Albright-Knox Art Gallery

Michael Mroziak, WBFO

Ceremonial shovels were placed in dirt by no fewer than 20 dignitaries, formally launching an ambitious project to expand the Albright-Knox Art Gallery by 30,000 square feet. The Buffalo native who offered tens of millions of his own dollars to fuel further fundraising was back in town to announce he's putting in even more, to pay tribute to the man who got the gallery's original 1905 building erected.

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It’s the last weekend to visit the Albright-Knox’s Elmwood Avenue campus before it shuts down for a major expansion project until 2022. So what’s next for the art gallery?

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In just about a month, the Albright-Knox Art Gallery will be shutting down to prepare for a major expansion project. But an area labor leader is concerned the work is not going to include unionized skilled workers.  


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There has been a change to Buffalo's landscape along Elmwood Avenue in front of the Albright-Knox Art Gallery. The museum's set to close in less than two months for a major expansion project. And as WBFO's Chris Caya reports, the prep work includes moving a highly visible artwork. 


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If you like the current Albright-Knox Art Gallery, there are just a few months left to see it on Elmwood Avenue. The gallery plans to close at the end of this year for two years of construction and expansion, while installations, special events and performances will move to the Northland Beltline Corridor.

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The Albright-Knox Art Gallery expansion project is awaiting final approval from city planners. In this week's Press Pass with WBFO's Mark Scott, Buffalo Spree Editor Elizabeth Licata says people continue to weigh in on the design. As with any issue in the 21st century, she says social media is where people who object can be heard.


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The Erie County Legislature agreed to put up the $5 million promised to the Albright-Knox Art Gallery by County Executive Mark Poloncarz, but it was along fight.

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With the election year heating up, so is the debate in Erie County government about how to spend an unexpectedly large budget surplus.

The latest designs for the Albright-Knox Art Gallery's planned expansion were unveiled Thursday. The museum will close for an extended period of time once construction begins later this year.

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There's nothing like life's little luxuries. The April issue of Buffalo Spree, which arrives in subscribers mail boxes this week, explores such luxuries as listening to a vinyl record or enjoying a home-cooked meal without having to cook it. In this week's Press Pass with WBFO's Mark Scott, Spree editor Elizabeth Licata says these luxuries are all affordable.


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The continuing road show of plans to renovate, expand and improve the Albright-Knox Art Gallery moved to a new location Tuesday night - McKinley High School, just down the street - to show a wider range of the community what's going on.

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With winter bearing down with record-setting snow falls, residents are searching for indoor activities. During her appearance on WBFO's Press Pass, Jessica Marinelli of Buffalo Rising offers some alternatives, including the latest offering at the Albright-Knox Art Gallery, Humble and Human: An Exhibition in Honor of Ralph C. Wilson, Jr. With Erie County Free Week underway, Marinelli says the event provides an opportunity to view the works of great Impressionist artists like Monet, Renoir and Gauguin.

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A new exhibit at the Albright-Knox Art Gallery is now open and honors former Buffalo Bills owner Ralph C. Wilson, Jr.

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The late founder and owner of the Buffalo Bills will be honored with an art exhibit at the Albright-Knox Art Gallery next month.

Michael Mroziak, WBFO

"If you build it, they will come." That was the sentiment Friday from billionaire philanthropist Jeffrey Gundlach, announcing another multi-million-dollar milestone for the $155 million AK360 expansion project.

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With the Albright-Knox Art Gallery getting close to its $155 million goal for a major expansion of the Delaware Park cultural center, there is good news from City Hall. Mayor Byron Brown says the city will kick in $2.5 million for the project.

Press Pass: Buffalo Spree's Women of Food

Oct 23, 2018
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Food is big business in Western New York, and according to the November issue of Buffalo Spree, women are playing an increasingly important role. In this week's Press Pass with WBFO's Mark Scott, Spree editor Elizabeth Licata says women are well-represented across the industry.


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The director of the Albright-Knox Art Gallery says he needs the public to join some wealthy donors in contributing for the planned $155 million expansion. Janne Siren says he wants the public to take ownership of the expansion to make it communitywide.

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The Albright-Knox’s Public Art Initiative will soon have another mural to add to its list of completed projects. This one, however, will be the largest mural in Western New York.

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While the Albright Knox Art Gallery's massive renovation and expansion plan may well be approved for eventual construction, staff and architects learned Tuesday it will not be simple.

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The long-discussed expansion of the Albright-Knox Art Gallery shifted from a bunch of architects around a computer screen to a project Monday, as the $155 million project went before the Buffalo Planning Board.

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The corner of Hertel and Commonwealth avenues is busy with commerce and the traffic is loud. But artists are at work here with brushes, ladders and buckets of paint. The stained glass design of their mural, which seems more fitting in a place of worship, symbolizes what this neighborhood stands for.


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The Albright-Knox Art Gallery would add a building, save a building and renovate its original building under the latest version of its A-K-360 plan. Gallery officials say they'll need to raise $155 million in order ro fulfill their vision.


Press Pass: Buffalo Spree takes us 'on the water'

Jun 19, 2018
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It was not that long ago that our access to the waterfront was limited. There were few places to enjoy the view, much less enjoying the water itself. The July issue of Buffalo Spree has a special section on how that has all changed. In this week's Press Pass with WBFO's Mark Scott, Spree Editor Elizabeth Licata says there are now many ways for people to experience our waterways.


Radical Night Out – celebrating Black Radical Women

Mar 27, 2018
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It is called the Radical Women's Night Out, a special event highlighting black arts.  WBFO's senior reporter Eileen Buckley talked to organizers about how it celebrates women. 

The October issue of Buffalo Spree features a series of conversations on a variety of important local topics. One of them is whether Buffalo has too many restaurants. Another is the proposed expansion of the Albright-Knox Art Gallery. There are some concerns about how the gallery expansion would eliminate part of the 1962 wing designed by Gordon Bunshaft. In this week's Press Pass with WBFO's Mark Scott, Spree editor Elizabeth Licata said there's little dispute the Albright-Knox needs more exhibit space.
 

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Buffalo is marking the completion of its latest public art project, a mural depicting 28 civil rights leaders.

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The Albright-Knox Art Gallery's AK Public Art Initiative, which has added color and flair to many Buffalo-area neighborhoods, has welcomed its latest addition. This one is in Buffalo's Niagara Street Corridor and celebrates the Latino and Hispanic heritage of the neighborhood.


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What was once the side of a long-vacant building on Buffalo’s East Side is now a finished canvas for a bright public art project called the Welcome Wall. The side of 751 Fillmore Avenue displays a mural intertwining the word “welcome” in 13 different languages—from German and Polish to Vietnamese and Farsi.

Scott Sackett

At the Albright-Knox Art Gallery, you can see works by some of the most influential modern and contemporary artists. There are priceless masterpieces and defining images that are known around the world. It might not sound like the kind of place a family with young children can go for an afternoon of fun, but that’s now the growing trend. WBFO Arts and Culture Desk reporter Scott Sackett recently visited the Albright-Knox on a Family Funday and shares what he discovered.


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