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Subodh Gupta's This is not a fountain, 2011–13

Subodh Gupta (Indian, born 1964). This is not a fountain, 2011–13. Old aluminum utensils, water, painted brass taps, PVC pipes, and motor, 65 x 190 x 309 inches (165.1 x 482.6 x 784.9 cm). Collection Albright-Knox Art Gallery, Buffalo, New York; George B. and Jenny R. Mathews Fund, by exchange and Charles Clifton Fund, by exchange, 2016 (2015:6). © 2011–2013 Subodh Gupta. Image courtesy the artist and Hauser & Wirth. Photo: Genevieve Hanson.

We the People: New Art from the Collection

1905 Building, South Galleries and Sculpture Court

This exhibition explores the numerous ways in which contemporary artists around the world are radically reimagining what makes a work of art meaningful. The artworks on display here highlight many of the images, ideas, and pressing social concerns that are defining the twenty-first century. It takes its title from two featured works, both called We the People: Hank Willis Thomas’s quilt made from decommissioned prison uniforms cut up and pieced together to spell out these first words of the preamble to the United States Constitution, and Danh Võ’s full-size copper replica of the Statue of Liberty broken into several hundred pieces, one of which is included in the exhibition. 

Hank Willis Thomas's We The People, 2015

Hank Willis Thomas (American, born 1976). We The People, 2015. Decommissioned prison uniforms mounted on Sintra, 74 x 90 inches (188 x 228.6 cm). Collection Albright-Knox Art Gallery, Buffalo, New York; Gift of Mrs. George A. Forman, by exchange, 2016 (2016:17). © Hank Willis Thomas. Courtesy of the artist and Jack Shainman Gallery, New York. Image courtesy of Jack Shainman Gallery, New York.

Kevin Beasley's Untitled (hollow), 2016

Kevin Beasley (American, born 1985). Untitled (hollow), 2016. Resin, housedresses, and kaftans, 80 x 73 x 36 inches (203.2 x 185.4 x 91.4 cm). Collection Albright-Knox Art Gallery, Buffalo, New York; Albert H. Tracy Fund, by exchange, 2016 (2016:30). © 2016 Kevin Beasley. Image courtesy of the artist and Casey Kaplan, New York. Photograph by Jean Vong.

Tabor Robak's Free-to-Play lite, 2014

Tabor Robak (American, born 1986). Free-to-Play lite, 2014. Four-channel HD video with custom software, AP 1 from an edition of 3 and 2 APs; 120 x 50 3/8 inches (304.8 x 128 cm), running time: 60 minutes. Collection Albright-Knox Art Gallery, Buffalo, New York; Sherman S. Jewett Fund, by exchange and George B. and Jenny R. Mathews Fund, by exchange, 2015 (2015:7.2a-d). © 2014 Tabor Robak

One Cat

Jacqueline Humphries (American, born 1960). One Cat, 2017. Oil on linen, 100 3/16 x 111 1/8 inches (254.5 x 282.3 cm). Collection Albright-Knox Art Gallery, Buffalo, New York; Pending Acquisition Funds, 2018 (2018:3). © Jacqueline Humphries, Courtesy the artist and Greene Naftali, New York

Park McArthur's Softly, effectively, 2017

Park McArthur (American, born 1984). Softly, effectively, 2017. Aluminum, 71 5/8 x 114 x 1 1/2 inches (181.9 x 289.6 x 3.8 cm). Collection Albright-Knox Art Gallery, Buffalo, New York; Pending Acquisition Funds, 2018 (2018:4a-c). © 2017 Park McArthur. Image courtesy Essex Street Gallery.


Jaune Quick-to-See Smith (American, born 1940). Homeland, 2017. Mixed media on canvas, 48 x 72 inches (121.9 x 182.9 cm). Collection Albright-Knox Art Gallery, Buffalo, New York; Pending Acquisition Funds, 2018 (2018:12). Image courtesy the artist and Garth Greenan Gallery, New York.

The Albright-Knox was founded by artists as a museum devoted to collecting and exhibiting the art of our time, and we continue to fulfill that mission. The works in We the People were selected from among the hundreds of contemporary artworks that the museum has acquired through purchase or gift over the past five years, in mediums ranging from painting to sculpture and photography to moving images. 

The international artists represented in this exhibition, including Subodh Gupta, Park McArthur, Sopheap Pich, and Jaune Quick-to-See Smith, are among the key voices helping to define contemporary art today. Their works illustrate the ways art can transport us to other worlds, even as it draws us closer to the everyday shared experiences and challenges that make us human. The Albright-Knox is dedicated to creating opportunities for you, our visitors, to form your own responses to new ideas; it is our hope that this exhibition inspires an ongoing dialogue about art’s evolving relevance to our lives. 

This exhibition is organized by Peggy Pierce Elfvin Director Janne Sirén and Assistant Curator Tina Rivers Ryan.

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

Exhibition Sponsors

Equipment and technical support provided by Advantage TI.

The Albright-Knox Art Gallery’s exhibition program is generously supported by The Seymour H. Knox Foundation, Inc.

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