The objects in the collection of the University at Buffalo’s Anderson Gallery really get around. At any moment, dozens of them might be out on the road, serving as key elements in museum exhibitions in distant lands or lending some credibility to an academic’s new book or exhibition catalog.

In one of three shows opening Saturday in the gallery at 1 Martha Jackson Place in the University Heights neighborhood, many of those recently returned objects will go on view as part of “On the Road and In the Book.” The show includes a pair of Antoni Tàpies works that recently were part of a show in the Guggenheim Museum in Bilbao, Spain. It also highlights the gallery’s role in recent exhibitions on American abstraction and the Japanese Gutai art movement.

Also opening Saturday in the Anderson Gallery is “Calculated Abstractions: Hard-Edge Prints,” a show that focuses on “how artists use clean edges to produce precise geometry as a means to challenge how viewers perceive foreground, background and the space constructed around them.” And finally, the gallery will delve into its substantial collection of early American artifacts for “Ancestral Clay,” an exhibit which explores Pueblo ceramics.

The free exhibitions open with a reception from 6 to 8 p.m. Saturday and run through Aug. 3. Call 829-3754 or visit

– Colin Dabkowski