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Vote for Your Favorite Room of Contemporary Art Acquisitions

February 10, 2012

Amedeo Modigliani (Italian, 1884–1920). La Jeune bonne (The Servant Girl), ca. 1918. Oil on canvas, 60 x 24 inches (152.4 x 61 cm). Collection Albright-Knox Art Gallery. Room of Contemporary Art Fund, 1939.

On January 4, 1939, more than two hundred guests gathered at the Albright Art Gallery to witness firsthand the civic unveiling of the Room of Contemporary Art. Functioning as someplace more than simply an exhibition space, the Room was conceived with the primary aim to present “a new opportunity to see and appraise, to study and understand, what the modern artist is accomplishing.” 

The Room of Contemporary Art was considered by most to be a grand success. Interest piqued during the opening three weeks, when visitors were invited, literally, to cast their votes in response to the many objects that were assembled in the Room. Ballots by both the public and staff were tallied for first, second, and third favorites. 

What is your favorite Room of Contemporary Art acquisition? Visit the “Acquisitions to the Room” photo set on the Gallery’s Flickr page to view a set of artworks and, in the spirit of the original Room, vote for your favorites and share your opinions. 

A special exhibition about the Room—The Impermanent Collection: The Room of Contemporary Art, 1939–1971—is on view at the Gallery through March 4, 2012, in conjunction with the special exhibition The Long Curve: 150 Years of Visionary Collecting at the Albright-Knox Art Gallery.