University at Albany
Art and Culture Talks
2006 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, January 31
    8:00 p.m.
    University Art Museum
    Reading, by Susan Vreeland, novelist, from her newest book, Life Studies (2005).
  • Susan Vreeland, novelist, takes her inspiration from the worlds of Renaissance and modern art. Her newest book is Life Studies (2005), which features tales based on incidents in the lives of notable Impressionist and post-Impressionist painters. A teacher of high school English for thirty years, Vreeland became a writer relatively late in life. A passion for the portraits of Jan Vermeer, resulted in The New York Times bestseller, Girl in Hyacinth Blue (1999), the story of a fictional painting by the Dutch master. Vreeland’s other books include The Passion of Artemisia (2002), based on the life of female Italian Renaissance painter Artemesia Gentileschi; and The Forest Lover (2004), based on the life of pioneering modernist painter Emily Carr. Co-sponsored by the New York State Writers Institute.

  • Tuesday, February 7
    7:00 p.m.
    University Art Museum
    Lecture, “Forever Jung: Reflections on Art, Criticism and Psychology” by Ken Johnson, art critic for The New York Times.
  • Ken Johnson is an art critic at The New York Times and a contributing editor for Art in America magazine. He writes on a diverse range of artists and issues in contemporary art. He began his career in 1984, by writing art reviews for the Albany Times Union, and 1987 contributed articles on contemporary artists to Arts Magazine. Johnson received an M.A. degree from the University at Albany in 1977. Supported by the University at Albany Alumni Association. Co-sponsored by the UAlbany Art Department.

  • Tuesday, March 21
    7:00 p.m.
    University Art Museum
    Lecture by Vito Acconci, pioneer performance, video, and installation artist.
  • Vito Acconci is a pioneer in performance, video, and installation art and in the exploration of architectural space. Initially a poet, Acconci began making conceptual art in the late 1960s. Since then, his work has expanded art’s boundaries beyond the gallery or museum into shared public spaces. In 1988, he started Acconci Studios and began his current practice of collaborating with architects to create projects integrated into public buildings, gardens, plazas, playgrounds, and transportation centers. Co-sponsored by the Center for Humanities, Arts, and TechnoSciences (CHATS) and the New York State Writers Institute. Held in conjunction with Architecture at Albany: the year long exploration of the built environment at the University at Albany and its surrounding community.

  • Tuesday, May 4
    7:00 p.m.
    Performing Arts Center
    Performance by Everton Sylvester and Searching for Banjo, spoken word poet and musical trio
  • Everton Sylvester is a poet and musician who blends urban story-poems with reed, bass, and percussion, creating "get-in-your-bones" jazz. He is lead poet with bands Searching for Banjo and Brooklyn Funk Essentials. His first book of poetry, Backyard in Bed-Stuy (2002), draws from his experiences as a former Brooklyn High School teacher, optician, and New York City cab driver. Sylvester is a 1993 James Michener fellow as well as 1997 and 1998 Sundance Screenwriters fellow. Everton is featured in the PBS-Syndicated series United States of Poetry and the movies Slamming and Prince of Central Park. He teaches writing and Caribbean literature at the City University of New York. Supported by the University Commission for Diversity and Affirmative Action and Spread the Word, UAlbany's student poetry group.

  • Tuesday, October 10, 2006
    8:00 p.m.
    University Art Museum
    Lecture by Julie Heffernan
  • Julie Heffernan was born in Peoria, Illinois in 1956. She received her MFA in 1985 from Yale University. In 1996 she received a New York Foundation for the Arts award, in 1995 a National Endowment for the Arts grant, and in 1986 a Fulbright-Hayes Grant. She has shown in numerous one-person and group exhibitions nationally since 1985. Heffernan lives in Brooklyn, New York. Supported by University Auxiliary Services.

  • Tuesday, November 7, 2006
    7:15 p.m.
    University Art Museum
    Lecture, “Deep Decoration: New Expressive Structures in Architecture” by Nina Rappaport
  • Nina Rappaport is an architectural writer, curator, educator and Editor of Publications for the Yale School of Architecture, including the bi-annual magazine Construct. She has published widely as a freelance architectural critic in the United States and Europe, and has edited and written for numerous books and catalogs. Nina has curated several exhibitions and is Lead Design Trust Fellow for a project on the arts in Long Island City, N.Y. She is an adjunct professor at City College School of Architecture, where among her courses is the seminar "The Post-Industrial Factory." Co-sponsored by the Center for Humanities, Arts and TechnoSciences (CHATS), the Journalism Program, and the University Art Museum, and made possible by a grant from the University Auxiliary Services.