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1285 Elmwood Avenue
Phone: 716.882.8700
Fax: 716.882.1958
Website: http://www.albrightknox.o

Albright-Knox Art Gallery

The Albright-Knox Art Gallery, one of the nation's oldest public arts organizations, has a clear and compelling mission to acquire, exhibit, and preserve both modern and contemporary art. It focuses especially on contemporary art, with an active commitment to taking a global and multidisciplinary approach to the presentation, interpretation, and collection of the artistic expressions of our times. In an enriching, dynamic, and vibrant environment that embraces diverse cultures and traditions, the Gallery seeks to serve a broad and far-reaching audience.

It is the commitment of the Albright-Knox Art Gallery to be one of the world's best and most dynamic modern and contemporary art institutions.

It will be recognized locally as a vital and energetic cultural gathering place and as an indispensable educational resource for the community.

Through its outstanding programs, creative collaborations, and an extraordinary new addition that will address pressing space issues and important programming initiatives, the Gallery will attract a growing national and international audience to the Buffalo Niagara region.

Permanent Collection

Today, the Albright-Knox Art Gallery enjoys a worldwide reputation as an outstanding center of modern art. Thomas Hoving, art historian and former director of the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, recently said that "the Albright-Knox Art Gallery should be on everyone's list to see, for it's an overwhelming art experience. Small, intimate, and seductive, the museum has one of the most thumping modern and contemporary collections in the world." The Gallery's collection is especially rich in post-war American and European art, acquired mostly through the generosity of its patron, the late Seymour H. Knox, Jr. Abstract expressionism, pop art, and art of the 1970s through the end of the century are well represented by exceptional examples by artists such as Gorky, Pollock, Warhol, and Johns. In addition, the Gallery visitor will find that the permanent collection offers a panorama of art through the centuries. Impressionism and Post-Impressionism are well represented by such leading French artists of the nineteenth century as Gauguin and van Gogh. Cubism, surrealism, constructivism, and other trends of the revolutionary twenties and thirties are documented by a large selection of significant works by Picasso, Braque, Matisse, Derain, Miró, Mondrian, Rodchenko, and others.


A New Installation by James Turrell
on view throughout the year
“My work is about your seeing… There is a rich tradition in painting of work about light, but it is not light – it is the record of seeing. My material is light, and it is responsive to your seeing.”
– James Turrell

Surface Matter: Collage from the Collection
on view through February 11, 2007
While many artists have worked solely in the medium, collage has failed to rise to the popularity of drawing, painting, and sculpture. Surface Matter reveals nearly 100 years of collage and exemplifies how it infiltrated a century of art making and continues to relate to the artistic expressions of the twenty-first century. This exhibition will include works by artists such as Ronald Bladen, Charles Clough, Joseph Cornell, Jim Dine, Seymour Drumlevich, Jess, Joshua Neustein, Larry Rivers, Anne Ryan, Kurt Schwitters, and Leon Polk Smith.

Remix the Collection
on view throughout the year.
As the second of a series of ongoing installations featuring the Gallery’s permanent collection, this exhibition offers an inspired juxtaposition of historical and contemporary works, and devotes three spaces to recent acquisitions of important, new sculpture.

Collective Identity: Expressionism to Realism and the Art of Printmaking in Germany
February 21 - May 27, 2007.

Francis Bacon: Paintings from the 1950s
May 4 - July 29, 2007
This exhibition was initiated by the Sainsbury Centre for Visual Arts at the University of East Anglia, Norwich, UK, with funding from the Robert and Lisa Sainsbury Charitable Trust. It was curated by Michael Peppiatt, who is also the author of the exhibition catalogue

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Adults $10
Students and Seniors $8
Members and children under 13 FREE

Free admission on Fridays from 3 - 10 p.m.

Visitors $5
Members $3
Non-visitors $8

Parking fees directly support the Gallery.

Opening hours

Wednesday - Thursday 10 A.M. - 5 P.M.
Friday 10 A.M. - 10 P.M.
Saturday - Sunday 10 A.M. - 5 P.M.

Closed Mondays, Tuesdays, Independence, Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Year's Days.

Getting there

Cross the Peace Bridge and after U.S. customs, follow roadway left. Turn right on Porter Avenue (second light). Take I-190 North (Niagara Falls) immediately on your right and continue on highway to Exit 11, Scajaquada Expressway, 198 East. The exit for the Gallery is marked ELMWOOD AVENUE, ART GALLERY. After exit, turn right and go to light. At light, turn left onto Elmwood Avenue. Continue to the first traffic light on Elmwood Avenue. You will see the Gallery on the left.

