This lecture is part of the visioning series, "Imagine Buffalo Niagara in
the 21st Century" at the Downtown Library sponsored by C-SAAHN. Louis Grachos
gives background information to explain the nearly 150 year history of the Albright-Knox
Art Gallery (AKAG) at Buffalo, NY. The early stages for acquiring art set the pattern
for wise collecting, especially in the Abstract Expressionism period of the mid-twentieth
century. The Gallery is building a strong education capacity for students and schools.
It is also exploring greater working collaborations with other art organizations
to build on the huge success of "Gusto at the Gallery" - a free happening
and series of events every Friday evening. The possibilities of the emerging Museum
District bodes well for the community and region. Current strategic planning will
be focused on finding ways of engaging the community in experiencing art - especially
at the AKAG - as a reflective and creative lifelong learning process.
- By Dennis Galucki
Center for the Study of Art, Architecture, History and Nature