Buffalo is home to one of the leading American contemporary and modern art collections? Really? Well: IT IS! And it is called The Albright Knox Art Gallery. And it is incredible. I don't think I've ever seen a collection quite like this...only being rivaled by the Tate Modern in my mind! I hate enumerating the works that they have (Emin to Chagall, LeWitt to van Gogh) but at every single turn was another breathtaking, (literal) masterpiece, hanging or sitting in a way that was not only compelling but that also seamlessly flowed through the building- at no point did anything look out of place or jarring or forgotten in a lonely corner of dead space! I scoured the internet for information on the original namesake of this collection, John J. Albright, but the more and more I read about him & the museum the more sprawling and interesting the story seems to get...!
Pan-American Exhibition (you know! the one that took place in Buffalo in 1901? where McKinley was shot! And Tesla's AC current brought electric light in its infancy! And Edison debuted the X-ray machine! Why don't we have World's Fairs in this country anymore people!?) but it wasn't completed by the time it rolled around...? Albright, who hailed from Pennsylvania where he got mixed up in the coal business and then went on to become a wealthy industrialist acting on behalf of steel companies and the like, funded a big portion of the museum's completion and later, Seymour H. Knox Jr., heir to the Woolworth's empire and art enthusiast, funded an expansion of the space which now bears his name too. The American history of this space alone makes it such an interesting and inspiring place, the nexus for a new era in the American Dream- art! electricity! culture!
Republican primary debate I bear witness to...roar....I know what would fix this: a World's Fair!