Through December

Raft of Sanity

Raft of Sanity

A new gallery on Niagara Street restores a commercial contemporary art presence that has been missing since Anna Kaplan Contemporary closed. It’s run by a familiar professional team: Emily Tucker (of Benjamin’s) and Elisabeth Samuels (of the now-closed Indigo) and has a lovely name: Raft of Sanity. Samuels and Tucker explain the name by saying that they had always viewed art and arts programming as ways to enrich people’s lives, but after living with a pandemic they realized the real power that creativity and contemporary art have to save our sanity. The gallery opened in September with a group show, Devotion, and held artist talks and other events through November. This month, the gallery presents Cadeaux, a collection of conversation starters created by career artists. Gallery owners call this “an eclectic celebration of the exceptional for the holidays and the home.” 


Raft of Sanity (1255 Niagara Street)



Ends December 3

Ascension of Black Stillness

This multimedia exhibition has the common thread of Afrofuturism. “Afrofuturism—a genre of multimedia arts that merges the arts and sciences through science fiction, fantasy—looks at speculating Black futures through examining past and present cultural phenomena,” says curator Stacey Robinson. Ten artists are featured. 

CEPA Gallery

(617 Main Street), 856-2717


Ends December 5

125th Annual Catalog Exhibition

The Buffalo Society of Artists celebrates its 125th anniversary. ()

Castellani Art Museum

(97 Varsity Drive, Niagara University), 286, 8200


December 9

M&T Second Friday

On the Second Friday of every month, the Burchfield Penney hosts openings, happy hours, programs, concerts, screenings, or other special events. 

5:30–8:30 p.m., Burchfield Penney Art Center

(1300 Elmwood Avenue), 878-6011


December 9, 16

Art Moves Me

Created expressly for the Center by Cynthia Pegado and designed for people with Parkinson’s, Art Moves Me guides participants into creative engagement with artworks through contemplative dance, sensory awareness, heightening of kinesthetic and proprioceptive senses, and sustainable practices to enhance emotional, psychological and social well-being.

Noon–2 p.m., Burchfield Penney Art Center

(1300 Elmwood Avenue), 878-6011


Ends December 11

Heather Martin: Multiverse

Multiverse is a collection of poetry that experiments with different manipulations of sheets of paper, making the materiality of the poems more visible and tangible.

Book Arts

(468 Washington Street), 348-1430


December 12

Family Fun Tour

Monthly Family Fun Tours explore different themes based on works on view at Albright-Knox Northland. This month’s tour will focus on Difference Machines: Technology and Identity in Contemporary Art.

11–11:45 a.m., AK Northland

(612 Northland Avenue), 882-8700


Ends December 18

Julie Henson: Character Studies

Los Angeles-based artist Julie Henson explores the reciprocal relationship between performer and audience; her work is invested in the stage as a space for the retelling of parables. 

Buffalo Institute for Contemporary Art

(30D Essex Street)


December 19

GLYS Western New York on Difference Machines

Join GLYS WNY, the oldest continuously operating LGBTQ+ organization in Western New York, for a conversation about their work providing a safe space for LGBTQ+ youth and their relationship to technology.

2:30–3:30 p.m., AK Northland

(612 Northland Avenue), 882-8700


Ends December 22

Studio Artist Show and Sale

More than 100 pieces of art across a range of media fill both galleries, the Community Space, and the gift shop. Paintings, drawings, prints, sculptures, ceramics, jewelry, and more can

all be purchased right off the wall. 

Opening reception 5–9 p.m., Buffalo Arts Studio

(Tri-Main Center, 2495 Main Street, Ste. 500), 833-4550


Ends December 23

Survivance: Arnait Video Productions

This exhibition and related screenings celebrate the thirtieth anniversary of the  Igloolik, Nunavut-based women’s media collective, Arnait Video Productions (AVP). The exhibition includes videos, installation, mixed media sculpture, and fiber works spanning AVP’s career.

Hallwalls Contemporary Arts Center

(341 Delaware Avenue), 854-1694


Through December 

Difference Machines: Technology and Identity in Contemporary Art

Can technology discriminate? This thought-provoking exhibition explores the ways in which new digital tools reflect prejudices and contribute to existing inequalities. (ends January 16, 2022)

AK Northland

(612 Northland Avenue), 882-8700


Shawné Michaelain Holloway: i would have said goodbye if i thought you loved me back

This four-channel realtime multimedia installation uses blue light and heavy bold text to think through the aesthetics of accumulation and the vocabulary of loss using poetry and 3D objects that pile up and overflow. Also viewable online. (ends February 14, 2022)

Squeaky Wheel

(617 Main Street), 884-7172


Bill Stewart & a Shaman’s World

Works from the collection by the whimsical, enigmatic sculptor are on display. (ends February  27, 2022)

Burchfield Penney Art Center

(1300 Elmwood Avenue), 878-6011


F: Reconstituting Tolstoy College

The show examines the genesis, lifespan, and eventual dissolution of College F—an anarchist educational community known colloquially as Tolstoy College—which operated within University at Buffalo between 1969 and 1985. (ends March 12, 2022)

UB Anderson Gallery

(1 Martha Jackson Place)



James G. Pappas: Relative to Music

Features a selection of paintings, drawings, screenprints, and photographs that spans the internationally recognized visual artist and educator’s prolific career (ends May 1, 2022)

Burchfield Penney Art Center

(1300 Elmwood Avenue), 878-6011


Founders: Early Years of the Langston Hughes Center

The Langston Hughes Center for the Visual and Performing Arts was one of several cultural institutions formed in Buffalo during the late 1960s and 1970s that was committed to serving underrepresented communities through workshops, classes, exhibitions, and other events. (ends May 1, 2022)

Burchfield Penney Art Center

(1300 Elmwood Avenue), 878-6011


Heather Hart: Afrotecture (Re)Collection

This sculptural exhibition stems from the artist’s research on the balcony of the Lorraine Motel in Memphis, Tennessee, where Martin Luther King, Jr. was assassinated in 1968. (ends May 21, 2022)

UB CFA Gallery

(201 Center for the Arts, UB Amherst campus)



Pleasure Cruise

This  group exhibition features artists working within photography, ceramics, drawing, and sculpture, whose art utilizes queerness, camp, the handmade, and humor. (ends May 21, 2022)

Rivalry Proects

(106 College Street)



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