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September 11, 2012

We’re gearing up for some very special events celebrating our 150th anniversary during M&T FIRST FRIDAYS @ THE GALLERY this fall. 

On Friday, October 5, experience Illuminate AK, the first large-scale 3D video projection presented in Western New York. The 1905 Albright Building will come alive with color and light, telling the story of the Gallery’s history and Collection. Curator of Education Mariann Smith will also give a lecture entitled “150 Years of Contemporary Art: A History of the Albright-Knox Art Gallery.”

On Friday, November 2, we kick off a new series—AK Contemporary—that focuses on contemporary artists. Hear Assistant Curator of Education Jessica DiPalma talk about Vik Muniz and stay for a screening of the film Waste Land, 2010, which follows Muniz to the world’s largest garbage dump, in Brazil, and documents his collaborative work with the local catadores (pickers of recyclable material). Also that evening, Bonnie Magness-Gardiner will give a lecture about the FBI’s Art Theft Program, which she manages: “Myth and Reality in Cultural Property Crime.”

On Friday, December 7, Eric and Heather ChanSchatz help celebrate the debut of a work they created in honor of the Gallery’s 150th anniversary with the participation of 150 members of the community. Then, Buffalo-based band The Albrights take the stage to deliver “pop-steered indie rock in the tradition of The Beatles and The White Stripes.”

We will also be holding our monthly artist-hosted art activity and art classes, including the popular Homeschooler Art Classes, which you can now register for in blocks of three months. We hope this makes things easier for our regular attendees.

We are looking forward to celebrating with you at the Gallery this fall!