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Repaired gallery at Albright-Knox to reopen Wednesday

A large gallery that suffered ceiling damage in the Albright-Knox Art Gallery's 1905 building is slated to reopen Wednesday at 10 a.m. after extensive repairs.

Gallery staff noticed a crack in the plaster coating of the ceiling last month, prompting a decision to replace the entire ceiling's suspension system. The works in that gallery and an adjoining space constituted the majority of pieces in the exhibition "Introducing Tony Conrad." Those works will soon be reinstalled.

"To avoid any recurrence of the problem in another area, we decided to install a new suspension system for the entire ceiling," gallery communications director Maria Morreale wrote in an email to The News. "The actual installation process only took four days, but the assessment and preparatory phase for the work required a bit more time than we had expected."

"Introducing Tony Conrad: A Retrospective" runs through May 27.

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