On the occasion of Women’s History Month, and in conjunction with the National Museum of Women in the Arts’ third annual #5WomenArtists campaign, we're highlighting five women artists with works in our collection each Wednesday this month. This week we focus on artists whose works are included in our current exhibition Window to Wall: Art from Architecture.
Buffalo native Lee Bergwall Hanks received her MFA in printmaking from the University at Buffalo in 1977. Made while she was a student, Homage to Louis Sullivan, 1976, positions us standing on the sidewalk and looking up, as if in awe, at Louis Sullivan's 1895 Guaranty Building, located at 140 Pearl Street in downtown Buffalo. Through her controlled etching, Hanks replicates the building's intricate ornamental pattern, covering the surface of her design with marks just as Sullivan covered the skyscraper with tiles.
While our collective memory of the Holocaust risks becoming more distant with the passage of time, Judy Glickman Lauder’s photographs of Auschwitz use artistic techniques to insist that we continue to look. With their blurry focus and stark contrasts of light and dark, they convey a sense of drama equal to the emotional charge of their content. In Lauder’s images of one of the most evil structures ever built by man, architecture is far from a neutral backdrop to history: it can be an agent of terror, but also of memory and empathy.