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Albright-Knox to hold public meeting on expansion project

Albright-Knox Art Gallery leaders will hold a public meeting about the gallery's upcoming expansion project at 6 p.m. Tuesday in the Buffalo Niagara Convention Center, 153 Franklin St.

The meeting, the second to be held since the gallery announced it had raised more than $100 million for the project, will feature its lead architect Shohei Shigematsu of OMA and landscape designer Michael Van Valkenburgh. It is expected to focus on potential locations for a new building and the fate of the gallery's parking lot.

After the gallery's most recent public meeting in late September, Albright-Knox spokeswoman Maria Morreale said, it became clear that attendees were more interested in talking about the general shape and placement of a new building than ancillary issues such as programming and exhibition design.

Many attendees at the September meeting were interested in where a new building might be placed, how the entire Museum District might benefit from an expansion and how the western edge of Delaware Park might be restored to its original state.

As in past meetings, the format will involve a brief presentation. Afterwards, attendees will break off into small groups led by Albright-Knox and OMA staffers to give feedback and ask questions about the project.

According to Morreale, the next public meeting on the project will not be held until at least January, 2017.

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