September 21 — October 22, 2005
Thursday September 22, 6-8 pm
Langton celebrates its 30th year with Trust Me, the first survey of the work of Bay Area performance, video and installation artist Tony Labat.
Trust Me is a new installation of memorabilia and works sprawled across the gallery walls, mapping the artist's career onto major cultural, social and political events of the last quarter century.
Documentation and relics of Labat’s past projects – sculptural objects, video monitors, sketches and drawings, correspondence, press, photography – weave a loose narrative about Tony Labat the émigré, the innovator, the teacher, the provocateur.
Labat video works from the ‘70s, ‘80s and ’90s screen continuously in the Downstairs space during gallery hours.
A full-color catalog with images, critical essays, an interview and index of works is published in conjunction with the exhibition. Trust Me is complemented by a series of video screenings at the Pacific Film Archive, Berkeley, and a closing celebration featuring performance and video tributes by Labat students and colleagues.
Gallery hours are Tuesday through Saturday, 12 to 6 pm. Gallery admission is free.
Trust Me receives special funding from Opal Abbink, Randi and Bob Fisher, Anastasia Hägerström, Betty and Bob Klausner, Anne MacDonald, National Endowment for the Arts, San Francisco Art Institute, San Francisco Arts Commission, and the Zellerbach Family Fund.
Image: Tony Labat, P.O.V. (1981). Performance, video and installation. Image courtesy of the artist.