Selections from the Milton Rogovin Collection
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Milton Rogovin is internationally respected as one of America's finest social documentary photographers. The directness and underlying compassion in Rogovin's work has been compared to that of Lewis Hine, the early-twentieth-century photographer whose work ultimately helped to inspire child-labor laws.
These selections from the Burchfield-Penney Art Center's Rogovin Collection present prime examples from all of the artist's series from 1958 to the present. On view at the Burchfield-Penney Art Center and the WNED Broadcast Center at Horizons Plaza in downtown Buffalo through March 2, the exhibition will travel in June to the New-York Historical Society, the center's project partner.
Related Rogovin Events
The following programs are scheduled at the Burchfield-Penney in conjunction with the Rogovin exhibition:
"A Conversation with Milton Rogovin" will be held from 12:15 to 1:30 p.m. Thursday, February 13. Felix Armfield, associate professor of history and social studies education, will comment on the role of African Americans in the steel industry. This program is sponsored by the Buffalo State College Minority Student Services Office and the African American Student Organization, and is being held in conjunction with the exhibition Remembering the Forgotten Ones: Selections from the Milton Rogovin Collection.
"Documentary Photography: Continuing a Tradition in Western New York," a panel discussion about documentary photography at 2:00 p.m. Sunday, February 2. Panelists are Brendan Bannon, emerging artist; Marion Faller, former University at Buffalo associate professor, Center for the Arts; David Gordon, instructor, Cora P. Maloney College, University at Buffalo; Robert Hirsch, former director, CEPA Gallery, and author of A History of Photography; and Rogovin.
Tonawanda Seneca poet Faye Lone will read from her work inspired by Rogovin's photographs of Native Americans at 2:00 p.m. Sunday, February 9. Select Rogovin images will accompany her readings.
MacArthur Fellow David Isay, founder of Sound Portraits Productions, will play excerpts from his work in progress about Rogovin's Quartets at 2:00 p.m. Saturday, February 15. Quartets is the fourth series of Rogovin's photographs of families living on Buffalo's Lower West Side. Sound Portrait Productions is an independent company dedicated to telling stories that bring neglected American voices to a national audience.