“There are no words to describe the insight I have gained while participating in the AK Teens: Future Curators program. Every week we have met different members of the Albright-Knox staff and have discussed what their jobs involve; we even received tours of the museum from staff members. My personal favorite is the first tour we received of the Anselm Kiefer: Beyond Landscape exhibition.

This tour showed us the stories behind his work and really got our minds thinking about how the AK put all of the pieces together to create an exhibition. Kiefer, we learned, grew up in post-war Germany, and his childhood memories often influenced his work. This tour gave all of us the opportunity to discuss themes and ideas behind the works, and how they come together to form an exhibition. The tours and speakers we have heard while in this program have been incredibly interesting and, as an art person, truly unforgettable. The moment that I took the time to look at my surroundings, I got a rush of excitement as I realized that everything was so carefully thought out.

We learned during the Kiefer tour that the average person looks at a piece of artwork for three seconds and spends a lot more time reading the label. This really opened my eyes to the need to dig deeper and establish connections. The time we took as a group to walk about the exhibition was exhilarating. I was constantly thinking, “What else are we going to learn?” The program here at the Albright-Knox is truly one of a kind and the experience and knowledge that I will gain will honestly be one of the most memorable moments of my life.

This first tour is what got me hooked on wanting to learn more and see more. Anselm Kiefer is an artist who makes sure each detail has a meaning and a voice. The most amazing part of this tour was that it always made me think about what everything means and how we relate to art as people, and artists.”

Kari Karsten, Niagara-Wheatfield High School

AK Teens: Future Curators is a weekly after-school program designed to give local high school students in grades eleven and twelve the opportunity to learn the behind-the-scenes work of a museum curator and the tasks required to create a museum exhibition. The students then use what they have learned to curate their own exhibition featuring the work of area high school artists.

The 2014 AK Teens: Future Curators team is made up of twenty-one dynamic artists, art historians, actors, writers, and entrepreneurs. Five Future Curators have volunteered to share a reflection of their experience at various stages throughout the program. This week’s topic focuses on a Future Curator’s favorite gallery tour.

Stay tuned for more student reflections as the Future Curators begin to design their own exhibition.

AK Teens is presented by First Niagara.

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"One of my favorite in-gallery activities is talking about the work exhibited in the gallery. I feel as though I get a fresh perspective on the art, and also get to share ideas on what the art means to me. It certainly helps with gaining an understanding of what it means to be a curator and how I will help craft the Future Curators exhibition."

 Mitch Stepien, Williamsville East High School

AK Teens: Future Curators is a weekly after-school program designed to give local high school students in grades eleven and twelve the opportunity to learn the behind-the-scenes work of a museum curator and the tasks required to create a museum exhibition. The students then use what they have learned during the program to curate their own exhibition featuring the work of area high school artists.

The 2014 AK Teens: Future Curators team is made up of twenty-one dynamic artists, art historians, actors, writers, and entrepreneurs. Five Future Curators have volunteered to share a reflection of their experience at various stages throughout the program. This week’s topic focuses on a Future Curator’s favorite in-gallery or class activity.

Stay tuned for more student reflections as the Future Curators begin to design their own exhibition.

AK Teens is presented by First Niagara.

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2013 Future Curators Spotlight
Get to know the Albright-Knox’s 2013 Future Curators through the works in the Gallery’s Collection that inspire them. 
Stephen Matthew:Jim Hodges’s look and see, 2005
My favorite work of art is look and see by Jim Hodges. This is a great work because it is a sculpture, but it is referred to as a painting. Jim Hodges wanted to make something monumental and he sure did! I love this work because of the shape.
This is our last 2013 Future Curators spotlight. The team’s exhibition, In: Introspection, Interaction, opens tonight at 5 pm. Learn More about the Exhibition Opening
The Future Curators program is part of AK Teens, which is presented by First Niagara.
Image © 2005 Jim Hodges

2013 Future Curators Spotlight

Get to know the Albright-Knox’s 2013 Future Curators through the works in the Gallery’s Collection that inspire them. 

Stephen Matthew:
Jim Hodges’s look and see, 2005

My favorite work of art is look and see by Jim Hodges. This is a great work because it is a sculpture, but it is referred to as a painting. Jim Hodges wanted to make something monumental and he sure did! I love this work because of the shape.

