Past Lecture Series


February 16     Tony Conrad

Tony Conrad is among the earliest of "minimal" composers/performers and the first "structural" filmmaker ("The Flicker," 1966). He is known in various circles as an avant-garde video artist, experimental filmmaker, musician/composer, sound artist, teacher, and writer. Along with John Cale, Angus MacLise, LaMonte Young, and Marian Zazeela, Conrad was a co-founder of the Theater of Eternal Music, which utilized non-Western musical forms and sustained sound to produce what they called dream music. Their collective work "Day of Niagara" (1965) is one of the earliest examples of the work of the new minimal composers/performers. With a career spanning many genres, Conrad has collaborated with such artists as Lou Reed, Jack Smith, and Gastr del Sol. A graduate of Harvard University in 1962, he teaches at the Department of Media Study at S.U.N.Y. Buffalo.

April 14     Paul Pfeiffer

What are the creative possibilities and problems of using digital media for art making today, given the primary function of these tools in the advertising and
entertainment industries? Pfeiffer attempts answers to this and other questions in a presentation of video, photography and sculpture from the last seven years,
with an emphasis on recent works from 2004-05. Works to be screened include excerpts from "Empire," "Desiderata," "Pier and Ocean," "Orpheus Descending," and "The Long Count."


February 12     Jonathan Crary

Jonathan Crary received his Ph.D. from Columbia in 1987 after having previously received a B.A. from Columbia College, where he was an art history major, and a B.F.A. from the San Francisco Art Institute, where he majored in film/photography. His first teaching position was at the University of California, San Diego in the Visual Arts department there. He has taught full-time at Columbia since 1989. Initially he wrote widely on contemporary art and published articles in Art in America, Artforum, October, Domus, Arts, Village Voice, and other periodicals. In 1986 he was one of the co-founders (and continues to be co-editor) of Zone Books, a press that has become internationally noted for its publications in intellectual history, art theory, politics, anthropology, and philosophy, including texts by Michel Foucault, Guy Debord, Gilles Deleuze, Georges Bataille, Caroline Bynum, Leo Steinberg, Erwin Panofsky and many others. Professor Crary was co-editor of the 1992 volume Incorporations (Zone Books) that assembled a broad range of reflections on the problem of the body in modern technological culture. He is the author of Techniques of the Observer: On Vision and Modernity in the Nineteenth Century (1990), which has been translated into seven foreign languages. With this book he began his extended study on the origins of modern visual culture, which he continues to develop in his current research. His book Suspensions of Perception: Attention, Spectacle and Modern Culture was published in 1999 and was the winner of the 2001 Lionel Trilling Book Award. Professor Crary has been the recipient of Guggenheim, Mellon, Getty, and National Endowment for the Arts fellowships and he has been a member of the Institute for Advanced Study. In Fall 2002 he was a Visiting Professor at Princeton University School of Architecture.

February 20     Pat O'Neill

Pat O'Neill is a master of the optical printer and well known in both experimental and mainstream cinema. He was the recipient of the Sundance Grand Jury Prize in 1990 for his film "Water and Power," and is known for his special effects work on films such as "The Game," and "Return of the Jedi."  There will be a screening of Mr. O'Neil's previous films: "Easyout," "Trouble in the Image," and "Water and Power."

February 23     Pat O'Neill (at The Academy of Music)

Avant-garde filmmaker Pat O'Neill's 35mm film, "The Decay of Fiction," explores the intersection of fact and hallucination, reality and memory, by utilizing layered images and footage of the dilapidated and now abandoned Ambassador Hotel in Hollywood, CA.

