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'Wish' list

This weekend, the Albright-Knox Art Gallery will host an impressive array of art-world personalities and thinkers for a series of talks and presentations surrounding its exhibition "Wish You Were Here: The Buffalo Avant-garde in the 1970s."

The whole affair kicks off at 4 p.m. Saturday, when "Wish" curator Heather Pesanti introduces Vassar College professor Molly Nesbit who will deliver the keynote address, "Light in Buffalo: When Michel Foucault Spoke on Manet at the Albright-Knox." The symposium continues at 1 p.m. Sunday with a panel on the visual culture of the 1970s moderated by University at Buffalo professor Jonathan Katz and including his UB colleague Bruce Jackson, artists and former Buffalonians Charles Clough and Ellen Carey and Sarah Evans of Northern Illinois University.

The weekend wraps up at 4 p.m. Sunday with a final panel on trends in music, film, video and digital art in the '70s, featuring former Albright-Knox director Robert Buck, Chicago-based professor Bruce Jenkins and author and arts administrator Renee Levine Packer.

The symposium events, all held in the Albright-Knox auditorium, are free and open to the public. For more information, call 882-8700 or visit www.albrightknox.org.

-- Colin Dabkowski