Visual Arts Program

Saturday, June 3, 1995

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


Presented at:
Hallwalls and Albright-Knox Art Gallery

Lecture by Vito Acconci and opening reception for THE VIDEO VIEWING ROOM, Buffalo's only permanent public work by Acconci.

[This project of Acconci and his studio, entitled "Video Room / Reception Desk for Hallwalls," commissioned on the occasion of Hallwalls' 20th anniversary in 1995, was, like many architectural projects conceived and designed by Acconci, never built. Acconci did give this lecture at the auditorium of the Albright-Knox Art Gallery—also as a special Hallwalls 20th-anniversary event—but only drawings, plans, and a model were exhibited at Hallwalls. The "unbuilt" project is documented as such and described in detail on page 480 of the 512-page book "vito hannibal acconci studio," published on the occasion of the major retrospective exhibition of the same title co-organized by Musée des Beaux-Arts de Nantes (2004) and Museu d'Art Contemporani de Barcelona (2005). Acconci's early installation at Hallwalls ("Wallflower Halls," October 1975) is documented in the same book on pages 299 and 453.
Staff sought funding to construct Acconci's 1995 project from the Capital Aid Program of NYSCA, but the panel deemed it too impractical for its intended functions. That program did, however, fund a more functional reception desk/refreshment stand (bar) the following year, designed and constructed by David Grundy. E.C. 03/08/2010]

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Sarah Sutton
Knots and Pulses

This exhibition by Ithaca-area artist Sarah Sutton will feature a series of monochromatic oil paintings that combine representational imagery with distortions and abstractions that create scenarios in flux. They are essentially landscape paintings, but Sutton's treatment of the landscape toys with its sense of space and the notion of the built vs. the natural environment.

Katie Bell
Abstract Cabinet

Katie Bell’s exhibition is a site-specific installation conceived of as a one-act drama starring anonymous artifacts. Functioning like a theatrical set, the gallery holds static characters that reference the interior architecture of corporate and commercial spaces. Sculptural objects are often fractured or untethered to a contextual structure. Functioning as a whole, the individual artefacts are a nod to players on a stage, held captive in space and time.