Gender Institute Art Collection

Dedicated to advancing women’s and LGBTQ leadership, vision, and influence, the Gender Institute Art Collection promotes student and emerging artists by providing an exhibition space and internet presence for publicity and recognition. The UB Gender Institute Art Collection enhances the educational, cultural and everyday experience of students, staff and visitors to the University at Buffalo. The Art Collection is particularly dedicated to promoting work by and about people of diverse genders, sexualities and sexual orientations, classes, religions, races and ethnic backgrounds, abilities, health status, and age.

If you are a current UB student or recent graduate interested in loaning or donating your art to our collection, please send your information to the curator, Hilary Vandenbark.

Artists

Andie Jairam, MFA '18

Sepideh Pourhang, MFA '18

Xiao Yang, MFA '19

Amir Dex

2015
Charcoal and conte on paper
20in x 16in
On loan from the artist

Amir Dex.

Amir Dex

Amir Dex Close-Up.

Amir Dex (detail)

This drawing imagines the artist through Afrofuturism, a cultural aesthetic that combines science, history, African history, and science fiction to image worlds where Black people have degrees of autonomy that are not yet possible in our own world. The figure’s masculine presentation and pose point towards futures where Black masculinity might have much different connotations than in our contemporary society.

Child's Love

2017
Relief print on paper
36in x 26in
On loan from the artist

Child's Love.

Child's Love

Child's Love Close-Up.

Child's Love (detail)

This print depicts community in an Afrofuture where Black families remain intact, rebuking histories of the transatlantic slave trade and prison industrial complex.

Sepideh Pourhang

Tentative Taste of Freedom

2016
Gouache on printed photo
17in x 11in
Permanent Collection

Hide and Seek

2016
Gouache on printed photo
11in x 17in
Permanent Collection

Affording an Appearance

2016
Gouache on printed photo
17in x 11in
Permanent Collection

These feminist works capture multidimensional layers of an Iranian woman’s identity. Despite bodily presence, identity blends to anonymity through the painted elements that overlap the print. This suffocation redresses the construction of the “model minority.”

Tentative Taste of Freedom (left); Hide and Seek (center); Affording an Appearance (right)

Tentative Taste of Freedom.

Tentative Taste of Freedom (detail)

Hide and Seek.

Hide and Seek (detail)

Affording an Appearance.

Affording an Appearance (detali)

Xiao Yang

Self-Portrait No. 3

2015
Plaster
8in x 8in x 3in
Permanent Collection

Self-Portrait 3.

Self-Portrait No. 3

Self-Portrait No 3.

Self-Portrait No. 3 (detail)

In this three-dimensional piece, the artist sought to create a metaphorical form with which to express internal struggle. Part of a series of abstract works, Self-Portrait No. 3 explores alienation as a product of the existential crisis of suffering that penetrates every moment of life. 

Anitya Series No. 2

2017
Ink on Yupo paper
40in x 26in
On loan from the artist

Anitya 2.

Anitya Series No. 2

Anitya Series No. 2.

Anitya Series No. 2 (detail)

This abstract work, connected to the Buddhist idea of “Anitya” or impermanence, harmonizes life and death. The translucent abstract shapes, like biomaterial on a laboratory slide, point up the ephemerality of matter and of living things.

Previously Loaned Pieces

Sara Chase, BFA '19

Mandala Trio

2015
Acrylic on canvas
17in x 18in
On loan from the artist Fall 2017 - Spring 2019

Mandala Trio.

Mandala Trio

Mandala Trio Close-Up.

Mandala Trio (detail)

For the artist, mandalas represent order in the universe and the sacred geometry of life. This work evokes the sun and the sea, bringing calming presence to artist and viewer alike.