The Opening Reception was held during Allentown’s First Friday event on February 7th. Wine and hors d’oeuvres were served. Photograph by Bill Jungels.

BUFFALO, NY – The ¡Buen Vivir! Gallery for Contemporary Art presents a Poster Art exhibition: Looking Back to See the Future.

This exhibit is now available for viewing by appointment. Please call +1.716.931.5833.

Johanna Dominguez (left) interviewing gallery co-director Orin Langelle (center) for the Allentown Association. Gallery co-director Anne Petermann (right). Photograph by Bill Jungels.

The Opening Reception was held during Allentown’s First Friday event on February 7th. Wine and hors d’oeuvres were served.

The event showcases archival posters from past exhibits – 2014 through 2019 – at the ¡Buen Vivir! Gallery for Contemporary Art, 148 Elmwood Avenue at the Global Justice Ecology Project space. (more after poster)

First gallery poster from October 2014

The gallery’s exhibits continue to tackle major political and social themes: climate change, environmental destruction, political repression, Indigenous Peoples’ rights and struggles for justice around the globe, and present a historical look at movements for change, struggle and everyday life.

Anne Petermann, co-director of the gallery and Executive Director of Global Justice Ecology Project states:

At the same time that we are facing mounting social and ecological crises, we are facing the dual threat of societal amnesia. Many people in the U.S. either never learned, or have forgotten the rich history of the social, labor, women’s, civil rights and other movements that came before. We cannot forge a path forward to a sane and sustainable world unless we remember and learn from the critical lessons of those who struggled before. Looking Back to See the Future is designed to lift up these struggles so that we can save our collective future.

The next exhibit at the gallery, Chile: Peoples’ Uprising– photos and video from the front lines, opens April 3rd. It will feature photographs and video from the ongoing people’s uprising in Chile shot by by Buffalo’s Orin Langelle and Anne Petermann during November and December of 2019.

The name of the gallery, ¡Buen Vivir!, is a concept stemming from Indigenous and other cultures of the Southern Americas. ¡Buen vivir! means life in harmony between humans, communities, and the Earth–where work is not a job to make others wealthier, but for a livelihood that is sustaining, fulfilling, and in tune with the common good.