Spotlight on Gregory Crewdson
We take a closer look at Gregory Crewdson in our AK Contemporary series as part of M&T FIRST FRIDAYS @ THE GALLERY this evening. Assistant Curator of Education Jessica DiPalma will give a lecture at 7:30 pm and a screening of the documentary Gregory Crewdson: Brief Encounters, 2012, will follow at 8 pm.
Crewdson considers himself to be an “American Realist Landscape Photographer.” He often uses American small-town domestic life as the backdrop to images that blur the distinction between reality and fiction and that seem slightly surreal, unsettling, and, at times, even foreboding. Crewdson begins with a story in his head and then creates an image of one moment in the life of that story. These “frozen moments” are highly staged, down to the smallest detail. The artist doesn’t actually take the photograph himself, but assumes a directorial role, overseeing the creation of the set, costumes, and props, as well as the actions of his assistants. 
Crewdson often finds inspiration in the work of legendary directors such as Alfred Hitchcock and David Lynch. However, unlike when watching a film that provides an entire story, viewers of one of Crewdson’s highly cinematic works are left to narrate for themselves what happened before and after the moment captured in the photograph. 
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IMAGE: Gregory Crewdson’s Untitled (Ophelia) from the “Twilight” series, as featured in Gregory Crewdson: Brief Encounters, a film by Ben Shapiro. A Zeitgeist Films release. Photo © Gregory Crewdson

Spotlight on Gregory Crewdson

We take a closer look at Gregory Crewdson in our AK Contemporary series as part of M&T FIRST FRIDAYS @ THE GALLERY this evening. Assistant Curator of Education Jessica DiPalma will give a lecture at 7:30 pm and a screening of the documentary Gregory Crewdson: Brief Encounters, 2012, will follow at 8 pm.

Crewdson considers himself to be an “American Realist Landscape Photographer.” He often uses American small-town domestic life as the backdrop to images that blur the distinction between reality and fiction and that seem slightly surreal, unsettling, and, at times, even foreboding. Crewdson begins with a story in his head and then creates an image of one moment in the life of that story. These “frozen moments” are highly staged, down to the smallest detail. The artist doesn’t actually take the photograph himself, but assumes a directorial role, overseeing the creation of the set, costumes, and props, as well as the actions of his assistants. 

Crewdson often finds inspiration in the work of legendary directors such as Alfred Hitchcock and David Lynch. However, unlike when watching a film that provides an entire story, viewers of one of Crewdson’s highly cinematic works are left to narrate for themselves what happened before and after the moment captured in the photograph. 

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IMAGE: Gregory Crewdson’s Untitled (Ophelia) from the “Twilight” series, as featured in Gregory Crewdson: Brief Encounters, a film by Ben Shapiro. A Zeitgeist Films release. Photo © Gregory Crewdson

Spotlight on Marina Abramović
We take a closer look at Marina Abramović in our AK Contemporary series as part of M&T FIRST FRIDAYS @ THE GALLERY this evening. Assistant Curator of Education Jessica DiPalma will give a lecture about the artist at 7 pm and a screening of the documentary Marina Abramović The Artist is Present, 2012, will follow at 7:30 pm.
Abramović uses her body as both medium and subject to create emotionally charged, powerful works. In her more than forty years of creating and performing works, Abramović has pushed her body to the limit, while always striving to connect with, give, and derive energy from the audience. In 2010, she was the subject of a major retrospective at The Museum of Modern Art in New York, which included a newly created performance piece that allowed museum visitors to engage with the artist. This exhibition is the subject of the award-winning documentary that will be screened this evening. Learn More about Tonight’s Event
IMAGE: Marina Abramovic, Courtesy of Show of Force

Spotlight on Marina Abramović

We take a closer look at Marina Abramović in our AK Contemporary series as part of M&T FIRST FRIDAYS @ THE GALLERY this evening. Assistant Curator of Education Jessica DiPalma will give a lecture about the artist at 7 pm and a screening of the documentary Marina Abramović The Artist is Present, 2012, will follow at 7:30 pm.

Abramović uses her body as both medium and subject to create emotionally charged, powerful works. In her more than forty years of creating and performing works, Abramović has pushed her body to the limit, while always striving to connect with, give, and derive energy from the audience. In 2010, she was the subject of a major retrospective at The Museum of Modern Art in New York, which included a newly created performance piece that allowed museum visitors to engage with the artist. This exhibition is the subject of the award-winning documentary that will be screened this evening. Learn More about Tonight’s Event

IMAGE: Marina Abramovic, Courtesy of Show of Force

Spotlight on Ai Weiwei
We take a closer look at the contemporary Chinese artist Ai Weiwei in our AK Contemporary series this evening. Assistant Curator of Education Jessica DiPalma will give a lecture at 7:30 pm and a screening of the documentary Ai Weiwei: Never Sorry, 2012, will follow at 8 pm.
The Albright-Knox recently acquired three of Ai Weiwei’s Moon Chests, 2008. While these works are not currently on view, we invite you to come tonight to learn more about this dissident artist who continually blurs the boundaries of art and politics. 
Image: Ai Weiwei’s Moon Chests, 2008. Image courtesy of the Mori Art Museum, Tokyo. © 2008 Ai Weiwei

Spotlight on Ai Weiwei

We take a closer look at the contemporary Chinese artist Ai Weiwei in our AK Contemporary series this evening. Assistant Curator of Education Jessica DiPalma will give a lecture at 7:30 pm and a screening of the documentary Ai Weiwei: Never Sorry, 2012, will follow at 8 pm.

The Albright-Knox recently acquired three of Ai Weiwei’s Moon Chests, 2008. While these works are not currently on view, we invite you to come tonight to learn more about this dissident artist who continually blurs the boundaries of art and politics. 

Image: Ai Weiwei’s Moon Chests, 2008. Image courtesy of the Mori Art Museum, Tokyo. © 2008 Ai Weiwei