A members' reception for "Fait (Kuwait 1991)," an exhibition of large-format photographs by French artist Sophie Ristelhueber, will be held from 5:30 to 8 p.m. Friday in the Albright-Knox Art Gallery, 1285 Elmwood Ave. Ristelhueber traveled to Kuwait to record the aftermath of the Persian Gulf war and from this work assembled a series of images that are visually beautiful yet repugnant because of their focus on the horrible effects of modern weaponry on the desert landscape. This will be the first showing of "Fait" in its complete form. Ristelhueber will discuss her work at 2 p.m. Saturday, the day the exhibition opens to the public. The show will remain on view through June 7.
Other museum events include Behind the Scenes: New Group Lecture Series at 6 p.m. Thursday, followed by a reception. This lecture, titled "The Psychedelic '60s: Art, Music and Culture," will be held in the Anderson Gallery, Martha Jackson Place off Englewood.
Thor Eric Paulson, an artist who studied at the University at Buffalo and is now working in Minneapolis, will show prints combining elements of painting and drawing in an exhibit opening today in the Rental Sales Gallery of the Albright-Knox. Paulson is noted for his abstracted childlike figures engaged in vaguely symbolic activities. The show, which continues through June 14, will have a reception from 5:15 to 7 p.m. Friday.
Buffalo native Arthur E. Smith will show 50 years of his photo-realist watercolors in an exhibition opening Saturday in the Burchfield-Penney Art Center, Rockwell Hall, Buffalo State College. The paintings depict sites from across the country, including a number of urban scenes from Buffalo. A members' preview will be held from 6:30 to 8 p.m. Friday, with a talk by Smith the following day at 2 p.m. The exhibition will continue on view through June 28.
Also, a reception for "Beef You Feel Good About: An Installation by Courtney Grim," on view through April 11, will be given from 6:30 to 8 p.m. Friday.
In the spirit of Marcel Duchamp, the exhibition "RELAY: Drawn to Readymades" uses drawing to question the very nature of the artwork as expressed through line and markings. The show will open with a reception from 9 to 11 p.m. Saturday in Hallwalls Contemporary Arts Center, 2495 Main St., Suite 425. The international cast of artists includes Luca Buvoli, Charles Goldman, Johnna McArthur, Gerhard Mayer, Francois Morelli, Joyce Pensato, Mark Dean Veca, Sean Watson and Yukinori Yanuigi.
Also opening Saturday will be "Stagings," a series of photographs shot through layers of magnification and the lens of a stereoscope, by Kim Waale. Both shows will remain on view through May 29.
"The Grand Invention," a master's thesis exhibit by inventor/photographer Joseph Paul Bergel, will open with a reception from 4 to 6 p.m. Sunday in the Castellani Art Museum, Niagara University. As part of the event, Bergel will give a talk and performance beginning at 4:30. The show will remain on view through April 26.
"Nature Interpreted," an exhibition of paintings by two couples, Mark Lavatelli and Polly Little and Greg Hornback and Kathryn Flinn, will open with a reception from 3 to 5 p.m. Sunday in Medaille College's Alumni Room Gallery, located on the campus at 18 Agassiz Circle. The works will remain on view through May 2.
"ePic Artists From UB" will open Saturday and continue through April 25 in Carnegie Art Center, 240 Goundry St., North Tonawanda.
A reception for "Messages to Our Children," oil paintings by Clarence Washington, will be held from noon to 3 p.m. Saturday in the Buffalo and Erie County Historical Society, 25 Nottingham Court. The show, co-sponsored by El Museo Gallery and Locust Street Neighborhood Art Classes, will remain on view in the historical society through April 12.
"Daemen College Student Show" will open with a reception from 7 to 9 p.m. Friday in the Fanette Goldman/Carolyn Greenfield Art Gallery, Daemen College, 4380 Main St., Amherst. The show will continue through April 18.
"Seen Through the Needle's Eye II," an invitational show featuring works by members of the Fiber Design Forum and the Western New York Embroiders' Guild, plus items by gallery members, will open today and continue through April 25 in Impact: A Women's Gallery, 640 Breckenridge Ave. A reception for the artists will be held from 6:30 to 8 p.m. Friday.
An exhibit of stone carvings by George Graham will continue through April 17 in the Genesee-Orleans Regional Arts Council Gallery, 204 E. Main St., Batavia.
A show of works by past and current students will open with a reception from 5 to 7 p.m. Thursday in the Orleans Campus Center of Genesee Community College, 456 West Ave., Albion. The show will continue through April 29.
An exhibit of works by students of Williamsville North High School, including portraits, landscapes and documentary photography, will open with a reception at 6:30 p.m. Thursday in Barnes and Noble, 7370 Transit Road, Williamsville. Awards will be presented at 7. The show will continue through April.
Works by Sweet Home High School art students will remain on view through April 30 in the Amherst Senior Center, 30 N. Union Road, Williamsville.
"Decorated Eggs From Around the World," featuring eggs from the collection of Areta Buchner, will be on display from 1 to 4 p.m. Saturday only in Dahl Fine Art and Frame Design, formerly Art Depot. Buchner will also give a Ukrainian egg decorating demonstration. The store is in the Transit Casey Plaza, 9332 Transit Road, Amherst.