VACI offers Thursday trip to Buffalo’s Albright-Knox in further developing three-year partnership

Elora Tocci | Staff Writer

Visual Arts at Chautauqua Institution will expand into Buffalo, N.Y., Thursday.

VACI is in its first year of a three-year partnership with the Albright-Knox Art Gallery. The partnership has installed work from Albright-Knox in Chautauqua’s art galleries in the hopes of increasing awareness and interaction between the two areas and promoting the visual arts in Western New York. Don Kimes, artistic director at VACI, said the goal of Thursday’s trip is to continue developing that connection between the arts in Buffalo and the arts in Chautauqua.

The trip is open to any Chautauquan who wants to go, and tickets cost $50 apiece. Two buses will leave at 8 a.m. from the Turner entrance and head to Albright-Knox. The ticket price includes admission to Albright-Knox, the Burchfield Penney Art Center across the street and the Darwin Martin House built by Frank Lloyd Wright. Lunch is included, and there will be docents at all three venues.

Kimes said the idea for the trip grew out of discussions he had with Albright-Knox director Louis Grachos.

“We have these two great Western New York cultural institutions within arm’s length of each other, but a lot of Buffalo people haven’t been exposed to Chautauqua and vice versa,” Kimes said.

He praised the Albright-Knox gallery and said it is one of his top four favorite art museums in the world, along with museums in Moscow, Philadelphia and Washington, D.C.

“It’s very accessible and it’s high-quality work,” he said.

Tickets for the trip can be purchased in the gift shop at the Strohl Art Center.