Community Events
 


Thursday, March 15, 1979

Co-sponsored/co-presented by:
Albright-Knox Art Gallery

Steve Keister, Christopher Wilmarth, Don Gummer, & Ira Joel Haber. Moderated by Douglas G. Schultz.

OPEN FORUM on Contemporary Sculpture

Presented at:
Hallwalls

Steve Keister, Christopher Wilmarth, Don Gummer, and Ira Joel Haber. Moderated by Douglas G. Schultz. - OPEN FORUM on Contemporary Sculpture
Steve Keister, Christopher Wilmarth, Don Gummer, and Ira Joel Haber. Moderated by Douglas G. Schultz. - OPEN FORUM on Contemporary Sculpture
Steve Keister, Christopher Wilmarth, Don Gummer, and Ira Joel Haber. Moderated by Douglas G. Schultz. - OPEN FORUM on Contemporary Sculpture
Steve Keister, Christopher Wilmarth, Don Gummer, and Ira Joel Haber. Moderated by Douglas G. Schultz. - OPEN FORUM on Contemporary Sculpture
Steve Keister, Christopher Wilmarth, Don Gummer, and Ira Joel Haber. Moderated by Douglas G. Schultz. - OPEN FORUM on Contemporary Sculpture

A panel discussion with four of the sculptors included in the exhibit Eight Sculptors, on view at the Albright-Knox Art Gallery, March 17–April 29, 1979, organized by Douglas G. Schultz, with a 74-page catalogue.

Schultz moderated the panel discussion at Hallwalls with Steve Keister (age 30), Christopher Wilmarth (age 36), Don Gummer (age 33), & Ira Joel Haber (age 32).

Artists in the exhibition at the Albright-Knox: Deborah Butterfield (b. 1949), Charles Fahlen (1939–2010), Don Gummer (b. 1946), Ira Joel Haber (b. 1947), Steve Keister (b. 1949), Robert Lawrance Lobe (b. 1945), Michael Singer (b. 1945), & Christopher Wilmarth (1943–1987).

Some photos from the installation of Eight Sculptors at the Albright-Knox.

Steve Keister had been included in the New Abstract Objects show at Hallwalls, September 30–October 30, 1977. Ira Joel Haber had been included in the Hallwalls show Five Artists, March 3–31, 1978, guest-curated by Susan Wyatt of Artists Space. (Wyatt had been affiliated with Artists Space since 1974, practically from its founding in 1973, and would go on to serve as its executive director 1985–1991.)

Biographical notes: The year before his visit to Hallwalls (1978), Don Gummer had married actress Meryl Streep. (As of 2018—40 years later—they are still married.) Sadly, in 1987, Christopher Wilmarth took his own life at age 44. Wilmarth's NY Times obituary, November 20, 1987.

In the photo (left) of the four artists sitting against the brick wall, they are, left to right: Steve Keister, Christopher Wilmarth, Don Gummer, & Ira Joel Haber. Joining them in the photo below that is exhibition curator and panel moderator Doug Schultz.

Notes on other photos: In the top right corner of the top photo you can see part of the wall drawing "Moose" executed there by Jonathan Borofsky during his Hallwalls residency, January 16–22, 1977. At far left in the second photo from the top is Roger Denson, an artist and member of Buff State's Visual Arts Board who would soon go on to serve as Hallwalls visual art curator in the very early 1980s.

BUFFALO SUBWAY ART: "In 1979, an art selection committee was created, composed of NFTA commissioners and Buffalo area art experts, that would judge the artwork that would be displayed in and on the properties of eight stations on the Metro Rail line. Out of the 70 proposals submitted, 22 were chosen and are currently positioned inside and outside of the eight underground stations. Amherst station is home of three pieces of work," including one by Robert Lawrance Lobe that is outside the station and visible from the street.


Some publications related to this event:
March, 1979 - 1979