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CELEBRATING TONY CONRAD

A key figure of Manhattan’s avant-garde, Tony Conrad was “an integral part of the ‘secret history’ of the ’60s….from camp cinema to structural film to minimal music to experimental rock ’n’ roll to video art and more.” — Branden W. Joseph, the author of Beyond the Dream Syndicate: Tony Conrad and the Arts After Cage (2008).*

Tony Conrad (1940–2016) composed and performed with La Monte Young and John Cale in the Theatre of Eternal Music; appeared in and prepared the musical soundtrack for Jack Smith’s Flaming Creatures (1963); directed the experimental film Flicker (1966, which has been known to induce hallucinations); sang backup vocals for Lou Reed and Cale’s pre-Velvets band The Primitives; collaborated with Mike Kelley and Tony Oursler; and was part of the media studies faculty at the University of Buffalo.

“You don’t know who I am, but somehow, indirectly, you’ve been affected by things I did.” — Tony Conrad**

A year after Conrad’s death, THE BROAD MUSEUM’s Un-Private Collection series takes over the Theatre at Ace Hotel for the West Coast premiere of Tyler Hubby’s documentary film TONY CONRAD: COMPLETELY IN THE PRESENT.

Henry Rollins will moderate a post-screening conversation with Hubby and Tony Oursler, and Kim Gordon—who collaborated with Conrad—will perform a set to close out the evening.

 

TONY CONRAD: COMPLETELY IN THE PRESENT, Thursday, March 16 at 8 pm.

THE THEATRE AT ACE HOTEL, downtown Los Angeles.

thebroad.org/programs/un-private-collection-tony-conrad-completely-present-henry-rollins-tony-oursler-tyler-hubby

 

*Branden W. Joseph, email to author, in J. Hoberman, “Tony Conrad, Experimental Filmmaker and Musician, Dies at 76,” New York Times, April 9, 2016.

**The Guardian, quoted in Hoberman.

Image credit: Press notes, tonyconradmovie.com

Image credit: Press notes, tonyconradmovie.com

THE DREAM HOUSE

Dream House (image http://www.amoeba.com)

Dream House (image http://www.amoeba.com)

In 2006, I made my first visit to La Monte Young and Marian Zazeela’s Dream House in New York City. A friend led me blindly to an apartment building on Church Street in Tribeca. She rang the unmarked doorbell and we were buzzed in. We descended a steep staircase to the top of the building, and as we made our way to the top floor, I started to hear a sound get louder and louder. In the hallway, we were each instructed to take off our shoes. When I entered the apartment I found myself immersed in a magical multi-sensory experience. The room was soaked in purple light, and there was an intense drone that vibrated through my entire body. The room was covered in soft wall to wall carpeting, with a speaker in each of the four corners. The speakers each emit a single frequency tone and are situated perfectly so that the sound waves clash and cause visitors to hear different sounds as they move about the room. The sounds are so intense that even slightly moving your head causes a perceivable change. It’s an amazing experience. When I left the Dream House that first night, I was gifted a cutting from La Monte Young and Marian Zazeela’s Ming Aralia plant. It was a little branch, no longer than 6 inches. I still have the plant today and it’s grown up into a tall and healthy tree, reminding me of all of my visits to the wonderful Dream House.

Ming Auralia

Ming Aralia

The Dream House was installed in 1993 and is still open to the public. You can check the website for days and hours of operation.