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02 Aug. 2019

The Halifax Conference

Editor
Jeff Khonsary
Speaker
Craig Leonard
Time
7-8:30pm

The Halifax Conference
Organized by Seth Siegelaub
Adapted by Craig Leonard (in attendance)
Edited by Jeff Khonsary

Description:

New Documents is pleased to announce the availability of The Halifax Conference, an adapted transcript of a conference held at the Nova Scotia College of Art and Design in 1970.

Organized by Seth Siegelaub, the Halifax Conference was conceived as a means of bringing about a “meeting of artists” representing diverse kinds of art from different parts of the world “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. The result was a conversation that devolved—technologically and ideologically—into quasi-tragicomic farce.

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.

Craig Leonard is a Halifax-based artist and educator whose practice explores artist publishing, sculptural installation, anarchivism, participatory performance, and global histories of conceptual art. Leonard received his Master of Visual Studies in 2005 from the University of Toronto and has taught at NSCAD University since 2006. His work has been exhibited at a number of institutions and galleries in Europe and North America including Central Art Garage (Ottawa), Acme Project Space (London, UK), Skuc Gallery (Ljubljana), Anarch Gallery (London, UK), MASS MoCA (North Adams, US), LMAK Projects (New York), AXE NÉO7 (Hull), Art Gallery of Nova Scotia (Halifax), Mercer Union (Toronto), YYZ (Toronto) and A Space (Toronto).


Craig Leonard is a Halifax-based artist and educator whose practice explores artist publishing, sculptural installation, anarchivism, participatory performance, and global histories of conceptual art. Leonard received his Master of Visual Studies in 2005 from the University of Toronto and has taught at NSCAD University since 2006. His work has been exhibited at a number of institutions and galleries in Europe and North America including Central Art Garage (Ottawa), Acme Project Space (London, UK), Skuc Gallery (Ljubljana), Anarch Gallery (London, UK), MASS MoCA (North Adams, US), LMAK Projects (New York), AXE NÉO7 (Hull), Art Gallery of Nova Scotia (Halifax), Mercer Union (Toronto), YYZ (Toronto) and A Space (Toronto).

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