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Public Programs

The Museum brings together artists, critics, writers, poets, and scholars to address key issues in contemporary art and culture through rigorous and provocative talks, conversations, debates, seminars, screenings, and readings in an informal setting.

Unless otherwise noted all events are free and open to the public.

The University Art Museum and the Performing Arts Center are located on the uptown campus of the University at Albany. 

 

 

Upcoming:

Homecoming Weekend and Exhibition Tours

October 14 and 15, 2022, open 11am-4pm
Exhibition tours: October 14, 2022, 12pm and October 15, 2022, 12pm

Join us during Homecoming Weekend to view our current exhibitions: Sara Magenheimer: Dailies and Chryssa: Gates to Times Square. Visit the Collections Study Space to view our holdings. Attend our exhibition tours, led by curators Corinna Ripps Schaming and Robert Shane.

Vinyl installers

The Creative Life: Lucy Sante

Tuesday, October 18, 2022, 7pm
UAlbany Performing Arts Center

Art critic and essayist Lucy Sante in conversation with WAMC’s Joe Donahue.

Co-sponsored by New York State Writers Institute and UAlbany Performing Arts Center

Writer Lucy Sante

The Creative Life: Maira Kalman

Wednesday, November 16, 2022, 7pm
UAlbany Performing Arts Center

Illustrator and designer Maira Kalman in conversation with WAMC’s Joe Donahue.

Co-sponsored by New York State Writers Institute and UAlbany Performing Arts Center

Illustrator Maira Kalman in their studio

Past:

Family Weekend

Saturday, September 24, 2022, open 11am-4pm
University Art Museum

Fine Arts Building

Join us on Family Weekend to view our current exhibitions: Sara Magenheimer: Dailies and Chryssa: Gates to Times Square. Visit the Collections Study Space to view our holdings.

Installation of Sara Magenheimer No Clock 2017 on 6 flatscreens

Artist Walkthrough with Sara Magenheimer

Friday, September 16, 2022, 4:30 – 5:30pm
University Art Museum

Fine Arts Building
Free parking in the State Quad Student Parking Lot

Join us for an informal artist-led walkthrough of Sara Magenheimer: Dailies. Reception to follow. Beige Pursuit (Wendy’s Subway, 2019) by Sara Magenheimer will be available for sale during the walkthrough.

Supported by the University Auxiliary Services at Albany.

Artist Sara Magenheimer holding a small frog

Artists’ Reception

Friday, September 16, 2022, 5:30 – 7pm
University Art Museum
Fine Arts Building
Free parking in the State Quad Student Parking Lot

Join us for an artists' reception to celebrate the University Art Museum's current exhibitions: Sara Magenheimer: Dailies and Chryssa: Gates to Times Square. Grab-and-go refreshments will be served. Beige Pursuit (Wendy’s Subway, 2019) by Sara Magenheimer will be available for sale during the reception.

Supported by the University Auxiliary Services at Albany.

Artist Sara Magenheimer

2022 Master of Fine Arts Thesis Exhibition Reception

Friday, May 6, 5 – 7 pm
University Art Museum
Fine Arts Building
Free parking in the State Quad Student Parking Lot 

Join us for a reception to celebrate the 2022 Master of Fine Arts Thesis Exhibition. Grab-and-go refreshments will be served.

Visitors in the museum space

2022 MA Thesis Exhibition Reception

Friday, May 6, 5 – 7 pm
Gallery 223
Fine Arts Building, second floor
Free parking in the State Quad Student Parking Lot 

Join the Department of Art and Art History at Gallery 223 on the second floor of the Fine Arts Building, down the hall from the University Art Museum, to celebrate the 2022 MA Thesis Exhibition.

MFA visitors

Students Speak

Saturday, March 26, 2pm


University Art Museum
Fine Arts Building

UAlbany students are invited to participate in this open, student-led dialogue hosted by the Office of Intercultural Student Engagement and the University Art Museum. The discussion will center on the University Art Museum’s current exhibitions.

Supported by the Jack and Gertrude Horan Memorial Endowment Fund for Student Outreach.

