Since well before his epic 1974 walk between the Twin Towers of the World Trade Center, Philippe Petit had become an artist who answered first and foremost to the demands of his craft—not only on the high wire, but also as a magician, street juggler, visual artist, builder, and writer.

A born rebel like many creative people, he was from an early age a voracious learner who taught himself, cultivating the attitudes, resources, and techniques to tackle even seemingly impossible feats. His outlaw sensibility spawned a unique approach to the creative process—an approach he shares, with characteristic enthusiasm, irreverence, and originality in Creativity: The Perfect Crime.

Philippe Petit will be at Oblong Books and Music in Rhinebeck, NY tonight.


  Gabrielle Selz grew up in a home full of the most celebrated artists of the 1960s and 1970s: Rothko, de Kooning, Tinguely, Giacometti, and Christo.

Her father, Peter Selz, was the chief curator of painting and sculpture at the Museum of Modern Art in the heyday of Abstract Expressionism. Selz's father was vibrant and freewheeling, but his enthusiasm for both women and art took its toll on their family life.


  This Saturday, the Massachusetts Museum of Contemporary Art – MASS MoCA, will celebrate their 15th anniversary of operation in North Adams, MA with a huge blow-out party – and, of course, with an opening reception for a new exhibition, Teresita Fernández: As Above So Below.

There will be dazzling art, live Bhangra funk dance music with house favorite Red Baraat (who will be featured on our show tomorrow), fresh jams from legendary DJ Rekha, pop-up performers you know and love, fun food truck fare, beer and creative cocktails, and a champagne toast.

Here to tell us more are our pals– MASS MoCA’s Director, Joe Thompson and their Director of Communications, Jodi Joseph.


  The Arts Center of the Capital Region engages people in the creative experience – they are the region’s preeminent proponent of the arts and creative education, expression, and appreciation through classes, camps, exhibits, and presentations.

This past Monday night, The Arts Center hosted a screening of the 2004 documentary - Touch the Sound: A Sound Journey with Evelyn Glennie, as part of the Albany Symphony’s American Music Festival.

Christopher Marblo is the President of The Arts Center of the Capital Region and he joins us now to tell us what is new and upcoming.

"All The Raj" At Olana

May 9, 2014


  All the Raj - Frederic Church and Lockwood de Forest; Painting, Decorating and Collecting at Olana, is a new exhibition featuring oil sketches and decorative arts by landscape painter and 19th century tastemaker Lockwood de Forest. The exhibition will open at Olana, the historic home and studio of Frederic Church in Hudson, NY this Sunday May 11.

Lockwood de Forest studied painting with his great-uncle the eminent landscape artist Frederic Church in the 1870s; the exhibition will begin by highlighting sketches showing that the two artists worked side by side at Olana. At that time, Church was busy designing and building the main house, and the young de Forest watched Church draw inspiration from books on Persian and other exotic architecture.

Here to tell us more are Olana Curator, Evelyn Trebilcock and Dr. Roberta Mayer – a premier authority on de Forest, Dr. Mayer is an art historian and professor at Bucks County Community College.

    Brought to you by the Exploratorium’s Tinkering Studio, The Art of Tinkering is an unprecedented celebration of what it means to tinker: to take things apart, explore tools and materials, and build wondrous, wild art that’s part science and part technology. Join 150+ makers as they share the stories behind their beautiful and bold work—and use the special conductive ink on the cover to do some tinkering yourself!

Williams College

A new program at Williams College allows students to strip the walls of the campus art museum. 

Carolina Jaramillo is a sophomore studying biology, philosophy and chemistry at Williams College.

“I can’t say that I came into Williams expecting some opportunity like this,” Jaramillo said. “When I did hear about it, it was very exciting and I jumped at the opportunity to do it.”

  There is a pair of exciting new exhibits at the Hyde Collection in Glens Falls, NY. "Ansel Adams: Early Works" and "Photo-Secession: Painterly Masterworks of Turn-of-the-Century Photography," are on display through April 20th in the Wood Gallery.

  The Norman Rockwell Museum announced big news this week – they have nearly doubled its collection of American illustration art with a new gift from the Famous Artists School of Westport, Connecticut.

    The young Mary Cassatt never thought moving to Paris after the Civil War to be an artist was going to be easy, but when, after a decade of work, her submission to the Paris Salon is rejected, Mary’s fierce determination wavers. Her father is begging her to return to Philadelphia to find a husband before it is too late, her sister Lydia is falling mysteriously ill, and worse, Mary is beginning to doubt herself. Then one evening a friend introduces her to Edgar Degas and her life changes forever. Years later she will learn that he had begged for the introduction, but in that moment their meeting seems a miracle. So begins the defining period of her life and the most tempestuous of relationships.

In I Always Loved You, Robin Oliveira brilliantly re-creates the irresistible world of Belle Époque Paris, writing with grace and uncommon insight into the passion and foibles of the human heart.