Over at Modern Art Notes, art critic, blogger and rabid hockey fan Tyler Green has posted the first of at least a pair of posts on the Albright-Knox Art Gallery's current efforts to reach out to the local sports-crazed populace. Today, Green takes a look at the recently acquired work of Paul Pfeiffer, whose three video pieces the gallery has on display in conjunction with "Forty," an exhibition meant to celebrate the 40th anniversary of the Buffalo Sabres. There are some problems with that particular show and, according to Green, with the placement of Pfeiffer's work. Green's post is insighftul and well worth a read -- but I'm betting tomorrow's piece (which will talk about "Forty" and about the ways museums reach out to their surrounding communities) will be particularly fascinating reading.
My coming Sunday column, incidentally, is about that very issue. As museums try bolder, riskier (and sometimes more desperate) ways to get people inside their doors, they too often make sacrifices that could come back to bite them. It's good to see Green -- a national voice both for the preservation of integrity and need for deeper public engagement in American art museums -- focusing his attention on the Albright-Knox.
UPDATE: Green's review of "Forty" was published this morning, and it is as scathing and unflinchingly critical of the Albright-Knox as exepcted, perhaps even more so. Green rakes the Albright-Knox over the coals for assenting to what amounts to an advertisement co-conceived and paid for by a local business (i.e. the Buffalo Sabres.) As a secondary argument, Green turns his critical eye on the exhibition itself, calling it "likely the worst exhibition I have seen in an American art museum of the Albright’s stature."