Student working on a laptop sitting on a plywood sculpture

Artist Talk with Gracelee Lawrence

Thursday, March 24, 4:30pm

University Art Museum
Fine Arts Building

Free parking in the State Quad Student Parking Lot 

Exhibiting artist and UAlbany Assistant Visiting Professor of Sculpture, Gracelee Lawrence discusses her 3-D sculptures on view in Fruit Soup: Contemporary Vanitas with Audrey Flack and Gracelee Lawrence. Focusing on ways in which bodies are both gendered and metaphorically fragmented in terms of capitalist-driven material desires, physical sustenance, and the digital spaces we inhabit, Lawrence shares her explorations of the mental space between digital and physical reality.

Artist Gracelee Lawrence

In Conversation: Ronny Quevedo and Johana Londoño

Tuesday, March 8, 4:30pm

University Art Museum
Fine Arts Building

Free parking in the State Quad Student Parking Lot 

Exhibiting artist Ronny Quevedo delves into topics of art and socio-political issues of migration, Indigenous architecture, and communal spaces with Johana Londoño, Associate Professor and Director of Latin American, Caribbean & U.S. Latino Studies Graduate Studies at UAlbany. Professor Londoño is the author of Abstract Barrios: The Crises of Latinx Visibility in Cities.

In Conversation: Ronny Quevedo and Johana Londoño

Artists’ Reception

Thursday, March 3, 5:30 – 7pm
University Art Museum
Fine Arts Building

Free parking in the State Quad Student Parking Lot 

Join us for an artists' reception to celebrate the University Art Museum's current exhibitions: Ronny Quevedo: offside, Rodrigo Valenzuela: Video Works, and Fruit Soup: Contemporary Vanitas by Audrey Flack and Gracelee Lawrence. Grab-and-go refreshments will be served.

Supported by the University Auxiliary Services at Albany.

Art museum with red and blue vinyl applied to the walls

In Conversation: Ronny Quevedo and Rodrigo Valenzuela

Thursday, March 3, 4:30 – 5:30pm
University Art Museum
Fine Arts Building

Free parking in the State Quad Student Parking Lot 

Join us for a conversation with exhibiting artists Ronny Quevedo and Rodrigo Valenzuela, moderated by art historian, critic, and University Art Museum curatorial consultant, Dr. Robert R. Shane.

Artists Ronny Quevedo and Rodrigo Valenzuela

Concert by The Knights

Monday, December 6, 6pm
University Art Museum
Fine Arts Building

In December 2021, Emily Daggett Smith will perform at the University Art Museum with members of The Knights, a New York-based collective of “adventurous musicians dedicated to transforming the orchestral experience and eliminating barriers between audience and music.” 

Andrea Casarrubios: Amid a Place of Stone for solo violin (2020)
Reena Esmail: Nadiya for flute and cello (2016)
Samuel Coleridge-Taylor: Quintet in F-sharp minor for clarinet and strings, Op. 10 (clarinet, 2 violins, viola, cello)
Gabrielle Herbst: New Commission (2021)

RSVP required: https://uam-knights.eventbrite.com

Co-sponsored by the UAlbany Performing Arts Center.

Free parking in the State Quad Student Parking Lot

Ensemble of musicians holding their instruments

Odessa Straub: Care and Feeding of Artworks

University Art Museum
Fine Arts Building

Periodically during the course of Well/Being: An Exhibition on Healing and Repair, artist Odessa Straub will be on-site for the care and feeding of her artworks.
 

Odessa Straub: Care and Feeding of Artworks

Glendalys Medina: Evolving Color Studies Series

University Art Museum
Fine Arts Building

During the Covid-19 crisis, a ritual of daily drawing became a source of solace and productivity for Glendalys Medina. Well/Being will open with seven drawings from Medina’s Color Studies series. Depending on when viewers visit the work, they may see a varying number of golden rectangles on the wall. These mark where a new drawing will be added by the artist once every two weeks for the duration of the exhibition, underscoring the temporal and ritualistic aspects of this art-making practice.  
 

Abstract shapes on colored paper

The Tip of the Tongue: Performance by Kris Seto

Thursday, December 2, 7pm
University Art Museum
Fine Arts Building

Created in dialogue with visual artist Michelle Young Lee and her neon work “I am the Signal; You Are the Wave”, The Tip of the Tongue is a collaborative dance piece by movement artist Kris Seto that excavates the invisible forces and walls of assimilation we traverse. Part memoir, part movement monument to those who have come before us, it is an unearthing of the unseen, the buried—the physicalization of the ineffable.

