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“Light Above The Hudson”

Residents in and around the Capital Region could see Rensselaer’s Experimental Media and Performing Arts Center (EMPAC) glowing in the night sky for three weeks in January.

EMPAC commissioned acclaimed lighting designer Jennifer Tipton to illuminate the building using recent innovations in lighting. The installation, which was curated by EMPAC’s Time-Based Arts Curator Kathleen Forde, turned the construction site into a dynamic light sculpture that could be seen from near and far.

Called “Light Above the Hudson,” the commissioned work featured a range of lighting technologies to produce illumination on the EMPAC building that changed color and shape throughout the production.

A renowned lighting designer for dance and theater, Tipton has been awarded two “Bessies” and a Laurence Olivier Award for work in the field of dance, which includes lighting Mikhail Baryshnikov’s “The Nutcracker.” She also is a two-time Tony Award winner for her work with Broadway theater.

Tipton was on hand to talk with bystanders during the kickoff event, which drew a crowd from the Rensselaer campus and surrounding community.

Rensselaer will celebrate the opening of EMPAC with three weeks of events beginning in October 2008.

(Photo by Kris Qua)
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