The Albright-Knox Art Gallery acquired Lucas Samaras’s (American, born Greece, 1936) groundbreaking Room No. 2 in 1966, the same year it was created. Room No. 2 (popularly known as the Mirrored Room) was one of the earliest installation artworks designed for viewers to enter, rather than simply look at, and it was the first such immersive environment to become part of a museum collection. Almost fifty years later, the Mirrored Room remains a treasured example of the Albright-Knox’s long tradition of acquiring challenging new work by emerging artists. Presented alongside this famously disorienting room, Lucas Samaras: Reflections comprises a selection of Samaras’s prints, sculpture, photographs, and a painting, all drawn from the museum’s Collection. These works, spanning more than forty years, demonstrate how persistently Samaras takes on common things—such as boxes, fabric, furniture, and the human body—only to alter and reinvent them. Here, reflected back to viewers, are Samaras’s visions of a familiar world forever transformed.
This exhibition is organized by Curator Cathleen Chaffee.
Giving up One’s Mark: Helen Frankenthaler, Works from the 1960s and 1970
Nov 9, 2014 - Feb 15, 2015
This exhibition will focus on the painter’s development during the 1960s and 1970s.