SNEAK PREVIEW NIGHT!

FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 22ND
7–9PM ALBANY CENTER GALLERIES, LARGE AUDITORIUM FIRST FLOOR
ALBANY PUBLIC LIBRARY, 161 WASHINGTON AVE.

“HOW TO DRAW A BUNNY” 2002, DIRECTED BY JOHN WALTER

The story of the life of artist Ray Johnson is cloaked in mystery not
only at the moment of his death, but also throughout a career that was
difficult to know and to understand. As one of the seminal figures in
the Pop Art era, Johnson is known as the founding father of mail art
and as a collagist extraordinaire. But, overshadowed by those like
Warhol who manipulated that world in a very dissimilar manner, he was
also a reclusive and sometimes enigmatic figure who has been called New
York's most famous unknown artist, but who challenged the commercial
and critical establishment. Includes interviews with Christo, Chuck
Close, Roy Lichtenstein, Judith Malin, James Rosenquist and others help
to illuminate the life and work of the father of Mail Art, Ray Johnson.“VAINLINE – FILMS AND VIDEO” “VAINLINE – FILMS AND VIDEO” SELECTED WORKS BY WORKSPACE FOUNDING
MEMBER SPENCER LIVINGSTON. 1973–2000. During the WORKSPACE years
Livingston was especially known for his performance art, often
physically and emotionally violent, demanding of both audience and
performers, and featuring his trademark Mauser rifle, his penchant for
eating original Dali prints, and his core of diehard collaborators who
contributed to his work without questions.

In 1978 Livingston relocated to New Orleans, where he still lives
today. In 1979 he, along with artist/writer Bunny Matthews, formed the
notorious Dada R&B band Ballistics, which performed for a number of
years through constant personnel changes, always centered on
Livingston's songwriting, singing, and guitar and saxophone
explorations. Ballistics issued a few now-rare recordings before its
core members decided to stop performing.

“ART FROM STRANGERS!”

FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 29TH
7–9PM ALBANY CENTER GALLERIES, LARGE AUDITORIUM, FIRST FLOOR
ALBANY PUBLIC LIBRARY, 161 WASHINGTON AVE.

“STRANGER THAN PARADISE” 1984 DIRECTED BY JIM JARMUSCH
STARRING, WORKSPACE FOUNDING MEMBER RICHARD EDSON. This film, about a self-styled New York hipster (John Lurie of the Lounge Lizards) who is paid a suprise and quite unwelcome visit by his pretty sixteen-year-old Hungarian cousin (Ezster Balint.) From initial hostility and indifference a strange affection grows between the two exiles. Due to complete boredom they decide to visit their aunt in the wastelands of Cleveland and then proceed to sunny Florida where they lose all their money and unwittingly gain a fortune with the help of a new friend (Richard Edson.)

“CANDY FROM STRANGERS” 2005 AND EARLY FILMS (1973-1988) DIRECTED BY
WISCONSIN VIDEO THEATRE ALUMNI DAN DINELLO. FIRST MADE FOR COMEDY CENTRAL THIS HILARIOUS SERIES FEATURES: Jerri Blank (Amy Sedaris) as a 46-year-old "boozer, user and a loser" who tries to put her life back together again. The reformed runaway and addict returns to high school as a freshman, where she tries to fit in and act hip with girls 1/3 her age. Unfortunately, she hasn't quite shed her immoral background or acquired any ethics, and her bizarre family and frustrated schoolmates have trouble interacting with her. Also on the program are early art films, directed by Dan Dinello featuring: Amy Sedaris, Steve Colbert of the Colbert Report, and Paul Dinello – film director, actor and nephew of Dan Dinello.

“THE ARTIST & THE AUDIENCE”

THURSDAY, OCTOBER 5TH, 2006
7–9PM ALBANY CENTER GALLERIES, LARGE AUDITORIUM, FIRST FLOOR
ALBANY PUBLIC LIBRARY, 161 WASHINGTON AVE.

A DISCUSSION WITH CHIP FASCIANA FOUNDER OF ALBANY UNDERGROUND ARTISTS AND LAURA GLAZER HOST OF WRPI RADIO’S “HELLO PRETTY CITY!”

MARCEL DUCHAMP ON THE ARTIST AND THE AUDIENCE:

Let us consider, two important factors, the two poles of the creation of art: the artist on one hand, and on the other the AUDIENCE who later becomes the posterity. To all appearances, the artist acts like a mediumistic being who, from some labyrinth beyond time and space, seeks his way out to a clearing. If we give the attributes of a medium to the artist, we must then deny him the state of consciousness on the aesthetic plane about what he is doing or why he is doing it. All his decisions in the artistic execution of the work rest with pure intuition and cannot be translated into a self-analysis, spoken or written, or even thought out.

