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Pay as you wish, extended hours planned for Albright-Knox closing weekend

The Albright-Knox Art Gallery has grand plans for its final weekend before construction begins on its elaborate expansion project.

Three perks will encourage one last stop at the gallery (1285 Elmwood Ave.) before the hiatus: pay-as-you-wish admission for Nov. 2 and 3, as well as extended hours – 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. – on Saturday, Nov. 2. The Knox will have its usual schedule, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., on Sunday. If you tack on the monthly free First Friday Nov. 1, that's a whopping 30 total hours of business over the course of three days.

Visitors will be exposed to Anthony McCall's entrancing "Dark Rooms, Solid Light," which Colin Dabkowski reviewed earlier this month. It's the British artist's solo debut in an American museum; his immersive experience – with a cinematic feel – allows viewers to interact with light flooding in from digital projectors mounted on the ceiling of the dark sculpture court in the 1905 Building.

Here's a useful snippet from Dabkowski's article: "It can’t be overstated how appropriate this exhibition is to Buffalo’s place in the story of 20th and 21st century art. As a bastion for experimentation in the media arts in the 1960s and ’70s, Buffalo has gained a worldwide reputation as an incubator for important artistic movements that emerged late in the last century, among them structuralist film and the so-called 'Pictures Generation.' "

[Related: Learn about the glass sculpture that will cover the courtyard in 2021]

While construction progresses over two years, gallerygoers may visit the Albright-Knox Northland, a project space at 612 Northland Ave. expected to open in January. A community-focused side project, the Albright-Knox Art Truck, will bring art materials to schools, community centers and various local events.

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The sculpture that will cover the courtyard is a big part of AK360. (Rendering courtesy of the Albright-Knox)

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