Video: Artist Profile of Bethany Krull
Try as I may, I can't come up with any better summation of Buffalo's art scene than the one Time magazine printed in 1968 when it declared that the Queen City was taking giant strides toward becoming "a vociferously militant acropolis of the avant-garde arts." Even before I'd heard that characterization, it's no more than what I had always thought. From exhibitions and performances at Hallwalls to experimental films at Media Study Buffalo and Squeaky Wheel to gallery-filling installations at Big Orbit, art here isn't for the timid. It does not suffer hobbyists, censors, or traditionalists gladly. Even 150-year-old institutions like the Albright-Knox Art Gallery can still find ways to astound and maybe even shock visitors with contemporary arts programming. And that's the way it should be. As Buffalo settles into the twenty-first century, it welcomes an annual art festival inside a grain elevator complex, a 24/7 outdoor video installation outside the Burchfield-Penney, and an art barge ready to navigate the Erie Canal. In the March issue of Buffalo Spree, we invite you to learn a little bit about how WNY's visual art scene works, meet some artists, read a discussion between curators, and more. It's just a sampling, but goes some way toward explaining why art here is just as amazing as it was in 1968—maybe even more.
You can find the March issue of Buffalo Spree on newsstands now.