Share this article

Art

print logo
Gusto

The numbers stand 8 feet tall along the Outer Harbor, 10 hulking pieces of rusting COR-TEN steel arranged in a semicircle like some 21st-century Stonehenge. In the mind of Robert Indiana, the artist who created the piece, numbers are sacred personal symbols. Each has a personal meaning for him -- "1" corresponds to birth, "0" to oblivion -- but stands as a universal fig…

Gusto

Amid Buffalo's broader public art renaissance, neighborhoods across the city are embracing murals – from simple way-finding signs to abstract compositions – as a way to reassert their historic identities and rebrand themselves in a changing city. Take the Old First Ward, one of Buffalo's oldest and proudest neighborhoods, which occupies about 20 square blocks betwee…

Gusto

It's impossible to say whether Buffalo City Hall looks better from the outside in, or the inside out. We love its striking sandstone exterior, towering over Niagara Square and chiseled with the history, industry and spirit of the Queen City. But equally impressive is its impossibly ornate interior, suffused with the symbols of Native American culture and with Art Dec…

Art

Torn Space Theater, headquartered on Buffalo's East Side, has received the largest grant in its history. The Ralph C. Wilson Jr. Foundation has awarded Torn Space $310,000, which will be used by the theater company to finish the exterior renovation of its performance space in the Adam Mickiewicz Library and Dramatic Circle. "The Wilson grant concludes stage one of th…

Art

Robert Indiana's "LOVE" sculpture – with the letters stacked in a block pattern, and the "O" tilted on its side – is one of the most iconic artworks of the 1960s and '70s. The pop art sculpture is in museums and public areas, and the concept has turned up on all kinds of tchotchkes like T-shirts, coffee mugs and post cards, as well as on a U.S. postage stamp. On Frid…

Gusto

There is perhaps no more idyllic picture of post-industrial decay in America than Silo City, a sprawling complex of dormant grain silos and rusted warehouses along the Buffalo River that has been revived by artists, architects, musicians, poets and citizens seeking new adventures in ancient surroundings. All of this is thanks to Buffalo businessman and cultural impresar…

Art

Canalside Fitness Classes: Barre Centric 7 to 8 p.m. at 44 Prime St. Free to attend. BlueCross BlueShield's free summer fitness classes at Canalside start rolling with Barre Centric's first waterfront workout of the season. The weekly series runs Mondays through Aug. 27. Barre Centric, based at Main and West Ferry streets, intertwines ballet, yoga and Pilates into…

Art

By 1998, Allentown was primed for an alternative to its eponymous art festival. Complaints about the festival's perceived persecution of Allentown shop owners had reached a fever pitch. The same went for criticism about organizers' opposition to musicians, buskers and other performers who naturally gravitate toward large crowds of people. "God forbid," News columnist…

Art

Back in 2000, it was shepherd's crooks. Other years it was bedazzled lawn sprinklers. There may be no accounting for taste, but we can try to account for trends. You can never quite predict exactly what the latest, hottest items at the Allentown Art Festival will be until you spot them in the crowd on festival weekend. But, based on recent trends, Allentown Villa…

Art

Buffalo Bash 20th anniversary celebration 8 p.m. at Buffalo Red Cross (786 Delaware Ave.). Tickets are $75 apiece, or $125 for two, and may be purchased here. Affectionately known as the M*A*S*H Bash, this legendary party invites you to sport military gear and party hearty in support of the Red Cross. This year is the last bash, and the Red Cross is welcoming Loretta S…

The Cattaraugus County Arts Council has changed its name to Tri-County Arts Council. “The name 'Cattaraugus County Arts Council' has been a barrier to having communities and supporters of the arts understand who the Arts Council serves, and we hope the new name will encourage more artists and organizations as well as the general public to connect with arts in the region…

Gusto

Time was that Buffalo's Pride celebration was concentrated into a couple of frenzied weekend days of parades and revelry. In recent years, though, the festival's organizers have made a concerted effort to turn what was once a pair of parades and a few accoutrements into a weeklong celebration of Buffalo's LGBTQ culture. The week started May 29 with a flag-raising in …

Gusto

If your dance moves are feeling a little tired, the Buffalo Museum of Science has just the thing for you: A dance festival based on the dank stylings and cutting-edge movements of intestinal bacteria. The institution is hosting a four-day dance and art festival based on the human microbiome – that is, the diverse community of living bacteria that inhabit the human body …

Gusto

For veterans across the country, the challenges of their time in combat zones often linger long after they return home. Though the plight of many veterans to re-enter society has been well-documented in the media, it's rare to hear directly from former soldiers about the struggles they face on the home front. That will change for Western New Yorkers this fall, when a…

Gusto

Another sculptural tribute to the flowing waters of the Niagara River will be installed in downtown Niagara Falls in late June. Following the controversial installation of Jeff Laramore's $600,000 steel sculpture on Centennial Circle last year, a smaller piece by Buffalo sculptor Jesse Walp will soon rise on Old Falls Street. The 14-foot-wide, 26-foot-tall structure …