• Tony Conrad, Examination, 1979, pencil on paper, Lucite, strap, bed. Installation view, Hallwalls Contemporary Art Center, Buffalo, NY, 1979. From “Wish You Were Here: The Buffalo Avant-Garde in the 1970s.”

    “Wish You Were Here: The Buffalo Avant-garde in the 1970s”

    Albright-Knox Art Gallery
    1285 Elmwood Avenue
    March 30–July 8, 2012

    Curated by Heather Pesanti

    At moments during the 1970s, Buffalo must have seemed the center of the avant-garde world. Not even in Manhattan could you find celebrated structural filmmakers Tony Conrad, Hollis Frampton, and Paul Sharits rubbing shoulders with Morton Feldman and John Cage; catch outdoor installations by Nancy Holt, Mary Miss, and Gordon Matta-Clark; drive through sound art by Max Neuhaus; and encounter soon-to-be-dubbed “Pictures” artists Cindy Sherman and Robert Longo. Following the ZKM in Karlsruhe, Germany’s 2008 “Buffalo Heads” show, which focused exclusively on the University of Buffalo’s Department of Media Study, “Wish You Were Here” expands to include a truly dazzling array of work by approximately one hundred artists who exhibited in the city’s many innovative venues. The survey’s more than three hundred items—including film, video, painting, sculpture, photography, sound recordings, and ephemera—will be captured in an essay- and illustration-filled catalogue.