Looking Ahead: 2013
As we near the end of the Albright-Knox’s 150th anniversary year, we are focusing on the future. We have a lot of exciting things planned for 2013, starting with four exhibitions opening in January and February.
Looking Out and Looking In: A Selection of Contemporary Photography, opening January 19, presents a selection of the Gallery’s photography acquisitions from the last three decades. Agnes Martin: The New York–Taos Connection (1947–1957), opening January 26, features rarely seen paintings and drawings created by Agnes Martin in Taos, New Mexico, from 1947, the year of her first exhibition, to 1957, the year she returned to New York. Dennis Maher: House of Collective Repair, also opening January 26, is the culminating exhibition of the 2012–2013 Artist-in-Residence project. Kelly Richardson: Legion, opening February 16, takes an extensive look at Richardson’s stunning audio-visual installations from the past fifteen years.
We are, of course, continuing our popular M&T FIRST FRIDAYS @ THE GALLERY series, presented by M&T Bank, with free admission, art classes, and special events on the first Friday of each month. We are also continuing several programs that were launched or re-launched last year. AK Contemporary has its second installment on Friday, January 4, with a closer look at the art and politics of the outspoken Chinese artist Ai Weiwei. The Art’scool “Inspired” contest, sponsored by Art’scool and BlueCross BlueShield of Western New York, returns for its second year. Our corporate partnership program After Hours @ AK returns for its second year with explorations of contemporary photography, outdoor sculpture, and the works of Robert Therrien and Ken Price. And we’ll continue to offer specialized tours and artmaking workshops through Access AK, a newly formed group of programs and services that respond to a wide variety of special needs.
Our outdoor campus will also continue its transformation, with a new sculpture by Jason Middlebrook joining Jaume Plensa’s Laura—which was just completed last month—and our other outdoor favorites.
We hope to see you soon and often before the New Year, and all throughout 2013. Here’s to our next 150 years!
IMAGE: Kelly Richardson (Canadian, born 1972). Installation view of The Erudition, 2010. Three-screen, high-definition video installation with audio. Running time: 20 minutes. Supported by SAAG. Image courtesy the artist and Birch Libralato. Photograph by Colin Davison.