Students bring famous paintings to life in ‘Art Alive’

  • By Colin Dabkowski
  • updated 11:55 AM , June 5, 2015

Live-action versions of famous artworks from the Albright-Knox Art Gallery’s collection and the pages of art history will come to life on the east lawn of the gallery on Saturday morning for this year’s incarnation of “Art Alive.” The annual rite of spring, which draws hundreds of competitors largely from local high school art departments, kicks off at 12 p.m. Saturday and runs through 2 p.m.

St. Christopher's  School  grade K-8   recreates  Katsushika Hokusai's The Great Wave Off Kanagawa, 1823 at ArtAlive at the Albright Knox Art Gallery in Buffalo, N.Y., on  Saturday, June 7, 2014.   (John Hickey/Buffalo News)

St. Christopher's School grade K-8 re-created Katsushika Hokusai's The Great Wave Off Kanagawa, 1823 at Art Alive at the Albright-Knox Art Gallery in 2014. (John Hickey/News file photo)

Memorable past “Art Alive” entries include live recreations of Jackson Pollock’s “Convergence,” Katsushika Hokusai’s “The Great Wave Off Kanagawa” and Joan Miró’s “Carnival of Harlequin.” Each year, the tableaux seem to grow more ambitious, with teams of high school art students from Lancaster to Holland taking on bigger challenges that push them to the edge of their creative – and even physical – abilities.

A panel of community figures – Anthony Amigone, Jr., Rep. Brian Higgins, Albright-Knox Director Janne Sirén and Nicole and Steve Swift – will hand out awards for the best tableaux from the gallery’s collection as well as for craftsmanship and most unusual entry. For the first time, awards will also be given for three age groups: K-8, 9-12 and adults and families. The event is free. Call 882-8700 or visit albrightknox.org.

A few highlights from last year's event:

 

 

 

 

Nichols School grades 9-12 reroutes Catherine Opie's Being and Having: Bo,1991 at ArtAlive at the Albright Knox Art Gallery in Buffalo, N.Y., on  Saturday, June 7, 2014.   (John Hickey/Buffalo News)

Nichols School grades 9-12 reroutes Catherine Opie's Being and Having: Bo,1991 at Art Alive at the Albright-Knox Art Gallery in  2014. (John Hickey/News file photo)

Queen of Heaven Art Club  students recreate Joan Miro's "Carnival Harlequin" 1924-24 at ArtAlive at Albright Knox Art Gallery in Buffalo, N.Y., on  Saturday, June 7, 2014.   (John Hickey/Buffalo News)

Queen of Heaven Art Club students re-created Joan Miro's "Carnival Harlequin" 1924-24 at ArtAlive at Albright-Knox Art Gallery in 2014. (John Hickey/News file photo)

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Students from Buffalo Academy of the Sacred Heart won the Handyman Award for Best Craftmanship from the panel of judges for their performance of Keith Haring's "Red Hot + Dance." 1984.   Students from 14 schools, as well as art aficionados competed in the annual Art Alive: A Living Art Contest, on the grounds of Albright-Knox Art Gallery in Buffalo, Saturday, June 1, 2013.  Participants constructed and acted out replicas of masterpieces. (Sharon Cantillon/Buffalo News)

At Art Alive in 2013, students from Buffalo Academy of the Sacred Heart won the Handyman Award for Best Craftmanship for their performance of Keith Haring's "Red Hot + Dance." 1984. (Sharon Cantillon/News file photo)

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