By Seamus Gallivan
One can only imagine where Buffalo native, Chicago Blackhawks superstar and Stanley Cup Finals hero Patrick Kane last passed the Cup around when he brought it home this past summer.
Whichever bar in the People’s Republic of South Buffalo filled it with beer at last call was surely a far cry from the Cup’s next local stop at the Albright-Knox Art Gallery, where it will be joined on display by other trophies from the Hockey Hall of Fame beginning today and remaining on view until Wednesday evening as part of the special exhibition Forty: The Sabres in the NHL.
On the heels of last year’s record attendance down the street at the Buffalo and Erie County Historical Society’s Buffalo Bills 50th Anniversary exhibit, and well-timed to lure out-of-town attendees of the 2011 IIHF World Junior Championship, the A-K’s Sabres exhibition was organized in collaboration with the Buffalo Sabres Foundation. Featuring photographs and film documenting the history and character of the Buffalo Sabres, the exhibition offers more than two hundred images taken from 1970 to 2010, providing a pictorial survey of forty years of the Buffalo Sabres in the NHL, as well as an experiential film and video installation designed by the Buffalo Sabres.
While free for members, a ticket is required for others with prices ranging from $5-15. Tickets may be purchased in advance. For information, or to purchase tickets, visit www.albrightknox.org/forty, or stop by the gallery’s admissions desk. Tickets will not be available to the public over the phone.
Surely there will be plenty of sports nuts making their first visit to the Albright-Knox and feeling like a fish out of water – perhaps they’ll get lost and bump into a Picasso. As someone who generally enjoys a stadium more than a gallery but has fumbled around a few of the finest of the latter, I kindly offer to first-timers some things not to say in the fine art areas of the gallery, lines I’ll admit to uttering in the past –
– “I don’t get it”
– “My little sister could do that”
– “How much for this one?”
Actually, that last one might be fair game at the A-K after that big auction they had a couple years back. Regardless, even if it all seems over your head, you might as well take a walk around the rest of the place since you’re there – it’s considered one of the finest of its kind in our country, and deserves credit for connecting with the “unwashed masses” with this celebration of the Sabres’ significance to Western New York culture.