UTICA, N.Y. – A new exhibit at Munson-Williams-Proctor Arts Institute opens Friday, featuring luminous pieces that resemble turtle shells.
Daniel Buckingham, professor at PrattMWP College of Art and Design, made the turtle shells out of steel frames and butcher paper from the Cash and Carry on Broad Street.
“There's an Arabic term here - explore, in neon - it's written on the bottom edge of the turtle shell. It's referencing the ethnic cultures that have come through Utica over time. About 120 years ago or so there were a number of Christian Arabs that came from Syria - they're still here. They're integrated into the fabric of Utica. What makes Utica unique is the ethnic culture that is present, very much so on main street and in the suburbs,” said Buckingham.
There are two installations in the Memoryscape exhibit, one entitled “Childhood Adventure” and the other, “Hair Amulet.”