Disappointed visitors to the University at Buffalo's Anderson Gallery (1 Martha Jackson Place) who found the building shuttered over the past couple of months can now breathe a sigh of relief. The building, which had been undergoing renovations, will open its doors again on Sunday for the debut of a permanent installation of archaeological and ethnographic objects from the collection of Annette Cravens.
Cravens amassed her collection of more than 1,000 Asian, Mesopotamian, South American and European objects over the course of 40 years of globe-trotting with her husband.
In a statement, University at Buffalo professor and director of UB Art Galleries Sandra Olsen said the installation represents a fundamental change in mission of the Anderson Gallery.
"Formerly focused on European and American modern and contemporary art, the Cravens collection extends the reach of the visual arts at UB Anderson Gallery from modern to ancient times," Olsen said. "The collection represents a significant expansion of the university's collection, nearly doubling its size and exponentially broadening its contents."
There are two more phases of the Cravens project yet to be executed, including the construction of a seminar room, research laboratory and other spaces to study and learn about the works in Cravens' collection.
For more information on the exhibition, call 829-3754 or visit www.ubartgalleries.org.
-- Colin Dabkowski