Since 1974, the Albright-Knox and five sister institutions in upstate New York have collaborated on organizing major exhibitions that highlight different aspects of their collections. Continuing this tradition, Circa 1900 celebrated the beginning of a new century and the centennial of the Pan-American Exposition by honoring the momentous changes taking place at the advent of the 20th century. The exhibition included paintings, sculpture, photographs, ceramics, glass, and furniture from the period of 1880 through 1920 that reflect the historical context, artistic developments, and manifestations of social and cultural changes at that time. The exhibition included a 144-page catalogue written by Project Curator Helen Raye with a contribution by Assistant Curator Claire Schneider.
This exhibition was accompanied by many public programs, including “Pan-America: A Centennial Celebration in Song” with the Buffalo Philharmonic Chorus Chamber Singers.
The exhibition opened at the Munson-Williams-Proctor Institute of Art in Utica, and traveled to the Albany Institute of History and Art; Herbert F. Johnson Museum of Art; Cornell University, Ithaca; Memorial Art Gallery, Rochester; and Everson Museum of Art, Syracuse.
This exhibition was organized by Project Curator Helen Raye.