The Wayward Muse: A Historical Survey of Painting in Buffalo paid tribute to the quality, diversity, and uniqueness of artists who have worked in Buffalo. Spanning nearly a century and a half of paintings, the exhibition served to illuminate the importance of place to this group of artists. The Western New York area has fostered a remarkable number of artists, including William Beard (American, 1825–1900), Charles E. Burchfield (American, 1893–1967), and Robert Longo (American, born 1953), who have achieved national and international recognition. Others, positioned away from such attention, flourished in more discrete ways.
A comprehensive catalogue, with texts by Susan Krane and Dr. William H. Gerdts, professor of art history at City University of New York, accompanied the exhibition.
This exhibition was organized by Curator Susan Krane.