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Jeffrey Gundlach, the billionaire investment manager whose $42.5 million contribution to the Albright-Knox Art Gallery's expansion efforts stunned the city this week, left Buffalo behind at a depressing time in the city's history. After he departed for Los Angeles in 1983, the image of a city mired in defeat remained fixed in Gundlach's mind for decades, like a snow …

If you're feeling overwhelmed by the vim and vitriol of election season, there's no cure quite like a politically themed dance-off. That and many other vaguely election-related art installations, performances and activities will be on display at 8 p.m. Sept. 24 in the Curtiss Malting Agway Building (1100 Niagara St.), where Squeaky Wheel is hosting an all-night art fund…

This morning, Quebec City's National Museum of Fine Arts' newly completed Pierre Lassonde Pavilion welcomed one of its first groups of visitors in advance of its official public opening on June 24. The building was designed by the Office for Metropolitan Architecture's Shohei Shigematsu and his New York-based team of architects, who will begin work on the Albright-Knox…

The past haunts every aspect of life in Quebec City. You can trace it from the ghostly footprints of historic stone foundations in the tourist-swarmed Place Royale to the motto inscribed on every Quebec license plate: "Je me souviens." "I remember." Few North American citizens hold a more keen and constant awareness of their history than the residents of Quebec. W…

For the past several weeks, Buffalonians have been working with New York City-based artist Amanda Browder to sew together what will become one of the more eye-popping public art projects in recent memory. Browder's project, "Spectral Locus," will cover in multi-colored fabric large sections of the former Richmond Methodist Episcopal Church at Richmond Avenue and West Fer…

Jessie Unterhalter and Katey Truhn, two high-spirited muralists from Baltimore known for their bold, geometric style, are well on their way to completing a new commission on the side of the 710 Main Theatre. I caught up with the pair this morning as they were putting down the mural's first layer: Unterhalter and Truhn arrived last week to start the mural and have spen…

A quietly inspirational public art project aimed at improving the daily lives of  Western New Yorkers is running through at least Monday on The Buffalo News' digital sign at Washington and Scott streets, with more billboard locations being planned. The project, called #operationhappy, is the brainchild of Katie Miller, who was inspired by Matthew Hoffman's popular series…

The owners of a concrete business headquartered in a Larkinville warehouse are getting into the art business. Concrete Innovations CFO Charles Griffasi is currently seeking proposals for shows in a space he's dubbed "The Gallery at CI," in the company's showroom at 567 Exchange St. "We've got a great location here in Larkinville and I've got all this wall space, whe…

Despite the weekend's unseasonably cold weather, the latest iteration of the Echo Art Fair drew healthy crowds to the former American Axle plant on the East Side, now owned by OSC Manufacturing and Equipment Services. "Honestly, it surpassed anyone's expectations," said fair founder and lead organizer E. Frits Abell. "The crowds surpassed anything we've had before. The …

During his visit to Buffalo on April 27 for his appearance in the University at Buffalo Distinguished Speaker Series, stage and screen star Kevin Spacey made an important side-trip. No, not to Charlie the Butcher, the Anchor Bar or Canalside. But to one of America's single deepest troves of world-changing literature and poetry, at 420 Capen Hall on the school's Amherst…

During his visit to Buffalo on April 27 for his appearance in the University at Buffalo Distinguished Speaker Series, stage and screen star Kevin Spacey made an important side-trip. No, not to Charlie the Butcher, the Anchor Bar or Canalside. But to one of America's single deepest troves of world-changing literature and poetry, at 420 Capen Hall on the school's Amherst…

The life and times of former Buffalo Mayor Anthony Masiello will take center stage in the Road Less Traveled Theater on June 4 as the company presents a one-night fundraiser honoring the local politician. The event is the first in a new annual series for Road Less Traveled called "Buffalo Stories," which will spotlight a well-known Buffalonian every year. Tickets are $20…

Pedestrians and drivers making their way north along Elmwood Avenue at Breckenridge Street have a new art project to admire -- or dismiss, as their politics might dictate. It's an enormous head-and-shoulders photograph of Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders raising his finger in an authoritative stance. The photograph, which has already spawned a series of …

Think of it as a contest you automatically win. The Buffalo Infringement Festival, a yearly compendium of head-spinning variety that transforms Allentown and environs into an indoor-outdoor extravaganza of unbridled cultural activity, is accepting submissions for this year's festival through May 1. The upside for artists? No proposals are turned down. That's thanks to…

For children and adults with autism, art can be a crucial means of self-expression. Where words fail, art often has a better chance of succeeding. That's why Autism Services, the multidisciplinary agency that serves the needs of many Western New York children and adults with the disorder, has invested so much time and effort into helping their clients learn to draw and …