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For the past several years, I have rarely missed an opportunity to point out that the Buffalo Niagara region is in the midst of a period of stunning cultural growth.The amount of art and theater-related activity in and around Buffalo, judging only by the crude measure of Gusto listings, has nearly doubled since 2000. A new theater company or gallery seems to open every few…

Dozens of students, teachers and school administrators gathered Thursday morning in the Albright-Knox Art Gallery auditorium to celebrate the culmination of a regionwide project to fight bullying through the arts.The program, “Healing Hearts: From Hurt to Hope,” included more than 500 students and 18 teachers from middle schools and high schools across Western New York. Th…

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There was something uncommonly quiet about the career of Kenneth Price, the late West Coast artist whose vaguely organic sculptures are finally receiving their due as some of the most important of the post-World War II era.That’s why Albright-Knox chief curator Douglas Dreishpoon titled his exhibition of Price’s works on paper “Ken Price: Slow and Steady Wins the Race,” bo…

The Western New York Book Arts Center began its lifein 2008 as a beautiful contradiction in the heart of a hollowed-out city block.The center, dedicated to preserving and teaching the art of traditional printing and book-making, was designed as an oasis of analog culture in an increasingly digital world. It also was a declaration of faith in the cultural renewal of downtow…

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The 32nd Curtain Up! celebration opened Buffalo’s dynamic and varied theater season in typically grand fashion Friday on a night that also honored Buffalo-born playwright A.R. Gurney.Theater leaders and arts supporters – many adorned in black tuxes and glitzy gowns – gathered under a big tent on the 700 block of Main Street to attend a gala dinner before heading off to one…

The 32nd Curtain Up! celebration opened Buffalo’s dynamic and varied theater season in typically grand fashion Friday on a night that also honored Buffalo-born playwright A.R. Gurney.Theater leaders and arts supporters – many adorned in black tuxes and glitzy gowns – gathered under a big tent on the 700 block of Main Street to attend a gala dinner before heading off to one…

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Bullies, as area students are all too aware, are capable of sending their victims to incredibly dark places. What hope those victims have of escaping that emotional trauma and coming back into the light is often tied directly to the therapeutic effects of self-expression. That is to say, art.This is one of the motivating ideas behind “Healing Hearts: From Hurt to Hope,” an…

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What does fine art have to do with sports?Viewed up close, the idea that a Bills game might have anything in common with what’s hanging on the walls of the Albright-Knox, for instance, probably seems absurd to many.But zoom out a little, as a new CEPA Gallery show “The Art of Sport” is asking us to do, and you see that sports and art are really just slight variations on th…

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On May 2, 2012, after years of discussion and debate, a group of city officials narrowly defeated an unpopular proposal to use public funding to build a massive building with huge name recognition on a prime piece of waterfront land.Sound familiar?But the project in question was not a Bass Pro store in Buffalo, N.Y.; it was a Guggenheim museum in Helsinki, Finland.And much…

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When the sun sets on Silo City, casting an Instagram-friendly glow over the mammoth concrete grain elevators that dot the complex, a towering new metal sculpture at the edge of the site comes shimmering to life.The curved wall, made from remarkably thin sheets of stainless steel and resembling nothing so much as a set piece from the latest “Transformers” movie, was complet…

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Acclaimed photographer Cathy Opie will give a free talk at 7 p.m. Monday in the Burchfield Penney Art Center (1300 Elmwood Ave.) as part of a lecture series co-presented by the University at Buffalo’s visual studies department, the Leslie Lohman Museum of Gay and Lesbian Art in New York City and Hallwalls Contemporary Arts Center.Opie, known for her stark portraits that me…

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A new multimedia work by Miami-based artist Clifton Childree based on the landscape and history of the Buffalo Niagara region will go on view Friday in Hallwalls Contemporary Arts Center, 341 Delaware Ave.For his Hallwalls residency, Childree has created a “wax museum historical display” based on an actual exhibit on Niagara Falls. The focus of Childree’s display is not th…

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Buffalo Arts Studio’s new season of exhibitions will begin at 7 p.m. Saturday with the opening reception for two solo shows by artists Leif Low-Beer and Daniel Galas.Galas, a Western New York native, returned to Buffalo in 2011 after living in Brooklyn; Berkeley, Calif.; and the Hudson Valley and experimenting with various subjects and media. His latest body of linoleum bl…

It’s a big weekend for the Buffalo History Museum, which will celebrate the opening of four new or updated exhibitions Friday.Visitors will have a chance to explore the newly renovated and renamed John R. Oishei Native American Gallery, which includes a display of a type of Native American headdresses known as “gustoweh,” as well as a walk-in longhouse and information and …

For visual art fans, the arrival of fall usually brings with it a strong urge to return to the cozy surroundings of Western New York’s dozens of long-established galleries and museums after a long summer of offbeat outdoor projects and installations.But thanks to “My Future Ex,” an ambitious new exhibition organized by Tra Bouscaren and Sandra Q. Firmin of the University a…