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Upcoming Events › Art

Exhibit: Photographic Recall: Italian Rationalist Architecture In Contemporary German Art

Tuesday, Mar. 19th - Friday, May. 10th

How do contemporary artists use photography to engage with Italian architecture of the Fascist era? What lures them today into the remains of this “Rationalist” style? Where is the tipping point between a self-proclaimed critical observation and complicity with Mussolini’s propaganda project of the 1920s-1940s? These and other questions occupy the minds of the seven artists in this exhibition. This is the first to showcase these mostly German photographers, independently all drawn to Italian Rationalist architecture and urban spaces.

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Eyes on Ukraine: Five Contemporary Ukrainian Photographers

Tuesday, Mar. 19th - Saturday, May. 11th

With the current political interest in Ukraine, CEPA Gallery is proud to present the VASA curated exhibition Eyes on Ukraine: Five Contemporary Ukrainian Photographers. The exhibition covers a period of more than 25 years and features photographers from different parts of Ukraine and multiple generations. In the 1970s and 1980s, under strict state censorship, photographers mainly worked underground, and it was only after 1990 that artists emerged free from soviet ideological constraints.

The exhibit is curated by Igor Manko and Roberto Muffoletto. (Roberto is the founder of CEPA and will be flying in from Vienna for the opening).

The work is presented here by the following five Ukrainian artists: Igor Chekachkov (b. 1989); Alexander Chekmenev (b.1969); Vitaly Fomenko (b. 1983); Eugeny Kom (b. 1956); Lana Yankovska (b. 1981).

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The Art of the Brick

Tuesday, Mar. 19th - Sunday, May. 5th
$9 – $11; Starting: 10:00 AM

Created by renowned contemporary artist Nathan Sawaya and named one of CNN’s Top Ten ‘Global Must-See Exhibitions, ’THE ART OF THE BRICK’, features original pieces, as well as re-imagined versions of some of the world’s most famous art masterpieces, like Van Gogh’s “Starry Night” and Da Vinci’s “Mona Lisa,” made exclusively from LEGO bricks. Visitors will have the opportunity to get up-close with the fan favorite, “Yellow,” a life-size sculpture of a man ripping his chest open with thousands of yellow LEGO bricks cascading from the cavity.

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Humble and Human: An Exhibition in Honor of Ralph C. Wilson

Tuesday, Mar. 19th - Sunday, May. 26th
$16; From: 10:00 AM to 5:00 PM

The Albright-Knox Art Gallery, in partnership with the Detroit Institute of Arts, is proud to present this exhibition in honor of Ralph C. Wilson, Jr., a philanthropist, business leader, and advocate for the citizens of Western New York and Southeast Michigan—regions he called home.  Humble and Human has been organized in recognition of his enduring compassion and goodwill toward others. During his lifetime, he amassed a small but impressive collection of paintings by Impressionist artists. Mr. Wilson saw in the works of these late nineteenth-century avant-gardists—especially those of Monet—reflections of the values and ideas that were close to his own heart: the celebration of simple pleasures and ordinary people.

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Grounded by Nature

Tuesday, Mar. 19th - Friday, Apr. 19th
Free Admission; From: 10:00 AM to 5:00 PM

This exhibit featuring 2 artists opens in the Chur Gallery, located in the Roycroft Power House which offers a venue for artists to showcase their work steeped in the tradition of head, heart and hand craftsmanship.  Diane Castle Babcock has been a printmaker for thirty-five years, owned her own picture framing business, worked in galleries and museums, and was a visiting artist with Young Audiences of Rochester.  Marsha Van Vlack has been working with clay for the past 40 years, and particularly enjoys low fire Raku and saggar firing techniques. The influence of natural forms are continually present in her work.

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Exhibition: Jillian Mayer: TIMESHARE

Tuesday, Mar. 19th - Saturday, May. 11th
FREE; From: 11:00 AM to 05:00 PM Saturday: 1-5PM

Jillian Mayer’s practice continually explores how technology affects our lives, bodies and identities through investigating the blurred lines between our physical and online worlds in regards to dependency and value. While growing up in Florida, one of the sea level states that stands to face global warming head on, Mayer has been inundated with a lifetime of hurricane seasons and alerts. In this exhibition, Mayer continues her exploration into survivalist and prepper subculture tendencies that stem from her personal experience as well as a general more global experience of environmental disaster.

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Library Lecture Series

Tuesday, Mar. 19th - Tuesday, Apr. 30th
Free Admission; From: 12:00 PM to 1:00 PM

Stop by the main Buffalo & Erie County Public Library downtown for their free noontime Lecture Series.  Topics change weekly and you can find a schedule on the website.  Topics covered include: Arts & Creativity, Architecture & Design, History & Future, and Nature & Science.

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Exhibition: CAGES / LOGGING

Wednesday, Mar. 20th - Sunday, Mar. 31st
FREE; From: 11:00 AM to 05:00 PM Sunday: 1-5PM

Visit the gallery for the Cages / Logging exhibit – which composes two parallel narratives that explore the processes by which nature becomes a material space charged with intellectual emotion. From the exploration that compels us to search for the natural sources that will provide us with our building materials, to the actual manufacturing of the skin that protects us from that same environment, Cages / Logging offers a unique vision of the privilege and responsibility that we have in the design of our spaces.


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Exhibit: Possession

Wednesday, Mar. 20th - Saturday, Apr. 13th
From: 12:00 PM to 6:00 PM

Julio Enrique Flores is a visual artist, art educator, and communications professional. For the past twenty-five years, he has played a creative leadership role at corporate, cultural, and educational institutions utilizing marketing communications, art education programming administration, and classroom instruction experience to maintain and grow diverse constituencies.  Julio’s art practice includes kite and mask-making in the Puerto Rican tradition, as well as painting, drawing and other creative work. As an art educator, he has led hands-on workshops, and has exhibited artwork throughout the Midwest.  Julio’s show Possession will feature silk-screened prints and sculptures about possessions, possessing, and being possessed.

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Open DIY Studio

Thursday, Mar. 21st - Thursday, May. 30th

You’ve been asking for it – so here it is! Every Thursday is open studio!  Have you been waiting anxiously to create a art project but none of the dates have worked with your schedule? Has everyone in your group been wanting to make a different creation at the same pARTy?  Then Thursdays are just for you!  Choose your project ahead of time by registering online and selecting from the project options available. Only the projects shown will be available for that evening’s pARTy.

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