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DECADE Symposium and Performance by John Bock

Friday, October 26, 6:30–Saturday, October 27, 2012 4 pm

John Bock (German, born 1965). Urhütte (Primitive Hut), 2008. Unique video and diverse materials; walls one and two: 86 x 101 1/2 x 38 inches (218.4 x 257.8 x 96.5 cm) each; wall three, including sawhorse and film reel: 112 x 121 x 61 inches (284.5 x 307.3 x 154.9 cm); running time: 1 hour, 18 minutes. Collection Albright-Knox Art Gallery. Pending Acquisition Funds, 2012. Courtesy the artist, Anton Kern Gallery, New York.


In celebration of the exhibition DECADE: Contemporary Collecting 2002–2012, the Albright-Knox and M&T Bank will present a special fundraising weekend. The weekend will include a panel discussion, conversations between artists and curators, and performances. All proceeds from the weekend directly benefit operations at the Gallery.

Seating is limited. Please call 716.270.8204 for reservations.


6:30 pm
Opening Remarks: Louis Grachos, Director, Albright-Knox Art Gallery 

6:45 pm
Artist/Curator Conversation: Susan Philipsz and Heather Pesanti, Curator, Albright-Knox Art Gallery, and Premiere of Commission by Susan Philipsz for the Albright-Knox Art Gallery Auditorium 

7:30 pm
Performance by John Bock

Reception to follow 


11 am
Artist/Curator Conversation: Matthew Ritchie and David Pagel, Associate Professor of Art Theory and History, Claremont Graduate University 

11:45 am
Artist/Curator Conversation: Jim Hodges and Peter Eleey, Curator, MoMA PS1 

12:30–2 pm
Buffet Luncheon 

2–4 pm
Panel: Commerce and Creativity
This panel discussion will explore the relationship between commerce and creativity in the world of contemporary art. It will be moderated by Albright-Knox Chief Curator Douglas Dreishpoon and include the following panelists:

  • Michael Brenson, art critic
  • Amy Cappellazzo, Chairman, International Post-War and Contemporary Art Development, Christie’s
  • Jeanne Silverthorne, New York–based artist
  • Robert Storr, Dean, Yale University School of Art

A gala dinner featuring performances by Janine Antoni and Jill Sigman, and gelitin, will follow. For further information and reservations, please call 716.270.8274.


DECADE: Contemporary Collecting 2002–2012 is presented by M&T Bank.

This exhibition has been made possible, in part, through the generous support of the late Peggy Pierce Elfvin. Additional support has been provided by Mark McCain and Caro MacDonald, Deborah B. and Brian J. Lipke, and The Watt Family Foundation.

Support for Susan Philipsz’s participation in the DECADE Symposium is provided, in part, by the Stafford Lecture Endowment.

Janine Antoni and Jill Sigman’s performance is a project of Creative Capital.


This performance in Buffalo is made possible through the generous support of Sara G. Skerker, with additional support from The Phyllis L. Goldman Memorial Endowment Fund.