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Albright-Knox Northland ready to welcome visitors

The East Side warehouse will be the home of the art gallery for the next two years.

BUFFALO, N.Y. — If you tried to climb on the artwork at the Albright-Knox Art Gallery on Elmwood Avenue, you'd probably be asked to leave. But at the gallery's temporary home on Northland Avenue, that kind of behavior is encouraged. 

That's just one of the ways gallery experience will be different for the next two years. 

The theme of the opening exhibit for Albright-Knox Northland explores what makes something a home. The main attraction is a giant roof in the middle of the 15 thousand-square-foot warehouse on the East Side. It's by artist Heather Hart. Visitors are welcome to climb on it, even sit down and make themselves comfortable.

Curator of Public Art Aaron Ott says the temporary location will allow visitors to interact with the gallery in a whole new way. 

"We have a model here which is a pay-what-you-wish model," he said. "We encourage donations to help out with all the activities that we'll do here, and our Elmwood Campus when it re-opens," Ott said. "For those individuals that need to or wish to use this space as a free space, they may do so, and we want to make people feel welcome here. They can come whenever they want to, that they can see this work, that they can have maybe more direct access than they've ever had to the Albright-Knox." 

Visitor Information:

  • Location:  612 Northland Avenue
  • Hours
    • Friday, noon - 7 p.m.
    • Saturday and Sunday, 10 a.m. - 5 p.m
  • Admission: pay what you wish
  • Parking: limited free spaces in the building parking lot, additional street parking available
  • More information: www.albrightknox.org/northland

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