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Photo: Martin Benjamin

Art Beat

Grand Opening

Shirley Ann Jackson, president of Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, is joined by a phalanx of dignitaries for the official ribbon cutting at the new Experimental Media and Performing Arts Center in Troy on Oct. 3. (That’s EMPAC director Johannes Gobel at far right.) This ceremony signaled the completion of the state of the art building—and we do mean state of the art, literally—and the beginning of a three-weekend series of celebratory events. Check the calendar for a list of this week’s events, and see page 28 of this issue for a review of one of the first weekend’s events.

Photo: John Whipple

Plans of Future Past

These are the last few days to check out the excellent Rockefeller at 100 exhibit at the New York State Museum in Albany. This centennial celebration of Gov. Nelson Rockefeller, who did so much to affect living and working in the capital city, includes political ephemera, historical displays, works of modern art from the state’s collection, and this nifty model, which is in the entrance hall of the museum. It is more than a plan for the South Mall (later renamed the Empire State Plaza); it shows the plans for numerous unbuilt architectural monstrosities where vibrant 19th-century neighborhoods still thrive today. Go see what might have been.


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