Cultural Affairs
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Upcoming Events

Each fall and spring, Hudson Valley Community College offers quality cultural programming for the campus community and the general public.

Events are free of charge unless otherwise noted. All events are free for Hudson Valley students.

For more information about any of these events, call (518) 629-8071.


Digital Media Program Alumni Exhibit Opening
Monday, August 28, 2017

Troy Savings Bank Charitable Foundation Atrium in the Marvin Library Learning Commons

Time TBA.

On exhibit: Monday, Aug. 28 – Friday, Oct. 6, 2017

An exhibition featuring works by alumni of the college’s Digital Media Program.

 

From Target to Tourist: Building Forgiveness
Tuesday, September 12, 2017
11:00 am – 11:50 am
Bulmer Telecommunications Center Auditorium

A special operations officer during the Vietnam War, John Brownrigg tells the moving story of his return to Vietnam to dedicate a compassion house. Compassion houses are built and funded by veterans for victims of the war. This particular house was for a widow who lost two sons to the effects of Agent Orange. Brownrigg shares how this return closed old wounds and opened his mind, enabling him to learn more about the culture of Vietnam.

 

Jonathan Kirk – Studio Maquettes Artist Talk
Thursday, September 14, 2017
3:00 pm – 4:00 pm
Bulmer Telecommunications Center Auditorium

On exhibit: Thursday, Sept. 14 – Saturday, Oct. 14, 2017

Utica artist Jonathan Kirk presents an exhibition of models and studies. Kirk’s sculptures, while abstract, are evocative of a wide range of sources, from the natural and organic world to forms of industrial and naval architecture. The works explore the intersection between the artist and the engineer, but still embody the mysterious nature of what might be called “cultural machinery” and demonstrate how the collective visual unconscious is plundered and sampled to create forms that are at once familiar yet new.

 

Jonathan Kirk – Studio Maquettes Opening Reception
Thursday, September 14, 2017
4:00 pm – 6:00 pm
Teaching Gallery, Administration Building

On exhibit: Thursday, Sept. 14 – Saturday, Oct. 14, 2017

Utica artist Jonathan Kirk presents an exhibition of models and studies. Kirk’s sculptures, while abstract, are evocative of a wide range of sources, from the natural and organic world to forms of industrial and naval architecture. The works explore the intersection between the artist and the engineer, but still embody the mysterious nature of what might be called “cultural machinery” and demonstrate how the collective visual unconscious is plundered and sampled to create forms that are at once familiar yet new.

 

Wassa Pan Afrika Dance Ensemble
Friday, September 15, 2017
12:00 pm – 1:00 pm
Maureen Stapleton Theatre, Siek Campus Center

By popular demand, Wassa Pan Afrika returns to campus under the direction of Nana Kwasi Anim, dance and drumming master. Wassa Pan Afrika is a 20-member troupe of elite African dancers and drummers now based in the U.S. The group has brought its high-energy performance, and message of peace and unity to Europe, Australia and West Africa. From royal court dances to ancient rituals, the dances combine gymnastics, foot-stomping rhythms, and brilliantly colored costumes and props.

 

Community Policing: New Programs and Changing Ideas
Wednesday, September 27, 2017
1:00 pm – 1:50 pm
Bulmer Telecommunications Center Auditorium

Police departments around the country are rediscovering community policing. Sgt. Matthew Dearing and Lt. Ryan Macherone of the Schenectady Police Department, along with Dennis Green, assistant director, Washington Irving Adult and Continuing Education, Schenectady School District, discuss innovative programs and new ideas for a more effective policing program in Schenectady.

 

STEP AFRIKA!
Friday, September 29, 2017
12:00 pm – 1:00 pm
Maureen Stapleton Theatre, Siek Campus Center

STEP AFRIKA! combines African and modern dance to create a style known as stepping. Stepping is a high-energy art form, punctuated with claps, kicks, stomps and chants, that quickly has audience members on their feet. Based in Washington D.C., STEP AFRIKA! tours extensively with its vast repertoire and arts-in-education programs that use stepping to emphasize teamwork, discipline and commitment, engaging young people and inspiring them to make positive choices. The company first performed at Hudson Valley in 2013.

