Introducing Tony Conrad: A Retrospective

  • Tony Conrad performing Bowed Film (1974). Image courtesy Tony Conrad Archives. Work © The Estate of Tony Conrad

  • Installation view of Tony Conrad, Yellow Movie (video) (1973) in Tony Conrad: Undone, Greene Naftali, New York, 2016. Courtesy The Estate of Tony Conrad and Greene Naftali, New York. Image courtesy Greene Naftali, New York. Work © The Estate of Tony Conrad

  • Tony Conrad, Cycles of 3s and 7s, 1977. 3/4-inch U-matic video, black and white, sound, transferred to digital 30 minutes, 54 seconds. Courtesy Tony Conrad Archives and Greene Naftali, New York. Image courtesy Tony Conrad Archives. Work © The Estate of Tony Conrad

  • Production photograph featuring (from left) Mike Kelley and Tony Oursler from the filming of Tony Conrad’s Hail the Fallen (1981), 1980. Image courtesy Tony Conrad Archives. Photo © The Estate of Tony Conrad

  • Tony Conrad in front of Yellow Movie 2/2/73 (1973) and two Yellow Movie—35mm Format canvases (1973), in his retrospective exhibition, Hallwalls Contemporary Arts Center, Buffalo, New York, December 1977. Photo: Kevin Noble. Yellow Movie 2/2/73 courtesy The Estate of Tony Conrad and Greene Naftali, New York. Image courtesy Tony Conrad Archives Work © The Estate of Tony Conrad


Oct 18 – Dec 30, 2018
Exhibition begins on Level 1 and continues Levels 0 and 3

Also on view at:
MIT List Visual Arts Center
Hayden and Reference Galleries
October 18, 2018–January 6, 2019

Throughout his six-decade career, Tony Conrad (American, 1940–2016) forged his own path through numerous artistic movements, from Fluxus to the Pictures Generation and beyond. Although he was best known for his pioneering contributions to both minimal music and structural film in the 1960s, his work helped define a vast range of culture, including rock music and public television. He once declared in an interview, “You don’t know who I am, but somehow, indirectly, you’ve been affected by things I did.” Introducing Tony Conrad: A Retrospective, the first large-scale museum survey devoted to artworks Conrad presented in museum and gallery settings, is part of an ongoing reappraisal of his creative achievement. Indeed, because of the extraordinary scope of Conrad’s contributions to art and culture, this retrospective may yet be seen as only an “introduction.” Inspired by the spoken, written, and performed introductions Conrad regularly used to help frame screenings and presentations of his works, it shows Conrad to be an unparalleled innovator in the mediums of painting, sculpture, film, video, performance, and installation, tenaciously working to challenge the boundaries between artistic categories.

Introducing Tony Conrad: A Retrospective is organized by the Albright-Knox Art Gallery. The exhibition has been made possible through the generosity of Galerie Buchholz, Berlin/Cologne, and Greene Naftali, New York. 

The Cambridge presentation is organized by Dan Byers, John R. and Barbara Robinson Family Director, Carpenter Center for the Visual Arts at Harvard University and Henriette Huldisch, Director of Exhibitions & Curator, MIT List Visual Arts Center.

Additional support for the Carpenter Center presentation of Introducing Tony Conrad: A Retrospective was generously provided by Greene Naftali, New York.