Curator of Public Art, Albright-Knox Art Gallery
Aaron Ott is the Curator of Public Art at the Albright-Knox Art Gallery. The position was created to facilitate the Public Art Initiative, an innovative partnership between the Albright-Knox and Erie County established in 2013 to enhance our shared sense of place and cultural identity in the urban and suburban landscapes of Western New York. The city of Buffalo joined the partnership in 2014.
Aaron’s curatorial philosophy is grounded in the notion that our shared landscapes are abundant with the opportunity to create, experience, and talk about notions of beauty, culture, originality and innovation. Aaron gravitates towards art that is generous in spirit, conceptually affirmative, and participatory in format. Aaron’s curatorial goal is to create spaces of dialogue where our diverse communities have the ability to socially engage, actively respond, and cooperatively produce great public art capable of empowering individuals, generating stronger neighborhoods and establishing our entire region as a critical cultural center.
Aaron has experience working as a Curator, Director, Preparator and Researcher. As an independent curator and consultant, Mr. Ott worked on projects with the Elmhurst Art Museum, Columbia College, and the Hyde Park Art Center, among others. Formerly, Aaron acted as a Curator of the Collection at the University of Illinois at Chicago, Curator at the Elmhurst Art Museum in Illinois, and served as the Director of the David Weinberg Gallery in Chicago.
"We're increasingly looking at our landscapes in ways that, when we share them, we can also have an active dialogue about how they change."
In Sharing Landscapes from PechaKucha Buffalo Vol. 16, Curator of Public Art at the Albright-Knox Art Gallery in Buffalo, NY, Aaron Ott, talks about specific examples of public artworks that alter our perception and usage of shared environments. Ott reviews his experience working with the Collections at the Albright-Knox and discusses inspiring works that highlight his interest in creating environmental spaces that reframe our relationship with our shared landscapes.