University at Albany
Art and Culture Talks
2009 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 10
    7:00 p.m.
    "Being and Sometimes Not Being," lecture and screening by artist Dave McKenzie
    UniversityArt Museum
  • Dave McKenzie, a New York-based artist who works in sculpture, video, and performance, will present a lecture about the connections between his work and the intersections of artwork and everyday occurrence. During the lecture, he will also screen some of his video works from the last several years. McKenzie’s work has been exhibited at the Gallery at REDCAT, Los Angeles; the Institute of Contemporary Art, Boston; Small A Projects, Portland; and Gallery 4000, Chicago. His work has also been included in PERFORMA 07, New York; Freestyle, Studio Museum in Harlem; Queens International, Queens Museum of Art; 24/7, Contemporary Art Centre, Vilnius; and Listening to New Voices, P.S.1 Contemporary Art Center, Long Island City. He lives and works in Brooklyn.

  • Monday, February 23
    7:00 p.m.
    Talk by artist and curator Matthew Higgs
    UniversityArt Museum
  • Matthew Higgs will discuss his approach to the practice of art as an artist, curator, and writer, with an emphasis on running New York's oldest alternative space, White Columns. Higgs is a curator, critic, and artist currently living and working in New York. Since the early 1990s, he has sought to develop a practice that considers the intersections and overlaps between these disciplines. Over the past fifteen years he has organized more than 200 exhibitions and projects in Europe and North America. His writings have appeared in more than fifty books, catalogs, and periodicals, including Artforum, Frieze, and Afterall. In the past two years, he has contributed to books on artists such as John Baldessari, Ken Price, Kay Rosen, Elizabeth Peyton, Marilyn Minter, John McCracken, Christian Marclay, Oliver Payne & Nick Relph, and Uta Barth, among others. Since 2004, Higgs has been the director and chief curator at White Columns, where he has organized more than 100 individual exhibitions and projects, to show the work of more than 400 international artists of all generations. Matthew Higgs will be the juror of the 2009 Artists of the Mohawk-Hudson Region exhibition.

  • Monday, March 2
    7:00 p.m.
    "Digging in the Shadow of the Pyramids: Recent Discoveries at Giza," lecture by Peter Lacovara, curator and archeologist
    UniversityArt Museum

  • Friday, March 27
    6:00 p.m.
    Sound/poetry performance by composer and conductor
    Peter Kotik
    University Art Museum

  • Monday, April 6
    7:00 p.m.
    “Responsive Art: Working in the Environment,” panel discussion with Amy Lipton, Jason Middlebrook, and Frances Richard on the juncture between responsiveness and responsibility in site-specific works.
    University Art Museum