Albright-Knox, Richardson Partnership Brings Significant Work of Art Into New Public Space
Monday, July 9, 2018
Buffalo, NY – Recently the Albright-Knox Art Gallery’s iconic sculpture, look and see, 2005, by artist Jim Hodges (American, born 1957), was moved from the museum’s outdoor Sculpture Garden, where it’s been since 2006, into a new public space at the Richardson Olmsted Campus.
“We are delighted by the opportunity, through the museum’s Public Art Initiative, to share this wonderful work from our collection with the broader community thanks to our friends at the Richardson Olmsted Campus,” said Albright-Knox Deputy Director Joe Lin-Hill. “This playful sculpture by Jim Hodges was conceived and first installed as public art, and a more public location on the Elmwood Avenue Cultural Corridor is an ideal location for it. We are thrilled to work with our partners to provide engaging, thought-provoking public artworks for students, residents, and visitors to enjoy.”
“The Richardson Olmsted Campus is very excited to continue bringing exceptional public art to our Olmstedian landscape,” said Richardson Olmsted Campus Executive Director Mark Mortenson. “This historical landscape was designed by Frederick Law Olmsted to bring beauty to the site and provide spaces for reflection and healing. By partnering with our friends at the Albright-Knox, we have the pleasure of sharing with our community modern installations that reflect and complement the grounds’ original intentions. We welcome the public to enjoy the harmony between old and new on their next visit to the South Lawn at the Richardson Olmsted Campus!”
Hodges turns to unconventional artistic materials—including lightbulbs, silk flowers, and, as in look and see, mirrors—to create poetic celebrations of life and love that honor the often too-fleeting nature of these joys. In this sculpture, Hodges alternated areas of highly polished, cut-out, and painted stainless steel in a camouflage pattern that does not so much hide as fundamentally transform your perception of this space. Mirrored surfaces, the artist explained “bring the viewer into the experience . . . and your location becomes in question. The images are created by who’s seeing it. It’s always going to be changing.” With this playful shuffling between far and near, real and reflected, Hodges welcomes us, as viewers, into a conversation about our understanding of nature, artifice, and our own identities.
When it was completed in 2005, look and see was the artist’s largest sculptural project, weighing nine tons. Hodges always intended that the work be publicly accessible; it was originally installed at The Battery on the southern tip of Manhattan. However, after being installed in the Albright-Knox’s Sculpture Garden in 2006, access to the sculpture was limited to the museum’s operating hours. This third installation returns the sculpture fully to public view on the grounds of the iconic Richardson Olmsted Campus, designed by celebrated American landscape architecture team Frederick Law Olmsted and Calvert Vaux. This reinstallation not only honors the artist’s original vision for the work but also speaks to the museum’s commitment to sharing major public assets in key public places and imagining innovative collaborations with its Elmwood Avenue Cultural Corridor partners.
AK Public Art Initiative: Other recent Albright-Knox Public Art Initiative projects include The Freedom Wall, completed by artists John Baker, Julia Bottoms, Chuck Tingley, and Edreys Wajed at the intersection of Michigan Avenue and East Ferry Street; Betsy Casañas’s mural Patria, Será Porque Quisiera Que Vueles, Que Sigue Siendo Tuyo Mi Vuelo (Homeland, Perhaps It Is Because I Wish to See You Fly, That My Flight Continues to Be Yours) at 585 Niagara Street; Keir Johnston and Ernel Martinez’s mural Welcome Wall at 751 Fillmore Avenue; Bunnie Reiss's mural Magic Buffalo at 1322 Hertel Avenue; Shantell Martin’s mural Dance Everyday at 537 East Delavan Avenue; Daniel Galas’s mural 72 Jewett at 74 Jewett Avenue; Amanda Browder’s Spectral Locus installation at three separate locations throughout Buffalo; Alice Mizrachi’s mural Dream Keepers at the Buffalo Center for Arts and Technology; Roberley Bell’s Locus Amoenus installation at the Tifft Nature Preserve; Jessie Unterhalter and Katey Truhn’s mural Noodle in the Northern Lights at Shea’s 710 Theatre; Kaarina Kaikkonen’s installation We Share a Dream at the Buffalo Niagara International Airport; Jenny Kendler’s Milkweed Dispersal Balloons and ReWilding