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Fall at Opalka Gallery

The Opalka Gallery at Sage has released their lineup of events for the fall semester.


“From Concept to Console: Art and Aesthetics in Video Game Design”
September 4 – December 13
Opening Reception: Friday, September 4, 6-8 p.m.
Curator’s Tours: 5:30 p.m. Friday, October 2, Friday, November 6, Thursday, December 3

Artist Lecture Series

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

Tuesday, September 8, 6:30 p.m.
Dave Phillips, concept artist on Skylanders: Swap Force

Tuesday, October 6, 6:30 p.m.
Virginia Durruty, exhibition designer

Tuesday, November 10, 6:30 p.m.
Matt McElligott, author and illustrator

Tuesday, December 8, 6:30 p.m.
Fernando Orellana, new media artist

Panel Discussion

Women in Video Game Design, Sunday, October 27, 3 p.m.-5 p.m.
A panel of women from across the industry, from art and design to engineering, will discuss their careers and the issues facing women in the gaming industry.

Co-moderated by Opalka Director Elizabeth Greenberg and Jennifer J. Goodall, Director of the College of Engineering and Applied Sciences Women in Technology Program at UAlbany
Panelists: Arzu Fallahi, Concept Artist at Vicarious Visions, Danielle Godbout, User Interface Artist at Vicarious Visions, Kathleen Ruiz, Associate Professor of Integrated Arts, RPI and Tobi Saulnier, Founder and CEO, 1st Playable Productions

Film Series

Thursday, September 24, 6:30 p.m.
IndieGame: The Movie

Thursday, October 8, 6:30 p.m.
GTFO: The Movie

Thursday, October 22, 6:30 p.m.

Thursday, November 19, 6:30 p.m.
Tilt: The Battle to Save Pinball

Thursday, December 3, 6:30 p.m.
Us and the Game Industry

PechaKucha Night

Friday, October 16, 6:30
Short talks by interesting people. PechaKucha is a format in which speakers present 20 slides for 20 seconds each.


Friday, November 6, 6:30 p.m. and Friday, November 20, 6:30 p.m.

Ellen Sinopoli Dance Company
Performances in response to the current exhibition

Head over to their website to get more info on these events and be sure to mark your calendars!


Prurient at The PostContemporary

A unique art show and music performance is taking place this Saturday at The PostContemporary (formerly CAC Woodside) in Troy. The show, called “Rural Violence” looks at the work of artists “who explore the limits of astonishment, awe, and dread”.

“Rural Violence”, curated by Brandon Stosuy, features the work of the artists Matthew Barney, Cindy Daignault, Lionel Maunz, and Prurient (with John Sharian). It is a meditation on the bucolic as sinister and the quiet violence of the pastoral, along with the various rituals attached to both natural and personal cycles.

Also of interest from the event page:

There will be a Rural Violence after party next weekend, August 8, at Rare Form Brewing Company in Troy with DJ sets by Brandon Stosuy, Becka Diamond, and Caleb Braaten.

Read more on the official event page.


Oh Contraire

Oh, Contraire

Volume One of a new locally-based art journal called Oh, Contraire is out. Oh, Contraire focuses on conversations with creative people. Volume One is titled “Small is Good” and features Laura Glazer, Bob Gullie, Jim Gaudet, Elaina Frulla, and Scott Foster. The book itself is beautiful and inside you’ll find really inspiring and compelling conversations and stories. I just finished reading Volume One and the team at Oh, Contraire really hit the nail on the head, even with their first issue.

You can, can should grab a copy from the Oh, Contraire Shop, or locally from Fort Orange General Store, Mary Jane Books, The Book House, Market Block Books and The Open Door Bookstore. You can also follow the Oh, Contraire team on instagram and twitter, and read more about the journal on their website.

Photo courtesy of Caroline Corrigan of Fort Orange General Store.


The Rejection Project announces shows, tickets on sale

The Rejection Project is a multimedia play that explores the personal relationships we have with rejection. These stories were sourced from written responses from hundreds of community members from diverse backgrounds and then turned into a play.

Rehearsals are in full swing and the performances at the Albany Barn are scheduled for July 9, 10 and 11. The Rejection Project is scripted & directed by Allison Lerman-Gluck & Alex Hovet, with video design by Alex Hovet.

Tickets are currently on sale via the Albany Barn and are only $8 in advance. Check out the facebook event for more details and get your tickets as soon as you can!


Michael Eck at Albany Center Gallery

On Thursday, June 18 at 6:30pm, the Albany Center Gallery is hosting multi-instrumentalist and songwriter Michael Eck as he performs selections from his albums as well as music based on his paintings.

Eck—who has performed alongside American radical icons Pete Seeger and Patti Smith—is most frequently seen as a member of Ramblin Jug Stompers and Lost Radio Rounders. For his own work, he draws from the same well of classic American folk and blues that informs his portraits of iconic musicians.

For more info, check the event on facebook and head to ACG tomorrow!