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Jackie Winsor (left) with her project at Four for the Fourth. Image courtesy of the Albright-Knox Art Gallery Digital Assets Collection and Archives, Buffalo, New York.

Caught on Camera: Four for the Fourth

July 3, 2012

On July 4, 1976, the Albright-Knox was the place to be. Albright-Knox Curator Linda Cathcart organized Four for the Fourth, a dynamic program in which four artists—Diane Bertolo, Joan Jonas, Hannah Wilke, and Jackie Winsor—created work in the presence of the public on the museum’s grounds, actively encouraging audience participation.

Seen above is the program from the event (center), photos of Wilke with her project (top), a photo of Winsor with her project (bottom left), and a photo of the Four for the Fourth installation in Wish You Were Here: The Buffalo Avant-garde in the 1970s (bottom right).

Four for the Fourth is represented in Wish You Were Here by a piece that Wilke created that day, a work by Winsor from the museum’s collection (similar to a work she created that day), and a video documenting the event.

Jonas conducted a workshop for visitors in the wooded area around the museum and Penhurst Park. Describing her artistic practice, she said, “In my work, space itself forms an image. But within this framework, there are a set of images that give each work its particular flavor . . . . The transferring of my work to film and tape is natural because the editing devices are similar in both. In this sense, anything transferred through the mediums I use—distance, mirrors, video, becomes an image.”

Hannah Wilke and her project at Four for the Fourth

Hannah Wilke (American, 1940-1993). Installation view from The Hannah Wilke Monument, 1976. Colored chewing gum on cardboard mounted on painted wood, each cardboard support (10 total): 7 x 5 inches (17.8 x 12.7 cm); secondary support (wood): 16 3/4 x 27 3/4 inches (42.6 x 70.5 cm). Collection Albright-Knox Art Gallery, Buffalo, New York; Gift of the artist, 1976 (1976:10.1-10). © Estate of Hannah Wilke / Licensed by VAGA, New York, NY. Image courtesy of the Albright-Knox Art Gallery Digital Assets Collection and Archives, Buffalo, New York.

Hannah Wilke (left) at Four for the Fourth. Image courtesy of the Albright-Knox Art Gallery Digital Assets Collection and Archives, Buffalo, New York.

Four for the Fourth program. Image courtesy of the Albright-Knox Art Gallery Digital Assets Collection and Archives, Buffalo, New York.

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