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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 Programs:

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

Past:

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.

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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 his 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 his 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
 

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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.

2020:

Students Speak: Discussions about Art, Activism, and Museums as Social Spaces

A collaborative student-led series hosted by the Office of Intercultural Student Engagement and the University Art Museum, with dialogues surrounding topics of art museums and social justice. UAlbany students will be able to participate in this open dialogue through Zoom. Please contact the UAM or ISE for a Zoom link to participate: [email protected] or [email protected]

 

The Museum as a Social Space for Community Connection and Healing
Thursday, September 10, 2020, 7pm

Language in Art and Social Justice 
Thursday, September 17, 2020, 7pm Cancelled

Contemporary Art and Activism
Thursday, September 24, 2020, 7pm Cancelled

 

Students Speak

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Wednesday Noon Tours

Join us for a 45-minute tour of the exhibitions with artist and UAM Education and Public Engagement Coordinator Berly Brown.
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Berly Brown Tour

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Art Lab with Christine Snyder (MFA ’16): Book Page Art

Join this artist-led hands-on artmaking workshop. The project is based on the artwork included in the exhibition by Tim Rollins and K.O.S. All materials are provided.

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Art Lab 2020

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EAP Art Break

Join campus administrators, faculty, and staff for a discussion of works on view in the exhibitions with practicing artist and UAM Exhibition and Outreach Coordinator Naomi Lewis. Co-sponsored with Employee Assistance Program.

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Yoga at the Museum with Meghan Hogan

Yoga Care: The Capital Region’s Traveling Yoga Studio will provide all supply mats and props.


Donations welcome.

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Thursday, March 5, 12 – 3 pm

Wikipedia Edit-a-thon: Art + Feminism 2020

Wikimedia’s gender inequity is well-documented. Join us for a communal updating of Wikipedia entries on subjects related to the women artists included in the exhibition Affinities and Outliers. Co-sponsored with University Libraries.

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Wikipedia Edit-a-thon 2020

Saturday, March 7, 1 – 3 pm

Art Lab with Christine Snyder (MFA ’16): Rubber Stamp

Join this artist-led hands-on artmaking workshop. The project is based on the artwork included in the exhibition by Hilda Katz. All materials are provided.


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Art Lab 2020

Saturday, February 29, noon – 1 pm

Yoga at the Museum with Carrie Will

Yoga Care: The Capital Region’s Traveling Yoga Studio will provide all supply mats and props.
Donations welcome.

Yoga in the museum

2019:

ACE Conversations and Workshops

A series of informal discussions about relevant topics in the field of art and sports with faculty, staff, and students across the disciplines. 

RISK Change/Activism Roundtable Discussion 
Tuesday, December 3, 4:30 p.m.

Supported by a UAlbany Strategic Allocation of Resources (StAR) grant.

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Saturday, February 22, 1 – 3 pm

Art Lab with Christine Snyder (MFA ’16): Abstract Collage

Join this artist-led hands-on artmaking workshop. The project is based on the artwork included in the exhibition by Olle Baertling. All materials are provided.
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Art Lab 2020

ACE Artist Residencies and Talks

Exhibiting artists Radamés “Juni” Figueroa, Baseera Khan, and Ashley Teamer will engage UAlbany students, faculty, and staff through cross-departmental conversations, workshops, class visits, performances, and exhibition tours. As part of their two-day residency each artist will speak about their work followed by a Q&A.

Talk by Artist-in-Residence Radamés “Juni” Figueroa

Tuesday, September 24, 4:30 p.m.

Talk by Exhibiting Artist Ronny Quevedo

Tuesday, October 8, 4:30 p.m.

Performance and Talk by Artist-in-Residence Baseera Khan

Tuesday, October 22, 4:30 p.m.

Talk by Artist-in-Residence Ashley Teamer
Tuesday, November 12, 4:30 p.m.

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Yoga at the Museum
November 16, 11:45 am – 12:45 pm with Carrie Will

You are a living, breathing work of art. Naturally, you should do yoga in an art museum! Yoga Care: The Capital Region’s Traveling Yoga Studio will hold classes at the Museum. These classes are suited for all levels of yoga practitioners from the brand-new beginner to the seasoned yogi. Yoga Care will supply some yoga mats and props, please bring a mat if you have one. Donations for yoga are welcome but not mandatory.

