The Poetry Collection’s Hallwalls Digital Collection now features over 60 posters documenting the history of events at Hallwalls Contemporary Arts Center. Dating back to the 1970s, these posters, many of which are visually interesting in their own right, relate to events like DADADAY!, performances by artists such as Chris Burden, group shows such as Hallwalls: Five Years, reading series like Fiction Diction, and exhibitions/installations by artists including Cindy Sherman and Vito Acconci.
Dedicated to supporting artists in the creation of new work in the visual, media, performing and literary arts, and to making these works available to various audiences, Hallwalls Contemporary Arts Center was founded in Buffalo, New York in 1974 by a group of artists including Diane Bertolo, Charles Clough, Nancy Dwyer, Robert Longo, Cindy Sherman and Michael Zwack. The organization continues to celebrate innovation by supporting local artists and by introducing Buffalo audiences to wider artistic communities. Over its history, Hallwalls’s exhibitions and residencies have spanned the genres of painting, sculpture, conceptual art, installations, experimental and documentary film, video art, performance, fiction, jazz and new music.
Opened in 2006 to coincide with the organization’s 30th anniversary celebration, the Hallwalls Collection contains the Hallwalls Video Collection Preservation Project, featuring recorded performances by national and international artists including Laurie Anderson, Tony Conrad, Ethyl Eichelberger and hundreds more; as well as thousands of items of publications, photographs, artist files, grant applications, business records, calendars, publicity materials and other ephemera and realia documenting the history of the Contemporary Arts Center.
The Hallwalls Digital Collection also contains a selection of exhibition slides.