University at Albany
Art and Culture Talks
2004 Marjorie L. and Ronald E. Brandon Art and Culture Talks

ACT programs will be held at the museum.
For more information, call (518) 442-4035.

All programs are free and open to the public.
Parking will be provided in the Visitor Lot #1
courtesy of the Provost’s Office.


  • Thursday, January 22
    7:00 p.m.
    University Art Museum
    Home Extension walk-through with artists and the curator Gregory Volk will be joined by Home Extension artists for an informal tour and discussion of the exhibition.
  • Gregory Volk is a Brooklyn-based art critic and independent curator. He writes for Art in America and is a visiting professor at the University at Albany, SUNY. Home Extension, curated by Gregory Volk and Sabine Russ, is on view at the University Art Museum from January 21 through April 10, 2004 and features work by Sebastiaan Bremer, Beth Campbell, Fred Holland, Kimsooja, Joachim Koester, Odili Donald Odita, Ragna Róbertsdóttir, Karin Sander, Ward Shelley, and Roman Signer.

  • Thursday, January 29
    4:15 p.m.
    Standish Room, New Library Uptown Campus
    Seminar with Ross King
    Thursday, January 29,
    8:00 p.m.
    Assembly Hall, Campus Center Uptown Campus
    Reading, "Michelangelo and the Pope's Ceiling" Ross King's presentation will detail the story behind the famous mural on the ceiling of the Sistine Chapel inside Vatican City; how Pope Julius commissioned Michelangelo to fresco the chapel's ceiling; and their often strained relationship. Co-sponsored by the New York State Writers Institute.
  • British writer Ross King is the best-selling author of the non-fiction works Michelangelo and the Pope's Ceiling (2003), the story behind the frescoed ceiling of the Sistine Chapel, and Brunelleschi's Dome: How a Renaissance Genius Reinvented Architecture (2000), the story of the construction of the enormous dome of Florence's Santa Maria del Fiore cathedral. He has also published two novels, Ex-Libris (1998) and Domino (1996, 2003).

  • Wednesday, February 4
    7:00 p.m.
    University Art Museum
    Lecture by Michael Ashkin
  • Michael Ashkin is a sculptor living in Brooklyn, New York. Focusing on issues surrounding environmental degradation, Ashkin creates lifelike models of desolated post-industrial landscapes. Built to scale and meticulous in detail, the constructions manage to look vast and unending despite their miniature format. Ashkin's work has been shown at Andre Rosen (New York), Leo Castelli (New York), White Columns (New York), and the 2003 Frieze Art Fair (London).

  • Tuesday, February 24
    4:15 p.m.
    University Art Museum
    Informal conversation with Rick Moody
    Tuesday, February 24,
    8:00 p.m.
    Recital Hall, Performing Arts Center Uptown Campus
    Rick Moody reads from his work. Co-sponsored by the New York State Writers Institute.
  • Rick Moody , fiction writer and editor, is the author of three novels, two story collections, and a memoir. His first novel, Garden State (1991), won the Pushcart Press Editors Choice Award. He gained national recognition with the publication of his second novel, The Ice Storm (1994), which was adapted into a movie in 1997. His most recent works include the memoir The Black Veil (2002) and the story collection Demonology (2000). Moody has also written essays for two books, Twilight (2002) and Hover (1998), which feature the photography of Gregory Crewdson. He has also written on contemporary artists Roy Lichtenstein and Fred Tomaselli.

  • Monday, March 8
    7:00 p.m.
    University Art Museum
    Lecture by Katy Siegel
  • Katy Siegel is a contributing editor of Artforum and teaches contemporary art history and criticism at Hunter College, CUNY. She is the co-author of Art & Money , forthcoming from Thames & Hudson, as well as an edited volume of Sidney Tillim's critical writings on art, forthcoming from Routledge. Siegel is also the author of numerous articles and catalogue essays on contemporary art.

  • Wednesday, March 24
    7:00 p.m.
    University Art Museum
    Lecture, "Facts and Fictions: Stories and Histories in Recent Art" Robert Storr will discuss the return of narrative to the visual arts and why, after many years of formalist suppression, it is now everywhere.
  • Robert Storr is the Rosalie Solow Professor of Modern Art at New York University's Institute of Fine Arts. As a curator in the Department of Painting and Sculpture at the Museum of Modern Art from 1990 until 2002, Storr organized numerous shows, including retrospectives of Gerhard Richter, Chuck Close, Tony Smith, and Bruce Nauman. He is the co-curator of the recent exhibition Max Beckmann at the Museum of Modern Art.