Elvis defined Rock & Role: The sneer, the hair, the twisting knees, the thrusting hips, the Pink Cadillac. Dick Clark, American Bandstand

Read more here.

Limelight & Accents: James Sewell Ballet @ Wadsworth Auditorium
Feb 23 @ 7:00 pm

Limelight & Accents Performing Arts Series 2018 – 2019

 

The James Sewell Ballet was founded in 1992 as a close-knit company of dance artists willing to challenge their physical limits and expand their notions about ballet. Critically acclaimed performances have moved and delighted audiences at more than 300 domestic and international venues.

Feb
26
Tue
Winter Storytime Programs: Books & Babies @ Wadsworth Library
Feb 26 @ 10:00 am – 10:30 am

Books & Babies is a lap-sit program designed to introduce children (6 months – 2 years of age) to language and early literacy. Babies sit with their caregivers and model the activities presented through simple finger plays, songs, stories and nursery rhymes. Registration is required and is open now.

January 8, 15, 22, 29
February 5, 12, 19, 26
March 5, 12, 19, 26

See all children’s winter programs here.