RSVP required: https://setoperformance.eventbrite.com

Kris Seto – Creative Director/Performer
Michelle Young Lee – Producer/Performer
Jayson P. Smith – Creative and Movement Consultant
OHYUNG – Composer and Sound Designer
Devon Hong – Costumes
Joseph Imhauser – Voiceover

Co-sponsored by the UAlbany Performing Arts Center. Supported by NYS DanceForce, a partnership program of the New York State Council on the Arts.

Free parking in the State Quad Student Parking Lot

Dancer in front of neon sign

Emily Daggett Smith: Solo Violin Concerts

Monday, November 22, 12 pm
University Art Museum
Fine Arts Building

During the course of Well/Being: An Exhibition on Healing and Repair, Emily Daggett Smith will perform a series of informal solo violin concerts. Audience members will be free to explore the exhibition or listen from socially distanced seats.

Smith will premiere a commissioned solo violin piece entitled Amid a Place of Stone. Composed by Andrea Casarrubios, the piece is a reflection on time spent in isolation at the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic. In the composer’s words: “This work, conceived during the 2020 pandemic and the ensuing crisis in the performing arts, combines nocturne and passacaglia elements, and traverses a range of phases within the subjects of isolation, vulnerability, and survival.” In addition, Smith will perform Jessie Montgomery’s Rhapsody No. 1 (2014), Kaija Saariaho’s Nocturne (1995), and Johann Sebastian Bach’s Ciaccona from the Partita No. 2 in D minor (1718–20).

Co-sponsored by the UAlbany Performing Arts Center.

Woman in red dress playing violin

Movement Workshops with Kris Seto

Movement artist Kris Seto will engage with UAlbany students, faculty, and staff through a series of movement workshops. As part of their two-day residency, Seto will also present a work-in-progress performance and Q&A session. All events will take place in the University Art Museum in the Fine Arts Building.

 

Museum Meditations with Kris Seto
Tuesday, November 16, 2 – 3pm
Wednesday, November 17, 12 - 1pm
Join movement artist Kris Seto on a gentle guided meditation through the first floor of the University Art Museum. “Sight and thought are often over-privileged in our society, but we see and sense with so much more.” Slow down your inputs and nervous systems in search of an expanded sense of time, body, presence, and awareness. Then, through movement, improvisation, and imagination prompts, participants will traverse the space and artwork finding agency, fluidity, and curiosity along the way.
All bodies and abilities welcome.

 

New Asian Futures: A diasporic dance + dialogue workshop
Tuesday, November 16, 6 – 7pm
“As Asian + Pacific Islander folx, it can feel like we are navigating many different worlds, cultures, and forces all at once. How must we move through our systems of hierarchy? And what do these expectations feel like in the body?” Join artist Kris Seto for a movement workshop that seeks to unearth embodiment, expand capacities, and deepen our sense of belonging. By tuning inwards, we tune in to new futures and how we want to move through the world.
The artist asks that this session center AAPI and mixed-race participants. All abilities are welcome. 
Registration for New Asian Futures: A diasporic dance + dialogue workshop preferred, but not required: https://uam-krisseto.eventbrite.com

 

Work-In-Progress Performance and Q&A Session with Kris Seto
Wednesday, November 17, 3 – 3:55pm
Movement artist Kris Seto will present an in-progress performance with a Q&A session in advance of their performance at the University Art Museum on December 2, 2021.

Co-sponsored by the UAlbany Performing Arts Center. Supported by the New York State DanceForce.

Image courtesy Vivian Babuts Photography

Dancer Kris Seto in a leotard

Students Speak

Saturday, November 13, 2pm

University Art Museum
Fine Arts Building

UAlbany students are invited to participate in this open, student-led dialogue hosted by the Office of Intercultural Student Engagement and the University Art Museum. 

The discussion will be centered around the exhibition on view, and will be led by Sydney Pennington ’23, UAM Social Media and Marketing Intern; Dominique Ennis ’21, UAM Department of Art and Art History Undergraduate Intern; and Jaci Yong ’24, Intercultural Specialist for Asian Heritage, Multicultural Resource Center.

