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    • Sincerely Yours: Treasures of the Queen City

      July 5–September 14, 2014

      This exhibition of more than seventy masterworks from the Albright-Knox's Collection comes home to Buffalo as the second stop of a national tour, giving Western New Yorkers the opportunity to see these treasures with fresh eyes.

    • Ellie Ga: It Was Restored Again

      May 31–September 14, 2014

      This exhibition in the Gallery for New Media features Sayed, 2013, and It Was Restored Again, 2013, from Ga's most recent series of works, “Square, Octagon, Circle,” 2012–14.

    • Albrecht Dürer: Highlights from the Collection

      May 2–July 6, 2014

      Albrecht Dϋrer: Highlights from the Collection presents works by the German artist Albrecht Dϋrer (1471–1528) in celebration of the quincentennial of Dϋrer’s Melencolia I, 1514.

    • 2014 Art’scool “Inspired” Exhibition

      May 16–June 15, 2014

      K–12 teachers from throughout Western New York entered our third annual Art'scool "Inspired" contest, presented by BlueCross BlueShield of Western New York. This exhibition of winning entries will be on view in Clifton Hall.

    • 2014 Art’scool “Inspired” Online Exhibition

      May 8–June 15, 2014

      K–12 teachers from throughout Western New York entered our third annual Art'scool "Inspired" contest. A selection of entries will be on view in this online gallery. An exhibition of winning entries will be on view in Clifton Hall May 16June 15.

    • One Another: Spiderlike, I Spin Mirrors

      March 7–June 1, 2014

      This exhibition, drawn primarily from the Albright-Knox Art Gallery’s Collection, considers the creative impulses of some of the most influential female artists of our time. 

    • Millie Chen: Tour

      January 30–May 18, 2014

      Tour, 2014, an audio-video installation by Millie Chen that contemplates arguably “healed” genocide sites, provokes the question: How can we sustain the memory of that which has become invisible? 

    • Frontier Central School District (Education Exhibition)

      April 1–April 27, 2014

      The Art Department of the Frontier Central School District proudly displays the artwork of their kindergarten through twelfth grade students. Through this exhibition, Frontier art students are able to see their work and creative talents at an elevated level.

    • Cubes and Rectangles, Boxes and Containers

      August 16, 2013–April 20, 2014

      Cubes and rectangles can be some of the quietest forms in art. Boxes and containers are altogether different from their non-referential counterparts; by definition, they contain something. This exhibition will explore all four forms.

    • Buffalo's Monuments Men

      February 6–April 6, 2014

      Buffalo's Monuments Men presents archival materials, as well as recently discovered information about one of the Albright-Knox’s paintings, to celebrate the contributions made by Buffalo’s Monuments Men to the preservation of Europe’s cultural heritage during World War II.

    • Expression Through Art (Education Exhibition)

      December 31, 2013–February 2, 2014

      This exhibition features the work of children with a mental health diagnosis aged 6–18 who participated in a four week art session facilitated by art therapist Karie Schwartz as part of a Ronald McDonald House Charities grant-funded program produced by the Mental Health Association of Erie County, Inc.

    • Kota Ezawa: REDRAWN

      October 4, 2013–January 19, 2014

      This exhibition features a selection of works from a series Ezawa created that focuses on physical space versus illusionary space, and how reality and fiction merge to form intricate relationships in films, television, and photographs.

    • Ken Price: Slow and Steady Wins the Race, Works on Paper, 1962–2010

      September 27, 2013–January 19, 2014

      Co-organized by the Albright-Knox Art Gallery and The Drawing Center, this exhibition includes more than sixty works on paper by Ken Price, many of which have rarely been exhibited. While the artist is best known for his sculpture, this exhibition offers a rare look at his dedication to drawing.

    • Robert Therrien

      July 3–October 27, 2013

      Since the 1970s, Robert Therrien has created work sourced from memory and the everyday, coaxing humble elements into surreal configurations through abstraction, repetition, color, and scale.

