Artwork Display by the Seeing with Photography Collective - Feb. 2 to 4

photograph of woman in fire gazing upward

Prime Performance

Wednesday, February 2, 2022 from 1pm to 8pm
Thursday, February 3, 2022 from 9am to 9pm
Friday, February 4, 2022 from 9am to 12pm

In relation to the Blind Visionaries performance, works by the blind and visually impaired artists of the Seeing with Photography Collective are displayed in the Performing Arts Center's lobby.  Photographs showcase the Collective's "light painting" process which is also included in and the inspiration for the Blind Visionaries performance.

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Presented in partnership with the University Art Museum. Funding support provided by the Alumni Association through the Grandma Moses Fund, University at Albany Foundation, University Auxiliary Services and UAlbany's StAR Program.

The UAlbany Performing Arts Center is pleased to present Blind Visionaries, a multi-disciplinary program that explores the nature of sight and blindness, light and dark…and what it means to truly see, on Thursday, February 3 at 7:30pm on the Uptown Campus of the University at Albany. 

Featuring images created by the blind and visually impaired photographers of the Seeing with Photography Collective and original jazz music performed live by the Daniel Kelly Trio, Blind Visionaries has been called a transformative performance experience. Photos by the Collective are projected while the musicians perform original jazz compositions inspired by the works of art and the photographers themselves. Recorded interviews with members of the Collective narrate the performance as the artists share their experience with vision loss as well as their journey to find healing and resiliency through their artistic expression.

Based in New York City, the Seeing with Photography Collective’s work is a collaboration between visually impaired and sighted photographers. Their work can be seen in the book Shooting Blind published by Aperture. BlindSight, a short documentary film by Bob Sacha, examines the collective and its works through the premise that the “the value of art is not always visible.”  Exhibited in galleries around the world, the haunting and poetic images of the Seeing with Photography Collective are created in a dynamic process called “light painting,” transporting the viewer into a unique dream world of surreal portraits.  This technique is demonstrated during the performance with members of the audience participating.

Composer/pianist Daniel Kelly explores the meeting place of music with literature, visual art and journalism. A prolific composer and tireless musical explorer, Kelly continually seeks out new avenues for his creativity.  Gifted with an uncanny ear for music and story, his deep sense of empathy and humanity impacts audiences most.  Kelly has brought his unique talent to performances with Grammy award-winning jazz legends Michael Brecker and Joe Lovano, hip-hop star Lauryn Hill and modern classical giants the Bang on a Can All-Stars, to name a few.  For the past three years, Kelly has served as Artistic Director and Curator for the Lake George Arts Project’s (LGPA) Jazz Weekend.

Paul Pines, the former Artistic Director for LGPA’s Jazz Weekend, had this to say about Kelly: “I remain convinced that Daniel Kelly is one of the most stunningly original talents both as an improviser and a leader that I have known in a long career of promoting this art form. His musical ideas spring naturally from a visionary imagination.” 

The Daniel Kelly Trio features Kelly on piano, Adam Coté on bass and Bram Kincheloe on drums.

In connection to these performances, there will be an art display of approximately ten of the Collective’s photographs in the UAlbany Performing Arts Center’s lobby from February 2 through 4.  Admission is free but donations are welcome.  The display can be viewed on Wednesday from 1pm to 8pm, Thursday from 9am to 9pm and Friday from 9am to noon.