 

Featured Speaker: Jo-Anne McArthur: We Animals
Thursday, October 5, 2017
5:00 pm – 7:00 pm
Bulmer Telecommunications Center Auditorium

We Animals, founded in 1998 by award-winning photographer Jo-Anne McArthur, uses photography to demonstrate that the animals we use for food, clothing, research, work, entertainment and companionship are sentient beings. Just like us, animals are able to perceive and feel. We Animals aims to break down the barriers humans have built that allow us to treat non-human animals as objects or property. By documenting human interactions with animals, We Animals hopes the viewer finds new significance in these ordinary, often unnoticed situations of use and abuse. Today, We Animals is an internationally celebrated archive and more than 100 animal organizations have benefited from the project’s work and continue to collaborate with McArthur on stories, investigations, campaigns and humane education. McArthur’s first appearance in the Capital Region is not just for avowed animal lovers, but for anyone who would like to learn about the many campaigns to end the animal suffering around the globe. McArthur’s first book, also titled “We Animals,” and others will be available for purchase at the event.

 

VISIÓN: a look at life behind the scenes Exhibit Opening
Wednesday, October 11, 2017

Troy Savings Bank Charitable Foundation Atrium in the Marvin Library Learning Commons

Time TBA.

On exhibit: Wednesday, Oct. 11 – Thursday, Nov. 2, 2017

VISIÓN features B&W photographs by and of Latino immigrants working at the Saratoga Race Course and throughout the community. The photography project and exhibit are sponsored by the Latino Community Advocacy Program of the Saratoga County Economic Opportunity Council.

 

“Tangled Up in” Worms
Wednesday, October 11, 2017
11:00 am – 11:50 am
Bulmer Telecommunications Center Auditorium

Through his companies BioSoil Farm and VermaGro Products, local entrepreneur Chad Currin invents and manufactures organic fertilizers from garbage that would otherwise go to the landfill. Currin brings some of the farm workers—worms—to share their amazing story. Additionally, he will share how the worm farm led to an accident that uncovered the key to recycling Styrofoam. Through funny stories, interesting anecdotes, amazing creatures and a few surprises, Currin describes how he turns trash into cash with help from his worms.

 

1942: A Year of Infamy
Wednesday, October 11, 2017
12:00 pm – 12:50 pm
Bulmer Telecommunications Center Auditorium

Seventy-five years ago, Manila was captured by Japanese military forces, German U-boats had sunk 609 ships off the coast of the United States and the Nazis held a conference to decide the “final solution to the Jewish problem.” German General Irwin Rommel, known as “The Desert Fox,” captured Benghazi, Libya. The Imperial Japanese army and navy were on the verge of capturing Rangoon, Burma and Singapore. This was just January. Anthropologist and historian David Van Aken, assistant professor from Hudson Valley Community College, recounts the important events as America entered World War II.

 

Carlos Saura’s Flamenco Trilogy
Thursday, October 19, 2017
11:00 am – 4:00 pm
Bulmer Telecommunications Center Auditorium

“Blood Wedding” (1981, 71 min) – 11 a.m.
“Carmen” (1983, 101 min) – 12:30 p.m.
“El Amor Brujo” (1986, 103 min) – 2:30 p.m.
Carlos Saura’s “Flamenco Trilogy” showcases the great film director’s passion for dance and music, and his ongoing exploration of Spanish national identity. All three films star and were choreographed by legendary dancer Antonio Gades, and feature thrilling physicality and electrifying cinematography and editing.

