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“The Creative Life” at UAlbany

March 23 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

The inaugural events in a new conversation series in the arts at UAlbany, “The Creative Life,” continue will in the spring. Renowned American painter David Salle will appear on Thursday, March 23, 2017 at 7:00 p.m. in the Recital Hall, Performing Arts Center, on the University at Albany’s uptown campus. in the same location. He will be interviewed on stage by WAMC’s “Roundtable” host Joe Donahue followed by a Q & A session. The events are free and open to the public.

“The Creative Life: A Conversation Series at UAlbany” is an exciting new initiative of the New York State Writers Institute, UAlbany Performing Arts Center, and University Art Museum, all of which are housed and function on the main campus of the University at Albany. Other guests in this inaugural year of the series have included author Joyce Carol Oates and dancer/choreographer Savion Glover who appeared in September and October 2016, respectively.

Presented by the University at Albany Foundation, the series features live onstage interviews conducted by WAMC’s Joe Donahue with artists of national and international prominence in conversation about their creative inspiration, their craft, their careers and the demands of sustaining an artistic practice over time. A question and answer period closes all of the programs.

The goal of the series is to highlight guests who span the creative disciplines including writing, music, dance, choreography, visual arts, architecture, theatre, filmmaking and more. The series celebrates the depth and range of artistic practices, helps to demystify the creative process for the audience and explores what it means to dedicate one’s life to a creative pursuit. It is also intended to bring attention to the vibrant arts community on the University at Albany campus.

David Salle is an internationally renowned painter whose work is in the permanent collections of the Museum of Modern Art, Whitney Museum of American Art, Guggenheim Museum, Metropolitan Museum of Art, Tate Museum and National Galarie of Berlin, among many others. He also has a long-standing involvement with performance working extensively over the last 25 years with choreographer Karole Armitage, creating sets and costumes for many of her ballets and operas. Salle is also a prolific writer on art. His essays and interviews have appeared in Artforum, Art in America, Modern Painters, The Paris Review, and Art News, as well as numerous exhibition catalogs and anthologies. He is a regular contributor for Town & Country Magazine. His collection of critical essays, How to See: Looking, Talking, and Thinking About Art, was published by W.W. Norton in 2016 and was described by author Salmon Rushdie as “a brilliant series of reflections on how artists think when they make their work.” Following the conversation, there will be a reception and book signing with Salle in the University Art Museum.

Major support for “The Creative Life” is provided by The University at Albany Foundation with additional support from the Alumni Association, College of Arts and Sciences, Office of the Provost, Office of the Vice President for Research and University Auxiliary Services.

More information can be obtained by calling the Performing Arts Center’s box office at (518) 442-3997, or the Writers Institute at (518) 442-5620.


March 23
7:00 pm - 9:00 pm