The Creative Life: A Conversation Series at UAlbany
Created and produced by the University Art Museum, NYS Writers Institute and UAlbany Performing Arts Center in collaboration with WAMC Public Radio, this original series features leading figures from a variety of artistic disciplines in conversation about their creative inspirations, their craft and their careers. "Roundtable" host Joe Donahue conducts live on-stage interviews followed by a Q&A with the audience.
Bibbe Hansen is an American performance artist, musician, and actress. Born to Fluxus artist Al Hansen and the bohemian poet Audrey Ostlin Hansen, Bibbe began her professional acting career as a child with the Saranac Lake Summer Theater in upstate New York. Throughout the 1950s, Hansen would regularly perform in her father’s avant-garde “Happenings.” In the 60s, directly following her release from a NY institution for child criminals, Hansen met Andy Warhol who suggested they collaborate on a film about her recent experiences.. Hansen at total of four films with Warhol. A random late-1960s sojourn brought Bibbe to Los Angeles where she founded a theater company, acted in B movies, nd participated in the local punk scene as a musician and documenteur. From 1990–95 she operated Troy Café, which became the center of a multicultural renaissance in downtown LA and was home to a generation of musicians, comedians, artists, and filmmakers. Hansen recently completed the first draft of her memoirs. She lectures frequently on art and the creative process.
Wednesday, September 5 at 7pm
University Art Museum
Jean Shin is nationally recognized for her monumental installations that transform everyday objects into elegant expressions of identity and community. For each project, she amasses vast collections of a particular object—prescription pill bottles, sports trophies, sweaters—which are often sourced through donations from individuals in a participating community. These intimate objects then become the materials for her conceptually rich sculptures, videos and site-specific installations. Distinguished by her meticulous, labor-intensive process, and her engagement of community, Shin’s arresting installations reflect individuals’ personal lives as well as collective issues that we face as a society. Her work has been widely exhibited in over 150 major museums and cultural institutions. As an accomplished artist practicing in the public realm, she also realizes large-scale, permanent installations commissioned by major public agencies on the federal level as well as city and arts for transit programs. She recently completed a landmark commission for the MTA’s Second Ave Subway at the 63rd Street Station in New York City.
Thursday, November 1 at 7pm
UAlbany Performing Arts Center
Esmeralda Santiago is a founding mother of Nuyorican literature. The eldest in a family of 11 children, Santiago came to the States from Puerto Rico at the age of 13. After eight years of part-time study in community colleges, she transferred to Harvard where she graduated magna cum laude. Santiago’s bestselling 1993 memoir, When I Was Puerto Rican was named one of the “Best Memoirs of a Generation” by Oprah’s Book Club. In 2018, it was one of five finalists for the “One Book, One New York” community-wide reading project. Her second memoir, Almost a Woman (1999), received the American Library Association’s Alex Award, and was adapted for Masterpiece Theatre on PBS. Her epic 2011 novel, set in 19th century Puerto Rico, was hailed as a “triumph” in The Washington Post. Oprah’s O. magazine called it, “A splendid expedition into colonial history complete with enrapturing suspense to the very end.”
Thursday, November 8
Campus Center Ballroom