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Installation view of Amanda Browder's Spectral Locus at 467 Richmond Avenue. Photograph by Tom Loonan.

Throwback Thursday: AK Public Art Projects by #5WomenArtists

March 23, 2017

On the occasion of Women’s History Month, and in conjunction with the National Museum of Women in the Arts’ second annual #5WomenArtists campaign, we’re celebrating the work of women artists with the Albright-Knox. Eleven of the 18 projects undertaken as part of our AK Public Art Initiative have featured works by women artists. We highlight five of them below.

Roberley Bell’s Locus Amoenus, 2016, is a group of sculptures designed to draw attention to the significant human interventions necessary to protect and maintain the fragile ecosystem at the Tifft Nature Preserve. This work is on view through early spring 2017.

In June 2016, Baltimore-based artist team Jessie and Katey created Noodle in the Northern Lights, a mural on an outside wall of Shea’s 710 Theatre, a prominent cornerstone of the Buffalo Theater District at Main and Tupper Streets. This work is on view indefinitely.

The Freedom Wall, 2017, on the corner of Michigan Avenue and East Ferry Street

The Freedom Wall, 2017—by John Baker, Julia Bottoms, Chuck Tingley, and Edreys Wajed—on the corner of Michigan Avenue and East Ferry Street. Photograph by Tom Loonan.

Aerial view of the community dedication celebration for Betsy Casañas's Patria, Será Porque Quisiera Que Vueles, Que Sigue Siendo Tuyo Mi Vuelo (Homeland, Perhaps It Is Because I Wish to See You Fly, That My Flight Continues To Be Yours) at 585 Niagara St

Aerial view of the community dedication celebration for Betsy Casañas's Patria, Será Porque Quisiera Que Vueles, Que Sigue Siendo Tuyo Mi Vuelo (Homeland, Perhaps It Is Because I Wish to See You Fly, That My Flight Continues To Be Yours) at 585 Niagara Street on August 25, 2017. Photograph by MK Photo.

Bunnie Reiss's Magic Buffalo, 2017, on the side of Joe's Deli at 1322 Hertel Avenue

Bunnie Reiss's Magic Buffalo, 2017, on the side of Joe's Deli at 1322 Hertel Avenue. Photograph by Tom Loonan.

Shantell Martin working on her mural, Dance Everyday, 2017, at 537 East Delavan Avenue

Shantell Martin working on her mural, Dance Everyday, 2017, at 537 East Delavan Avenue. Photograph by Connie Tsang.

Shasti O’Leary Soudant's Gut Flora, 2017, at the NFTA’s Allen/Medical Campus Station

Shasti O’Leary Soudant's Gut Flora, 2017, at the NFTA’s Allen/Medical Campus Station. Photograph by Tom Loonan.

From mid-August to mid-September 2016, Amanda Browder’s Spectral Locus was installed on the façades of three prominent buildings in Buffalo. Browder asked the community to donate fabrics and to join her for public sewing days to create the artwork.

In 2015, Kaarina Kaikkonen and volunteers created We Share a Dream by attaching hundreds of donated shirts at the sleeves, or “hands,” suggesting human connection even in absence. The work is on view at the Buffalo Niagara International Airport.

Perhaps the most well-known work in the Albright-Knox’s Public Art Initiative, Casey Riordan Millard’s Shark Girl, 2012, patiently waits at Canalside Buffalo for a companion to join her. The museum is planning an exhibition of some of Millard’s other Shark Girl works in summer 2017.

The other six AK Public Art projects featuring women artists include a 2016 mural led by Alice Mizrachi; two participatory projects by Jenny Kendler in 2015; a 2014 mural by Tape Art, which includes Leah Smith and Kristen Carbone; and upcoming works by Shantell Martin and Shasti O’Leary Soudant.

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