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Buffalo's very own blockbuster
Step aside Claude Monet and Dale Chihuly. Another sort of "blockbuster" exhibition will soon explode in the city. It is Hallwalls Contemporary Arts Center's Members' show 2000, which the gallery modestly titles "Blockbuster!" The theme is one that has some artist members still puzzling over how they can imbue their art with the magical aura of water lilies or rival the allure of, say, the golden treasures of Tut's tomb. Keep thinking, artists; it's not too late. Drop-off dates for artists' work are Jan. 21 and 22 during regular gallery hours. "Blockbuster!" will open on Jan. 29 in Hallwalls, located in the Tri-Main Building, 2495 Main St. (835-7362).
Ground Zero
Another members show in the works pulls out the bombing metaphor. CEPA Gallery's members show is called "Ground Zero," although the downtown photography center -- other than suggesting to have fun and cast an eye toward the millennium -- is leaving it pretty much up to its members to decide exactly what kind of art they submit. The work can be anything that vaguely relates to the photographic process, including snapshots, found photos, digital work, video or film, even X-rays. The drop-off deadline is earlier here: By 5 p.m. Jan. 14. The show opens on Jan. 28. Cash prizes will be awarded by Douglas Dreishpoon, Albright-Knox Art Gallery curator. CEPA is at 617 Main St. (856-2717).
Really big dome
After some doubt, the Millennium Dome will be ready after all to receive roughly 35,000 New Year's Eve revelers, reports the December issue of Art in America. The $1.2- billion dollar structure in Greenwich, England, is designed by architect Richard Rogers and is said to be the largest indoor space ever. It measures a spectacular 1,050 feet across. A colossal sculpture by Anthony Gormley is to be installed outside next to the dome. "Quantum Cloud," as the work is called, soars to 95 feet tall and is made up of 3,500 square steel tubes.

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