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Tracers working on a drawing in a wading pool on South Park Avenue and Fulton Streets in Buffalo

Tracers working on a drawing in a wading pool on South Park Avenue and Fulton Streets in Buffalo. Image courtesy of the Albright-Knox Art Gallery Digital Assets Collection and Archives, Buffalo, New York.

Throwback Thursday: Ingrid Calame Tracing in Buffalo

August 31, 2017

In June 2008, artist Ingrid Calame became the Albright-Knox’s first Artist-in-Residence. During her time in Buffalo, Calame led a team of ten local students in a series tracing sessions at various sites in the community. On thousands of feet of Mylar, they traced the stains and marks found on the floors of wading pools, grain elevators, playgrounds, the museum’s parking lot, the ArcelorMittal steelmaking plant in Lackawanna (formerly part of Bethlehem Steel), and elsewhere. Based on the tracings, Calame created a series of works that debuted in the Albright-Knox exhibition Ingrid Calame: Step on a Crack . . . in September 2009. 

Ingrid Calame and Buffalo tracers working on a drawing in a wading pool on South Park Avenue and Fulton Streets in Buffalo

Ingrid Calame and Buffalo tracers working on a drawing in a wading pool on South Park Avenue and Fulton Streets in Buffalo. Image courtesy of the Albright-Knox Art Gallery Digital Assets Collection and Archives, Buffalo, New York.

A tracer working on a drawing at the ArcelorMittal steelmaking plant in Lackawanna (formerly part of Bethlehem Steel)

A tracer working on a drawing at the ArcelorMittal steelmaking plant in Lackawanna (formerly part of Bethlehem Steel). Image courtesy of the Albright-Knox Art Gallery Digital Assets Collection and Archives, Buffalo, New York.

Ingrid Calame and Buffalo tracers working on a drawing at the ArcelorMittal steelmaking plant in Lackawanna (formerly part of Bethlehem Steel)

Ingrid Calame and Buffalo tracers working on a drawing at the ArcelorMittal steelmaking plant in Lackawanna (formerly part of Bethlehem Steel). Image courtesy of the Albright-Knox Art Gallery Digital Assets Collection and Archives, Buffalo, New York.

Ingrid Calame and Buffalo tracers working on a drawing in the Albright-Knox's parking lot

Ingrid Calame and Buffalo tracers working on a drawing in the Albright-Knox's parking lot. Image courtesy of the Albright-Knox Art Gallery Digital Assets Collection and Archives, Buffalo, New York.

One of the works created as part of Calame's residency, #313 Drawing (Tracings from Buffalo, NY), 2008, is currently featured in the special exhibition Drawing: The Beginning of Everything, which is on view at the Albright-Knox through October 15. 

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