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Mirror | Mirror

A Massive Summer Celebration

Friday, June 20, 2014, 7–11 pm

Detail of Lucas Samaras’s 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

Fun, Food, Fantasy 

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Come celebrate as our beloved Mirrored Room returns to the Albright-Knox Art Gallery and our community. It’s seven years of bad luck if you don’t attend! 

INSIDE: Lucas Samaras’s Room No. 2 and Other Treasures from Our Collection
The doors to the magical room will open and memories will flood back as you experience the Mirrored Room and other treasures by Samaras from our Collection. 

OUTSIDE: Fun, Food, Fantasy
Reflect on your selfie under MirrorMirror, the streetfest tent designed by UB Architects Davidson and Rafialidis, then get in line for a Ferris wheel view of Nancy Rubins’s famous canoes. Visit the Big Top and feast on the wildly imaginative cuisine created especially by Rich’s Catering & Special Events. Dance and be amazed at the pop-up performances! 

See yourself win one of the following:

  • An iconic Alessi tea set by Michael Graves, signed by the artist
  • A limited-edition print created and signed by Michael Graves, celebrating the twentieth anniversary of the Alessi “9093” kettle
  • Custom-designed five-strand circlet necklace, with bracelet and earrings, by Petra Meiren Designs from the Thaler Collection
  • Stainless steel Scirocco bowl from Alessi, designed by Mario Trimarchi
  • Chihuly Silvered, a collector’s edition book signed by the artist
  • A basket of delectable chocolates custom designed by Eaton CHOCOLATE especially for Mirror | Mirror

The celebration will also include:

  • Cirque Cuisine
  • Smashing Signature Cocktails
  • Pop-up Performances
  • Valet Parking




Media Partner

Join us as a sponsor for considerable benefits and discounts. For more information, please contact Corporate Relations Coordinator Cathy Gatewood at 716.270.8274, or You can also purchase a sponsorship online.

Tickets to this fundraising celebration are $150 each, or $125 for Members. Rsvp to 716.270.8204, or You can also purchase tickets online. Tickets will be available at the Albright-Knox Admissions Desk the day of the event. 

All proceeds benefit the Albright-Knox Art Gallery. 


The Albright-Knox Art Gallery is most grateful to the following sponsors for making this event possible and for raising vital funds that enable the museum to continue providing programming and educational opportunities to our community. Please support our generous sponsors. 

Rich’s Catering & Special Events

Penny and Charles Banta
Hodgson Russ LLP
Modern Luxuri

The Balbach Family
NOCO Energy Corp.

Susan O’Connor Baird and Bruce Baird
Bob Bojdak and Sarah Williams
Buffalo Cardiology & Pulmonary Associates
Diane O’Donnel Contemporary Designs
First Niagara Bank
Gastroenterology Associates, LLP
Imagine Staffing Technology, Inc.
Maxwell Murphy, LLC
Morgan Stanley Wealth Management
Marcia and Alphonso O’Neil-White
Paul William Beltz, P.C.
Pierce Family Foundation
Sanderson Wealth Management, LLC
UBS Financial Services

The Buffalo Bills
Michelle and Sam Capizzi
Chiampou Travis Besaw & Kershner LLP
Frey Electric Construction Company
Hiscock & Barclay LLP
Roberta and Michael Joseph
Larkin Square
Mercedes-Benz of Buffalo
Niacet Corporation
UB Neurosurgery, Inc.
Donald E. Will
WSF Industries, Inc.

Monica Angle and Sam Magavern
Jennifer Bayles and Rob Steinfeld
CrestView Business Consulting LLC
Dent Neurologic Institute/Dr. Laszlo L. Mechtler
Executive AirShare
Gurney Becker & Bourne
Stephanie and Brad Kroth
Magavern Magavern Grimm LLP
Joan and Barry Malin
N. Choops Painting, Inc.
Oliver’s Restaurant
Bruce Reinoso
The Santarosa Group
Janet and Wayne Wisbaum

Alessi/Diane O’Donnel Contemporary Designs
Block Club
Casady Design
Chihuly Studios
Curbell Plastics
Blake Dawson/Advantage TI
Empire Building Diagnostics Inc.
G&R Tent Rental
Lin Manufacturing & Design
The New Museum
North American Breweries
Southern Wine & Spirits
Tarantino Foods
Tony Walker & Co.
Marcos Udagawa
Zenger Group


Martha and Tom Hyde
Mary and Lou Knotts
Molly and Charles Lambros
Sonja and Janne Sirén
Carolyn and John Yurtchuk 

Michelle Capizzi
Annmarie Maxwell

Event Recap


Mirror | Mirror, this year’s massive summer celebration on Friday, June 20, was inspired by the return of Lucas Samaras’s Mirrored Room, 1966, to the Albright-Knox. More than 1,000 guests shined at the fundraising celebration, which also marked the opening of the special exhibition Lucas Samaras: Reflections.

Guests experienced the Mirrored Room, sharing their #MirroredRoomSelfies; enjoyed pop-up performances by AcroYoga performers, aerialist Ashley Vita Verde, magician Garrett Thomas, and Pyromancy; and danced to music spun by DJ Marcos Udagawa. Six lucky winners went home with great prizes generously provided by Alessi, Chihuly Studios, Diane O’Donnel Contemporary Designs, and Eaton CHOCOLATE.

The evening’s carnival-inspired feast—including snacks inspired by carnival games and rides like darts and the Tilt-a-Whirl—was generously provided by Presenting Sponsor Rich’s Catering & Special Events, and beverages—including the signature SKYY Vodka Slushie—were generously provided by North American Breweries and Southern Wine & Spirits.

The Albright-Knox extends its appreciation to event chairs Martha and Tom Hyde, Mary and Lou Knotts, Molly and Charles Lambros, Sonja and Janne Sirén, and Carolyn and John Yurtchuk; co-chairs Michelle Capizzi and Annmarie Maxwell; and everyone who came and helped us kick off another great summer. The evening would not have been possible without our many corporate sponsors and special friends.