As part of Hallwalls’ 40-year anniversary celebrations, the art center will be hosting a soirée that is designed to pay tribute to four decades of its art archives that have been preserved on/in slides and video documents.
The celebration will showcase a cross-section of some of the catalogues and ephemera archives that have been carefully preserved/restored, catalogued and stored in the Poetry Collection at the University at Buffalo Libraries, as well as via the Migrating Media: Upstate Preservation Network project* that is housed at the Burchfield Penney Art Center.
The history of Hallwalls is one that reflects the cultural tides of Buffalo. Hallwalls artists have made huge inroads on local and national art movements, and continue to do so today. Now it’s time to pay tribute to these artists and their works, in true Hallwalls celebratory fashion.
Guests to the anniversary party are given the option to dress up in costume, as a tribute to imagery from two of their favorite Hallwalls superheroes. Pick a Cindy Sherman photo (Untitled Film Still or otherwise) or a figure from Robert Longo (Men in the Cities). Costumes are not mandatory, but do add flavor to any event of this nature (especially so close to Halloween).
A/V IMBROGLIO: Redux – An Evening Featuring Live Performances, Archival Treasures & a Special Themed Costume Contest
Asbury Hall on Friday, October 24, 2014 at 8pm | 7pm cocktail hour to kick off the festivities | See details here
Archive documents featuring:
Tony Conrad • Ethyl Eichelberger • Karen Finley • Mark Freeland and friends
Yvar Mikhashoff • The Original Hallwalls Crew
Live performances by:
Cages • Tony Conrad • Nicholas Emmanuel • Karen Finley • Flatsitter • Bobby Griffiths
Admission includes VORES after show in the 9th Ward
Selected Introductions & Recollections by:
Tony Billoni • Ron Ehmke • Don Metz
*In April 2009, Hallwalls—in collaboration with Squeaky Wheel and the Experimental Television Center—launched a new partnership program, Migrating Media: Upstate Preservation Network. The new project, made possible by a generous donation of a SAMMA Solo by Jim Lindner, inspired the development of a new model to migrate analog videos to digital formats, assuring access and preservation for future generations. Today, the project is housed by Hallwalls’ partner, the Burchfield Penney Art Center, and has been made possible by funding from the Electronic Media & Film program of the New York State Council on the Arts and the Media Arts program of the National Endowment for the Arts.
Lead image: Video still from I Like the Dwarf on the Table When I Give Him Head, Karen Finley’s professional debut, performed live at Hallwalls, 700 Main St., Nov. 10, 1982 (see here).