Live-action versions of famous artworks from the Albright-Knox Art Gallery’s collection and the pages of art history will come to life on the east lawn of the gallery on Saturday morning for this year’s incarnation of “Art Alive.” The annual rite of spring, which draws hundreds of competitors largely from local high school art departments, kicks off at 12 p.m. Saturday and runs through 2 p.m.
Memorable past “Art Alive” entries include live recreations of Jackson Pollock’s “Convergence,” Katsushika Hokusai’s “The Great Wave Off Kanagawa” and Joan Miró’s “Carnival of Harlequin.” Each year, the tableaux seem to grow more ambitious, with teams of high school art students from Lancaster to Holland taking on bigger challenges that push them to the edge of their creative – and even physical – abilities.
A panel of community figures – Anthony Amigone, Jr., Rep. Brian Higgins, Albright-Knox Director Janne Sirén and Nicole and Steve Swift – will hand out awards for the best tableaux from the gallery’s collection as well as for craftsmanship and most unusual entry. For the first time, awards will also be given for three age groups: K-8, 9-12 and adults and families. The event is free. Call 882-8700 or visit albrightknox.org.
A few highlights from last year's event: