Buffalo Fine Arts Academy

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On November 11, 1862, a group of prominent Buffalo citizens met to adopt a constitution and by-laws for the Buffalo Fine Arts Academy. At this initial meeting, it was agreed to establish and maintain a permanent art gallery in Buffalo. Until this was accomplished in 1905, the Academy held exhibitions in several locations in downtown Buffalo. In 1905, the Academy moved to its current location on Elmwood Avenue. The 1905 building, gifted by Buffalo entrepreneur and philanthropist John J. Albright, was intended to serve first as the Fine Arts Pavilion of the Pan-American Exposition in 1901, but was completed too late for that purpose in 1905. The original building was designed by Edward B. Green, a distinguished Buffalo architect also responsible for the design of the Toledo Museum of Art and the Dayton Art Institute. In 1962, the Gallery was significantly enhanced with the addition of a new wing designed by Gordon Bunshaft, also Buffalo-born, of Skidmore, Owings and Merrill of New York. Made possible with major donations from Seymour H. Knox, Jr. and his family, and hundreds of other contributors, the new addition was dedicated in 1962, and the museum was renamed the Albright-Knox Art Gallery.

Significant exhibitions in the Albright's early history include the First International Exhibition of Pictorial Photography (1910), arranged by Alfred Stieglitz, and one of the first museum exhibitions to acknowledge photography as a fine art. From June to October 1916, the Gallery's indoor and outdoor exhibition spaces overflowed with over 800 sculptural works during An Exhibition of Contemporary American Sculpture. In the 1950s, the Gallery acquired and exhibited works by the Abstract Expressionists within a year or two of a work's creation, truly collecting the contemporary art of the time. Today, the Gallery is a modern/contemporary art museum, with a collection especially rich in post-war American and European art. Abstract expressionism, pop art, and art of the 1970s through the end of the century are well represented by exceptional examples by artists such as Gorky, Pollock, Warhol, and Johns. In addition, Impressionism and Post-Impressionism are well represented by such leading French artists of the nineteenth century as Gauguin and van Gogh. Cubism, surrealism, constructivism, and other trends of the revolutionary twenties and thirties are documented by a large selection of significant works by Picasso, Braque, Matisse, Derain, Miró, Mondrian, Rodchenko, and others.

From the description of Albright-Knox Art Gallery records, 1877-1986, 1905-1986 (bulk). (Albright-Knox Art Gallery). WorldCat record id: 660822772

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creatorOf Margules, De Hirsh, 1899-1965. De Hirsh Margules papers, 1888-2001, bulk 1923-1965. Archives of American Art
referencedIn Harrison S. Morris Papers, 1895-1935, 1784-1970 Princeton University. Library. Dept. of Rare Books and Special CollectionsManuscripts Division
creatorOf Albright-Knox Art Gallery. Albright-Knox Art Gallery records, 1877-1986, 1905-1986 (bulk). Albright-Knox Art Gallery, G. Robert Strauss, Jr. Memorial Library
creatorOf Albright-Knox Art Gallery. Correspondence with Carl Zigrosser, 1968. University of Pennsylvania Libraries, Van Pelt Library
referencedIn Lars Gustaf Sellstedt family collection, Sellstedt, Lars Gustaf family collection, 1808-1972, 1846-1911, 1972 William L. Clements Library
referencedIn Forman, Natalie. Natalie and Irving Forman papers, circa 1956-2008 1980-2007. Albright-Knox Art Gallery, G. Robert Strauss, Jr. Memorial Library
creatorOf Albright-Knox Art Gallery. Correspondence with Edward F. Fry, 1970-1979. University of Pennsylvania Library
creatorOf Albright-Knox Art Gallery. Repository description. New York State Historical Documents
referencedIn Brooklyn Museum. Office of the Director. Edgar Craig Schenck Records, 1955-1960. Brooklyn Museum Libraries & Archives
referencedIn Sage, Cornelia Bentley. Cornelia Bentley Sage Quinton records, 1908-1930. Albright-Knox Art Gallery, G. Robert Strauss, Jr. Memorial Library
referencedIn Gropius, Walter, 1883-1969. Papers, 1925-1969 (bulk: 1937-1969) Houghton Library
creatorOf Albright-Knox Art Gallery. Albright-Knox Gallery. School of The Art Institute of Chicago, John M Flaxman Library
referencedIn Buck, Robert T. Robert T. Buck, Jr. Records, 1973-1983. Albright-Knox Art Gallery, G. Robert Strauss, Jr. Memorial Library
referencedIn Smith, Gordon M. Gordon M. Smith records, 1955-1972. Albright-Knox Art Gallery, G. Robert Strauss, Jr. Memorial Library
creatorOf Albright-Knox Art Gallery. Albright-Knox Art Gallery scrapbooks [microform]. New York State Library
referencedIn Rorimer, Anne. Oral history interview with Anne Rorimer, 2010 Nov. 15-16. Archives of American Art
referencedIn Schenck, Edgar Craig, 1909-1959. Edgar C. Schenck Records, 1950-1955. Albright-Knox Art Gallery, G. Robert Strauss, Jr. Memorial Library
referencedIn Ritchie, Andrew Carnduff. Andrew C. Ritchie records, 1942-1949. Albright-Knox Art Gallery, G. Robert Strauss, Jr. Memorial Library
referencedIn Norman Kent Papers, 1920-1971 Syracuse University. Library. Special Collections Research Center
creatorOf Carnegie Institute. Museum of Art. Carnegie Institute, Museum of Art records, 1883-1962, bulk 1885-1940. Archives of American Art
referencedIn Smith, Gordon M. Gordon M. Smith records, 1955-1972. Albright-Knox Art Gallery, G. Robert Strauss, Jr. Memorial Library
referencedIn Jane Teller papers, 1911-1991 Archives of American Art
referencedIn De Hirsh Margules papers, 1888-2001, bulk 1923-1965 Archives of American Art
creatorOf Société nationale des beaux-arts (France). Papers, 1905-1919, of Alfred Roll, President. Getty Research Institute
referencedIn Charles M. Kurtz papers, 1843-1990, bulk 1884-1909 Archives of American Art
referencedIn Buck, Robert T. Robert T. Buck, Jr. Records, 1973-1983. Albright-Knox Art Gallery, G. Robert Strauss, Jr. Memorial Library
referencedIn Hekking, William Matthews, 1885-1970. William M. Hekking records, 1925-1931. Albright-Knox Art Gallery, G. Robert Strauss, Jr. Memorial Library
referencedIn Bunshaft, Gordon, 1909-1990. Gordon Bunshaft architectural drawings and papers, 1909-1990 (bulk 1950-1979). Columbia University in the City of New York, Columbia University Libraries
referencedIn Doty, Robert M. Robert M. Doty papers, 1913-1992 (bulk 1951-1992). Archives of American Art
referencedIn Records of the Assistants to the Directors, 1913-1999 (inclusive), 1927-1943 (bulk) Harvard Art Museums. Archives
referencedIn Hollis Frampton Collection, 1963-2001 Harvard Film Archive, Fine Arts Library, Harvard College Library, Harvard University
referencedIn Washburn, Gordon B. (Gordon Bailey), 1904-. Gordon B. Washburn Records, 1932-1941. Albright-Knox Art Gallery, G. Robert Strauss, Jr. Memorial Library
creatorOf Foss, Lukas, 1922-2009. Evenings for new music : [programs], 1964-1980. SUNY at Buffalo, University at Buffalo
creatorOf Teller, Jane. Jane Teller papers, 1911-1991. Archives of American Art
referencedIn Albright-Knox Art Gallery. Albright-Knox Art Gallery records, 1877-1986, 1905-1986 (bulk). Albright-Knox Art Gallery, G. Robert Strauss, Jr. Memorial Library
referencedIn Kuh, Katharine. Katharine Kuh papers, 1875-1994, bulk, 1930-1994. Archives of American Art
creatorOf Albright-Knox Art Gallery. Albright-Knox Art Gallery scrapbooks [microform]. New York State Library
creatorOf Sterling and Francine Clark Art Institute. Curatorial Office Records of the American Paintings Catalogue, 1985-1999 (bulk 1985-1990) Sterling and Francine Clark Art Institute, The Clark
creatorOf Ritchie, Andrew Carnduff. Andrew C. Ritchie records, 1942-1949. Albright-Knox Art Gallery, G. Robert Strauss, Jr. Memorial Library
creatorOf Foss, Lukas, 1922-2009. Evenings for new music : [programs], 1964-1980. SUNY at Buffalo, University at Buffalo
referencedIn Kurtz, Charles M., (Charles McMeen), 1855-1909. Charles M. Kurtz records, 1905-1909. Albright-Knox Art Gallery, G. Robert Strauss, Jr. Memorial Library
referencedIn Harvard Art Museum. Exhibition Records, 1905-2008 Harvard Art Museums. Archives
referencedIn Schenck, Edgar Craig, 1909-1959. Edgar C. Schenck Records, 1950-1955. Albright-Knox Art Gallery, G. Robert Strauss, Jr. Memorial Library
creatorOf Buffalo Fine Arts Academy. Buffalo Fine Arts Academy. Archives, 1877-1981, 1905-1981 (bulk). New York State Historical Documents
referencedIn Forbes, Edward W. (Edward Waldo), 1873-1969. Papers, 1867-2005 Harvard Art Museums. Archives
referencedIn Papers of John Coolidge and Agnes Mongan, 1909-2006 Harvard Art Museums. Archives
referencedIn Kurtz, Charles M. (Charles McMeen), 1855-1909. Charles M. Kurtz papers, 1870-1910. Getty Research Institute
referencedIn Video organization file : Albright-Knox Art Gallery : miscellaneous uncataloged material. Museum of Modern Art (MOMA)
referencedIn Carnegie Institute, Museum of Art records, 1883-1962, bulk 1885-1940 Archives of American Art
creatorOf Albright-Knox Art Gallery. Institutional file. Brooklyn Museum Libraries & Archives
referencedIn Katharine Kuh papers, 1875-1994, bulk 1930-1994 Archives of American Art
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associatedWith Albright Art Gallery corporateBody
associatedWith Albright Art Gallery (Buffalo, N.Y.) corporateBody
associatedWith Albright-Knox Art Gallery. corporateBody
associatedWith Brooklyn Museum. Office of the Director. corporateBody
associatedWith Buck, Robert T. person
associatedWith Bunshaft, Gordon, 1909-1990. person
associatedWith Carnegie Institute. Museum of Art. corporateBody
correspondedWith Coolidge, John, 1913-1995 person
associatedWith Dorazio, Piero, 1927-2005. person
associatedWith Doty, Robert M. person
associatedWith Faller, Marion, 1941- person
correspondedWith Forbes, Edward Waldo, 1873-1969 person
associatedWith Forman, Natalie. person
associatedWith Frampton, Hollis, 1936-1984 person
correspondedWith Gropius, Walter, 1883-1969 person
associatedWith Harvard Art Museum Archives corporateBody
associatedWith Harvard Art Museum. Director's Office. corporateBody
associatedWith Hekking, William Matthews, 1885-1970 person
associatedWith Kent, Norman, 1903-1972 person
associatedWith Kuh, Katharine. person
associatedWith Kurtz, Charles M. (Charles McMeen), 1855-1909. person
associatedWith Margules, De Hirsh, 1899-1965. person
associatedWith Morris, Harrison S. (Harrison Smith), 1856-1948 person
associatedWith Potter family family
associatedWith Ritchie, Andrew Carnduff. person
associatedWith Rorimer, Anne person
associatedWith Sage, Cornelia Bentley. person
associatedWith Schenck, Edgar Craig, 1909-1959 person
associatedWith Schultz, Douglas G., 1947- person
associatedWith Sellstedt family family
associatedWith Smith, Gordon M. person
associatedWith Société nationale des beaux-arts (France) corporateBody
associatedWith Spaulding, Karen Lee. person
associatedWith Sterling and Francine Clark Art Institute. corporateBody
associatedWith Teller, Jane. person
associatedWith Washburn, Gordon B. (Gordon Bailey), 1904- person
associatedWith Woods, James. person
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