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Innovation and Provocation: The Albright-Knox and New Media

By: Amanda McLaughlin

“Art measured by running time, not inches or centimeters:” The Albright-Knox’s upcoming exhibition Videosphere: A New Generation highlights pieces constantly in motion, the first exhibition of works in new media drawn extensively from the gallery’s permanent collection.  Organized by Albright-Knox Curator for the Collection Holly E. Hughes, the exhibition, as described in a statement, “will be seen as one of the largest exhibitions of work in new media.”

The exhibition will include works in videotape, video installation, film, sound installation, multimedia projections, and computer based technologies, and features artists Cory Arcangel, Jeremy Blake, Phil Collins, Brody Condon, James Drake, Isaac Julien, Bruce Nauman, João Onotre, Kelly Richardson, and Peter Sark.  Many of the pieces featured have not yet been seen by the public, and a large portion of the works are recent acquisitions, entering the collection since 2004.  Dealing with political, social, psychological, and environmental themes that are essentialized in such distinct media, the featured pieces are sure to make for an exciting viewing experience.  

Well-known names include Bruce Nauman, whose Green Horses (1988) is regarded as one of the most innovative and provocative works of American digital media (the purchase of the piece is shared with the Whitney Museum of American Art in New York City,) and Buffalo native Corey Arcangel, who typically appropriates video games to create digital works of art, such as “Super Mario Clouds,” a part of the Whitney Museum’s Permanent Collection.

Videosphere: A New Generation opens at the Albright-Knox Art Gallery on July 1, 2011 and runs through October 9, 2011.  The Albright-Knox is located at 1285 Elmwood Avenue in Buffalo, across from Delaware Park’s Hoyt Lake.  Information on ticket prices, admission hours, and parking information can be found at the gallery’s website, by calling 716.882.8700, or by emailing

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