    • Healing Hearts: From Hurt to Hope (Education Exhibition)

      August 27–September 29, 2013

      Healing Hearts: From Hurt to Hope features the work of student artists in kindergarten through twelfth grade from eight local school districts. The artworks created for this exhibition reflect and call attention to the need for anti-bullying awareness.

    • Trine Lise Nedreaas: Yana and Noname

      June 21–September 29, 2013

      Trine Lise Nedreaas works mainly in video, using a post-production process that gives her works, which are based on fictional elements, a documentary-like feeling. This exhibition focuses on Nedreaas's Yana and Noname, 2009.

    • R. B. Kitaj: Don’t Listen to the Fools

      June 21–September 15, 2013

      R. B. Kitaj’s works explore questions central to the development of the twentieth century, while also incorporating autobiographical qualities. This exhibition will feature more than seventy-five works in the Gallery’s Collection.

    • Sweet Dreams, Baby! Life of Pop, London to Warhol

      May 31–September 8, 2013

      Life of Pop offers an in-depth look at rarely seen works from the Gallery’s Pop art collection, while providing a historical analysis of the movement’s influences, key contributors, techniques, themes, trends, and legacy.

    • Young at Art (Education Exhibition)

      June 22–July 25, 2013

      This exhibition features artwork created by three hundred kindergarten through fourth-grade students at Maple West Elementary School in Williamsville.

    • 2013 Art’scool “Inspired” Exhibition

      May 17–June 9, 2013

      K–12 teachers from throughout Western New York entered our second Art'scool "Inspired" contest, presented by BlueCross BlueShield of Western New York. This exhibition of selected entries will be on view in Clifton Hall.

    • 2013 Art’scool “Inspired” Online Exhibition

      May 3–June 9, 2013

      K–12 teachers from throughout Western New York entered our second Art'scool "Inspired" contest. All entries are now on view in this online gallery. An exhibition of selected entries will be on view at the Gallery May 17June 9.

    • Kelly Richardson: Legion

      February 16–June 9, 2013

      Kelly Richardson: Legion is a major mid-career survey exhibition that takes an extensive look at Richardson’s audio-visual installation works of the past fifteen years.

    • Artworks in the Knox (Education Exhibition)

      April 16–May 12, 2013

      Artworks in the Knox features works by students from all twelve schools in the West Seneca Central School District. Approximately three hundred works created by students in kindergarten through grade twelve are featured.

    • Beauty, Life, and Spirit: A Celebration of Greek Culture

      July 27, 2012–April 21, 2013

      This exhibition—presented in celebration of the Gallery's 150th anniversary—is the third in a series organized in partnership with the Buffalo Museum of Science that incorporates work from both museums’ collections.

    • Engage, Exchange, Expand (Education Exhibition)

      March 15–April 7, 2013

      Engage, Exchange, Expand is an exhibition of artwork created by participants in the Gallery’s Access AK: Creative Connection program, which serves a wide range of visitors of different ages and needs with tours and artmaking sessions.

    • Houses of Collective Embroidery (Education Exhibition)

      January 8–February 3, 2013

      These portraits of houses—inspired by Artist-in-Residence Dennis Maher and his exhibition House of Collective Repair—were made through layering by artists from Starlight Studio and Art Gallery.

    • DECADE: Contemporary Collecting 2002–2012

      August 21, 2012–January 6, 2013

      This major exhibition will explore the Albright-Knox’s recent collecting history, featuring key acquisitions from the past ten years and highlighting the continuing growth and dynamism of the Gallery’s Collection.

    • Universals Albright-Knox 150

      December 4–December 30, 2012

      In honor of its 150th anniversary, the Albright-Knox Art Gallery commissioned the artists Eric and Heather ChanSchatz to create a unique work of art that will be on view starting December 4, 2012, to celebrate the Gallery’s Founders’ Week.

    • Color 150 (Education Exhibition)

      December 4–December 30, 2012

      Throughout the course of the Albright-Knox’s 150th anniversary this year, we invited Gallery friends of all ages to get creative with our PARTICIPATE coloring cards. This exhibition is the result.

