University at Albany
Art and Culture Talks
2005 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.


  • Tuesday, February 8
    7:00 p.m.
    University Art Museum
    Lecture, “Artificial Strife: Differentiation and Otherness in Robotic Entities,” by Adrianne Wortzel, new media artist working with robotic and telerobotic theatrical scenarios in both physical and virtual networked environments. Held in conjunction with the University at Albany Libraries Frankenstein Semester.
  • Adrianne Wortzel is an artist creating fictive web works, robotic and telerobotic installations and performance productions. Her telerobotic installation, Camouflage Town, was featured in the exhibition Data Dynamics at The Whitney Museum of American Art (2001). She has produced international performative webcasts, and was co-host and content provider for "Art Dirt" a weekly live video-streamed interview format internet show originating from Pseudo TV in New York from 1996-1998. Her Globe Theater Repertory Company of Robots was featured in New York as part of Cooper Union's Technoseduction (1997); in Creative Time's Art in the Anchorage (1997); and abroad in Ars Electronica 97: FleshFactor (Linz, Austria); and Kunstfluge's Aerale 99 (Baitz, Germany). She is a recipient of a 2000-2001 National Science Foundation grant awarded for creating a robotic theater at The Cooper Union for the Advancement of Science and Art where she is currently working on her project ELIZA REDUX, a series of webcast and videotaped psychoanalytic sessions between a human and a robot. Wortzel is Associate Professor of Advertising Design and Graphic Arts at New York City College of Technology, CUNY, and an Adjunct Professor of Mechanical Engineering at the Cooper Union for the Advancement of Science and Art, where she is Director of the Cooper Union Tele/Robotic Theater.

  • Tuesday, March 1
    4:15 p.m.
    Standish Room
    Science Library
    Seminar with Shelley Jackson, author of the "classic" Patchwork Girl, a hypertext novel that combines original fiction and artwork to tell the story of a female Frankenstein monster.
  • Tuesday, March 1
    8:00 p.m.
    University Art Museum
    Lecture by Shelley Jackson
    Co-sponsored by the New York State Writers Institute, the Institute for Research on Women (IROW) and the Center for Humanities, Arts, and TechnoSciences (CHATS). Held in conjunction with the University at Albany Libraries Frankenstein Semester.
  • Shelley Jackson is a writer and artist. Her critically acclaimed hypertext novel, Patchwork Girl, combines original fiction and artwork to tell the post-feminist story of a female Frankenstein monster. Skin, Jackson’s latest project is, a short story to be tattooed one word at a time, one to a person, on 2095 volunteers who will not read or see the story until they have received their tattoos. The project has been written up in Newsweek, The New York Post, The Village Voice, The London Observer, and People among other publications in the US and abroad. Jackson’s short fiction has appeared in Fence, Conjunctions, Crowd, Grand Street, and Kenyon Review. She is the author of The Anatomy of Melancholy (2002), her first fiction collection and is the author and illustrator of two children's books, The Old Woman and the Wave (1998) and Sophia: The Alchemist’s Dog (2001).

  • Thursday, March 17
    8:00 p.m.
    Performing Arts Center Musical performance by One Ring Musical performance by One Ring Zero, who use odd-ball instruments to perform songs with lyrics written by contemporary authors.
    Co-sponsored by the New York State Writers Institute.
  • Using odd-ball instruments like the claviola, toy piano, theremin, and glockenspiel; One Ring Zero creates a musical landscape that is part cartoon, part klezmer, and part circus. This performance will feature songs from their most recent album As Smart As We Are--with lyrics written for the band by Paul Auster, Rick Moody, Margaret Atwood, Denis Johnson, Jonathan Lethem, AM Homes, Neil Gaiman, Dave Eggers and many more. One Ring Zero has performed at music venues and cultural institutions in the U.S. and Canada including MassMoCA, the Whitney Museum of Art, Lincoln Center's Damrosch Park, Central Park Summer Stage with George Plimpton and Paul Auster, Book Expo America in Chicago, the Calgary Folk Festival, and Toronto’s Harbourfront Centre.

  • Wednesday, May 11
    6:00 p.m.
    University Art Museum
    Lecture, “The Good, the Bad, and the Very Bad: A Year in the Life of an Art Critic.” by Jerry Saltz, writer, editor, and the Senior Art Critic for The Village Voice.
    Co-sponsored by the University at Albany Fine Arts Department.
  • Jerry Saltz is a writer, editor, and the Senior Art Critic for The Village Voice. He was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize in Criticism in 2001, and a compilation of his reviews, Seeing Out Loud: The Village Voice Art Columns, 1998-2003 , was published by The Figures Press. Saltz has lectured widely and has written for many periodicals including Frieze, Parkett, Art in America, Flash Art, and Time Out New York. He currently teaches at Columbia University, the School of Visual Arts (in New York), and the School of the Art Institute of Chicago.

  • Wednesday, November 2
    8:00 PM
    University Art Museum
    Reading/Discussion by Jed Perl, art critic for the New Republic Co-sponsored by New York State Writers Institute.
  • Jed Perl has been the art critic covering the contemporary art scene for The New Republic since 1994. His commentary has also appeared in The New Criterion, Partisan Review, and The New York Times Book Review, and he has appeared on CNN, NPR and "The MacNeill/Lehrer Report." Perl's newest book is New Art City (2005), an exploration of the New York City cultural milieu of the mid-20th century, and the remarkable range of artists and artistic movements it produced. Other books include Eyewitness: Reports from an Art World in Crisis (2000), Gallery Going: Four Seasons in the Art World (1991), and Paris Without End: On French Art Since World War I (1988).