This is our last 2013 Future Curators spotlight. The team’s exhibition, In: Introspection, Interaction, opens tonight at 5 pm. Learn More about the Exhibition Opening

The Future Curators program is part of AK Teens, which is presented by First Niagara.

Image © 2005 Jim Hodges

2013 Future Curators Spotlight
Get to know the Albright-Knox’s 2013 Future Curators through the works in the Gallery’s Collection that inspire them.
Joshua Fraass:Claude Monet’s Chemin de halage à Argenteuil (Tow-Path at Argenteuil), ca. 1875
This work inspires me through the process used to create it. I like how through Impressionism and Claude Monet’s work I can see every stroke the artist used to capture what the painting is about. The nature captured in this painting makes me want to look outside into the world around me and really appreciate it. Nature is the main inspiration for me and I like to see other artists capturing nature and all of its beauty.
The Future Curators program is part of AK Teens, which is presented by First Niagara.

2013 Future Curators Spotlight

Get to know the Albright-Knox’s 2013 Future Curators through the works in the Gallery’s Collection that inspire them.

Joshua Fraass:
Claude Monet’s Chemin de halage à Argenteuil (Tow-Path at Argenteuil), ca. 1875

This work inspires me through the process used to create it. I like how through Impressionism and Claude Monet’s work I can see every stroke the artist used to capture what the painting is about. The nature captured in this painting makes me want to look outside into the world around me and really appreciate it. Nature is the main inspiration for me and I like to see other artists capturing nature and all of its beauty.

The Future Curators program is part of AK Teens, which is presented by First Niagara.

2013 Future Curators Spotlight
Get to know the Albright-Knox’s 2013 Future Curators through the works in the Gallery’s Collection that inspire them.
Kendall Appelbaum:Rineke Dijkstra’s Coney Island, N.Y., USA, June 20, 1993, 1993; printed 1998
My chosen work of inspiration from the Collection would have to be Rineke Dijkstra’s Coney Island, N.Y., USA, June 20, 1993. Dijkstra has always been a favorite photographer of mine, and we have studied some of her work in school. I love her work because she has such a simple way of capturing a photo and it is always so fresh and crisp. She also focuses on the awkwardness of, mainly, teens and young adults, which has always been something I am extremely fascinated in and tend to portray through my own work.
The Future Curators program is part of AK Teens, which is presented by First Niagara.
Image courtesy the artist and Marian Goodman Gallery, New York.

2013 Future Curators Spotlight

Get to know the Albright-Knox’s 2013 Future Curators through the works in the Gallery’s Collection that inspire them.

Kendall Appelbaum:
Rineke Dijkstra’s Coney Island, N.Y., USA, June 20, 1993, 1993; printed 1998

My chosen work of inspiration from the Collection would have to be Rineke Dijkstra’s Coney Island, N.Y., USA, June 20, 1993. Dijkstra has always been a favorite photographer of mine, and we have studied some of her work in school. I love her work because she has such a simple way of capturing a photo and it is always so fresh and crisp. She also focuses on the awkwardness of, mainly, teens and young adults, which has always been something I am extremely fascinated in and tend to portray through my own work.

The Future Curators program is part of AK Teens, which is presented by First Niagara.

Image courtesy the artist and Marian Goodman Gallery, New York.

2013 Future Curators Spotlight

Get to know the Albright-Knox’s 2013 Future Curators through the works in the Gallery’s Collection that inspire them.

Morgan McCutcheon:
František Kupka’s Traits, plans, profondeur, ca. 1920–22

This piece of artwork inspires me because I believe it represents elegance and serenity. It is a beautiful piece of artwork and it makes me want to spend all my time creating a work of art as beautiful as this.

The Future Curators program is part of AK Teens, which is presented by First Niagara.