    • Wish You Were Here: The Buffalo Avant-garde in the 1970s

      March 30–July 8, 2012

      Wish You Were Here explores a creative ecology that flourished in Buffalo in the 1970s comprising collaborative pockets of artistic communities in the visual arts, film, video, performance, literature, and music.

    • Art’scool "Inspired"

      May 10–June 17, 2012

      K–12 teachers from throughout Western New York entered our Art'scool "Inspired" contest, presented by BlueCross BlueShield of Western New York. This exhibition of selected entries will be on view in Clifton Hall.

    • Calloused (2012 Future Curators Exhibition)

      May 3–June 17, 2012

      This exhibition is organized by the 2012 Future Curators and features artwork created by local high school students. It is composed of pieces that show both vulnerability and the internal strength we acquire through time.

    • Art'scool "Inspired" Online Exhibition

      April 25–June 17, 2012

      K–12 teachers from throughout Western New York entered our Art'scool "Inspired" contest. All entries are now on view in an online gallery. An exhibition of selected entries is on view at the Gallery through Sunday, June 17.

    • Spotlight on the Collection
      Artists in Depth: Arp, Miró, Calder

      March 25, 2011–April 15, 2012

      Presented by The Buffalo News
      Featuring a comprehensive array of works in all media by Jean (Hans) Arp, Joan Miró, and Alexander Calder, this exhibition will highlight the Gallery’s extensive collection of the work of these three modern masters, who pushed color, line, and form beyond convention.

    • Hands Up! (Education Exhibition)

      February 17–March 11, 2012

      Hands Up! is an exhibition of artwork created by participants in the Gallery’s Matter at Hand program, which serves a wide range of visitors of different ages and needs with tours and artmaking sessions.

    • Living Art:
      A. Conger Goodyear and Sculpture

      November 4, 2011–March 4, 2012

      This exhibition presents thirty-five sculptures and works on paper by nineteen artists, gifted or bequested to the Gallery by A. Conger Goodyear between 1926 and 1970. It will also feature a selection of archival material from the G. Robert Strauss, Jr. Memorial Library and Gallery Archives. 

    • Virocode: A Disappearance of the Source

      October 21, 2011–January 29, 2012

      Virocode: A Disappearance of the Source will feature new works related to the artists' “Evolving Moisture” series, including static photo-sculptures, video projections, and a new experimental strategy that uses micro-loops of video/digital photographs that shimmer within framed LCD screens.

    • Victoria Sambunaris: Taxonomy of a Landscape

      October 21, 2011–January 22, 2012

      Victoria Sambunaris's photographs capture the expansive American landscape and the natural and fabricated adaptations that appear throughout it. This exhibition, presented in conjunction with the Lannan Foundation in Santa Fe, features approximately forty photographs from Sambunaris’s body of work.

    • Full Color Depression: First Kodachromes from America’s Heartland

      October 21, 2011–January 22, 2012

      Photographs by Jack Delano, Russell Lee, Marion Post Wolcott, and Others
      This exhibition will feature a selection of rarely seen color photographs from the Library of Congress’ Farm Security Administration (FSA) photography collection.

    • Videosphere: A New Generation

      July 1–October 9, 2011

      Videosphere: A New Generation is the first-ever exhibition of works in new media drawn exclusively from the Gallery’s Collection. Featuring twenty-six works by twenty-four artists, it highlights the Gallery’s recent acquisition of new media works with various styles and approaches.

    • SANGHA
      An Installation by Kathryn Walker

      July 22–September 25, 2011

      Kathryn Walker’s installation SANGHA—made up of nearly one thousand miniature pots embellished by the artist—will be on view in the Gallery for Small Sculpture.

    • Albright-Knox Art Gallery Staff Show 2011 (Education Exhibition)

      July 26–August 28, 2011

      Discover the hidden talents of the people who work behind the scenes at the Albright-Knox. This year’s exhibition features work created by diversely skilled staff members, including accountants, educators, security guards, and curators.

    • No Limitations (Education Exhibition)

      June 28–July 20, 2011

      No Limitations is a collection of artwork that represents the exploration and creative expression of the artists of People Inc. Arts Experience Day Habilitation.

