In conjunction with the release of his new book The Halifax Conference (New Documents, 2019), artist Craig Leonard will present archival material from the 1970 conference organized by Seth Siegelaub at the Nova Scotia College of Art and Design. The Conference was conceived as a means of bringing about a “meeting of artists…[from] diverse art making experiences and art positions…in as general a situation as possible.” Infamously, the Conference was held in the college’s boardroom, while students and other interested parties watched the proceedings on a video monitor in a separate space. Attendees at the Conference included Carl Andre, Joseph Beuys, Ronald Bladen, Daniel Buren, Gene Davis, Jan Dibbets, Al Held, Mario Merz, Robert Morris, Robert Murray, N.E.Thing Co. (Iain and Ingrid Baxter), Richard Serra, Richard Smith, Robert Smithson, Michael Snow, and Lawrence Weiner.
Presented by New Documents on Friday, September 21. Recording by Blank Forms.