Pay toll at Williamsville Toll Booth on the New York State Thruway, I-90, and continue westbound to an expressway marked 33 West (Buffalo). Go on 33 to Route 198 West. Continue on 198 West to ELMWOOD AVENUE SOUTH/ART GALLERY. At the end of the exit, turn right onto Elmwood Avenue, go to second stop light and turn left at the Gallery.

Go straight from the airport parking lot and follow signs to Route 33 West (to Downtown Buffalo). Exit onto Route 198 West. Continue on 198 West to ELMWOOD AVENUE SOUTH/ART GALLERY. At the end of the exit, turn right onto Elmwood Avenue, go to second stop light and turn left at the Gallery.

Pay toll at Lackawanna Toll Booth on the New York State Thruway, I-90, and continue eastbound to Route 33 West (Downtown Buffalo). Go on 33 to Route 198 West. Continue on 198 West to ELMWOOD AVENUE SOUTH/ART GALLERY. At the end of the exit turn right onto Elmwood Avenue, go to second stop light and turn left at the Gallery.


The Albright-Knox Art Gallery offers an exquisite setting of art and architecture for a special, memorable event. Our buildings – one neoclassical, one modern – are the perfect location for a private party or corporate event, while the elegant, intimate spaces of muse and the Sculpture Garden are ideal for meetings and special events.

Facility rental fees are discounted 10% as a benefit of Gallery membership or not-for-profit status. All facility fees directly support the Albright-Knox Art Gallery and include admission fee, guided tour (docent or audio wands), parking, and security.

Our in-house caterer will gladly accommodate your tastes. To request a catering menu, please contact our Events Coordinator at 716.270.8274.

Audio Toursfor adults and children are available with Gallery admisssion.

Audio Description Tours and Large Print scripts of the tours are available with Gallery admission. Verbal Imaging Tours for visually impaired visitors are also available. To schedule a Verbal Imaging tour and for more information, please call 716.270.8218.

Guided Tours of the Gallery's permanent collection are offered at no additional cost.

The Gallery Auditorium is equipped with Assistive Listening Devices. Available at the Admissions Desk.

The Gallery is Wheelchair Accessible from the Elmwood Avenue entrance. Wheelchairs are available on a first-come, first-served basis.

The Gallery is equipped with a TTY Teletypewriter at the Admissions Desk. Please call 716.270.8297.

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News and events

Audiences of all ages are served by a diverse program of lectures, seminars, studio classes, concerts, performances, and film at the Gallery. Many special events are offered free with Gallery admission.

For a program of events please see,


How do I get information about works of art in the Gallery's collection?
The Gallery's website provides images for most artworks in the permanent collection, which are accompanied by exhibition histories and publication listings.
To search Tthe G. Robert Strauss, Jr. Memorial Library at the Gallery see,

Can I see a work of art that is not currently on view?
Please note that for security reasons, access to artworks is determined on a case-by-case basis and granted for research and scholarly purposes only. If you are planning on making a visit to the Gallery to view a particular work of art that is not on display, please call 716.270.8270.

Can I visit the Prints and Drawings Room?
The F. Paul Norton and Frederic P. Norton Family Prints and Drawings Study Center is open for classes and individual research during Gallery hours by appointment only. To make an appointment, please call 716.270.8270 or email

Is photography permitted in the Gallery?
Yes, but we do not permit the use of a flash, and photos must be for personal use only.

Can I sketch or write in the Gallery?
Yes, but with pencil only.
How do I get permission to reproduce images from the Gallery's collection?
All requests for images and the permission to reproduce them must be made in writing and submitted to the Rights and Reproductions department at the Gallery at or via fax at 716.882.1958. Please include the details of the project and any specific requirements regarding the nature of the reproduction in your request.

Is the Gallery accessible to those with special needs?
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Matter at Hand is a museum-based program that serves 2,000 special needs visitors at the Albright-Knox Art Gallery each year. Founded on the philosophy that an art museum experience should be available to every individual, Matter at Hand is unique in its ability to provide enriching experiences that facilitate self-discovery and personal expression within one of the nation’s renowned museums of modern and contemporary art.


The Albright-Knox Art Gallery offers art classes for students ages 4 through high school. Classes meet for six sessions and include painting, drawing, and sculpture. Students also learn about art in the Gallery, as many projects are inspired by works in the permanent collection. Taught by local artists and art educators, this program is designed to provide an array of creative art experiences both in the Gallery and in the art studio.