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.
of Future Past
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.