In Love with Western New York: World of Art

Inside and out, bask in the beauty and intrigue of two of the region's most creative spaces.

Buffalo AKG Art Museum recently wrapped up an extensive expansion and renovation project — the most significant in its history. It now offers an impressive 50,000-square-foot gallery, along with classrooms, gathering grounds and generous green space. 

Take your time exploring the three-story translucent Jeffrey M. Gundlach Building made of glass and marble. It houses 13 galleries including a sculpture terrace that wraps around the second floor. 

Look up. The “Common Sky” kaleidoscopic installation by Studio Other Spaces (SOS) in the Seymour H. Knox Building’s courtyard is comprised of glass mirrors — a play between sculpture and architecture.

Other highlights include Creative Commons, the LEGO Foundation’s first art museum endeavor; Andy Warhol’s “100 Soup Cans” and 500 works newly acquired since the museum shut down in 2019 for construction.

The two seamlessly connect at Roger Tory Peterson Institute in Jamestown, a living Peterson Field Guide experience housing the renowned artist-naturalist’s works and artifacts. “We continue his legacy by using art to foster exploration, a sense of discovery and reverence for life,” says curator Maria Ferguson, noting that his letters, personal guides, cameras and clothing are all on display.

Explore 27 acres of nature preserve and trails or head indoors to take in exhibits, including “Kevin Ebi: Five Minutes in Nature,” April 27 to July 21, which is accompanied by mindfulness activities. “He wants people to connect to the nature they walk by every day and better appreciate it, so he is sharing his experience of nature as a reason to explore the outdoors,” Ferguson relates.

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