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Installation view of Robert Therrien’s No title (folding table and chairs, beige), 2006

Installation view of Robert Therrien’s No title (folding table and chairs, beige), 2006. Paint, metal, and fabric; table: 96 x 110 x 110 inches (243.8 x 279.4 x 279.4 cm); four chairs: 104 x 64 x 72 inches (264.2 x 162.6 x 182.9 cm) each, unfolded. Collection Albright-Knox Art Gallery, Buffalo, New York; Sarah Norton Goodyear Fund, 2007 (2007:1a-e). © Robert Therrien / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York. Photograph by Kevin Bohner.

Out of Sight! Art of the Senses

Saturday, November 4, 2017
Sunday, January 28, 2018

1905 Building
Special Museum Admission
Special Museum Hours

Out of Sight! Art of the Senses brings together contemporary works of art that actively engage with how our bodies meet the wider world through the five basic senses. By inviting us not only to look but also to listen, smell, touch, and even taste, these works challenge the traditional association of art with vision, expanding what it means to experience and interact with a work of art. Emerging in the later twentieth century, new art forms—including performance, sound, and installation art—have brought art “viewing” into closer alignment with the multisensory and participatory nature of everyday life. At the same time, by making the act of sensation strange and unfamiliar, these new forms also prompt us to examine the powerful role of our senses in shaping our world—a topic of particular importance to diverse artists working today.

Mirrored Room

Lucas Samaras (American, born Greece, 1936). Mirrored Room, 1966. Mirror on wood, 96 x 96 x 120 inches (243.8 x 243.8 x 304.8 cm). Collection Albright-Knox Art Gallery, Buffalo, New York; Gift of Seymour H. Knox, Jr., 1966 (K1966:15). © Lucas Samaras, courtesy Pace Gallery. Photograph by Tom Loonan.

Triple ripple

Olafur Eliasson (Icelandic, born 1967). Triple ripple, 2004. Glass, mirror, electric motors, spotlight, and tripod; dimensions variable. Collection Albright-Knox Art Gallery, Buffalo, New York. Albert H. Tracy, Charles W. Goodyear and Charles Clifton Funds, by exchange, 2007 (2007:14a-g). © 2004 Olafur Eliasson, Courtesy Tanya Bonakdar Gallery, New York.

Heri Dono's Bidadari (Flying Angels), 1996

Heri Dono (Indonesian, born 1960). Bidadari (Flying Angels), 1996. Fiberglass, fabric, bamboo, acrylic paint, electronic and mechanic devices, cable and automatic timer, 39 x 24 x 10 inches (99.1 x 61 x 25.4 cm) each. Collection Albright-Knox Art Gallery, Buffalo, New York; By exchange: Gift of Mrs. George A. Forman, Edmund Hayes Fund, James G. Forsyth Fund, Elisabeth H. Gates Fund, Charles W. Goodyear and Mrs. Georgia M. G. Forman Funds, Charles Clifton and James G. Forsyth Funds and Gift of Mr. and Mrs. Lucien Garo, 2015 (2015:10a-j). © 1996 Heri Dono.

Ronald Ventura's Carousel, 2016

Ronald Ventura (Filipino, born 1973). Carousel, 2016. Revolving carousel sculpture with metal parts, motor, fiberglass figures, and sound speakers, diameter: 146 inches (370 cm), height: 197 inches (500 cm). Courtesy of the artist and Tyler Rollins Fine Art. Image courtesy of the artist and Tyler Rollins Fine Art.

Valeska Soares's Fainting Couch, 2002

Valeska Soares (Brazilian, born 1957). Fainting Couch, 2002. Stainless steel, textile, and flowers, 13 3/4 x 23 5/8 x 78 3/4 inches (35 x 60 x 200 cm). Mirella and Dani Levinas Collection. Image courtesy of the artist

Piano Piece

Nam June Paik (South Korean, 1932–2006). Piano Piece, 1993. Closed-circuit video sculpture, 120 x 84 x 48 inches (304.8 x 213.4 x 121.9 cm). Collection Albright-Knox Art Gallery, Buffalo, New York; Sarah Norton Goodyear Fund, 1993 (1993:9a-ii). © 1993 Nam June Paik

Do Ho Suh's Wielandstr. 18, 12159 Berlin—3 Corridors, 2011

Do Ho Suh (South Korean, born 1962). Wielandstr. 18, 12159 Berlin—3 Corridors, 2011. Polyester fabric and stainless steel. 138 5/8 x 82 5/8 x 258 1/4 inches (352 x 210 x 656 cm). Courtesy the artist and Lehmann Maupin, New York and Hong Kong. Image courtesy of the artist and Lehmann Maupin, New York and Hong Kong. Photograph by Taegsu Jeon

Throughout the exhibition, major works from the later twentieth century by artists such as  Lucas Samaras, Nam June Paik, and Felix Gonzalez-Torres provide a historical framework for more recent works by international artists including Do Ho Suh, Valeska Soares, and Nari Ward. The intimacy of these artworks appeals to the senses—we feel, taste, smell, or hear each of them on a highly personal level—while it also renegotiates the terms of spectatorship and the relationship between contemporary art and everyday life.  

This exhibition is organized by Peggy Pierce Elfvin Director Janne Sirén, Deputy Director Joe Lin-Hill, and Chief Curator Cathleen Chaffee.

Admission to this special exhibition is Pay What You Wish on M&T FIRST FRIDAYS @ THE GALLERY

Exhibition Sponsors

This exhibition has been made possible through the generosity of M&T Bank. Additional support has been provided by Aleron. Publication of the gallery guide has been made possible through the generosity of Nixon Peabody LLP. Technical support and video content creation has been provided by Advantage TI.

Special Museum Admission

Admission

Adults, $15
Seniors (62 and over), $11
Veterans, $11
College Students, $11
Youth (Ages 6–18), $9
Children (5 and under), FREE
Members, FREE

Group Admission

Adults, $11
Seniors (62 and over), $9
College Students, $9
Youth (Ages 6–18), $6
Pre-K students (5 and under), $4
Chaperones for students, $6
Members, FREE

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Special Museum Hours

The Albright-Knox will be open until 8 pm on Fridays, January 19 and 26, 2018, during the special exhibitions Takashi Murakami: The Deep End of the Universe and Out of Sight! Art of the Senses.

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