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Buffalo famous: Albright-Knox swings like the ‘60s with ‘POParazzi’

We're all famous, even if just for a little while.

blog by Ben Kirst  • 

Federico Fellini’s 1960 film La Dolce Vita spawned the term “paparazzi,” and not a moment too soon—the tumultuous decade to follow would begin the revolution that eventually rendered quaint the previous generation’s concepts of celebrity, boundaries and appropriateness.

As the expectations for public behavior, art and technology changed at a tremendous rate, the people who documented what had once been private became part of the greater scene—the “buzzing insect, hovering, darting, stinging,” as Fellini described them, enabling the development of fame as a lifestyle and image as a construct to be constantly destroyed and rebuilt.

The Albright-Knox Art Gallery (3500 Elmwood Ave., Buffalo) will host its annual summer party on at 7 p.m. on Thursday, June 20, and this year’s theme—in tune with the ongoing exhibition ‘Sweet Dreams, Baby! Life of Pop, London to Warhol’—is POParazzi: A Massive Summer Celebration.

The exhibit, featuring the work of Andy Warhol, Roy Lichtenstein, Claes Oldenburg and others, will be on display inside of the museum, and outside—well, outside is going to be a wild mix of Carnaby Street, Greenwich Village and The Factory.

The tagline of the event—“You. Famous.”—celebrates Warhol’s 1968 comment that “In the future, everyone will be world-famous for 15 minutes,” and wraps the concepts of Pop art, celebrity, silliness and, well, partying into a shimmering little package that can be filmed for eight consecutive hours from a single angle.

“Walk the red carpet in your go-go boots and drainpipe jeans or Marimekko shift, then hang out at the Silver Factory Lounge, enjoying fantastic food and mind-blowing cocktails,” the gallery proclaims on its website. “Party in the hip atmosphere of 1960s counterculture while you gaze at the superstars on the dance floor.”

The party will include an open bar from 7 p.m. to 8 p.m., valet parking, “signature ‘60s drinks”—hit me with a Greyhound, bartender!—food, shopping opportunities and more.

Tickets are $150 for non-members and $125 for members and are available online.

Photo from Vintage Everyday.

TAGGED: albright-knox art gallery, exhibition, lets go drinkin, poparazzi, summer scene, sweet dreams, baby

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