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Lucas Samaras: Reflections

Saturday, June 21, 2014–Sunday, January 4, 2015

Lucas Samaras (American, born Greece, 1936). Room No. 2 (popularly known as the 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, Gift of Seymour H. Knox, Jr., 1966. © Lucas Samaras, courtesy Pace Gallery. Photograph by Tom Loonan.

1962 Knox Building

The Albright-Knox Art Gallery acquired Lucas Samaras’s (American, born Greece, 1936) groundbreaking Room No. 2 in 1966, the same year it was created. Room No. 2 (popularly known as the Mirrored Room) was one of the earliest installation artworks designed for viewers to enter, rather than simply look at, and it was the first such immersive environment to become part of a museum collection. Almost fifty years later, the Mirrored Room remains a treasured example of the Albright-Knox’s long tradition of acquiring challenging new work by emerging artists. Presented alongside this famously disorienting room, Lucas Samaras: Reflections comprises a selection of Samaras’s prints, sculpture, photographs, and a painting, all drawn from the museum’s Collection. These works, spanning more than forty years, demonstrate how persistently Samaras takes on common things—such as boxes, fabric, furniture, and the human body—only to alter and reinvent them. Here, reflected back to viewers, are Samaras’s visions of a familiar world forever transformed.

This exhibition is organized by Curator Cathleen Chaffee.

Please note that you will need to wear socks to experience the Mirrored Room.

Admission to this exhibition is free on M&T FIRST FRIDAYS @ THE GALLERY.

Related Event

Mirror | Mirror
A Massive Summer Celebration
Friday, June 20, 2014, 7–11 pm
Inspired by Lucas Samaras’s Room No. 2 (popularly known as the Mirrored Room), 1966

Related Lesson Plan

Recycled Reconstruction
(For Grades 5–10)