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Tony Conrad performing Sunbow (1977) at the 3rd S.E.M. Spring Festival, Albright-Knox Art Gallery, Buffalo, June 4 and/or 5, 1977. Performance with bowed mirror, sunlight, projector control mechanisms, and slides. Photograph by Kevin Noble.

Throwback Thursday: Tony Conrad at the Albright-Knox

May 3, 2018

Although Introducing Tony Conrad: A Retrospective is the first retrospective of the art of this pioneering musician, filmmaker, and University at Buffalo educator, Conrad's work has been on view at the Albright-Knox numerous times throughout the years.

Conrad's work was featured in the 3rd S.E.M. Spring Festival in June 1977; the Western New York Exhibition in 1986 and 1988; In Western New York in 1989, 1991, 1993, 2000, and 2002; and Wish You Were Here: The Buffalo Avant-garde in the 1970s in 2012.

Tony Conrad with his work Redressing Down, 1988, in the 42nd Western New York Exhibition (Albright-Knox Art Gallery, April 22–May 22, 1988). © Estate of Tony Conrad. 

Tony Conrad (right) with Bonnie Gordon, Barbara Rowe, Albright-Knox Curator Cheryl Brutvan, Barbara Rusin, and Albright-Knox Chief Curator Michael Auping at the Members' Preview for In Western New York 1989 (Albright-Knox Art Gallery, May 6–June 18, 1989) on May 5, 1989. © Estate of Tony Conrad. 

Tony Conrad (center) interviews a guest at the Members' Preview for In Western New York 1991 on May 10, 1991. © Estate of Tony Conrad. 

Tony Conrad (second from left) and friends at the Members' Preview for In Western New York 1991 on May 10, 1991. © Estate of Tony Conrad. 

Installation view of Tony Conrad's Studio of the Streets, 1991, on view in In Western New York 1991 (Albright-Knox Art Gallery, May 11–June 16, 1991). © Estate of Tony Conrad. 

Installation view of Begetting Opera and Modern Physics, 1999, on view in In Western New York 2000 (Albright-Knox Art Gallery, January 22–March 5, 2000). Photograph by Tom Loonan. © Estate of Tony Conrad. 

Installation view of Recomposing Galileo, 1999, on view in In Western New York 2000 (Albright-Knox Art Gallery, January 22–March 5, 2000). Photograph by Tom Loonan. © Estate of Tony Conrad. 

Albright-Knox Curator Heather Pesanti and Tony Conrad in Conrad’s installation in Wish You Were Here: The Buffalo Avant-garde in the 1970s (Albright-Knox Art Gallery, March 30–July 8, 2012). Photograph by Tom Loonan. © Estate of Tony Conrad. 

Installation view of Tony Conrad's Tiding over till Tomorrow, 1977, in Wish You Were Here: The Buffalo Avant-garde in the 1970s (Albright-Knox Art Gallery, March 30–July 8, 2012). Photograph by Tom Loonan. © Estate of Tony Conrad. 

Two works in Introducing Tony Conrad: A Retrospective are making repeat appearances at the Albright-Knox. Panopticon, 1988, was previously on view in In Western New York in 1989, and Tiding over till Tomorrow, 1977, was previously on view in Wish You Were Here: The Buffalo Avant-garde in the 1970s in 2012 (as shown in the last photo above). Conrad's Yellow Movie 2/23-24/73, 1973, has also been on view periodically as part of our collection installations.  

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