Dale Hoyt

in memoriam

TESTEMONIALS

Steve Seid

Former media curator for Berkeley Art Museum/Pacific Film Archive

Dale Hoyt is gone. I’m not in the least happy about this. Too many of us have left this place of late. We weep for a moment, shrug our shoulders, then...

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Liz Belmont

I met Dale Hoyt at the Jab on the campus of Syracuse University during a Flashcubes gig back in 1977. Andy Warhol called him "that asshole," and I thi...

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Chip Lord

I knew Dale in the early 1980’s when he was the Boy Wonder, maybe “Bad Boy” wonder, of the video scene gathered around the San Francisco Video Festiva...

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Michael Friedman

During our lifetime, if we are lucky, we may have a friend that stands out from all the other people we meet. I have been blessed with several of thes...

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Zoe Elton

Director of Programming, Mill Valley Film Festival

Dale somehow connected with life and art with an uncommon grace and whimsy, with an irrepressible eye and sensibility. It seemed like he lived in the ...

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Linda Montano

Dale Hoyt. When I thought of you I always saw soft pillows....

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John Sanborn

Dale Hoyt was the living example of the artist as outsider, and he wore that badge proudly. We met when I was teaching a summer session of video art a...

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Scott Stark

I remember seeing Dale everywhere in my first years in SF - he was doing it all - not just attending art events, but making things happen. It was only...

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Liz Walsh

Dale was a friend. We became friends after I took his video class at CCAC in the early 2000s.He didn't always appear the video prince that he was, he...

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Michael Neimark

Dale and I have known each other since the early 1980s and interacted not often but regularly all of these years (except 1998 - 2002, when he appointe...

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Fred Rinne

I knew Dale Hoyt because of Punk Rock. I wasn't in a band and neither was he, but there was something compelling about the scene around it that led bo...

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Andreia Vizeu

Dale took chances in life, and he also gave many. Dale was a key person in my coming to New York. In 1989, he (and Eileen Clancy) helped me put togeth...

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Amy Green

I first met Dale in Oakland in 1997 when he was teaching the “Animal Class” my first year of grad school at the California College of Arts and Crafts ...

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Cliff Hengst

I first met Dale in a performance/video class taught by Tony Labat at SFAI. I believe it was 1988. Tony brought Dale in as a guest, and Dale showed us...

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Emjay Wilson Scott

San Francisco Art Institute and the Bay Area Poetry Scene in the 1980’s (or as we called it “The Toot”). My first introduction to the Art Institute w...

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Sonya Andrews

Dale and I became friends in the Summer of '74, in a little town called Marcellus. I was 14 years, old the only Southern kid in a Northern town, Dale ...

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Minnette Lehmann

I miss Dale’s calls. He kept me up-to-date and aware of his crowd’s enthusiasms. For the tortured soul he was, he managed to be upbeat, engaged and br...

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Annie Sprinkle

My Life with Dale Hoyt Film script by Annie Sprinkle Lights. Camera. Action! The year is 1990. Annie Sprinkle, a thirty something year old buxom porn...

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Wendy Garfield

He was a man unlike any other with a VERY big heart & wonderful wandering mind like a magical mystery tour....

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Glenn R. Phillips

Senior Curator, Head of Exhibitions, Head of Modern & Contemporary Collections, Getty Research Institute

The first time I saw Dale Hoyt’s work it felt like my skull had been removed and I’d been punched in the brain. He was a curator’s dream. Dale’s youth...

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Alex de Lazslo

R.I.P Dale Hoyt. It is with great sadness that I must report that Dale Hoyt passed away this morning after a brief illness. Many of you knew Dale thro...

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David Lawrence

Dale Hoyt has left the building. It’s impossible to believe, isn’t it? Dale wasn’t exactly a shining example of health, but he was a survivor. He deal...

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Lauren Dyer Amazeen

Former Executive Director of The Kitchen

SOME MEMORIES OF DEAR DALE Dale and I first met when I worked with him at The Kitchen from 1989-91. Dale was a gentle and thoughtful presence, as wel...

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Justin Charles Hoover

Independent Curator and Executive Director of The Chinese Historical Society of America Museum

Dale thought about things differently. He took the blur of life and made it into a bizarre time lapse. Dale never had a concern for the acceptable way...

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Monet Clark

Dear Dale, I feel so fortunate that I was part of a completely magical couple of days as your lead actress in FARM, watching you shoot each vignette o...

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Adrienne Ferrari

Until recently, I knew very little about grieving. Both of my grandmothers are still alive. My parents are alive. I also have the good fortune of havi...

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Tristen Tuckfield

Dale is the cousin I never knew I had for more than 3/4ths of my life. When we discovered each other when I was about 32 years old it felt like no su...

