Empire Drive-In, a full-scale outdoor movie theatre made from reclaimed materials, including cars salvaged from a Brooklyn junk yard, opened this past Friday night at the New York Hall of Science. The installation, created by Brooklyn artists Jeff Stark and Todd Chandler, includes a 40-foot screen, 60 junked cars for seating, and a variety of programming through October.
Buffalo, New York is typically known for only a handful of things: being a casualty of the decline of the American steel industry, chicken wings, an embarrassing football team. But recently Buffalo has begun to receive recognition of a new sort-respect for its art scene. Quietly, over decades, Buffalo has become home to a strong community of hard-working and talented artists. For the last several years American Style Magazine has ranked the Queen City among the top mid-sized cities in the nation to visit to see and experience art. But one does not necessarily have to visit one of Buffalo’s many independent galleries or one of its respected museums to see great art. All you need to to do is wander down the street.