 

Babs Owen – Vivid Forms: Cut Paper and Installations Artist Talk
Thursday, October 26, 2017
3:00 pm – 4:00 pm
Bulmer Telecommunications Center Auditorium

On exhibit: Thursday, Oct. 26 – Saturday, Dec. 2, 2017

Babs Owen’s exhibition of wall installations is composed entirely of hand-painted and cut paper. Owen, a trained sculptor who has been painting for several years, presents cut paper works that blur the line between painting and sculpture. The Rhode Island-based artist’s compositions recall lace or crochet work yet are free of recognizable or repeating patterns, and invite the viewer to examine the subtle boundary between flat work and the third dimension.

 

Babs Owen – Vivid Forms: Cut Paper and Installations Opening Reception
Thursday, October 26, 2017
4:00 pm – 6:00 pm
Teaching Gallery, Administration Building

On exhibit: Thursday, Oct. 26 – Saturday, Dec. 2, 2017

Babs Owen’s exhibition of wall installations is composed entirely of hand-painted and cut paper. Owen, a trained sculptor who has been painting for several years, presents cut paper works that blur the line between painting and sculpture. The Rhode Island-based artist’s compositions recall lace or crochet work yet are free of recognizable or repeating patterns, and invite the viewer to examine the subtle boundary between flat work and the third dimension.

 

Velan Studios: Building Games at the Tip of the Spear
Wednesday, November 1, 2017
12:00 pm – 12:50 pm
Bulmer Telecommunications Center Auditorium

Velan Studios is the latest business venture by the brothers Guha and Karthik Bala. Their newest startup centers on creating innovative and entertaining game experiences that stoke the imagination. The Bala brothers discuss their twenty-five year journey as leaders who push the frontiers of gaming.

 

Drummer William Hooker accompanies “Within Our Gates”
Friday, November 3, 2017

Bulmer Telecommunications Center Auditorium

Film showing at noon and 6:30 p.m.
79 minutes; not recommended for all audiences due to violent content

Drummer and composer William Hooker accompanies “Within Our Gates,” a 1920 silent film by director Oscar Micheaux that is the oldest known surviving film by an African-American filmmaker. The film portrays the hardships, duplicity and amazing reversals of fortune a black schoolteacher experiences on a journey north to raise funds for her school. Despite the director’s graphic depictions of racial injustice and violence, the film ultimately delivers an uplifting message of racial pride and self-respect. William Hooker started drum lessons at age 10 and says “I consider myself a ‘jazz musician.’ My work fits in the jazz tradition because it’s based on improvisation, it’s based on learning one’s craft.” On his more than 60 CDs, his compositions range from jazz to “new” and experimental music.

 

Pride of Our Nation, Pride of Our College Exhibit Opening
Thursday, November 9, 2017

Time TBA.

Seventh annual exhibition of photographs, documents, medals and other memorabilia related to veterans and active service personnel with a connection to Hudson Valley Community College. Keynote speaker TBA.

It will be on view to the public at no charge through Thursday, Dec. 7, 2017 during regular library hours.

 

Climate Change and Climate Justice in New York
Tuesday, November 14, 2017
11:00 am – 11:50 am
Bulmer Telecommunications Center Auditorium

The impacts of climate change are felt throughout the world. New York is working to reduce greenhouse gas emissions resulting from burning fossil fuels. Communities are developing their own resilience plans to mitigate the impact created by worsening heat waves, storms and floods. Eleanor Stein, J.D., LL.M in Climate Change Law, Albany Law School, presents our state’s initiatives to address climate change.

 

Watch Out for Alison Bechdel
Friday, March 23, 2018
11:00 am – 12:00 pm
Bulmer Telecommunications Center Auditorium

Alison Bechdel is an internationally beloved cartoonist whose darkly humorous graphic memoirs, astute writing and evocative drawing have forged an unlikely intimacy with a wide and disparate range of readers. A Q/A session and book signing follow Bechdel’s talk. This event is co-sponsored by the Cultural Affairs Program and the English, Foreign Languages and English as a Second Language Department.