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High-Wire Artist Philippe Petit to Visit UAlbany as Part of ‘The Creative Life’ Series  

Photo by Matthew Banister and Keith Bomely. 

ALBANY, N.Y. (Oct. 1, 2019) – French artist Philippe Petit will speak at the University’s Performing Arts Center this Thursday as the first guest of The Creative Life series. 


The event will feature an interview with Petit conducted by WAMC Northeast Public Radio’s Joe Donahue on Oct. 3 at 7p.m. A question and answer period will close the program. 


Prior to the talk, Petit will perform a rope-walking demonstration at the University Art Museum at 6p.m.


Petit is known for his high-wire walk between the Twin Towers of the World Trade Center in New York City in 1974. The magician, juggler and visual artist is also the author of several books, including “Why Knot: How to Tie More than Sixty Ingenious, Useful, Beautiful, Lifesaving, and Secure Knots!” and “Creativity: The Perfect Crime.” 

The next guest to be featured in the series is William Michael Griffin Jr., better known by his stage name Rakim. The American rapper will visit UAlbany on Oct. 28 at 7p.m. 


The Creative Life is an arts initiative of the University Art Museum, the New York State Writers Institute and the Performing Arts Center in conjunction with WAMC Northeast Public Radio. 


The event is free and open to the public. For more information, contact the PAC’s box office at (518) 442-3997.  


Major support for the series is provided by the University at Albany Foundation, the John D. Picotte Family Foundation and Stewart’s Shops through the Dake Family. Additional support is provided from the College of Arts and Sciences, Office of Intercultural Student Engagement and University Auxiliary Services.

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