Howard Fried and Tony Labat in Conversation
Tuesday, Oct 25, 2016, 7:00PM - 8:00PM
Lecture Hall
800 Chestnut Street
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“I’ll leave it up to you.”

Howard Fried (BFA 1968) has been a major figure in Conceptual art in the Bay Area and SFAI in particular, having founded what is now known as the New Genres department. His works consider ideas surrounding cognitive power processes such as decision making, control, and perceiving information, and the limitations of these processes. Fried works in video, performance, and sculptural installations that are accompanied by complex instructions and explores the workings of systems and follows the path to their eventual and inevitable end. His latest solo exhibition Howard Fried: Derelicts, is on view at the CCA Wattis Institute for Contemporary Arts, San Francisco, through November 19.

Tony Labat (BFA 1978; MFA 1980) is Chair of the MFA program at San Francisco Art Institute. Labat was born in Cuba and came to the United States at the age of 15 in 1966. He has received numerous awards, including grants and fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts; Film Arts Foundation, San Francisco; Open Channels, Long Beach Museum of Art; Artspace, San Francisco; and The Fleishhacker Foundation. Labat’s videos are part of the permanent collections of numerous institutions, including Centre Georges Pompidou, Paris; Kunstmuseum, Bern; Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam; and the Long Beach Museum of Art, California. His videos and installations have been widely exhibited at institutions around the world.

Presented in partnership with CCA Wattis Institute for Contemporary Arts.

Press Coverage

Holland Cotter, “’The Keeper’ Reveals the Passion for Collecting,” The New York Times, July 21, 2016

Whitney Lynn, “Howard Fried: The Decomposition of My Mother’s Wardrobe at The Box,” Daily Serving, December 17, 2014

Sharon Mizato, “Review: Howard Fried’s set of imperatives play out unexpectedly,” LA Times, December 12, 2014

Olivian Cha, “Howard Fried,” Artforum, December 1, 2014

Alex Jovanovich, “New York Picks: The Keeper,” Artforum

Renny Pritikin, “Short sharp notes, rolling or churring whistles, clear phrases,” Art Practical, September 14, 2010

Howard Fried,
[video still], 1979
Digital transfer from videocassette; 36 mins. 
Courtesy of the artist and the Box, Los Angeles