Lucas Samaras: Reflections
Saturday, June 21, 2014–Sunday, January 4, 2015
1962 Knox Building
The Albright-Knox Art Gallery acquired Lucas Samaras’s (American, born Greece, 1936) groundbreaking Room No. 2 in 1966, the same year it was created. Room No. 2 (popularly known as the Mirrored Room) was one of the earliest installation artworks designed for viewers to enter, rather than simply look at, and it was the first such immersive environment to become part of a museum collection. Almost fifty years later, the Mirrored Room remains a treasured example of the Albright-Knox’s long tradition of acquiring challenging new work by emerging artists. Presented alongside this famously disorienting room, Lucas Samaras: Reflections comprises a selection of Samaras’s prints, sculpture, photographs, and a painting, all drawn from the museum’s Collection. These works, spanning more than forty years, demonstrate how persistently Samaras takes on common things—such as boxes, fabric, furniture, and the human body—only to alter and reinvent them. Here, reflected back to viewers, are Samaras’s visions of a familiar world forever transformed.
This exhibition is organized by Curator Cathleen Chaffee.
Please note that you will need to wear socks to experience the Mirrored Room.
Admission to this exhibition is free on M&T FIRST FRIDAYS @ THE GALLERY.
Mirror | Mirror
A Massive Summer Celebration
Friday, June 20, 2014, 7–11 pm
Inspired by Lucas Samaras’s Room No. 2 (popularly known as the Mirrored Room), 1966
Related Lesson Plan
Recycled Reconstruction (For Grades 5–10)
The mirrors are back at the Albright-Knox (The Buffalo News)
Experiencing the Mirrored Room
We invite you to experience the Mirrored Room individually or in pairs. No more than two people may enter the Mirrored Room at a time.
Shoes must be removed before entering, and socks must be worn inside the Mirrored Room.
Entry only permitted when an Albright-Knox security guard is present. Simply notify the Guest Services desk or a security guard if you wish to enter the Mirrored Room. Thank you!
Mirrored Room Staying Open
Lucas Samaras's Room No. 2 (popularly known as the Mirrored Room), 1966, will remain on view after Lucas Samaras: Reflections closes on November 16.