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In the early 1880s, when Buffalo’s transformation into a powerhouse of commerce and industry was well under way, some residents shared a burgeoning fear that an important resource was disappearing.They worried that the natural beauty of the mighty Niagara River from Buffalo to Lake Ontario, already clogged in spots with shipping traffic that clouded the air with smog, woul…

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Rich Tomasello, a local artist and high school art teacher whose solo exhibition “Innocence Lost” opens Tuesday in Daemen College’s Visual and Performing Arts Center (4380 Main St., Amherst), inserts dark ideas into familiar packages.Take, for instance, his series of action figures in custom-designed blister packs which critique the violent undercurrents in products marke…

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On Saturday, Nina Freudenheim Gallery (140 North St.) will open the first local solo show for the University at Buffalo-educated artist Jill Weber, whose abstract paintings are shot through with architectural elements.Weber graduated from UB with a master’s degree in architecture in 1980 and worked briefly as an architecture critic for The Buffalo News. She later moved to …

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At the end of September in 1992, the performance artist Karen Finley arrived in Buffalo in a state of grief and anger.It was a decade into the HIV/AIDS crisis, which had claimed nearly 200,000 American lives including many of Finley’s friends, and two years after her involvement in a painful national controversy over government censorship.For an installation in Hallwalls, …

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At the end of September in 1992, the performance artist Karen Finley arrived in Buffalo in a state of grief and anger.It was a decade into the HIV/AIDS crisis, which had claimed nearly 200,000 American lives including many of Finley’s friends, and two years after her involvement in a painful national controversy over government censorship.For an installation in Hallwalls, …

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What does the sunset sound like? What does the wind look like? A crowd of about a thousand made their way along a traffic-free and food truck-lined Elmwood Avenue on Friday afternoon to find out the answers to these and other imponderable questions as the Burchfield Penney Art Center prepared to unveil its permanent outdoor installation known as “The Front Yard.”At about 6…

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What does the sunset sound like? What does the wind look like? A crowd of about a thousand made their way along a traffic-free and food truck-lined Elmwood Avenue on Friday afternoon to find out the answers to these and other imponderable questions as the Burchfield Penney Art Center prepared to unveil its permanent outdoor installation known as “The Front Yard.”At about 6…

The zinc-plated facade of the Burchfield Penney Art Center (1300 Elmwood Ave.) will come flickering to life Friday at dusk, when the center flips the switch on the ambitious outdoor video and sound installation it has dubbed “The Front Yard.”Starting at 5:30 p.m. Friday, the center will host a street party to celebrate the opening and close off traffic along Elmwood Avenue…

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For many people, the word “craft” summons images of quaint woven baskets and pretty pieces of pottery, whimsically repurposed pine cones and reimagined burlap sacks.None of these objects are to be found in the Burchfield Penney Art Center’s sprawling “Art in Craft Media” exhibition, a biennial affair that is celebrating its 25th anniversary this month. It opens Saturday in…

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North Tonawanda’s historic Carnegie Art Center will receive $343,000 in federal grants to repair and update its creaky 1904 building, economic development officials will announce today.The money, which comes from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development’s Community Development block grant program, will fund the construction of a new handicapped-accessible entra…

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NEW YORK – A new exhibition on caricaturist Al Hirschfeld begins with a video of Whoopi Goldberg talking about his wicked sense of humor.Goldberg tells how Hirschfeld embedded the word “NINA” 40 times into a poster of her 1984 one-woman Broadway show after she complained of not being able to find the signature trademark he began inserting into his line drawings after the b…

The wide range of the 20 mostly short documentaries made in and about Ireland that will be screened at this year’s Cinegael Buffalo event Friday and Saturday at the Burchfield Penney Art Center evokes the fable of the blind people examining the elephant. While one holds the tail and reports that an elephant is like a rope and another touches the leg and reports that an ele…

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It would be great if they had an app for that – the moment when your kids bear witness as the stars they’ve idolized from a very young age suddenly morph into sexually active young adults; that moment when the comparatively safe and innocent set of a Disney tween sitcom gives way to “selfies” shot in nightclubs, widely broadcast social media faux pas, and far too public me…

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Rock (or pop, or whatever you need to call it) is supposed to be a young person’s game, we’ve been told from time immemorial. In reality, however, rock is only a young person’s game for those who lack the vision and fortitude to see the form’s possibilities through to maturity. “Lightning Bolt,” Pearl Jam’s 10th studio album (out Tuesday), is an intensely passionate, imm…

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The public art landscape in Western New York was given a boost Tuesday with the announcement of a new collaboration between Erie County and the Albright-Knox Art Gallery.County Executive Mark C. Poloncarz announced plans to fund a new program in collaboration with the Albright-Knox as part of his proposed 2014 budget.During a news conference in the Rath Building about the …