Anthony Bannon is not one to follow other people’s scripts. Dismissing the cautionary message in Thomas Wolfe’s 1940 posthumous novel, “You Can’t go Home Again,” Bannon is coming home again to Buffalo, New York, the city where he grew up, studied, and first honed his skills as filmmaker, critic, and arts administrator. The return also has a remarkable symmetry to it: After 16 strikingly productive years as executive director of Rochester’s George Eastman House of Photography and Film, Bannon comes home to Buffalo to assume the position of executive director of the Burchfield Penney Art Center, the very institution that he helped transform from a small, hermetic gallery to a major regional museum during his first directorship there, from 1985 to 1996.
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