July 14 is Frances Day at the Tang Museum! For the very first time, guests of the Museum’s annual celebration will have the opportunity to interact with exhibiting artists. See the full schedule of events, then visit the Tang for a day of art, music, and fun activities you won’t want to miss.
Schedule of Events
In honor of philanthropist and Museum namesake Frances Young Tang, the public is invited to a community open house from 2 PM to 6 PM on July 14. Visitors will experience multiple contemporary art exhibitions, art-making activities, food, music, and more! All events are free and open to the public.
- 2 PM – 5 PM | Drop-in activities: printmaking with artist Kamau Amu Patton, photo diorama with Wendy Red Star and Beatrice Red Star Fletcher, button making, sun visor decorating, a collaborative two-sided pegboard and yarn artwork, giveaways, and more.
- 2 PM | Behind-the-Scenes Collections Tour with Senior Museum Registrar Elizabeth Karp and Collections Registrar Jessica Lubniewski.
- 3 PM | Curator’s tour of the exhibition Give a damn. with Mellon Collections Curator Rebecca McNamara.
- 4 PM | Dona Nelson: Stand Alone Paintings gallery tour with Dayton Director Ian Berry and artist Dona Nelson.
- 5 PM | Alex Torres & His Latin Orchestra perform on the lawn.
Visitors can also sign up for giveaways of special Tang prizes, including private museum tours, exhibition catalogs, CDs, and more!
Frances Day: Artists & Exhibitions
Wendy Red Star: The Four Seasons
Portland artist Wendy Red Star was raised on the Apsáalooke (Crow) reservation in Montana. Through photography, sculpture, video, fiber arts, and performance, Red Star explores the intersections of Native American ideologies and colonialist structures, both historically and in contemporary society. Her four-part photographic series The Four Seasons will be on display in the exhibition Give a damn. In the series, Red Star is shown wearing traditional Crow regalia, posing in four artificial settings which represent the seasons.
For Frances Day, Red Star and her daughter, Beatrice Red Star Fletcher, will design and construct a new diorama in which visitors will pose and have Polaroid photographs taken.
Beatrice Red Star Fletcher
A fifth grader at a public elementary school, Beatrice Red Star Fletcher began her collaborative work with her father, Harrell Fletcher, when she was three years old, and with her mother, Wendy Red Star, when she was seven. An interdisciplinary artist, she likes to draw, sew, and create comedy, and has worked on publications and podcasts. Her favorite hobbies are reading books about girls, playing piano, practicing Aikido, riding horses, and being a fashion icon.
Kamau Amu Patton: Tel_
Kamau Amu Patton, whose work is featured on the Tang’s mezzanine, has been asked to re-imagine “what a museum community space can be.” The result is Tel_, a project which borrows its name from archaeology. The term describes an artificial mound formed by the accumulated remains of people living on the same site for hundreds of years. According to a statement released by the Tang, “Tel_ is an examination of history (memory) considered as layers, strata, residue. Tel_ is an archive. Tel_ is an open document, a conversation, a dialogic construct.”
Patton’s work examines history and culture through engagement with archives, documents, stories, and sites. On Frances Day, Patton will lead visitors in a printmaking project that reflects this layering of history.
Dona Nelson: Stand Alone Paintings
Melding painting with sculpture and representation with abstraction, Dona Nelson has been instrumental in shaping the direction of abstract painting in New York. Her Stand Alone Paintings exhibition features works created from 1983 to 2017. Nelson and Dayton Director Ian Berry will lead a gallery tour that highlights the wide range of the artist’s gestural and large-scale pieces.
Frances Day guests will have the opportunity to participate in a collaborative piece inspired by Dona Nelson’s two-sided paintings. The project will be created by threading multicolored yarn through a pegboard, forming abstract images on both sides.
Alex Torres & His Latin Orchestra
Led by Bronx-born bassist Alex Torres, this 12-piece orchestra has performed for hundreds of festivals, performing arts centers, and for President Bill Clinton and Hillary Clinton at the New York State Democratic Convention. Creating a unique blend of Afro-Caribbean rhythms like Salsa, Merengue, and Cha-cha, the Orchestra has been honored with several awards, including the New England Cultural Arts Preservation Award, the New York State Music Achievement Award, and the NAACP Albany Chapter Award.
Student Art Exhibit: They’re, Their, There
The student-curated exhibition They’re, Their, There, will explore “the representation and performance of queerness through a variety of media that have historically served as a platform for the queer and non-binary community, including costumes, portrait photography, television and zines.” The project was organized by Rachel Rosenfeld ’18, the 2017-18 Eleanor Linder Winter Intern.
A part of Skidmore College, the Tang exhibits work that encourages curiosity and celebrates diversity. Join them from noon to 5 PM on Tuesday through Sunday, or during extended hours until 9 PM on Thursday. For more information, visit the Tang Teaching Museum online at tang.skidmore.edu, or call 518-580-8080.