But before we go further, I want to clarify our understanding of the word "ART"- to be sure, without an attempt to a definition. What I have in mind is that art can be good, bad or indifferent, but, whatever adjective is used, we must call it art, and bad art is still art in the same way that bad emotion is still emotion.

To avoid a misunderstanding, we must remember that this is still in a raw state, which must be "refined" as pure sugar from molasses, by the AUDIENCE. The creative act takes another aspect when the AUDIENCE experiences the phenomenon of transmutation; through the change from inert matter into a work of art, an actual transubstantiation has taken place, and the role of the AUDIENCE is to determine the weight of the work on the aesthetic scale... All in all, the creative act is not performed by the artist alone; the AUDIENCE brings the work in contact with the external world by deciphering and interpreting its inner qualifications and thus adds its contribution to the creative act.

“OPENING AND RECEPTION!"

FRIDAY OCTOBER 6TH
7–9PM ALBANY CENTER GALLERIES - SECOND FLOOR & LARGE AUDITORIUM - FIRST FLOOR
ALBANY PUBLIC LIBRARY, 161 WASHINGTON AVE.

THIS EXHIBITION HAS BEEN SELECTED BY THE ALBANY TIMES UNION AS ONE OF THE “MOST NOTABLE – DO NOT MISS THIS EXHIBITION” ART SHOWS FALL 2006.

Galligan will be present in the gallery, holding office hours, or open studio, one hour per day, two days per week. Viewers are encouraged to bring questions about art, artwork for review, or contributions to the exhibition. In addition, Galligan will be constructing a blog, a website, and one or more additional web-mediated enterprises during the exhibition.


2X2::4X4

TUESDAY, OCTOBER 17TH
7–9PM ALBANY CENTER GALLERIES - LARGE AUDITORIUM - FIRST FLOOR

TIME CODE: The main achievement of is its means of production. The film was shot simultaneously in one continuous take on four separate Sony DSR-1 digital cameras, each following a host of characters entwined within a tightly choreographed story. The result is one story recorded from four different points of view. The final film is a four-way split screen with each camera dividing the viewer's attention.


What results is an interesting visual and story telling device whereby the audience is able to see where a character has come from, where they are going. To avoid a noisy soup of dialogue Figgis has chosen to steer the audience's attention by controlling the audio of the different quarters. The viewer can choose to follow one track, or glance from screen to screen with the competing view points in their peripheral vision at all times.
Premise: This experimental movie tells the story of the casting of a play in Los Angeles. The character of the producer is played by RICHARD EDSON. Who continues with his business, even as earthquake aftershocks shake the City of Angles.

HEROES: Yvette Mattern will talk about and screen “Heroes” her recent collaborative work with Robin Arthur, a founding member and performer in the UK performance collective, Forced Entertainment. Heroes takes place simultaneously on a two-way split screen. Yvette Mattern, born 1963 in San Juan, Puerto Rico; video artist and video designer for avant garde opera, theater and performance; currently faculty at SUNY Albany in Art, Music and Technology; curriculum interests are in the history and practice of video art, the integration of live performance, music and video, video post-production and video installation.

Her work includes: “urban.dis.urban” at the ZKM Medien Theater, “Jakob Lenz“ Staatliche Hochshule für Musik, Karlsruhe, and the Riga National Opera House, Riga, Latvia, “Here & Now“ Burofriedrich, Berlin, “VideoRom“ Valencia Biennale, “My Safari“ Smart Project Space, Amsterdam, “Unpacking Europe” Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen, Rotterdam, “Malcolm X, Man, Ideal, Icon“ Institute of Contemporary Art, Boston, “The Dream Series“ Anthology Film Archives, NY, and “Blacks Have More Fun“ The Kitchen, NY. She has received grants from Bonn Kunstfonds Projekstipendium, Art Matters, NYC, and an NEA Southern Regional Fellowship. She was the Film/Video/New Media Juror for 2002-2003 at Akademie Schloss Solitude in Stuttgart, Germany. She currently lives and works between Albany,NY and Berlin,Germany.

CLOSING BASH!

THURSDAY OCT 26TH
7–9PM ALBANY CENTER GALLERIES - LARGE AUDITORIUM - FIRST FLOOR
ALBANY PUBLIC LIBRARY, 161 WASHINGTON AVE.

