Hollis Frampton



Exhibition and Sale

June 20–September 5, 2015

At CEPA Gallery

CEPA Gallery, in partnership with Dean Brownrout Modern/Contemporary, is honored to present an exhibition and sale of photographic artwork by artist Hollis Frampton. The event takes place June 20-September 5, 2015 at CEPA Gallery.

The exhibition and sale is the first comprehensive survey of the late artist’s print work in over 30 years. Many pieces in the exhibit have never been presented in a gallery setting.

Included in CEPA’s exhibit are early photos by Frampton of his artist friends and roommates. While living in New York City in the late 1950s and early ‘60s, he made candid portraits of Larry Poons, James Rosenquist, Frank Stella, and others—before any of them ascended to their place on the artistic world stage.

Also included in this exhibition and sale are rare xerographic works—created during the advent of the color copier—showcasing Frampton’s pioneering work, making art with this new technology.

A festive opening night event takes place at 7 pm on Saturday, June 20, 2015 at CEPA Gallery’s Market Arcade location.

In addition, there are simultaneous supporting exhibitions and events featuring film, music, and visiting guest speakers, presented in collaboration with multiple area arts organizations.

See the downloadable schedule below for a detailed list of opening night and summer events.

This is an exceptional, community-wide celebration of the multidisciplinary work and legacy of Hollis Frampton.

Artist’s Bio

Hollis Frampton (1936-1984) is an avant-garde icon—a pioneering filmmaker, art theorist, photographer and writer. He was on the University at Buffalo Department of Media Study faculty from 1973-1984.

His photographs are held in many important collections including the Albright-Knox Art Gallery, Harvard University, the Museum of Modern Art and the Walker Art Center. The MoMA is the repository of his motion picture archive.

In recent years, Frampton has received renewed notice. A 2012 two-disc DVD set of his films—released by the prestigious Criterion Collection—has furthered this resurgence on an international level.

Hollis Frampton Events

Opening Night

CEPA Gallery & Squeaky Wheel Film & Media Art Center
Market Arcade at 617 Main Street
Saturday, June 20, 2015

CEPA Gallery, in partnership with Dean Brownrout Modern/Contemporary, presents an exhibition and sale of photographic artwork by the pioneering filmmaker, writer and photographer, Hollis Frampton (1936-1984). The CEPA exhibition is the first comprehensive survey of the late artist’s print work in over 30 years. The sale, exhibit and related programming continues through September 5, 2015.

Squeaky Wheel Film & Media Art Center showcases Frampton’s films (nostalgia) and Critical Mass, alongside rare photographs shot during the making of Magellan.

Buffalo Chamber Players

Market Arcade Atrium
7pm & 9:15pm

The musical performance includes historical, contemporary and conceptual works:
• W. A. Mozart’s Musikalisches Würfelspiel (c. 1793), with musical content determined by rolling dice
• Lejaren Hiller’s Illiac Suite (1957), the first musical composition created by a computer
• Works by BCP composers Rob Deemer and Caroline Mallonée
• Selections by American avant-garde composer/artist La Monte Young, including Composition 1960 #7 and Poems for Chairs, Tables, Benches, etc.

Michael Zryd

Squeaky Wheel Film & Media Art Center Microcinema

Michael Zryd, of York University in Toronto, Canada will speak about Frampton’s Magellan—a film left uncompleted at the time of Frampton’s premature death, at 48. Zryd lectures internationally on Frampton; this accessible presentation places Magellan in relation to other unfinished 20th century art projects.

Evan Meaney

Squeaky Wheel Film & Media Art Center Microcinema

South Carolina-based artist Evan Meaney introduces his work with a talk. Meaney is exhibiting two pieces, based on Frampton films, in Squeaky Wheel’s new storefront gallery: an interactive video game inspired by Lemon, and an installation based on Gloria! Buffalo Game Space, a non-profit technology collaborative, is a community partner in this presentation.

Summer 2015

Please join us for additional events, including live music, film, and a roundtable discussion.
June 20-Sept 5
Western New York Book Arts Center

Western New York Book Arts Center, 468 Washington St., devotes a section of their gallery space to “Hollis Frampton: Bibliography,” a display of Frampton objects and books.

Friday, July 10 at Dusk
The Front Yard at the Burchfield Penney Art Center

Squeaky Wheel, in collaboration with the Burchfield Penney Art Center, 1300 Elmwood Ave., presents a live concert and film screening on the BPAC’s front lawn. Area bands Cages and Wooden Cities perform an original score accompanying Frampton’s seminal structural film, Zorns Lemma (1970). This program is part of the M&T Second Friday series at the Burchfield Penney Art Center.

Friday, August 14, 8pm
CEPA’s Big Orbit Project Space

CEPA hosts a Digital Arts Lab roundtable at its Big Orbit Project Space, 30d Essex Street. The panel discussion explores Frampton’s pioneering computer work at UB, and features colleagues and graduate students from across the nation who worked and studied with the artist. The roundtable will be hosted among a pop-up exhibition of media art, equipment and ephemera from the lab.

Saturday, August 15, 7pm
Squeaky Wheel Film & Media Art Center Microcinema

Licks, Riffs, Scratches and Runs: A Remix Orgy of Avant-Garde Cinema Algorithms.
Skillshare with Barbara Lattanzi.

Saturday, September 5, at Dusk
Silo City

The summer of Frampton-related events concludes at Silo City, 120 Childs St., the waterfront public art space set among Buffalo’s towering grain elevators. There, Squeaky Wheel presents a live concert by Lichens, the solo improvisation project of renowned Chicago-based composer Robert A.A. Lowe. Lichens performs a live score accompanied by a background of Frampton’s films derived from the Magellan series, against the backdrop of Buffalo’s grain silos. This program is funded by the Erie Canal Harbor Development Corporation, administered by Arts Services Initiative.

This exhibition is dedicated to the memory of Marion Faller.

CEPA Gallery, Squeaky Wheel Film & Media Art Center and Dean Brownrout Modern/Contemporary wish to acknowledge the following individuals for their contributions in realizing the Hollis Frampton programming:

At Buffalo Magazine
Avenue Art & Frame
Buffalo Game Space
Buffalo Spree Magazine
Burchfield Penney Art Center
Janz Castelo and the Buffalo Chamber Players
Bob Coggeshall
Jana Eisenberg
Will Faller
Bob Franki
Barbara Lattanzi
Carl Lee, University at Buffalo, Department of Media Study
Robert A.A. Lowe, Lichens
Gerald Mead
Evan Meaney
Gail Nicholson, Western New York Book Arts Center
Nancy J. Parisi, President, CEPA Gallery Board of Directors
John Pittas
Silo City
University at Buffalo
University at Buffalo Art Galleries
Visit Buffalo Niagara
Wooden Cities
Michael Zryd, Associate Professor, Department of Film/School of the Arts, Media, Performance & Design, York University

Thank you to all our event volunteers: Hannah Best, Michael Bosworth, Alana Adetola Fajemisin, Deanna Knapik, and Linsey Goodenough.


The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts
Arts Services Initiative
Erie Canal Harbor Development Corporation
Erie County with the support of Erie County Executive Mark C. Poloncarz and the Erie County Legislature
M&T Bank/M&T Charitable Foundation
New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew M. Cuomo and the New York State Legislature

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