The Bertha V.B. Lederer Gallery


                         Ecologies of Food: Past, Present, Future                         

                             The Ecology of Food: Past, Present, Future

October 3 - December 10, 2012

(Fall Break Oct. 6 - 9 the Gallery will be closed)
Opening Reception: Wednesday, October 3, 5 - 7 p.m.


Guest Speaker
Tom Rivers, author of From Field to Farm: Hard work and lessons from Western New York fields

Caren Alpert, Emma Bedos & Atsushi Tajima, Christine Boggs, Candace Bradbury Carlen, Jimmy Fike, Margaret Hagn & Ginni Jurkowski, Kevin Kline, Erin Murray, Chee Wang Ng, Abby Spangel Perry, Anastasia Samoylova, Dana Richardson & Sarah Zentz, Jeff Schmuki & Wendy DesChene, Michael Singletary, Jonathan Stewart, Michael Teres, Hillary Williams Walrod, Shannon Young


      Food is central to all life and is manifest in diverse realms of human experience including religion, politics, economics, gender, science, health and art.  This exhibition The Ecology of Food: Past, Present and Future explores artists responses to the ways our food supply has been impacted by natural changes, genetic engineering, global warming and human action. 

      The exhibit consists of a variety of media including photography, painting, video and installation that reference food issues and it’s spiritual, emotional and political implications. At the opening reception of the exhibition on Wednesday, October 3, 5-7 p.m., Tom Rivers, Batavia-based author of the acclaimed book “Farm Hands: Hard work and lessons from Western New York Fields” will present a talk titled "From field to fork, a journalist reports on six months in the fields with farmworkers." His book is based on a series of articles Rivers wrote for Batavia’s The Daily News, illuminates the labor shortage on New York farms.  “Farm Hands” details Rivers’ first-hand experience with farm work when he took 13 different farm labor jobs during the summer of 2008 with no previous experience. Tom Rivers has been awarded The Golden Pitchfork Prize by farmers of the New York State Agricultural Society and according to The Buffalo News, “Farm Hands” was read nationally by politicians, including members of the American Farm Bureau.


Exhibition Programs are held in the Lederer Gallery from 2:30-3:45 p.m.

October 10: Chee Wang Ng, Artist Talk
October 17: Jim Aimers, Assist. Prof: Student Engagement with Food Issues
October 24: Frederick Stoss, MLS, University at Buffalo: Realities of Foods' Carbon Footprint
November 7: Kari Winter, Prof., University at Buffalo: The Politics and Erotics of Food in Louise Erdich's Novels
November 14: Rose Marie Chierici, Prof., SUNY Geneseo: Migrant Workers and the Production of Food
November 28: Screening of Back to Eden by Dana Richardson & Sarah Zentz
December 5: Jeff Schumki & Wendy DesChene, Artist Talk/Workshop, Monsantra


Gallery Hours: Tuesday - Thursday: 12:30 - 3:30 p.m., Friday - Saturday: 1:00 - 5:00 p.m.