A deep-rooted contributor to the cultural life of Buffalo, Conrad was a professor in the Department of Media Study at the University at Buffalo from 1976 until his death. He was a founder of Squeaky Wheel Film and Media Art Center and a frequent collaborator with Hallwalls Contemporary Arts Center and the Burchfield Penney Art Center. His regular programs for public access television, with his own Homework Helpline, 1994–95, and as part of the First Amendment Network, made him an influential voice within the community. In honor of Conrad’s collaborative spirit, the exhibition is divided into simultaneous presentations at the Albright-Knox Art Gallery and the University at Buffalo Art Gallery at the Center for the Arts. Additionally, many community partners have planned associated installations, screenings, performances, and more from January through May 2018. Learn more
The exhibition will travel for a copresentation at MIT’s List Visual Arts Center and the Carpenter Center for the Visual Arts at Harvard University from October 2018 to January 2019, and to the Institute of Contemporary Art at the University of Pennsylvania in February 2019.
The accompanying catalogue, published by the Albright-Knox Art Gallery in association with Walther König Verlag, is edited by Cathleen Chaffee, with contributions by Chaffee, Rachel Adams, Vera Alemani, Tony Conrad, Constance DeJong, Diedrich Diederichsen, Anthony Elms, David Grubbs, Henriette Huldisch, Branden W. Joseph, Andrew Lampert, Christopher Müller, Annie Ochmanek, Tony Oursler, Tina Rivers Ryan, Jay Sanders, Paige Sarlin, and Christopher Williams.
Introducing Tony Conrad: A Retrospective is organized by the Albright-Knox Art Gallery with the support of the University at Buffalo Art Galleries. Its presentation in Buffalo is organized by Cathleen Chaffee, Chief Curator, Albright-Knox Art Gallery, and Rachel Adams, Senior Curator, University at Buffalo Art Galleries, with Tina Rivers Ryan, Assistant Curator, Albright-Knox Art Gallery.
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