2013 Future Curators Spotlight
Get to know the Albright-Knox’s 2013 Future Curators through the works in the Gallery’s Collection that inspire them.
Brodie McPherson:Mark Rothko’s Orange and Yellow, 1956
This painting by Mark Rothko is one of the most visually inspiring works I have experienced. The coloring is simple, but it is this simplicity that makes it so beautiful. The way the yellow square on the top almost seems to vibrate with intensity adds a truly unique aspect. Another reason this painting inspires me is the vague nature of its intent. It gives a different experience to each person, and I find that truly amazing.
The Future Curators program is part of AK Teens, which is presented by First Niagara.
Image © 1998 Kate Rothko Prizel & Christopher Rothko / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York

2013 Future Curators Spotlight

Get to know the Albright-Knox’s 2013 Future Curators through the works in the Gallery’s Collection that inspire them.

Brodie McPherson:
Mark Rothko’s Orange and Yellow, 1956

This painting by Mark Rothko is one of the most visually inspiring works I have experienced. The coloring is simple, but it is this simplicity that makes it so beautiful. The way the yellow square on the top almost seems to vibrate with intensity adds a truly unique aspect. Another reason this painting inspires me is the vague nature of its intent. It gives a different experience to each person, and I find that truly amazing.

The Future Curators program is part of AK Teens, which is presented by First Niagara.

Image © 1998 Kate Rothko Prizel & Christopher Rothko / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York

2013 Future Curators Spotlight
Get to know the Albright-Knox’s 2013 Future Curators through the works in the Gallery’s Collection that inspire them.
Charlotte Saunders:Liz Larner’s 2001, 2001
My favorite piece of artwork at the Albright-Knox is a stainless steel sculpture created in 2001 by Liz Larner. This is my most favorite piece the Gallery has because, when I look at it, it reminds me of so many feelings and emotions. Normally when I look at a piece of work, I feel rather confused. The bright color is what makes it stand out the most to me and its overall size is very intimidating. This piece of artwork has inspired me in many ways.
The Future Curators program is part of AK Teens, which is presented by First Niagara.
Image courtesy Regen Projects, Los Angeles. © Liz Larner

2013 Future Curators Spotlight

Get to know the Albright-Knox’s 2013 Future Curators through the works in the Gallery’s Collection that inspire them.

Charlotte Saunders:
Liz Larner’s 2001, 2001

My favorite piece of artwork at the Albright-Knox is a stainless steel sculpture created in 2001 by Liz Larner. This is my most favorite piece the Gallery has because, when I look at it, it reminds me of so many feelings and emotions. Normally when I look at a piece of work, I feel rather confused. The bright color is what makes it stand out the most to me and its overall size is very intimidating. This piece of artwork has inspired me in many ways.

The Future Curators program is part of AK Teens, which is presented by First Niagara.

Image courtesy Regen Projects, Los Angeles. © Liz Larner

2013 Future Curators Spotlight

Get to know the Albright-Knox’s 2013 Future Curators through the works in the Gallery’s Collection that inspire them.

Alexa Nicoletti:
Franz Kline’s New York, N.Y., 1953

This work of art inspires me because it has a lot of hidden meaning and depth, even though it has simple colors and brushstrokes. I think it is very visually stimulating and causes the viewer to think about many aspects of the painting overall.

The Future Curators program is part of AK Teens, which is presented by First Niagara.

2013 Future Curators Spotlight
Get to know the Albright-Knox’s 2013 Future Curators through the works in the Gallery’s Collection that inspire them.
Maria Root:Cathy de Monchaux’s Cleft Foot, 2000
Cathy de Monchaux’s Cleft Foot particularly stands out to me amongst any of the works I have seen at Albright-Knox—there is something strangely familiar, yet elusive, about it, and I can never manage to completely wrap my head around it. I love how Monchaux has blurred the lines between the somatic and the industrial to the point of it being neither, but its own enigmatic entity.
The Future Curators program is part of AK Teens, which is presented by First Niagara.

2013 Future Curators Spotlight

Get to know the Albright-Knox’s 2013 Future Curators through the works in the Gallery’s Collection that inspire them.

Maria Root:
Cathy de Monchaux’s Cleft Foot, 2000

Cathy de Monchaux’s Cleft Foot particularly stands out to me amongst any of the works I have seen at Albright-Knox—there is something strangely familiar, yet elusive, about it, and I can never manage to completely wrap my head around it. I love how Monchaux has blurred the lines between the somatic and the industrial to the point of it being neither, but its own enigmatic entity.

The Future Curators program is part of AK Teens, which is presented by First Niagara.