New York (Community Seed Stations), a two-fold work that took place over the summer of 2015; Shayne Dark’s 2015 exhibition Natural Conditions and residency at the Buffalo and Erie County Botanical Gardens; Jaume Plensa’s Silent Poets at Canalside; Casey Riordan Millard’s Shark Girl at Canalside; Tape Art’s Buffalo Caverns, a massive, temporary mural made with low-adhesive drawing tape on the north wall of the Central Library branch of the Buffalo & Erie County Public Library; a billboard- and sticker-based iteration of Matthew Hoffman’s You Are Beautiful project, made possible in part through a partnership with Lamar Advertising; and Charles Clough’s collaboratively produced Hamburg Arena Painting, which is installed at the Hamburg Public Library. The Public Art Initiative has also distributed 30,000 art kits to students throughout Erie County. The Public Art Initiative is an innovative partnership between the Albright-Knox and Erie County established in 2013. The City of Buffalo joined the partnership in 2014. The goal of the Initiative is to create spaces of dialogue where diverse communities have the ability to engage, respond, and cooperatively produce great public art that 3 can empower individuals, create stronger neighborhoods, and establish Western New York as a vital cultural center.
The Albright-Knox Art Gallery is recognized as home to one of the world’s leading collections of contemporary and modern art. With more than 7,000 objects in its collection and a dynamic series of exhibitions and public programs, the Albright-Knox continues to grow and to fulfill its mission to acquire, exhibit, and preserve contemporary and modern art in an enriching, dynamic, and vibrant environment.
MUSEUM HOURS: Tuesday through Sunday, 10 am to 5 pm. M&T FIRST FRIDAYS @ THE GALLERY takes place on the first Friday of every month from 10 am to 10 pm. Closed Mondays and Independence, Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Year’s Days. Admission is $12 for adults; $8 for seniors and students; $6 for youth ages 6 to 18; FREE for Albright-Knox Members and children 5 and under. Additional fees may apply for certain special exhibitions. For additional information, please visit www.albrightknox.org.
The Albright-Knox Art Gallery’s annual operations are supported, in part, by public funds from the County of Erie and the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew M. Cuomo and the New York State Legislature, and by the generosity of our Members. M&T FIRST FRIDAYS @ THE GALLERY is made possible by a generous grant from M&T Bank; media sponsorship is provided by Kiss 98.5. The Art’scool program is presented by BlueCross Blue Shield of Western New York with additional support provided by an anonymous donor, the Robert J. & Martha B. Fierle Foundation, and Lawley. Access AK is made possible through the generous support of the James H. Cummings Foundation, Inc. Endowment; National Fuel; and an anonymous donor. AK Teens is presented by KeyBank. The AK Innovation Lab was founded with leadership support from The John R. Oishei Foundation, The Seymour H. Knox Foundation, and the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew M. Cuomo and the New York State Legislature. The Public Art Initiative was established and is supported by leadership funding from the County of Erie and the City of Buffalo.
About the Richardson Olmsted Campus
One of Buffalo’s most iconic buildings and a National Historic Landmark, the 145-year-old Richardson Olmsted Campus is being renewed after years of neglect.
Designed by great American architect Henry Hobson Richardson and the famed landscape team of Frederick Law Olmsted and Calvert Vaux, the building incorporated a system of enlightened treatment for people with mental illness developed by Dr. Thomas Story Kirkbride. The Richardson remains an architectural gem and is visited by thousands of people from around the world.
Today, the Richardson Olmsted Campus is home to one of the largest historic preservation projects in the nation. Since 2006, the nonprofit Richardson has been hard at work bringing the site back to life after decades of neglect, beginning with Hotel Henry Urban Resort Conference Center and the future Lipsey Architecture Center in the iconic Towers Building. Meanwhile, work continues to develop the remaining two-thirds of the massive campus.
Historical tours of the abandoned buildings are offered May through September, every Saturday and Sunday morning at 10am. Preregistration is required at www.richardson-olmsted.com. # # #