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Installation view of the DESTRUCTION OF ARTWORKS on DADA DAY at Hallwalls Contemporary Arts Center, Buffalo, NY, on February 5, 1976. Courtesy of the Hallwalls Contemporary Arts Center Collection, a special collection of the Poetry Collection of the University Libraries, University at Buffalo. Photographer unknown.

Wish You Were Here Symposium

Saturday, April 14, 2012 ● 4 pm
Sunday, April 15, 2012 ● 5:30 pm


This symposium will explore various artistic, historic, social, cultural, and political topics relating to the Buffalo avant-garde in the 1970s. It is being co-organized by the Albright-Knox Art Gallery and the University at Buffalo’s Visual Studies Department in conjunction with the Albright-Knox’s historical survey exhibition Wish You Were Here: The Buffalo Avant-garde in the 1970s.

Saturday, April 14, 2012

4 pm
Heather Pesanti, Curator, Albright-Knox Art Gallery, and curator of Wish You Were Here: The Buffalo Avant-garde in the 1970s

4:15 pm
Keynote Address: Light in Buffalo: When Michel Foucault Spoke on Manet at the Albright-Knox
Molly Nesbit, Professor and Chair, Art Department, Vassar College

Sunday, April 15, 2012

1–3 pm
Visual Culture of the 1970s
Moderated by Jonathan Katz, Director, Visual Studies Department, and Doctoral Professor, University at Buffalo


  • Bruce Jackson, SUNY Distinguished Professor and James Agee Professor of American Culture, University at Buffalo
  • Sarah Evans, Assistant Professor, Contemporary Art History, College of Visual and Performing Arts, Northern Illinois University
  • Ellen Carey, artist and Associate Professor, Hartford Art School, University of Hartford
  • Charles Clough, artist 

3–4 pm
Coffee Social, AK Café  

4–5:30 pm
Trends in Music, Film, Video, and Digital Art in the 1970s
Moderated by Heather Pesanti, Curator, Albright-Knox Art Gallery


  • Renée Levine Packer, author and arts administrator
  • Robert T. Buck, Jr., Director, Albright-Knox Art Gallery, 1973–83
  • Bruce Jenkins, Professor, Department of Film, Video, New Media and Animation, School of the Art Institute of Chicago
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