Artist Kenneth Snelson’s first American retrospective transformed the Albright-Knox’s campus between September 12 and November 8, 1981. In addition to a selection of the artist’s large-scale sculptures outside, over thirty of Snelson’s smaller works and a selection of the artist’s drawings and photographs were on view inside the museum.
In the early 1960s, Snelson began connecting aluminum or stainless steel tubes with lengths of cable or thread. Based on careful mathematical calculations that took into account forces of tension and compression, the artist created dynamic self-contained structures from the connected tubes.
Prior to the exhibition, Snelson’s Coronation Day, 1980, was commissioned by the City of Buffalo and installed in City Court Plaza on Niagara Square, and today the artist's Four Chances, 1982, can be found outside near the museum’s entrance. We invite you to explore Four Chances and the other sculptures on the Albright-Knox’s campus anytime, whether you decide to come inside the museum or not. Learn more