    • raw (2011 Future Curators Exhibition)

      May 6–July 3, 2011

      The artists whose works are featured in raw delve into a realm of introspection, rejecting the commonplace and the ordinary. The result is an exhibition with an atmosphere free of the pollution of technology—a sort of sanctuary from the mechanics of everyday life.

    • Surveyor

      February 18–June 5, 2011

      Surveyor is a Collection-based exhibition presenting modern and contemporary artists whose works are rooted in the exploration, observation, construct, and perception of landscape.

    • Pipilotti Rist: Dwelling (within)

      March 18–June 4, 2011

      This exhibition will center on the recent acquisition of All or Nothing (alles oder nichts), 2010, an intimately scaled video sculpture by the Swiss-born artist Pipilotti Rist and the first work by the artist to be acquired by the Albright-Knox.

    • Artworks 2011: Inside the Knox (Education Exhibition)

      May 3–May 22, 2011

      The West Seneca Schools’ exhibition, Artworks 2011: Inside the Knox, celebrates student artists. It includes artwork in a variety of media, including sculpture, painting, drawing, and photography. 

    • Telling Tales

      July 30, 2010–April 17, 2011

      Telling Tales features a selection of small sculpture and other works that tell stories. Some of the stories are about spiritual beliefs, including those of Tahiti, Russia, and ancient Egypt.

    • Color.Explore.Express (Education Exhibition)

      February 18–March 20, 2011

      Color.Explore.Express is an exhibition of artwork created by participants in the Gallery’s Matter at Hand program, which serves a wide range of visitors of different ages and needs with tours and artmaking sessions.

    • Paul Pfeiffer: In the Zone

      November 7, 2010–March 6, 2011

      This exhibition presents three newly acquired sculptural-based video works by Pfeiffer that focus on the history of sports culture and spectatorship.

    • REMIX: Sol LeWitt

      August 7, 2010–February 27, 2011

      Although wall drawings represent the foundation of his practice, Sol LeWitt’s works on paper, sculptures, artist's books, and writings on Conceptual art were equally important to his oeuvre.

    • Making a Connection: Language and Imagery (Education Exhibition)

      January 15–February 9, 2011

      The Exploring the Arts program at Shea’s Performing Arts Center introduced students to a number of art forms, including the visual, literary, and performing arts. The theme of this exhibition is writing inspired by visual art.

    • Beyond/In Western New York 2010: Alternating Currents

      September 24, 2010–January 16, 2011

      This international contemporary art exhibition—the product of a unique curatorial collaboration between twelve of Western New York’s museums and galleries—showcases the work of more than 100 extraordinary artists from the region and beyond.

    • Art, Through the Eyes of Young Children (Education Exhibition)

      December 8, 2010–January 12, 2011

      This exhibition features original works of art by infants and school-aged children from the Buffalo State Child Care Center. The children have used different materials and techniques to create distinctive works, both individually and as a group.

    • Forty: The Sabres in the NHL

      November 7, 2010–January 9, 2011

      Forty: The Sabres in the NHL—featuring more than two hundred photographs by Ron Moscati, Robert Shaver, and Bill Wippert—celebrates forty illustrious years of the National Hockey League in Buffalo.

    • Celebrating Disability History Week

      October 1–December 6, 2010

      Artists from The Arts Experience, Starlight Studio and Art Gallery, St. Mary's School for the Deaf, and the Albright-Knox Art Gallery's Matter at Hand program come together to celebrate Disability History Week.

    • ECHO: Sampling Visual Culture

      June 25–October 10, 2010

      ECHO: Sampling Visual Culture will explore a selection of contemporary artists from the Gallery's Permanent Collection who incorporate humor and appropriation into their artmaking.

    • Clyfford Still

      June 25–August 29, 2010

      The Albright-Knox Art Gallery owns the largest public collection of paintings by the American Abstract Expressionist Clyfford Still—an ensemble of thirty-three abstract works that span the most critical developments of his career from 1937 to 1963.