Installation view of the exhibition Well/Being

Well/Being: An Exhibition on Healing and Repair Artists’ Reception

Friday, November 5, 2021, 5 – 7pm
University Art Museum
Fine Arts Building

Free parking in the State Quad Student Parking Lot

Well/Being: An Exhibition on Healing and Repair

The Creative Life: Debbie Millman and Roxane Gay

Tuesday, November 2, 7 pm 
UAlbany Performing Arts Center

Designer/UAlbany alum Debbie Millman and author/social commentator Roxane Gay in conversation with WAMC’s Joe Donahue.

Co-sponsored by New York State Writers Institute and UAlbany Performing Arts Center
 

Debbie Millman and Roxane Gay

Well/Being Exhibition Tour with Robert Shane and Corinna Ripps Schaming

Saturday, October 16, 11 am

University Art Museum
Fine Arts Building

Neon Installation

The Creative Life: Ruth Reichl

Tuesday, October 5, 7 pm
UAlbany Performing Arts Center

Chef, food writer, and culinary editor Ruth Reichl in conversation with WAMC’s Joe Donahue.

Co-sponsored by New York State Writers Institute and UAlbany Performing Arts Center
 

Ruth Reichl smiling

Artist to Artist: Addressing This Moment

This virtual series brings together artists who have presented work at the University at Albany in the past. The informal conversations combine powerful voices and compelling artistic practices that speak to current challenges that we face; this moment of the coronavirus pandemic, a reckoning on systemic racism, and civil unrest.

Co-sponsored with NYS Writers Institute and UAlbany Performing Arts Center

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Artist to Artist: Addressing This Moment

JOIN US FOR A SPECIAL VIRTUAL LITERARY EVENT CO-HOSTED BY UALBANY ENGLISH & RPI'S COMMUNICATION AND MEDIA 

WRITING GRIEF, WRITING GROWTH: AUTHORS SPEAK ON CREATIVITY DURING DIFFICULT TIMES 

April 7, 2021, 4 - 6 pm 

Amina Gautier is the author of three short story collections: At-RiskNow We Will Be Happy, and The Loss of All Lost ThingsAt-Risk was awarded the Flannery O'Connor Award; Now We Will Be Happy was awarded the Prairie Schooner Book Prize in Fiction; For her body of work she has received the PEN/MALAMUD Award for Excellence in the Short Story. 

Molly Mccully Brown is the author of the essay collection Places I've Taken my Body and the poetry collection The Virginia State Colony For Epileptics and Feebleminded, which was named a New York Times Critics Top Book of 2017. 

Susan Nguyen's debut poetry collection, Dear Diaspora, won the Prairie Schooner Book Prize in Poetry and will be published by the University of Nebraska Press in fall 2021. 

Support is provided by The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts. Images courtesy of the authors

Writing Grief

Wikipedia Edit-a-thon: Art + Feminism 2021

Virtual via Zoom
Monday, March 29, 2021, 2:30 – 4:30 p.m.

Join us to make contributions to Wikipedia that directly relate to the University at Albany Fine Art Collections and the University Art Museum’s current and past exhibitions. Co-sponsored by the Information Literacy Department of the University Libraries.

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Wikipedia Edit-a-thon — Art + Feminism 2021

Students Speak

A collaborative student-led virtual series hosted by the Office of Intercultural Student Engagement and the University Art Museum. The conversations will be led by UAM Milton & Sally Avery Arts Foundation Intern Sydney Pennington ’23 and MRC Intercultural Specialist Aya Nakhlawi ’21. UAlbany students will be able to participate in this open dialogue through Zoom.

Identity and Idealism
Thursday, February 18 at 7pm

Activism on Campus
Thursday, March 11 at 7pm

Students Speak - A Dialogue about Art, Activism and Museums as Social Space

Wellness Wednesday

Wednesday, March 3, 10am-5pm

Unwind. Reflect. Connect. Take some time off to view Torch ’72/2020 and i.de.al.is.tic in-person at the University Art Museum!

UAlbany students, faculty, and staff are invited to join us on Wellness Wednesday during our extended hours. View instructions on scheduling a visit here. If you are unable to pre-register, walk-ins without reservation will be accepted as visitor capacity allows.

Wellness Wednesday Unwind. Reflect. Connect.