Tuesday, November 16, 2010

[HvEXAS] EMPAC | Uncertain Spectator exhibition | opening Thurs. 11/18


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Uncertain Spectator
November 18, 2010 – January 29, 2011
Monday – Saturday, noon to 6 PM

A group exhibition confronting anxiety in contemporary art, Uncertain Spectator asks individuals to cross a threshold — to place themselves in situations riddled with tension, confront deeply charged emotional content, and grapple with feelings of apprehension. The works presented deal with a general mood of uneasiness arising from recent political and economic events that frames a future rife with imminent threats. Uncertain Spectator not only responds to these unsettling situations, but also creates them by challenging individuals to step outside of a place of comfort both physically and emotionally.

Opening reception: Thursday, November 18, at 6 PM with a performance by The Troy Chainsaw Ensemble and a screening of Lars Von Trier's Dancer in the Dark (starring Björk). There will be free copies of the exhibition catalog distributed for all attending the opening (while supplies last). Curator's tour beginning at 5:30 PM.

Be sure to check out the Uncertain Spectator(s) blog, a regularly updated space for invited cultural theorists, philosophers, artists, and curators to reflect on the manifold manifestations of anxiety within contemporary culture, whether that be through timely events, currents in philosophical thought, or artistic practice.

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Sean Griffin: Cold Spring
Friday + Saturday, December 3 + 4, 2010, 8 PM

A performance of diverted intentions and narrative relocations instrumentalizing levitations, polygraphs, abductions, eugenics, American theater, and roller girls through a kaleidoscopic operatic lens.

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Rensselaer Contemporary Music Ensemble
Wed. 11/17, 8 PM
Concert Hall
Presented by the Rensselaer Union Classical Concert Series



EMPAC 2010-2011 presentations, residencies, and commissions are supported by grants from 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 from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, the Community Connections Fund of the MetLife Foundation, and the Boeing Company Charitable Trust), and the New York State Council for the Arts. Special thanks to the Jaffe Fund for Experimental Media and Performing Arts for support of artist commissions.

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