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A History of Close Radio (panel discussion):
John Duncan, Paul McCarthy, Nancy Buchanan, Paul Vangelisti

Date: Friday, July 13, 2007
Time: 4:00 p.m.
Location: Getty Center, Harold M. Williams Auditorium
Admission: Free; reservations required.

Close Radio was a weekly series of experimental radio for artists, listeners, and political groups, broadcast on Los Angeles station KPFK from 1976 to 1979. Founded by artists John Duncan and Neil Goldstein, the program was primarily organized by Duncan and Paul McCarthy, with Nancy Buchanan and Linda Frye Burnham also participating as organizers at various points in the program's history.

The panelists will examine the history of Close Radio through their individual and collective histories and their experiences of the evolution, meaning, and impact of Close Radio in relation to the broader environment of contemporary art culture. During the discussion, curator Glenn Phillips will play clips from Close Radio performances and show images of select performances.

Listen to Close Radio on this Web site, or subscribe to our podcast.

About the Panelists

  • John Duncan is a visual and performance artist and experimental musician currently residing in Italy. He was a founder and organizer of Close Radio.
  • Paul McCarthy is a Los Angeles-based visual and performance artist. He was on organizer of programming on Close Radio for most of its history, and has maintained the Close Radio archive since the program's demise.
  • Nancy Buchanan is a Los Angeles-based visual and performance artist, writer, and curator. She was an organizer of programming on Close Radio for most of its history.
  • Paul Vangelisti is founding chair of the graduate writing program at Otis College of Art and Design, and was cultural affairs director at KPFK from 1974 to 1982.

The panel is moderated by Glenn Phillips, Senior Project Specialist and Consulting Curator, Department of Contemporary Programs and Research, at the Getty Research Institute and curator of the exhibition Evidence of Movement.

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