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Local Students Explore the Interaction between People and Their Surroundings in Upcoming Exhibition at the Albright-Knox Art Gallery

April 25, 2013

Buffalo, NY This year’s exhibition of artwork by area teens, organized by participants in the Albright-Knox Art Gallery’s AK Teens: Future Curators program is titled In: Introspection, Interaction. The exhibition will include 50 works selected from more than 360 submissions. The Future Curators and featured artists will celebrate with a special night of opening events on Thursday, May 2, 2013. The exhibition will open to the public on Friday, May 3, 2013.

The 2013 Future Curators have selected the works featured in In: Introspection, Interaction. The works challenge our typical perceptions of ourselves and our surrounding environment; some delve deeply into the human mind and, by contrast, others showcase the world around us.

Throughout our lives, each one of us attempts to project a specific self-image, and we often lose sight of anything outside our own experiences. It is our interaction with the wider world that helps us to overcome this loss of experience, and to focus on the common building blocks that bind us and our world together. The introspective nature of this exhibition encourages us to contemplate ourselves, our world, and the interaction between the two. Future Curator Claire Augello commented, “Until this program, I did not know it was possible to become so attached to a piece of artwork.”

This year’s team is composed of a diverse group of eleventh- and twelfth-grade students. The members are Kendall Appelbaum (Nichols School), Claire Augello (Lewiston-Porter High School), Paloma D’Auria (Nichols School), Joshua Fraass (St. Joseph’s Collegiate Institute), Katiana Hernandez (Williamsville East High School), Whitney Kehl (Attica Senior High School), Saraphina Masters (Tapestry Charter School), Stephen Matthew (St. Joseph’s Collegiate Institute), Megan McCuen (Frontier Central High School), Morgan McCutcheon (West Seneca West Senior High School), Brodie McPherson (Lewiston-Porter High School), Alexa Nicoletti (Lewiston-Porter High School), Maria Root (PS 195 City Honors School), and Charlotte Saunders (Sweet Home High School).  

Future Curator Kendall Appelbaum noted, “This program really opened my eyes to what it takes to curate a show in a real art gallery. It helped me with working in a group of thirteen other students, and having to take in other people’s ideas, and combining our thoughts to make one great show.”

The AK Teens: Future Curators program, now in its eighth year, is coordinated by Lindsay Kranz, Associate in the Albright-Knox Art Gallery’s Education Department. The program provides students with the unique opportunity to experience, firsthand, the behind-the-scenes process of managing an art museum and organizing an exhibition. Their meetings with members of various departments at the Gallery help them to develop a deeper understanding of how an art museum communicates with and engages the public. Coming away with a greater awareness of the language of an exhibition, the Future Curators begin to develop one of their own, engaging in almost every facet of the process, from developing a theme and writing the interpretive text, to choosing the opening performances. Every Future Curator adds his or her own artistic input to the process, thereby creating a unique exhibition.

The Future Curators have planned an evening of events to open the exhibition on Thursday, May 2, from 5 to 9 pm. The evening will include performances by Williamsville East High School’s Roots of a Redwood, Frontier High School’s String Quartet, and St. Joseph’s Collegiate Institute’s DJ Romello Williams. The exhibition will be on view in the Gallery for Small Sculpture through Sunday, June 16, 2013.

AK Teens is presented by First Niagara.