THE RAMBLIN’ JUG STOMPERS - luminaries from the Albany music scene, including former and current members of notable bands -- like Blotto, The Star Spangled Washboard Band, Rumdummies, Stomplistics, Johnny Rabb's Rockhouse, The Plague, and the list goes on... will be performing their distinctive music whose style nods to the great tradition of American string band music while winking directly at the classic jug bands of the 60s folk scene, including The Jim Kweskin Jug Band, The Even Dozen Jug Band, Dave Van Ronk, and The Lovin' Spoonful.
Don’t fergit to bring your stomping shoes.

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OLD NEWS

3 Course Discourse has been a great success. Over 125 people attended the first discussion which was held in the main gallery.

Nicholas Reinert reported on the progress of the event below. For more information please call the gallery at (518) 462-4775.

Howdy Y’all,
Thank you all for attending the First installment of 3 Course Discourse. Here’s a summary of the topics discussed Sunday January 29th at the Albany Center Galleries. Please be happy to know we had over 130 people in attendance.

The conversation included tips about choosing proper venues to market an artist’s work. Research was highlighted to understand deadlines and styles of work that are shown before submitting a portfolio. Various grant opportunities were discussed and specific websites were available to help guests find links to other resources.

We saw the emergence of many new factions in our community. Each one seemed to have similar yet distinct missions. Some guests responded with excitement while others commented that it does not make sense to “reinvent the wheel”. Coordination efforts are needed to combine forces and create a more effective organization.

Guests agreed to begin a community database of email addresses, which has been sent. Please keep everyone aware of interesting opportunities and events. The sooner events get planned and the community is aware, the less likely it will be that two events will happen on the same day. This effort will significantly help with program coordination, events listings, and job openings.

Most guests in attendance have shown an interest in meeting periodically for more discussions. In fact we have two more scheduled. The next conversation called “Public Projects/Collaboration that Defines our Community” will be held on February 12th from 1 to 3 PM. Topics will include discussion about public art and its ability to increase tourism, create an economic impact and to create a larger sense of community. Past projects in our neighborhoods will be highlighted and methods of collaboration will bring to light organizations who work to better our quality of life.

Scheduled speakers for February 12th include Michelle Vennard, President and CEO of the Albany County Convention and Visitors Bureau, Inc., Jan-Marie Spanard of Albany Mural Company, Leigh Li-Yun Wen local painter and recipient of numerous public art awards, Jacob Williams from Arbor Hill Development Corporation, and Jim Salengo from the Downtown Albany BID. Much like the first discussion, audience reactions and opinions are welcomed in a comfortable and open format. I hope to see you all on February 12th from 1-3PM. I look forward to meeting those of you whom I have not yet met.

Nick Reinert, Panel Coordinator


Bing Bamboo Burlesque Troop - Menagerie Art Circus at the Washigton Avenue Armory

Albany Center Galleries’ First Annual Menagerie Art Circus Benefit October 21 and 22 (2005) at the Washington Avenue Armory

Albany Center Galleries’ Menagerie Art Circus was held on October 21st and 22nd in the Washington Avenue Armory. The event was one of the first in the newly renovated Washington Armory in Albany and Albany Center Galleries raised $7,000 for the education and outreach program and exhibition year.

Assemblyman John McEneny was the honorary guest for the evening. Albany Center Galleries and Assemblyman John McEneny have a relationship that goes back to Albany Center Galleries inception in the late seventies. Leslie Urbach, Albany Center Galleries founder and Jack McEneny, who was the County Executive at the time, had numerous conversations about art appreciation and developed a kinship grounded in their belief that a lively art scene in the City of Albany is essential to the city’s economic growth.

It has been almost thirty years since Assemblyman John McEneny spearheaded the CETA program which through a grant from CETA funds, jump started the Albany Center Galleries “Art In Public Places.” The grant was used to purchase materials to build transportable walls and it also provided employment to workers who transported and constructed the walls.

Albany Center Galleries has come full circle since that time in the late seventies, and the Menagerie Art Circus in essence is a transportable art show. The purpose of the transportable gallery was to bring fine art to people who seldom visit galleries or museums, and hopefully through exposure, entice them into visiting all of the area’s venues for art. That purpose has not changed today.

Albany Center Galleries is grateful to honor John McEneny for his vision, support for the arts, and knowledge and pursuit of educating the public about Albany’s rich history.

The Menagerie Gala was an exclusive limited attendance function held in the Armory’s stylish banquet room. Guests enjoyed a pleasantly mischievous evening with entertainment by The Bing Bamboo Burlesque Troop, voted the Best Variety Show in Metroland’s Best of 2005 while being served tantalizing cuisine from The Lily and the Rose Gourmet Catering Co. Guests received a private tour of the installation art and got a sneak peek of the silent art auction pieces.

 

 

 

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