Looking for a creative way to spend the day? The Tang Teaching Museum and Art Gallery will be hosting free, thought-provoking events through the end of the year! Read on to learn more about exciting exhibitions, panel discussions, and family-friendly activities at the Tang.
When and Where I Enter
In When and Where I Enter, a dozen displayed photographs, prints, paintings, and sculptures examine ideas of critical whiteness in provocative and diverse ways. Students from Skidmore College applied course concepts from Beck Krefting’s “Critical Whiteness in the United States” to select the 12 works of art from the Tang Teaching Museum collection that appear in the exhibition.
“We live in a political moment in which a heightened awareness has been placed on racial identities,” Krefting said in a statement. “Critical whiteness studies aims to address this moment in new ways by being an anti-racist, self-reflexive, and interdisciplinary field that recognizes racial identities as social constructs.”
The exhibit will be on display through January 6, including works by artists Atong Atem, Max Becher, Kerry James Marshall, Andrea Robbins, Joachim Schmid, Nikki S. Lee, Jeff Sonhouse, Kara Walker, and Carrie Mae Weems.
Saturday, October 20
- 5 PM: Opening Reception | A public opening of When and Where I Enter. The reception follows a 4 PM gallery talk by the artist Tim Davis, whose exhibition, When We Are Dancing (I Get Ideas), also opens October 20.
Tuesday, November 13
- 12 PM: Curators’ Tour | Skidmore Associate Professor Beck Krefting, Rose White ’20, and Reshma Harripersad ’19 lead a tour of the exhibition.
3-D Doings Symposium
Running through January 6, 3-D Doings is the first in-depth exploration of the sculptural work and dimensional painting made by the Chicago Imagists during the early years of their practice.
A two-day symposium at the Tang will bring together exhibiting artists to discuss their work.
Thursday, October 25
- 6 PM to 7:30 PM: Dunkerley Dialogue | Hear from artist Art Green and Skidmore College Professor of Psychology and Neuroscience Flip Philips.
Friday, October 26
- 3 PM to 4 PM: Gallery Talk | Sarah Canright, Art Green, Lorri Gunn, Phil Hanson, Gladys Nilsson, and Suellen Rocca talk with guests about their works.
- 4 PM to 5 PM: Reception
- 5 PM to 6 PM: Panel Discussion | Moderated by exhibition co-curator Ian Berry.
The Tang’s Family Saturday programs run from 2 to 3:30 PM, every week through December 8 (excluding November 24). Note that the hours are different on October 20. Reservations are required and may be made one week in advance of each program.
These free, family-friendly art events include a brief tour followed by a hands-on art workshop. The events are best suited for children ages 5 and up along with their adult companions. Remember to dress for making a mess!
After looking at work in 3-D Doings, guests will work in small groups to create an Exquisite Imagist Corpse! This program is based off the popular “Exquisite Corpse” activity where participants take turns creating their own life-sized figures.
From 12 PM to 1:30 PM, drop in for the Tang’s Family Celebration Weekend. Kids will get to create their own wacky creatures inspired by figures in 3-D Doings.
Make your own spooky Halloween mask inspired by those featured in 3-D Doings! Guests can have fun decorating with tissue paper, magazine images, markers, pom-poms, and paints.
Create your own moving puppet using paper cut outs, fasteners, fabric, markers, buttons, and other embellishments.
After looking at the Roger Brown sculpture Twin Towers, 1977 and learning about images of the city, guests will get to create their own skyscrapers. Make windows, designs, and patterns using materials such as paper, skinny colored tapes, and markers.
Join this yearly tradition at the Tang! Participants will make holiday centerpieces out of potatoes, pipe-cleaners, feathers, and beads. You can RSVP for the Make-a-Turkey event at any time, though advance registration is encouraged.
Learn about H.C. Westermann’s sculpture Memorial to the Idea of Man if He Was an Idea, then make your own treasure chests filled with objects and images from your imagination. Use cardboard boxes, felt, paper, markers, buttons, and other materials.
After looking at Ed Flood’s plexiglass sculptures in 3-D Doings, create your own TV monitors using sheets of clear acetate, paint pens, and paper. Think about the images you might see on TV.
Don’t forget to share your Family Saturday photos on social media using #tangfamsat! For more information about events and exhibitions, call the Visitor Service Desk at (518) 580-8080 or visit the Tang Museum online at tang.skidmore.edu.