BUFFALO, N.Y. -- The Theoretical Archaeology Group -- TAG -- has
been debating archaeological theory since 1979, first at
universities throughout the UK and Scandinavia and, since 2008, at
American institutions like Columbia, Stanford, the University of
Pennsylvania, the University of Chicago and the University at
Buffalo, where it will hold its 2012 annual meeting, May 17-20.
The conference, "Bridges to New Worlds," will bring scores of
international scholars and feature panels and academic sessions
across the UB campus on topics like "The Earth Divine,"
"Archaeology of Contemporary Protest" and "Theories of European
In conjunction with the TAG conference, the UB Art Gallery will
present "Excavating Art," an archaeological performance piece by
artist Charles Clough, co-founder of Hallwalls Contemporary Arts
Clough will perform an archaeological "dig" of an artifact from
the exhilarating early days of the legendary artist-run alternative
art space -- a yellowed and dried-up roll of 4-foot-wide sign
painters' bond paper that once covered a plywood tabletop. The
papers were scribbled on and otherwise used by Clough and his
fellow artists from Hallwalls' founding in 1974 until 1978 when
Clough moved to New York City, taking the roll with him.
What's in there? No one remembers much, but from 7-8 p.m. on May
17, the public is welcome to stop by the UB Art Gallery, Center for
the Arts, UB North Campus to watch Clough dig in to his personal
"Charles Clough: The Way to Cluffalo," an exhibition of the
artist's representative work over the past 40 years is the subject
of an exhibition at the UB Art Gallery through May 19.