Illuminating 150 Years of the Albright-Knox

Courtesy of the Albright-Knox Art Gallery


Since its founding as the Buffalo Fine Arts Academy in December of 1862, the Albright-Knox Art Gallery has always been a proponent of juxtaposing the old with the new. It’s apparent before you even step foot inside. A sculpture of about 60 tangled, aluminum canoes––among other modern pieces––is delightfully overwhelming in front of the building’s classical columns. And then, once inside, you’ll pass seamlessly from masterpieces to contemporary works. During a celebration of its 150th anniversary year, the Gallery plans to continue this tradition by staging Western New York’s first large-scale 3D video projection mapping project, Illuminate AK.


Innovative technology will bring the 1905 Albright Building to life with color, light, and movement as the Gallery’s 150-year history is told through never-before-seen images from its archives, as well as Albright staples. “We wanted to create a unique civic event and treat the entire community to an experience that they will never forget,” says Albright-Knox Marketing and Public Relations Coordinator Jim Baker. “3D projection mapping has been used in other cities across the globe to entertain and delight, and we thought it was time that we had something like that here in Western New York.”


This is a spectacle truly not to be missed. Two viewings of the projection will begin at 7:30 and 8:30 p.m. on Friday, October 5, on the Delaware Stairs overlooking Hoyt Lake. Baker advises that everyone arrive early. Though the event doesn’t begin until 7 p.m., there will be food trucks and a DJ beforehand, as well as boat dancers on Hoyt Lake starting at 6:30 p.m. for people to enjoy as they assemble. Additional parking will be available at Buffalo State College.


Illuminate AK will be presented free as part of M&T First Fridays @ The Gallery. For information on other 150th anniversary events, please visit

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