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Past Exhibitions

    • Bad Habits

      July 10–October 4, 2009

      A meditation on vice and naughtiness in contemporary art, Bad Habits presents a selection of the more subversive objects in the Albright-Knox Art Gallery’s Permanent Collection.

    • Strange Brew: The 1960s

      May 29–September 20, 2009

      This selection of works from the Gallery’s Permanent Collection focuses the art that sprang from the 1960s counterculture, which fuses elements of surrealism and pop art with swirling patterns, neon colors, repeated motifs, and bizarre iconography.

    • Frida Kahlo: Through the Lens of Nickolas Muray

      May 8–July 5, 2009

      Forty-seven exquisite color and black-and-white photographs of the Mexican artist Frida Kahlo by the American photographer Nickolas Muray are featured in this exhibition organized and circulated by Smith Kramer Fine Art Services.

    • Action/Abstraction: Pollock, de Kooning, and American Art, 1940–1976

      February 13–June 14, 2009

      Organized by the Albright-Knox Art Gallery in collaboration with The Jewish Museum, New York, and the Saint Louis Art Museum, this special exhibition revisits the watershed period of American art from 1940 to 1976 through the writings of its two primary critics: Harold Rosenberg and Clement Greenberg.

    • The Brave Buffalo: Abstract Expressionism and the City

      February 13–June 10, 2009

      This installation of original letters, photographs, publications, and other documents drawn from the Gallery’s archives and library collections tells the story of how the Albright-Knox became one of the first art museums in the United States to exhibit and actively amass the new art of the 1950s.

    • Bruce Jackson: Cummins Wide

      January 23–May 10, 2009

      This exhibition features fifty-three extraordinary Widelux images of Cummins Prison Farm, taken more than twenty-five years ago by Buffalo-based photographer, filmmaker, and folklorist Bruce Jackson.

    • From Tusk to Tail: Animals and Art

      August 29, 2008–January 30, 2009

      From Tusk to Tails: Animals and Art represents a cross-section of birds and beasts from around the world and is the second exhibition organized in partnership with the Buffalo Museum of Science.

    • Op Art Revisited: Selections from the Albright-Knox Art Gallery

      July 18, 2008–January 25, 2009

      Op art, also know as “Optical art,” refers to the work of a group of abstract painters in the early 1960s who—under the direction of artists Richard Anuszkiewicz, Bridget Riley, Julian Stanczak, and Victor Vasarely—utilized parallel lines, concentric circles, and electric colors to create works that give the visual effect of afterimages and illusion of movement.

    • Works on Paper: The Natalie and Irving Forman Collection

      August 15–November 30, 2008

      This exhibition is the first time Natalie and Irving Forman's brilliant collection of works on paper has been exhibited en masse. It reflects the remarkable evolution of the Forman Collection, which today comprises wonderfully unique and, at times, experimental abstract works.

    • REMIX: Recent Acquisitions, Works on Paper

      May 1–August 1, 2008

      The expression “works on paper” corresponds to a completely different set of rules for making art, which extends beyond traditional media and abolishes the assumption that art made on or of paper occupies merely a complementary role to painting and sculpture. For decades now, artists have defied the simplistic notion of basic drawing by utilizing multiple techniques and diverse media to create works on paper.