Buffalo

Charles Simonds, Dwelling Places for Little People, 1974, documentary photograph from installation at Artpark, Lewiston, NY,

Charles Simonds, Dwelling Places for Little People, 1974, documentary photograph from installation at Artpark, Lewiston, NY,

Buffalo

Artpark 1974-1984

UB Art Gallereis - Center for the Arts
201 Center For the Arts
September 25–December 18, 2010

Curated by Sandra Q. Firmin

Artpark, located on spectacular grounds just a few miles from both Love Canal and Niagara Falls, was founded in 1974 as a state-funded laboratory for impermanent art. In its early years, the park successfully melded a populist mission with rambunctious artistic experimentalism, at one point drawing fifteen thousand visitors per week. “Artpark: 1974–1984” traces its vibrant first decade, covering more than two hundred projects ranging from poetry to direct environmental interventions, flicker films to freeform radio, painting to performance. Documentary materials, including interviews with participating artists such as Ree Morton, Max Neuhaus, and Alan Saret, as well as rare footage of activities by Ant Farm, Allan Kaprow, and Michelle Stuart, will complement original works; Pat Oleszko, Liz Phillips, Jody Pinto, Cindy Snodgrass, and Richard Tuttle will execute new versions of early Artpark projects.