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Art Lab
Saturdays, 1 - 3 pm

Art Lab is a Saturday afternoon program that offers free hands-on, interactive art projects to students, community members, artists, and non-artists of all ages. Each Art Lab project, taught by practicing artist Christine Snyder (MFA ’16), is based on the work of artists included in ACE.

Magazine Resist Printmaking - September 7
Magazine Portrait Collage - October 5
Felt Banner - November 2
Magazine Resist Printmaking - November 16

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Airball Workshop with Artist
Tomm Roeschlein

Tuesday, October 1, 4:30 p.m.

Artist Tomm Roeschlein (b. 1986, Indiana) presents Airball, a piece exploring the connections between the fundamentals of athletic movement and the choreography of modern dance. The event will start as a workshop, with participants engaging in blending these disciplines and will culminate in a performance of the game Airball. The museum will become the court, and the audience will be encouraged to interact with the participants. By engaging participants with new steps and phrases through this hybrid of dance and athletic instruction, the game of Airball will come to life.

Tomm Roeschlein is a Filipino American photographer and artist. He lives and works in Hudson, New York. His work focuses on communities and the individuals that make them up. He has exhibited in Baba Yaga at Grand Buffet, Hudson, New York (2019) and Incident Report, Hudson, New York (2018). 

Tomm Roeschlein Airball

Homecoming Events

Saturday, October 19

11 am – noon
ACE Exhibition Tour with New Director/Chief Curator Corinna Ripps Schaming – University Art Museum

11 am – 4 pm – Museum Collections Study Space
Visit the  Museum’s Collections Study, Space and see Double Play, an exhibition showcasing artwork from the University at Albany Fine Art Collections that uses sports as a visual element. Double Play was curated by Max Seiler, Milton and Sally Avery Arts Foundation Intern.

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The Master of Fine Arts
Thesis Exhibition Reception

Reception: Friday, May 10, 5 – 7 p.m.
University Art Museum
Fine Arts Building 

MFA UAlbany 2019

Art Lab

Create hands-on projects related to exhibitions on view with teaching artist Christine Snyder (MFA ’16)
Saturdays; February 2, March 2, March 30, 1 – 3 p.m. 
Free and open to the public.
Appropriate for all ages.

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Art, Women, Race, and Class Reading Group

Read/Gather/Discuss: Angela Davis’s Women, Race, and Class (1981).
Every Wednesday, February 6 – April 3, noon – 1 p.m. Full schedule can be found here

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Yoga in the Museum

Yoga Care: The Capital Region’s Traveling Yoga Studio will host classes for all levels. Donations welcome.
Saturday, February 23, noon – 1:15 p.m., taught by Cody Bloomfield
Saturday, March 23, noon – 1:15 p.m., taught by Carrie Will

Yoga in the Museum

Artist Nicole Cherubini in Conversation with UAlbany Faculty

Exhibiting artist Cherubini delves into topics of art and gender politics with art historians Rakhee Balaram and Sarah Cohen, Department of Art and Art History

Tuesday, March 26, noon – 1 p.m.

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The Creative Life: Susan Orlean

Acclaimed author in conversation with WAMC’s Joe Donahue.
Friday, March 1, 8 p.m.
UAlbany Performing Arts Center
Co-sponsored by New York State Writers Institute and UAlbany Performing Arts Center

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Susan Orlean

Wikipedia Edit-a-thon

Tuesday, February 26, 10 a.m. – 7 p.m.
Bring your laptop to update Wikipedia entries on gender, art, and feminism. An all-day community event. Guests can stay for under an hour or for the entire day.
Co-sponsored by Information Literacy Department, University Libraries

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Artist Talk with Carrie Schneider

Gallery walk-through and conversation.
Tuesday, February 19, 4:30 p.m.

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Artist Talk with Photographer Oliver Wasow 

A lecture about Wasow’s recently published book of photographic portraits Friends, Enemies and Strangers (2018).
Tuesday, February 5, 4:30 p.m.

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