Such a respite may be needed after viewing more than 70 of the museum's "greatest hits" compiled for a national exhibition that returns the same day between tour stops.
They are just a small number of the paintings found in "Sincerely Yours: Treasures of the Queen City," which celebrates the museum's internationally recognized collection of modern and contemporary art.
"We saw this as a great opportunity to bring the exhibition back to
The exhibition ran at the
"'Modern Masters' showcases one of the best collections of modern art in the country," said
"We wanted the show to be as close to a greatest hits and iconic hits collection as one could get. So, if you were to come to the show having never been here before, what you would see would signify and represent what is the best of what the Albright-Knox represents, across multiple periods," Dreishpoon said.
It's no accident that works of abstract expressionism are in the first room visitors see.
"They're the very objects that have given the Albright-Knox the reputation it has," Dreishpoon said.
The exhibition also reflects the role of philanthropy, which allowed the gallery to take possession of so many extraordinary masterworks,
"It really does highlight the generosity of patrons, and the vision of patrons to not only acquire the right work at the right time, but to do so with a philanthropic and public aim," she said.
"Those gifts were directly made to the very organization that he stood behind, and eventually bore his name," Dreishpoon said.
While it can be nerve-wracking to have incalculably important works of art in transit, the trucks they travel in are climate controlled, there are extraordinary security precautions and the trips are direct to their destination, the curators said.
"You are weighing the public interest against the strain it might put on the collection on the road, or the anxiety it might cause us,"
The exhibition has proven to be a blessing in disguise, said
"Seeing the exhibition is like walking into the art history textbook you have known and loved for years and years. We see the finest of the entire collection as we would want to present ourselves to other cities and to the world," Mead said.
"But while these things are gone, the second tier -- which really isn't a second tier by any stretch of the imagination -- have equally spectacular works that because of restraints of exhibition space often don't come out."
In the portico, aluminum chairs were tucked into eight circular tables, red umbrellas overhead offering protection from the sun.
"It's a great view, isn't it?," Scully-Morreale said of the seating area in the center of the 1905 marble and patined landmark, designed by
"There will be light refreshments people can buy if they want to, and they can just sit and chill on a sunny
The museum is offering free entrance from
The exhibition will be in
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