Gerard Malanga’s creative output has spanned six decades as poet, photographer, filmmaker, and archivist. Malanga’s portrait photography work has produced some of pop culture’s most memorable images. CEPA Gallery is collaborating with Albright-Knox Art Gallery to present Gerard Malanga in Buffalo, NY on April 3-4, 2019 for two evenings of free public events focusing on his prolific artistic career. For several years in the 1960’s, Gerard worked closely with Andy Warhol. In college, Malanga was Andy Warhol’s assistant and collaborator at The Factory. In addition to working on some of Warhol’s most prolific paintings, Malanga filmed over 300 “Screen Tests” inside the fabled Factory art studio. He was also a stage performer and creative partner for the legendary art-rock band, The Velvet Underground. In 1969, Warhol and Malanga together created Interview Magazine. As an acclaimed poet, he has authored or has been featured in 24 books of poetry. In January 2019, he published his latest book of poetry called “Cool & Other Poems.”
Malanga’s life as a photographer goes back to when he was 12 years old, documenting New York City’s railroad system. In the 1970s, Malanga dedicated much of his artistic energy to portrait photography. In total, he has photographed and archived hundreds of artistic, literary and musical personalities over the years, including Robert Mapplethorpe, Jasper Johns, Allen Ginsberg, Mick Jagger, and William Burroughs.
Malanga’s visit is made possible through the assistance of The Rupp Family Foundation and SitlerHQ.