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Picturing Niagara

Saturday, September 30, 2017Sunday, August 5, 2018

Installation view of Picturing Niagara featuring Frank C. Moore's Niagara, 1994–95, in the foreground. Photograph by Tom Loonan and Brenda Bieger.

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Throughout the 18th and 19th centuries, the beauty and the power of Niagara Falls came to symbolize the country’s distinct natural heritage. Many artists made pilgrimages to the site in an attempt to capture its awe-inspiring majesty. Their images circulated throughout the United States and Europe, inspiring others to copy them or create their own visualizations. Today, artists continue to be drawn to Niagara Falls’ history and sense of place. In this exhibition, artist Stephen Hannock’s recent gift to the Albright-Knox, The Great Falls; for Xu Bing (MassMoca #180), 2013, will be joined by additional historical and contemporary interpretations of the natural wonder drawn from the museum’s collection.

Stephen Hannock (American, born 1951). The Great Falls; for Xu Bing (MassMoca #180), 2013. Polished mixed media on canvas, 72 1/2 x 144 1/2 inches (184.2 x 367 cm). Collection Albright-Knox Art Gallery, Buffalo, New York; Gift of the artist in honor of Robert and Elisabeth Wilmers, 2017 (2017:16). © Stephen Hannock. Image courtesy the artist. Photograph by Stephen Petegorsky.

Frank C. Moore (American, 1953–2002). Niagara, 1994–95. Oil on canvas, 60 x 96 1/4 inches (152.4 x 244.5 cm). Collection Albright-Knox Art Gallery, Buffalo, New York; General Purchase Funds, 1995 (1995:2). © 1995 Frank Moore

Charles Hubbard (American, 1801–1876). View of Goat Island and Niagara Falls, ca. 1846. Oil on panel, 16 x 22 inches (40.6 x 55.9 cm). Collection Albright-Knox Art Gallery, Buffalo, New York; Gift of Terry J. Fox in memory of Camille Merlino, 1992 (1992:5.2).

This exhibition is organized by Godin-Spaulding Curator & Curator for the Collection Holly E. Hughes.

Admission to this exhibition is free during M&T FIRST FRIDAYS @ THE GALLERY.