In Buffalo, old structures are giving rise to radical new institutions.
Grand old churches have found new lives as art galleries, architectural laboratories and cultural centers. Warehouses that once produced Pierce Arrows or other products of a bygone industrial age are now pumping out plays and art exhibitions.
The goal has shifted from commerce to culture. And perhaps nowhere is that functional transformation of the city’s architectural legacy more evident than at Silo City, the amorphous and somewhat accidental art institution that has reshaped Buffalo’s cultural reputation since opening in 2011.
At 7 p.m. Saturday, the ever-broadening and cross-cultural appeal of the grain silos will be on full display with the opening of Just Buffalo Literary Center’s third annual Silo City Reading Series. The event will feature a reading from Portland, Ore.-based poet Zachary Schomburg, an installation of video, collage and poetry by Buffalo artist Alana Kelley, photography by Buffalo’s Nick Torsell and a musical performance from the Philadelphia alt-country band Small Houses.
Future events in the series, conceived and curated by Buffalo poet and Just Buffalo staffer Noah Falck, are slated for July 17 and Aug. 29. Frank the Food Truck, as well as water and snacks, will be on hand. A full list of performers and artists is at justbuffalo.org, or call 861-9965.
– Colin Dabkowski