Mirror, mirror on the wall, who’s the most popular artist of all?
When it comes to the Albright-Knox Art Gallery’s collection, a pretty good candidate would be Lucas Samaras, whose beloved “Room No. 2” – more commonly referred to as “The Mirrored Room” – returns to view on Friday after a five-year absence.
The interactive installation, made in 1966 and officially given to the gallery by its longtime patron Seymour H. Knox that same, has long been a favorite of gallery visitors young and old. And in the age Instagram, it’s poised to take on a whole new life upon its return.
The gallery will celebrate the room’s reinstallation with a fundraiser party on Friday night at 7 p.m. (tickets are a steep $150) and will officially open to the public on Saturday. A related exhibition, “Lucas Samaras: Reflections,” runs from Saturday through Nov. 16. Look for more on the room and the exhibition next week.