Tony Conrad performance of “Bowed Film” (1976) (photo by Linda Edelstein)

Tony Conrad performance of “Bowed Film” (1976) (photo by Linda Edelstein)

The experimental musician, composer, filmmaker, artist, and teacher Tony Conrad had a powerful influence on many different avant-garde communities. Since his death a year ago there have been numerous tributes to Conrad — like the documentary that recently premiered at Anthology Film Archives — and this Saturday marks the culmination of a monthlong program with a public memorial at the Clemente Soto Vélez Cultural and Educational Center.

The event, which is free and open to the public, will feature speeches, musical performances, and videos in tribute to the late artist by roughly 25 participants — including family members, musicians, artists, and curators. As a finale, a number of musicians who collaborated with him during his lifetime will perform one of Conrad’s musical compositions.

The slate of memorial events continues on Sunday, April 9 — the first anniversary of his death — with screenings of Conrad’s films at Anthology and performances of his work at the Le Poisson Rouge.

When: Saturday, April 8 at 3pm
Where: The Clemente Soto Vélez Cultural and Educational Center (107 Suffolk Street, Lower East Side, Manhattan)

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Benjamin Sutton is an art critic, journalist, and curator who lives in Park Slope, Brooklyn. His articles on public art, artist documentaries, the tedium of art fairs, James Franco's obsession with Cindy...