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Holiday Tree Lighting to Take Place on December 2

December 1, 2011

Buffalo, NY – Albright-Knox Art Gallery will hold its annual Holiday Tree lighting this Friday, December 2, in the Gallery’s Sculpture Court as part of the December installment of M&T FIRST FRIDAYS @ THE GALLERY. The tree lighting—which is part of a full day of M&T FIRST FRIDAYS programming—will take place at 5:30 pm; the tree itself will feature the Gallery’s rare eighteenth-century Neapolitan crèche, donated in memory of Helen Northrup Knox. This set of crèche figurines is one of only three in the United States; the other two are in the collection of the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York and the White House.   

One set of Neapolitan crèche was a focal point of holiday displays in the East Room of the White House during the Kennedy and Johnson administrations. There are thirty three figurines in each set, with the principal figurines ranging from fifteen to twenty inches high. Neapolitan crèche figurines were only made in Naples, Italy, and only for a period of one hundred years, between 1730 and 1830. 

Visitors to the Gallery will also have the opportunity to attend a special holiday performance by the Buffalo Gay Men’s Chorus at 8 pm in the Gallery’s Auditorium. The performance is FREE for Gallery Members and $5 for non-members.   

The Gallery’s 1962 Knox Building is open free to the public on the first Friday of every month for M&T FIRST FRIDAYS @ THE GALLERY and is filled with a myriad of programs and events for all visitors. Most activities are also provided free, with classes and some performances requiring a nominal charge. All classes and performances are free for Gallery Members. More detailed information can be found at www.mandtfirstfridays.org.