March 8     John Cohen

John Cohen is a renowned photographer, documentary filmmaker, and ethnomusicologist, as well as a founding member of the seminal and groundbreaking string band, The New Lost City Ramblers. His photographs are in the collections of The Museum of Modern Art, The Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Brooklyn Museum of Art in New York, and the Corcoran Gallery of Art in Washington, D.C., and have been published in Vanity Fair, Rolling Stone, and Aperture. His award-winning films have been seen around the world, and his band, The New Lost City Ramblers, have received several Grammy nominations. In December 2001 Powerhouse Books published his monograph, There is No Eye: John Cohen Photographs, the catalogue for his retrospective traveling exhibition, with an introduction by music critic Greil Marcus. Currently, Mr. Cohen is Artist and Scholar-In-Residence at Duke University's Center for Documentary Studies.

October 27     Dee Dee Halleck

Dee Dee Halleck, a central founder of the current international independent media movement and author of the new book, HAND HELD VISIONS: THE IMPOSSIBLE POSSIBILITIES OF COMMUNITY MEDIA will talk about the history of Paper Tiger TV, Deep Dish Satellite Network, and a variety of other organizations with which she works. One of the powers behind the creation of INDYMEDIA.ORG, Halleck will be accompanied by two current action participants in the group, who will discuss the way they have worked to create alternative live coverage of political events for the web.


February 27 and 28     Penny Arcade

Penny debuted at 17 with John Vaccaro's explosive Playhouse of the Ridiculous. Vaccaro was the originator of what revisionists now call "Queer" theater. The Playhouse was the seminal rock and roll, glam, and glitter political theater that influenced everything from Hair to Rocky Horror Show to David Bowie. She was a teenage superstar for Andy Warhol's factory featured in the (Paul) Morrissey/Warhol film "Women In Revolt," which is now available in video. She has worked with and collaborated with many of the greats of American experimental theatre including Vaccaro, Jack Smith, Jackie Curtis, Charles Ludlam, H.M.Koutoukas, and Tom O'Horgan among others. In 1982, after a long apprenticeship, Miss Arcade began writing when her improvised monologues became part of other playwrights' shows. The existence of these monologues led to her performing solo in the thriving nightclub world which spawned New York's East Village Performance Art scene between 1982 and 1992. Penny Arcade ( has just concluded a West Coast Tour at venues including Ladyfest and The Knitting Factory, featuring her most recent performance piece New York Values about the erasure of dissident culture. The performances coincided with her hosting of the exhibition tour of The Sex Workers Art Show ( In the last mid term election Penny was on The Green Party ballot for State Assembly in the 74th District of NYC where she received 6% of the vote without campaigning!

March 6     Phillip Mallory Jones

Philip Mallory Jones has worked with video, film, photography, and writing for art-making since 1969, and has incorporated digital media since 1990. His work has been broadcast and presented in international exhibitions in North America, the Caribbean, South America, Europe, Africa, Japan, and Australia. He was co-founder and Director of Ithaca Video Projects (1971-84), one of the pioneering media arts centers, and Director/Curator of the Annual Ithaca Video Festival (1975-84), the first touring collection of video art. In 1989, he curated and premiered ICONO NEGRO: The Black Aesthetic In Video Art at the Long Beach Museum of Art. Between 1991-2000, Mr. Jones was Artist-In-Residence at the Institute For Studies In The Arts at Arizona State University. He is currently the Batza Distinguished Scholar in Art and Art History at Colgate University, Hamilton, NY.

His work has been supported by the American Film Institute, the Corporation for Public Broadcasting, the National Endowment for the Arts, the New York State Council on the Arts, Western States Regional Media Arts Fellowship Program, the National Black Programming Consortium, the Television Laboratory at WNET/13, the Smithsonian Institution, the Ford Foundation, the Rockefeller Foundation, the Independent Television Service, Cornell University, Columbia College at Chicago, the Whitney Museum of American Art, the American Center in Paris, Arizona State University, The Arizona Commission for the Arts, Colgate University, and others. Mr. Jones' art portfolio includes film animations, video, multi-media installations, and performances, which are held in private and institutional collections, and exhibited internationally. His digital paintings have been exhibited at the St. Francis University Art Gallery, St. Louis, MO. (group show, 2001), and the @ Central Gallery, Phoenix, AZ. (solo show, 2002), and are held in private and institutional collections in the U.S. and Europe. Mr. Jones' academic credentials include the M.F.A. in Creative Writing from Cornell University ('71). He was Senior Lecturer, College of Fine Arts, Arizona State University ('91-'00), and on the faculties of the State University of New York at Fredonia ('90), Howard University ('87-'89), and Ithaca College ('84-'87).

