The Albright-Knox Art Gallery, founded 150 years ago today, is celebrating its anniversary by offering a series of events and free admission today through Friday.

“We really wanted to throw the museum open to the entire community to help celebrate the week with us,” said Maria Morreale, the gallery’s communications director. The Albright-Knox’s current featured exhibition, “Decade,” is a survey of what the gallery has collected over the past 10 years under outgoing director Louis Grachos. The show caps off a year of special exhibitions marking its 150th year.

Today’s schedule features a 10:30 a.m. docent-led tour of the gallery, an 11:30 a.m. talk on German expressionism with education curator Mariann Smith, a 1:30 p.m. tour with education curator Nancy Spector and a happy hour with music by Handsome Dan from 4:30 to 6:45 p.m. Similar programs repeat on Wednesday and Thursday, with a full schedule online at

The gallery, 1285 Elmwood Ave., is also using this week to unveil a new project, “Universals Albright-Knox 150,” a collection of 150 artworks created by the artistic team of Eric and Heather ChanShatz. That project is on view all week, and the artists will present a talk about the work as part of the monthly M&T First Fridays celebration at 7 p.m. Friday.

Friday’s event will also feature tours, classes and other events. as well as performances from storyteller Lorna Czarnota, jazz with George Kane and Wayne Moose, and an 8:30 p.m. performance by The Albrights in the gallery’s auditorium.