Celebrating the Fortieth Anniversary of the Buffalo Sabres in the National Hockey League, the special exhibition Forty: The Sabres in the NHL will open on November 7, 2010. The exhibition features more than 200 photographs and film documenting the team’s history and character, and will debut a new and innovative video installation, NHL in 360°. The installation will give audiences a glimpse of the thrill that hockey players experience during the game—the required skill, brute physicality, and elegance of skating at great speed.
Over four decades, the Buffalo Sabres have established a level of excellence that few sports teams have been able to achieve. Most importantly, Sabres hockey has become an important part of the fabric of our community, arousing pride, optimism, and excitement, and inspiring generations of new hockey fans and players.
Forty is a visual journey rich with memories of long ago. It reveals the passion, beauty, and grit of professional hockey. The speed, physicality, and excitement of the game are captured through the lens of photographers Ron Moscati, Robert Shaver, Bill Wippert, and others. These great sports photographers also give us a behind-the-scenes look at Sabres coaches, staff, arena workers, and fans.
NHL in 360° is a state-of-the-art video installation. The Sabres wanted to give fans the most innovative multimedia experience possible in order to enhance the visual journey depicted in the photographs presented in the exhibition. High-definition point-of-view cameras were affixed to players’ helmets, while the sounds of the game were recorded using the dynamic audio of binaural sound. This combination of technology gives a first-hand perspective of how a player sees and hears the game. NHL in 360° is being produced by the Buffalo Sabres’s Director of Broadcasting Chrisanne Bellas, Lead Broadcast Editor Drew Boeing, and Videographer Mark Blaszak.
All visitors to Forty: The Sabres in the NHL will receive a special souvenir program featuring images from the exhibition and excerpts from essays by Artist and Art Critic Richard Huntington, Visual Arts Curator John Massier, Artist Brendan Bannon, and Mrs. Seymour H. Knox III (Jean Knox).
The exhibition is organized by the Buffalo Sabres Foundation, with the Albright-Knox Art Gallery. The histories of both the Sabres and the Gallery are shared through each organization’s relationship with the Knox family. Seymour H. Knox III and Northrup R. Knox, sons of the Gallery’s great patron Seymour H. Knox Jnr., were the advocates behind the NHL’s decision to expand to Buffalo for the 1970–71 Season. That was the beginning of the forty-year history of the Buffalo Sabres in the National Hockey League, celebrated in this exhibition at the Albright-Knox Art Gallery.
“When the Sabres organization contacted us about the possibility of hosting this show, we agreed right away,” Gallery Director Louis Grachos said. “Members of the Knox family were such key figures in the development and history of the Buffalo Sabres in the NHL that it seemed fitting for us to host an exhibition that honors that history. We thank Larry Quinn, Minority Owner and Managing Partner of the Buffalo Sabres, for making this exhibition possible here at AKAG.”
To mark the anniversary, the Buffalo Sabres have also published a new limited-edition coffee table book entitled Sabres at Forty. A compilation of photos and interviews from Sabres alumni, staff, and coaches, the book captures their first-hand stories, and includes some lesser-known anecdotes from inside the locker room and beyond. The book will retail for $39.95 and is available at shop AK at the Albright-Knox Art Gallery, and the Sabres Store at HSBC Arena.
Opening day, which will run from 10 am through 10 pm, will be filled with fun activities and events, and include some very special guests dropping by the Gallery throughout the day. Admission to the Gallery during this special exhibition will be $15 for adults; $10 for seniors and students (ages 13 and up); $5 for children 6–12; and FREE for Gallery Members and children 5 and under. All admissions include a special souvenir program.
From January 2 through January 5, 2011, the Stanley Cup and a selection of trophies from the Hockey Hall of Fame will be on display at the Gallery. Visitors from around the world are expected to be in Buffalo during that time for the 2011 IIHF World Junior Championship, scheduled to take place from December 26, 2010, through January 5, 2011.
Tickets for opening day and the exhibition will be on sale this Thursday, October 21 at 10 am. For information, or to purchase tickets, members of the general public should visit www.albrightknox.org/forty
or stop by the Gallery’s Admissions Desk. Tickets will not be available to the general public by phone. Tickets for Gallery Members are available only by calling 716.270.8292 or by visiting the Gallery’s Admissions Desk.