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At dusk on Sept. 12, the Museum District will welcome its loudest and perhaps boldest new feature when the Burchfield Penney Art Center opens a permanent outdoor sound and video installation it is calling “The Front Yard.”The Burchfield Penney will break ground today on the ambitious installation, which will transform the zinc-plated facade of the museum into a year-ro…

The joyful moment happened more than a few times during Kevin Cain’s tenure as director of The Vault, and he remembers it fondly:Cain and a small crowd would be gathered in the plucky indie music and art venue he ran for almost three years, when Buffalo’s Retro Metro would emerge from its underground track blaring its earsplitting horn.It just so happened that the soun…

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In 1985, Buffalo opened its modest Metro Rail system, with 14 stations lining a 6.4-mile stretch from the University at Buffalo’s South Campus to the waterfront. Folded into that project was funding for some $1.5 million of public art projects by New York State artists, organized by a committee of Niagara Frontier Transportation Authority commissioners and art experts.In…

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The Burchfield Penney Art Center (1300 Elmwood Ave.) has delved deep into its collection of work by women with connections to Western New York and pulled out “Disclosure: Women of the Burchfield Penney Collection,” a survey of its holdings on view through Dec. 29.The show, organized by Burchfield Penney curator Alana Ryder, is an attempt to rearrange our understanding …

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For those who have walked with any regularity through the grand neoclassical galleries of the Albright-Knox Art Gallery in recent years, the work of Los Angeles-based sculptor Robert Therrien has been difficult to avoid.In 2006, the gallery’s light-filled sculpture court hosted one of Therrien’s monumental “Table and Chairs” sculptures. The industrially fabricated …

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A tactile art installation featuring work by Tonawanda painter Larry Allen opens Friday in Allentown’s Pausa Art House (19 Wadsworth St.) during the neighborhood’s First Fridays Gallery Walk. Friday’s opening, which runs from 8 to 10 p.m., will feature music from local duo Dos Tipos, who will perform an evening of Puerto Rican and Cuban folk tunes called “Songs fro…

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East Aurora will welcome a new temporary art space to its expanding constellation of galleries this weekend when a venue with the tantalizing name of Broken Sproket Garage mounts its first exhibition. The space at 660 Pearson St., a motorcycle repair shop by day, will host a one-night art event featuring work by Buffalo-based wheatpaste artist Christopher Galley from 5 to …

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Seeing the pickax lying alongside the path was a bit of a jolt, considering a young woman was going to be wrapped head to toe in clay a short ways away on the edge of the Niagara Gorge. It turned out the pickax was not there to free the artist’s model, who would have no trouble later loosening herself from her red clay casing. The ax was used to chew into the rocky soil …

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In 2011, Rick Williams and Mara Odette Guererro-Williams brought a welcome infusion of the culture of Central Mexico to Allentown when they opened Casa de Arte, a gallery dedicated to linking the vibrant arts scenes of Buffalo and Curenavaca. Now, with a new exhibition titled “Chiapas,” the Casa de Arte founders are turning their attention to a different region in Mexi…

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Five years ago, when Bob Drozdowski began his job as director of operations and marketing at the Niagara Arts and Cultural Center, entries for the center’s open-call art shows were trickling in painfully slowly.“I’d be lucky if I was getting 20, 30, 40 pieces of artwork in the beginning,” he said during an interview in his small office on the first floor of the 160…

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Sixteen familiar faces from Buffalo’s arts community in mythical guises line the walls of the small Studio Hart (65 Allen St.) in “god-heads,” a new exhibition of paintings by Bruce Adams.The show, which opens Friday as part of the Allentown First Fridays gallery walk (delayed a week because of the Allentown Art Festival), began with a visit from local artist and Squ…

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Prolific glass sculptor Marcelo Florencio has made a name for himself with the graceful and often whimsical glass sculptures he exhibits locally and around the country. The artist, who owns a local studio and gives lessons in glass-working, will give a demonstration of his techniques at 6 p.m. Wednesday in the Art Dialogue Gallery (1 Linwood Ave.).“My interest in glass h…

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At the end of a long shift at Republic Steel in Lackawanna, one of Western New York’s last operating steel plants, a soot-covered worker straggled into the air-conditioned office of plant computer analyst Phil Pantano.“I saw the look in his face and in his eyes,” Pantano said of the worker, who goes by the name of Elvis. Pantano was struck, he recalled, by the man’…

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The fluorescent-lit waiting rooms of the Roswell Park Cancer Institute can be tense, somber and often mirthless places. For cancer patients and their families, passing time in a Roswell Park waiting room usually means leafing absent-mindedly through last December's issue of Golf Digest or staring at closed-captioned MSNBC broadcasts. These are paltry distractions from t…