    • Fletcher Benton: The Alphabet

      July 30, 2009–July 5, 2010

      Renowned American sculptor Fletcher Benton is best known for cutting, folding, and realigning two-dimensional sheets of steel into three-dimensional objects that seem to defy gravity.

    • Photography by Women Artists

      May 28–June 27, 2010

      Photography by Women Artists, focused entirely on photographs created by women, is designed to challenge our notion of the female perspective.

    • The Automatiste Revolution: Montreal 1941–1960

      March 19–May 30, 2010

      Guest curated by Roald Nasgaard, Professor of Art History at Florida State University, this exhibition includes sixty works of art, as well as photographs, books, and other ephemera documenting the history of the Automatiste, Canada’s first truly avant-garde art movement.

    • Guillermo Kuitca: Everything, Paintings and Works on Paper, 1980–2008

      February 19–May 30, 2010

      Guillermo Kuitca’s prolific career encompasses a diverse body of work and a familiar yet thought-provoking range of imagery. The paintings and works on paper in Everything inspire viewers not only to contemplate their relationship to the piece in front of them, but also their place within personal spaces and the larger world.

    • Topographies

      November 13, 2009–February 28, 2010

      Topography, the practice of creating detailed maps or charts that define the terrestrial characteristics of a singular locality, was originally conceived by ancient cultures as simply “the study of place.

    • Ingrid Calame: Step on a Crack . . .

      September 25, 2009–February 28, 2010

      Ingrid Calame is the inaugural artist in the Albright-Knox’s Artist-in-Residence program. Calame and her local team made hundreds of square feet of tracings, which the artist transformed into the drawings and paintings that make up this exhibition.

    • ROBERT MANGOLD Beyond the Line: Paintings and Project 2000–2008

      October 23, 2009–January 31, 2010

      Organized by Albright-Knox Chief Curator Douglas Dreishpoon, this exhibition honors the outstanding career of Robert Mangold, an artist whose native roots are in Buffalo and who has been a major figure in the investigation of geometric abstraction since the 1960s.

    • WALL ROCKETS: Contemporary Artists and Ed Ruscha

      July 24–October 25, 2009

      The premise of this exhibition can be defined simply as an artist and his sphere of influence. WALL ROCKETS takes its title from a work by Ed Ruscha of the same title depicting a majestic mountain range of snow-capped peaks amidst a deep blue atmosphere.

    • Bad Habits

      July 10–October 4, 2009

      A meditation on vice and naughtiness in contemporary art, Bad Habits presents a selection of the more subversive objects in the Albright-Knox Art Gallery’s Permanent Collection.

    • Strange Brew: The 1960s

      May 29–September 20, 2009

      This selection of works from the Gallery’s Permanent Collection focuses the art that sprang from the 1960s counterculture, which fuses elements of surrealism and pop art with swirling patterns, neon colors, repeated motifs, and bizarre iconography.

    • Frida Kahlo: Through the Lens of Nickolas Muray

      May 8–July 5, 2009

      Forty-seven exquisite color and black-and-white photographs of the Mexican artist Frida Kahlo by the American photographer Nickolas Muray are featured in this exhibition organized and circulated by Smith Kramer Fine Art Services.

    • Action/Abstraction: Pollock, de Kooning, and American Art, 1940–1976

      February 13–June 14, 2009

      Organized by the Albright-Knox Art Gallery in collaboration with The Jewish Museum, New York, and the Saint Louis Art Museum, this special exhibition revisits the watershed period of American art from 1940 to 1976 through the writings of its two primary critics: Harold Rosenberg and Clement Greenberg.

    • The Brave Buffalo: Abstract Expressionism and the City

      February 13–June 10, 2009

      This installation of original letters, photographs, publications, and other documents drawn from the Gallery’s archives and library collections tells the story of how the Albright-Knox became one of the first art museums in the United States to exhibit and actively amass the new art of the 1950s.

    • Bruce Jackson: Cummins Wide

      January 23–May 10, 2009

      This exhibition features fifty-three extraordinary Widelux images of Cummins Prison Farm, taken more than twenty-five years ago by Buffalo-based photographer, filmmaker, and folklorist Bruce Jackson.