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Artist to Artist: Shane Aslan Selzer, Esmeralda Santiago, Raphael Xavier

Three artists -- a visual artist, a writer and a performer -- in conversation

We're happy to partner with The University Art Museum and the UAlbany Performing Arts Center for today's Artist to Artist: Addressing This Moment event, featuring three artists whose work has been previously presented at UAlbany, brought together for a conversation about arts, culture, and society.

Shane Aslan Selzer is a practicing artist, editor of two books on art and curatorial pedagogies and founding editor of Social Action Archive Committee, a networked collective of individual researchers. In her powerful commissioned project Torch ’72/2020 on view at the University Art Museum now, she employs video, sound, collage and archival records to explore the trajectory and lineage of intersectional justice efforts on the UAlbany campus reactivating UAlbany’s 1972 Torch yearbook, edited by then student and renowned AIDS activist, Ron Simmons.

Esmeralda Santiago is a Puerto Rican author and a founding mother of Nuyorican literature. She is the author of three memoirs, including the bestseller When I Was Puerto Rican, Almost a Woman, and The Turkish Lover, along with two novels and a children’s book. Esmeralda visited in November 2018 as part of UAlbany’s Creative Life series.

Raphael Xavier is a hip hop artist, break dancer, rapper, poet, musician and composer. A 2016 Guggenheim Fellow and an alumnus of Rennie Harris Puremovement, Raphael is Philadelphia-based and is a professor at Princeton University. Raphael and his crew visited UAlbany in the Fall of 2017 to perform Point of Interest and to offer workshops to both high school and college students over a three-day period.

About Artist to Artist:

The Artist to Artist series is presented by the UAlbany Art Museum, Performing Arts Center, and the NYS Writers Institute.

Support for the Artist to Artist series is provided by The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts.

Additional information on the series and links to the segments can be found at and on the NYS Writers Institute's YouTube channel.


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