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2495 Main Street
Buffalo, NY 14214
ph. 716-835-7362


Hallwalls was founded on Buffalo's West Side in late 1974 by a group of young visual artists (some of them still students) - including Charlie Clough, Nancy Dwyer, Robert Longo, and Cindy Sherman - who carved an exhibition space out of the walls of the hall outside their studios in the former ice house at 30 Essex Street. From the beginning, their interest was in supporting and exhibiting new work by local artists and creating opportunities for exchange between them and artists in other cities, by inviting visiting artists for residencies or to give talks or to create installations, and by organizing exchange shows with other similar spaces springing up in other cities. Also from the beginning, their focus was interdisciplinary. The earliest programs featured not only visual artists, but musicians, writers, filmmakers, and video and performance artists. And from the beginning, Hallwalls established itself within the community and stretched its then modest resources by joining forces with other cultural institutions - both larger and smaller than itself - on collaborative projects. ...
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