Albright-Knox Art Gallery
This weekend my family and I went to check out Anthony McCall's Dark Room, Solid Light exhibition on the final day the Elmwood Avenue Gallery is open for two years. The Albright-Knox Art Gallery will be closed until 2022 while they build an additional 30,000 square feet of museum space, an indoor town square, a new entrance on the east end of the complex, an education wing, a bridge connecting the new and original structure, and new underground parking.
Originally intended for the Pan-American Expo in 1901, the Albright Gallery unfortunately missed it's deadline and didn't open until 1905. John Albright, a wealthy Buffalo industrialist at the time, donated funds to the Buffalo Fine Arts Academy to build a museum. The museum was designed by E.B. Green, which was eventually added onto in 1920 and once again in 1962 by funds donated by Seymour Knox. Today, the Gallery has more than 6,500 pieces of work, including pieces from Paul Gauguin, Vincent Van Gogh, Pablo Picasso, Claude Monet and Andy Warhol. The Albright-Knox is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.