ArtBeat: “The World Through His Lens” @ MWPAI [Get Visual]

September 28th, 2016, 1:00 pm by Sara
Steve McCurry - Holi Man. Rajasthan, India 1996, color photograph

Steve McCurry – Holi Man. Rajasthan, India 1996, color photograph

By David Brickman

My friend and fellow photographer Ben met me recently at the Munson Williams Proctor Arts Institute in Utica to see the Steve McCurry exhibition there and to talk shop.

It was well worth the trip. McCurry is a supremely talented photographer who creates beautiful and compelling color images, often choosing them for their storytelling qualities. The show, titled “The World Through His Lens” and comprising 60 pictures from three decades, will hang through Saturday, December 31. I urge you to find time to go see it, especially if you are interested in this sort of thing, but also if you are a human being, as this work speaks directly to the human condition that we all share.

I’d like to add a suggestion that you go by Sunday (October 2) to see a joyful installation by Hartwick College painter and fused-glass artist Terry Slade, titled Dreams and Apparitions, as Slade’s work is always good fun, and this is one of his most ambitious efforts yet. A large-scale piece hanging in the museum’s interior sculpture court is “intended to evoke contemplation of our place as humans in the universe,” making it a fine companion piece to the McCurry show that hangs nearby.

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LIVE: Robert Randolph & the Family Band @ Saranac Brewery, 8/5/11

August 16th, 2011, 2:00 pm by Greg
Robert Randolph

Robert Randolph

The fabulous summer weather makes for a perfect time for a road trip, especially when there’s a big batch of hellacious rock ‘n’ roll and R&B at the other end of the journey.

Nippertown photographer Timothy Reidy jumped in his car and headed west on Friday, August 5, and he ended up at Saranac Brewery in Utica, where he caught a wailin’ show by steel guitar master Robert Randolph & the Family Band with Gary Clark opening the show.

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Sloooooow Down for Slow Art Day, Saturday, 4/16/11

April 14th, 2011, 4:30 pm by Sara
Slow Art Day 2011

Slow Art Day 2011

This Saturday, April 16 is Slow Art Day 2011. A worldwide art movement that encourages people to slow down when looking at art, the annual event was started by Phil Terry in the summer of 2009,

with the hope of changing the “8-second rule” – i.e. the widely reported statistic that when visiting a museum most people spend only about 8 seconds at each piece of art. And, then leave the museum tired, not inspired.

What would happen if visitors were instructed to spend 5 or 10 minutes looking at only 5 or 10 total pieces of art? Would this make it possible to share the secret that art experts, curators, educators, artists and others know: that if you look slowly, your experience will be transformed?

The year, several Nippertown cities are participating in this quality-over-quantity event. Here’s the plan for For Slow Art Day in Albany:

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Phish Bypasses Albany on Fall Tour

August 26th, 2010, 11:01 am by Greg



Sorry, Phish fans. It looks like Trey Anastasio and the boys won’t be landing in Albany on their upcoming fall tour. That’s the bad news.

The good news is that you won’t have far to travel to catch up with them. The tour – which kicks off in Colorado on Sunday, October 10 and concludes with a Halloween extravaganza in Atlantic City three weeks later – will be making stops nearby at Utica Memorial Auditorium on Wednesday, October 20 and at the Mullins Center in Amherst, Mass. on Thursday and Friday, October 23-24.

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