EMPAC Theater
110 8th Street
Troy NY 12180

Performance Notes


The African Desperate follows artist Palace Bryant on one very long day in 2017 that starts with her MFA graduation in New York’s Hudson Valley and ends at the Chicago Blue Line Station. Set against the lush backdrop of late summer, Palace navigates the pitfalls of self-actualization and the fallacies of the art world.

Shot through with Martine Syms' celebrated conceptual grit, humor, social commentary, and vivid visual language, and starring artist Diamond Stingily, The African Desperate leads us on an intimate and riotously funny journey through picturesque landscapes and artists’ studios, from academic critiques to backseat hookups, and from the night of a wild graduation party to the morning of a lonely trip back home.

A conversation with Martine Syms will follow the screening.

Covid-19 Policy: Off-campus audience: Proof of Vaccination or masking with N-95 mask required. RPI community: RPI protocols apply. ID check required.

Some events may require everyone to wear a mask in the venue. Masks will be available on entry.

Approximate running time: 60 minutes

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