Art abounds in Buffalo, in all forms, and in all corners. From galleries to studios to classrooms, Buffalo continues to be a place where everyone has access to art. With its world class galleries and countless art-oriented events, this city is percolating with bountiful opportunities to exhibit and view works, collect, and get involved with numerous aspects of the art scene.
Adding to the artful zest is the the Buffalo Institute for Contemporary Art (BICA) – a new art enterprise founded by Nando Alvarez-Perez and Emily Ebba Reynolds. The Institute mainly revolves around art and education in the following realms:
- Innovative exhibitions
- Cross-disciplinary skills-based programming
- Arts ecology development
“BICA aims to break down barriers between the art world and the rest of the world in order to make lives better through practical engagements with contemporary art.” – BICA
BICA is conveniently located at 324 Elmwood Avenue, within a space that offers nice intimate surroundings on the inside, while providing exhibit space on the outside, during the warmer months.
On Friday, January 18, BICA will open Body Spray, a pop-up exhibition showcasing a group of artists who address the human figure in all its hairy glory and wet desire in a variety of media. Putting local Buffalo artists into dialogue with artists from across the country, the figures represented in the show address bodily realities and misperceptions, and speak to the fluidity of bodies across genders, across borders, and across time. This exhibition aims to set a stage for BICA in the future, a fluid and imperfect institution.
Featured artists: Annie Bielski, Maria Guzmán Capron, Pchy Fleshtone & Julian Perez, Whitney Hubbs, Courtney Johnson, David Lasley, Hope Mora, Elle Pérez, and Stephanie Rohlfs.
Opening Reception: Friday January 18, 7-10PM | Celebrate the first exhibition at the new BICA garage – 324 Elmwood Avenue | Buffalo NY
Valentines Day Gallery Yoga: Thursday, February 14, 6:30PM | Practice some self-love in the gallery with a pay-what-you-can yoga class, led by Kyla Kegler