Performances, exhibitions, and activities, oh my! Get your artistic curiosity and creativity ready, because The Frances Young Tang Teaching Museum and Art Gallery at Skidmore College is hosting its 4th Annual Frances Day, a community open house from noon to 4 p.m. on Saturday, July 15.
Immerse Yourself in Art
In need of some art in your life? Aren’t we all? Join The Tang Museum as it opens its doors for a day of free events and tours in honor of the museum’s namesake, Frances Young Tang. Visitors will have the chance to participate in art making activities, eat food, listen to music, and enjoy the museum’s exhibitions throughout the day.
New guests for this year’s Frances Day includes part performance art, part punk rock band The Machine that Wouldn’t Die, printmaker Terry Conrad, and conservator Sarah C. Stevens (you can check out her textile conservation on the Fante Asafo flags in the If I Had Possession Over Judgement Day: Collections of Claude Simard exhibition).
Don’t miss the opportunity to take photos with props inspired by art in the Tang’s collection and on view, design your own unique buttons, create a commemorative Frances Day tote bag, and receive a free Tang T-shirt with the help of your Instagram account.
Be one of the first to see the debut of the newest work in the destiNATION video series by heading over to Liz Collins’ community lounge installation “Energy Field” to view destiNATION: TANG by SKOTE, a video exploring the tourist’s sense of place. Or be one of the last to see Janine Antoni & Stephen Petronio: Entangle, on the exhibition’s second-to-last-day. Stick around for a performance by dancer Nicholas Sciscione of “Trevor”, the dance that inspired the 14-minute immersive video “Honey Baby” that is on display in the exhibit.
But wait, there’s more! Other exhibitions on view include Elevator Music 33 Up = Out: A Sun Ra Mixtape and The Young Years.
Frances Day Schedule
All events on Saturday, July 15 are free and open to the public. The day’s schedule includes:
- Noon: Kickoff tour with Tang’s Dayton Director Ian Berry
- Noon – 4 pm: Drop-in activities
- Photo booth
- Build A Better World art project
- T-shirt giveaway
- 1 pm: Live performance by The Machine That Wouldn’t Die
- 2 pm: Collections tour with Head Registrar and Collections Manager Elizabeth Karp and Assistant Registrar for Collections Jessica Lubniewski
- 3 pm: Conservator demonstration with Sarah C. Stevens
- 4 pm: “Trevor” a live performance by Stephen Petronio Company dancer Nicholas Sciscione
Be sure to stick around for The Tang’s Summer Reception from 5:30 – 7 pm, with a repeat performance of “Trevor” at 6 pm.
More about Frances Young Tang
Frances Young Tang was a 1961 Skidmore College graduate who passed away in 1992. In memory of her creativity and philanthropy, her family made a substantial donation to Skidmore College that led to the Tang Teaching Museum opening in 2000. Her memory is honored by the museum’s dedication to collecting, preserving, and displaying contemporary art as well as its designation as a teaching museum for the undergraduates of Skidmore College.