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Shalo P

A few words for Dale Hoyt (written partly in the voice of George Kuchar) Our dashing Dale Hoyt was a legendary artiste whose swoosh of cinematic riv...

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Gabrielle Thormann

Reminiscences about Dale: Dale led a punk class, and invited Jonathan Richman to speak to his class. I had a silkscreen poster I made based on a Jonat...

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Marian Wallace

Dale was always a friendly presence at any art gathering, once you got past his gruffness. He would seemingly be viewing the goings-on and cogitating,...

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Andrew Huestis

Dale once decided we should go to the cat show at Madison Square Garden. I’d been to the dog show before with its happy dog people tail wagging, etc. ...

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Stephen Vitiello

I was always a fan of Dale as an artist. The wild and wackiness of his work stays with me. We also had some overlapping histories, both having worked ...

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SFAI Library & Archives

Remembering Dale Hoyt We were so sorry to hear about the passing of the amazing Dale Hoyt, a member of the SFAI community for decades. Of his time at ...

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V. Vale

Dale Hoyt struck me as empathetic, generously supportive, and whimsical in his approach to filmmaking and life....

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Julie Mackaman

Maybe everyone who knew Dale knew this about him: he suffered from a rare condition, car blindness. Like people who have prosopagnosia and can't recog...

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Mark Van Proyen

I had already joined the faculty at SFAI when Dale was a student, but our paths never crossed until he came back to teach a few years later. At that t...

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Clark Buckner

Creative Director Telematic Gallery

Dale Hoyt was a friend of the gallery. He and I knew each other for many years. We were colleagues at SFAI and we crossed paths at innumerable event...

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Catherine Taft

Deputy Director & Curator LAXART

Everything about Dale was legendary, from the rumors that his work was appropriated by early MTV, to the stories and artwork about his father’s career...

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Michelle Handelman

Heartbroken. The world just got a little less interesting....

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Jasmine Moorhead

Former Creative Director Krowswork Gallery

Dale Hoyt was an unofficial muse both in person and purpose of my Oakland gallery, Krowswork, during its seven-year run. He was a consistent visitor, ...

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Doug Hall

It is hard to imagine the Bay Area without Dale Hoyt. I have known him since he was a student in the first class I taught in the Performance / Video D...

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Kathy Brew

I was heartbroken and shocked to find out about Dale’s sudden passing. I first met Dale almost 40 years ago when he was getting his MFA at SFAI and I...

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Lynne Sachs

I met Dale Hoyt in 1985 when I moved to San Francisco from NYC. I believe he was one of the first people I got to know on the west coast. Our mutual f...

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Tenderloin Museum

RIP Dale Hoyt. In March of last year, the video artist Dale Hoyt called the Tenderloin Museum with a vision to create an exhibit on the intersection o...

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Nancy Frank

Video director of Art Com LA Mamelle, Inc

Dale Hoyt was a real odd Art punk. The 1st and only time we showed film at Art Com Dale helped us bring Ondine, Warhol superstar to San Francisco to i...

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Cameron Ember

Dale was the most genuinely encouraging teacher I have ever had. What I learned from him: Keep making art. Be interested. Be interesting. I was Dale’s...

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Jennifer Locke

From a dramatized interpretation of Anne Frank’s diaries to shaving his head and making a sweater out of it for his hairless cat, Dale’s video work de...

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Stephen Thurston

It must have been 1979 when I connected with Dale. At first I thought he was overly interested in pop culture, but before long grew to admire what was...

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Bruce Pollack

I first met Dale back in our college days at SFAI . I always liked him because he was really down to earth and I think his work really had that aspect...

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Ingrid Hägerström

Dale and I talked more about cats than Art… he told me stories about the secret life of his cat Blarf. And recently when my big outdoor boy Tommy-no-T...

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Tricia Nordone

I met Dale Hoyt through my brother, John Martin. They both attended the SFAI in the early eighties. Amazing time. Dale was making a film called “The C...

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Jeanne M. Hansen and Ken Tray

Dale Hoyt lived on the edge of the cutting edge in the new SFAI-Performance/Video Department. He worked on a number of experimental projects including...

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Martta Rose Kelly

Dale Hoyt was a friend from college. His passing is a shocker and leaves a real void in the Syracuse and San Francisco art communities. I first met hi...

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Mark Langton

I once told Dale that looking at him felt like staring into a broken mirror. "Then it should come as no surprise to you,” he replied, “that I feel exa...

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David Ross

Around the city of Syracuse, NY, for some reason that no one seems to know, many of the towns were named after Roman generals and statesmen. Manlius,...

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Eddy Falconer

I first met Dale in the 00’s over coffee in SF with Winston Tong, who was appearing in a video I was creating, and Steve Fagin, who was visiting town ...

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