Spring 2018

All events are free and open to the public

Exhibition Receptions, Tours and Performances

Practice What You Teach: The Sage College of Albany Art+Design Faculty Show

Opening Reception: Friday, February 2, 6 – 8 pm with
performances by Ellen Sinopoli Dance Company throughout the gallery starting at 6:30 pm
Exhibition Tour: Thursday, February 8, 5:00 pm
Student Reception: Tuesday, January 23, 5-7 pm

Effects That Aren’t Special: The 40th Annual Photography Regional

Opening Reception: Friday, March 16, 6-8 pm
Exhibition Tour: Thursday, March 15, 5 pm
Curator Talk: Thursday, March 15, 6:30 pm
Student Reception: Tuesday, March 27, 5-7 pm

Artist Lecture Series

Co-sponsored by the Opalka Gallery and the Department of Art + Design.

Andrew Brischler
Tuesday, January 30, 6:30 p.m.

Andrew Brischler earned his BFA in Painting and Drawing at SUNY New Paltz in 2009 and his MFA at The School of Visual Arts in 2012. He just concluded two solo shows, “Lonely Planet” at Gavlak in both Los Angeles and Palm Beach. His work has  also been included in numerous solo and group exhibitions throughout the United States and Europe. In 2013, he was awarded the prestigious Rema Hort Mann Foundation Visual Arts Grant. Brischler has been featured in numerous publications, including Architectural Digest, 100 Painters of Tomorrow (Thames & Hudson, 2014), Modern Painters, and New American Paintings. andrewbrischler.com

Alicia Ross
Thursday, February 22, 6:30 p.m.

Alicia Ross’s work explores various aspects of female identity using photography, fiber, video, and installation. Most recently noted for her large-scale embroidery work, Ross’s work embodies a unique hybridization between hand and machine. Her work blurs lines between the sacred and profane—as subject matter is appropriated from online sources, removed from their original context, and translated into stitch. Through manipulation and remediation, Ross forces the viewer to ascribe their own moral virtue to the figures. Ross’s work evokes dialog regarding the female form and the social construction of gender roles within the context of the male gaze.  aliciaross.com

Tim Davis
Thursday, March 15, 6:30 p.m.

The curator of this year’s Photography Regional, Tim Davis, is an artist, writer, and musician working in many fields. His photographs have been exhibited around the world and are in the collections of dozens of museums including the Metropolitan, Whitney, Brooklyn, Guggenheim and the Walker. His art writings are widely published, in catalog essays and magazines such as Cabinet, Bomb, Aperture and Blind Spot. Mostly working in video these days, his projects have been shown in numerous international exhibitions and Biennials. He has recently recorded an album of his original songs, entitled, “It’s OK to Hate Yourself.” Davis lives and works in Tivoli, NY and teaches at Bard College.  davistim.com

Nate Larson and Marni Shindelman
Thursday, April 12, 6:30 p.m

Presented in partnership with the Scrimshaw Distinguished Artist Fund

Nate Larson and Marni Shindelman collaboratively investigate the data tracks we amass through networked communication. Their work ties the invisible to actual sites, anchoring the ephemeral in photographs and immersive video installations. Their most well-known project, Geolocation, traces Twitter posts to the point of origin and makes a photograph to mark the location in the real world, probing the expectations of privacy surrounding social networks. www.larson-shindelman.com

Film Series

Cinema Paradiso (1988)
Thursday, February 8, 6:30 p.m.

This Academy-Award-winning classic film tells the story of a boy who escapes his life in a war-torn village at the local movie house, and the ways it shapes his life. (155 minutes)

Point & Shoot (2015)
Tuesday, March 27, 6:30 p.m

This event is a collaboration with POV, PBS’ Award-Winning Nonfiction Film Series, and WMHT Public Media. Panel discussion after the film.

Matt VanDyke was a recent grad with a love of videogames and action movies when he decided to embark on a “crash course in manhood.” As VanDyke worked to reshape himself, he also helped create a stunning portrait of how the ever-present cameras in our “selfie society” not only record our lives, but also craft who we become. Drawing from more than 100 hours of VanDyke’s action-packed travel videos, director Marshall Curry (with full creative independence in the making of the film) has created a riveting film that asks thorny questions about manhood, personal risk and the nature of war in the era of Facebook. (87 minutes)

Dawson City: Frozen Time  (2016)
Thursday, May 10, 6:30 p.m.

Dawson City: Frozen Time pieces together the bizarre true history of a collection of some 500 films dating, from 1910s – 1920s, which were lost for over 50 years until being discovered buried in a subarctic swimming pool deep in the Yukon Territory, in Dawson City, located about 350 miles south of the Arctic Circle. Using these permafrost protected, rare silent films and newsreels, archival footage, interviews and historical photographs to tell the story, and accompanied by an enigmatic score by Sigur Rós collaborator and composer Alex Somers the film depicts a unique history of this Canadian gold rush town by chronicling the life cycle of a singular film collection through its exile, burial, rediscovery, and salvation – and through that collection, how a First Nation hunting camp was transformed and displaced. (120 minutes)


PechaKucha: Faculty Edition
Friday, February 9, 6:30 p.m. snacks, 7 p.m. talks

Short talks by interesting Sage faculty: 20 slides for 20 seconds each.

PechaKucha Night
Friday, March 23, 6:30 p.m. snacks, 7:00 p.m. talks

Short talks by interesting people. PechaKucha is a format in which speakers present 20 slides for 20 seconds each. Contact Amy Griffin, [email protected], if you’re interested in presenting. PechaKucha.org

Open Forum @ Opalka

Diversity in The Creative Economy
Wednesday, March 14, 6-8 p.m.

Presented in partnership with 518blk and the Alliance for the Creative Economy

2018 kicks off a series of discussions where we will dive into community conversations about the region’s most pressing issues. Open Forums will be led by thought leaders, community members and other important stakeholders.

Supper Club @ Opalka

Supper Club, Vol. 1:
The Instagram Aesthetic – How is social media changing the art of photography?
Saturday, April 21, 6 p.m. cocktail hour; 7.p.m. dinner + discussion

$40 per person; space is limited

RSVP to [email protected] by April 1

Be our guest at the inaugural Supper Club and enjoy delicious local cuisine, thought-provoking art, and lively conversation with local artists and curators connected to the Photography Regional exhibition.