What is it? The collectors behind the Albright-Knox Art Gallery started acquiring modern art by the likes of Jackson Pollock, Clyfford Still, and Mark Rothko before the world knew how significant they would be. Now some of the greatest modern masterworks anywhere are found in Buffalo.
Why go? European art lovers know this, but Americans don’t always realize: The Albright-Knox’s collection easily rivals the Guggenheim’s. Bonus: Right across the street is the Burchfield-Penney, which showcases art with Buffalo roots from its sleek, modern galleries.
In this Rust Belt comeback city, impressive sites from its Gilded Age are now coming back to life in surprising ways. Buffalo's architectural heritage is massive, with works by Frank Lloyd Wright, Louis Sullivan, Frederick Law Olmsted and the country's first certified female architect, Louise Bethel Bethune. The Erie Canal and the grain elevators serving it were monumental, too. Now those waterfront spaces, imposing stone buildings, and graceful old parkways have become the unexpected settings for concerts, beer gardens, paddling, AcroYoga, and other creative fun that’s definitely worth scoping out.
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