There’s always something new and exciting going on at the Frances Young Tang Teaching Museum at Skidmore College! We’ve rounded up the new events to look forward to, and you’ll also definitely want to check out their new collections website.
Special Guests to Look Forward To
The season’s special guests include Yun-Fei Ji with Ryan Overby, Chris Ware, and Laurie Anderson with Benjmain Bogin.
Painter Yun-Fei Ji, who has works in the Tang collection, will engage in a conversation with Skidmore Professor of Religious Studies Ryan Overbey on February 20th.
Acclaimed artist Chris Ware will deliver the second annual Winter/Miller lecture on February 28th. Prior to the lecture, he will be available to sign books. The Northshire Bookstore will have his books available for purchase, and visitors are welcome to bring books they already own for him to sign.
Ware is a master of the comic form and is known for his many New Yorker covers, graphic novels, and more. His books have been named Best of the Year by Publishers Weekly, The Washington Post, and Time Magazine.
Performance artist Laurie Anderson will engage in a conversation with Skidmore College Professor and Director of the Asian Studies Program Benjamin Bogin on April 17th – this is in connection with the exhibition The Second Buddha: Master of Time.
Cool Events & Performances Worth Checking Out
Food Futures: Food Justice, Sustainability, and Well-Being takes places on March 4th. This will be a panel discussion with Anthony Hatch, author of Blood Sugar: Racial Pharmacology and Food Justice in Black America; Leah Penniman, a farmers and food justice activist from Soul Fire Farm in Grafton; and urban farmer and artist Kate Daughdrill. The talk will be moderated by Tang Curator-at-large Isolde Brielmaier and is running alongside the exhibition Like Sugar.
Deep listening explorations will take place with artist Kamau Amu Patton’s SSSSHHHH in conjunction with Skidmore Professor Adam Tinkle’s sonic meditation SoundMind on April 25th; there will also be special SoundMind events with members of Carnegie Hall’s Ensemble Connect today, February 13th, and with artist and entomologist Lisa Schonberg on March 28th.
For another fun performance, Off the Shelf is a site-specific theater event examining the life and character of a museum’s permanent collection by Skidmore theater department’s Carolyn Anderson and Garett Wilson on March 27th, 28th, and 29th.
There will also be an experimental duet performance by guitarist Tashi Dorji and percussionist Susie Ibarra as they explore the bardo, an intermediate state between death and rebirth. This is happening on April 18th alongside the exhibition The Second Buddha: Master of Time.
Family Saturdays will take place on Saturdays from February 16th through April 13th from 2pm to 3:30pm. These events are appropriate for ages 5 and up, accompanied by an adult, and involve multi-generational creative cooperation through looking, talking, and making. Call to make a reservation: 518.580.8080.
Additional Information Before You Head Over
Admission to the Tang is free with a suggested donation, and all events are free and open to the public. Some require a reservation, such as Off the Shelf performances and Family Saturdays.
The museum is open Tuesday through Sunday from 12pm to 5pm, with extended hours until 9pm on Thursdays and for special events.
Check Out Their New Collections Website
The Tang has given their website a makeover to better highlight the museum’s increasing collection of paintings, drawings, photography, and more.
Visitors to the website now have access to more than 1,000 high resolution images of artwork. The works are grouped in “collections” by artist, theme, or a specific Skidmore class. There are also video interviews with artists and more cool stuff to check out.
Tang staff members worked with Linked by Air to design and launch the new site; Linked by Air also designed their site in 2015.
You can check out the new site at http://tang.skidmore.edu/collection.
“What is online now is just the beginning, as we continue to add objects from the collection to the site and they generate new ideas and responses,” Dayton Director Ian Berry said in a statement.