Tonawanda News


October 8, 2012

HAYNES: Out and about

Tonawanda News — I usually try my best to cover as much of the arts scene in Western New York as possible. It's something I'm personally interested in — I was an art history major in college — and our region has no shortage of wonderful, cultural offerings.

From art galleries and history museums to the recent Curtain Up! in the theater district, there are plenty of things to do and see in Western New York. Since I don't have all the space and time in the world, I've written up a few quick reviews of some things going on around town.


The Albright Knox Art Gallery is wrapping up its year-long 150th anniversary celebration. A series of three exhibits featured art collected by the gallery throughout its history and most recently it opened "DECADE: Contemporary Collecting 2002-2012." 

Taking up the entire 1905 Albright building, the exhibit is broken down into 10 themes: "Film/Photography/Fiction, Insidious Humor, L.A. Angels, Language Is a Virus from Outer Space, Psychology of Space, Sculpture in the Expanded Field, Shape of Space, Social Space/Private Ritual, The Wayward Line, and What Happened to Painting?"

My particular favorites from the exhibit are Mona Hatoum's large sculpture that includes a mechanical arm that simultaneously combs and smooths a pit of sand ("+ AND -"), and an immense three-panel pen and ink drawing by Joan Linder called "Where Death Delights in Helping the Living."

The latter is a meticulously hand-drawn, life-size scene of an office at the University at Buffalo. Not knowing the circumstances behind the drawing, I imagined a bored UB employee tediously cross-hatching every meticulous detail of their desk and office ... right down to the Post-it note reminders and phone numbers. Perhaps those numbers actually work, come to think of it. ...

Coming up at the Albright Knox is what looks to be a pretty cool event: "Illuminate AK." The gallery's website describes the event as a "large-scale 3D video projection mapping project."

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