Monday, March 15, 2010

[HvEXAS] EMPAC | Dancing on the Ceiling opening Thursday, March 18, 6 PM!


MARCH 18–APRIL 10, 2010

Dancing on the Ceiling: Art & Zero Gravity is a major group exhibition in which contemporary artists explore—and on occasion recreate—the condition of weightlessness on earth. The exhibition will present the work of multiple national and international artists, including three newly commissioned pieces for the exhibition. Distributed throughout the public spaces in the building, the exhibition is itself un-tethered from the confines of the traditional gallery exhibition paradigm.

Curated by Kathleen Forde, Curator, Time-Based Arts

Arts Catalyst  Benjamin Bergmann  Denis Darzacq  Edith Dekyndt  Chris Doyle  William Forsythe  Julia Fullerton-Batten  Thom Kubli  Tomás Saraceno  Jane & Louise Wilson  Xu Zhen

William Forsythe
William Forsythe
Antipodes I/II (2006)
Image: Julian Richter
Jane & Louise Wilson
Jane & Louise Wilson
Stasi CIty (1997)
Image: 303 Gallery
Xu Zhen
Xu Zhen
In Just a Blink of the Eye (2007)
Image: James Cohan Gallery

FREE + Open to the Public

Thursday, March 18, 6 PM
Opening reception with commissioned artists » 
Visitors to the opening reception receive a free exhibition catalog! (while supplies last) 

Thursday, March 18, 7 PM 
Douglas Trumbull & 2001: A Space Odyssey »
Talk by special effects legend Douglas Trumbull (2001: A Space Odyssey, Close Encounters of the Third Kind, Star Trek, Blade Runner), followed by a screening of Stanley Kubrick's 2001: A Space Odyssey on the EMPAC concert hall's massive 56 foot screen.


Thursday, March 25, 6 PM
Inhabiting Other Worlds: Micro Gravity, Perception, Physiology & Design »
A panel organized by Architecture Rensselaer that marks the opening of a student exhibition resulting from a studio dedicated to designing a medical station for a NASA lunar module.

Thursday, April 8, 7:30 PM
Unfiction Series: Man on Wire » 

An Academy Award-winning documentary about Phillipe Petit's daring tightrope walk between the Twin Towers. Directed by James Marsh.

Ongoing, by appointment
FLOAT! Think Tank 21 »
In conjunction with Thom Kubli's newly commissioned installation for the exhibition, visitors can request up to a 45 minute session in the custom designed flotation tank. Please call 518.276.3921 to make an appointment. Space is limited.

learn more about Dancing on the Ceiling »

EMPAC 2009-2010 presentations, residencies and commissions are supported by grants from the Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation in partnership with the National Endowment for the Arts' Regional Touring Program, the National Endowment for the Arts, the National Dance Project of the New England Foundation for the Arts (with lead funding from the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation; additional funding provided by the Ford Foundation, the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, and the Community Connections Fund of the MetLife Foundation;) and the New York State Council for the Arts. Special thanks to the The Jaffe Fund for Experimental Media and Performing Arts for support for artist commissions.

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