March 21 and April 1     Jim Goldberg

Photographer Jim Goldberg presented his new work as well as an overview of his lifetime career at Hampshire College.

Goldberg is the author/photographer of Raised by Wolves, published by Scalo Publications in 1995. Raised by Wolves was a 10-year project with street kids in San Francisco. Considered a breakthrough work in documentary practice, Raised by Wolves incorporates black and white photography and color, Polaroids, the kids' own writings, and drawings and family photos. The exhibition was seen at the Corcoran Gallery of Art, Zurich Museum of Design, Los Angeles County Museum of Art, San Francisco Museum of Art, Addison Gallery of Art among others. His first photographic book, Rich and Poor, was published in 1985 by Random House. Goldberg incorporated the authorial voice of his subjects by having them write a response onto the photographs. He is the recipient of numerous awards including a Guggenheim Fellowship and National Endowment for the Arts Individual Artist Grant. He lives and works in San Francisco, CA.

December 2     Michel Auder

Video pioneer and photographer Michel Auder will be present to show and discuss his video work from 1969 to the present. Auder's range of vision contrasts the gritty, raw, simple, and direct lens of his own camera with the media eye of television. Early subjects include performed constructions, documents, and portraits of key figures of the 70's underground, including Andy Warhol and the Silver Factory circle of influence. Among them: Gerard Melanga, Jackie Curtis, Taylor Meade, and Gary Indiana. The video diaries combine private glimpses and public appearances on the David Suskind and Dick Cavett talk shows chronicling the birth of his daughter; the joys, stresses and final disintegration of his marriage to superstar Viva; plus visits with John Lennon and Yoko Ono, dancer Bill T. Jones, and Yippie renegade Abbie Hoffman. Video essays on media and culture include "TV America", "Fragments: All Lights Off" and "The Games: Olympic Variations." Other subjects include feminist porn icon Annie Sprinkle, and artists Cindy Sherman, Larry Rivers, Rhys Chatham, Alice Neel, and actor/performer Eric Bogosian. INFO:


February 27     Frank Guerrero

Frank Guerrero (a.k.a. Igor Vamos) uses "the media" as his medium. His work is sometimes described as "reality hacking," or "culture jamming," but he uses the phrase "tactical media interventions." Some of Vamos's early works include the development and execution of the Barbie Liberation Organization -- a hack to address the gender stereotyping in children's toys -- which received international press coverage. His more recent works include:  Involvement with the Yes Men, covered in Oct 2001 Harpers, which has effectively created a parallel World Trade Organization (; Collaborative organization ®™ark (, which was selected for the Whitney Biennial; The site (see, which provoked Bush to suggest that "there ought to be limits to freedom" of expression.

April 2     Marlene McCarty

Marlene McCarty is an activist, artist, and graphic designer. She is based in New York, and trained in Cincinnati and Basel, Switzerland. Her creative activities have long combined a keen interest in the nexus of art, design and politics. McCarty was a member of the AIDS activist group Gran Fury and a founder of Women's Action Committee (WAC), and has worked for organizations such as Gay Men's Health Crisis, Art Against AIDS, and Doctors Without Borders. A recent gallery show of her pen-and-ink drawings of adolescent girls was described in The New Yorker as having "inaugurated their own genre: sunny noir."


Laura U. Marks
Lawrence Blume
Gary Schneider
Jonathan Berman


Zoe Belof
Inga Frick and Gillian Brown
Arthur and Corinne Cantrill


Lewis Watts
Adrienne Shelley
Meridel Rubenstein


Abigail Child

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