If you enjoy visiting the The Frances Young Tang Teaching Museum and Art Gallery at Skidmore College, you’ll be happy to discover all of the exciting news coming from the museum. Read on to learn about the Tang’s recent awards, pieces from the collection that are being featured in prestigious Los Angeles exhibitions, and what a recent $1 million in donations will mean for the museum’s programs.
$1 Million Donated to the Tang
The Tang has recently received $1 million in generous donations, which will fund their collections and publications programs.
“This generosity reflects the Tang Teaching Museum’s leadership among academic museums in integrating contemporary art with scholarship across disciplines, and in sharing that research on campus and with the world at large,” said Michael Orr, the Dean of Faculty, in a statement. “We are excited to see the new ideas this support will make possible.”
The Ellsworth Kelly Foundation has given $500,000 towards the museum collection’s endowment. This new funding will benefit scholarship and research at the museum, and help make the over 16,700 pieces in the collection digitally accessible. The foundation previously donated $100,000 towards conservation care efforts in 2015.
An additional $500,000 challenge grant has been made by photographer Jack Shear, who is the executive director of the Ellsworth Kelly Foundation. He previously donated over 1,500 photographic pieces in 2015, featuring works from the 1840s to the present. The new endowment will benefit the Tang’s publications program, which has already produced over 70 exhibition catalogs and received several awards.
“What I love about the Tang Teaching Museum is that it cares about its teaching mission,” Shear said in a statement. “I was impressed when I visited the museum just a week after the first gift of photographs and saw geology students using the photographs in their class. That was a great example of how the museum fosters teaching and learning, and I am delighted to be able to support their work.”
The public is encouraged to donate to the Tang as part of the $500,000 challenge grant. Shear will match every donation 1:1, doubling the endowment to $1 million.
The Tang Wins Three AAM Awards
The Tang was recently nationally recognized with three awards from the American Alliance of Museums (AAM) Publications Design Competition. These annual awards recognize institutions for their exceptional exhibition catalogs, posters, and exhibition materials. While the Tang has been honored with AAM awards before, this is the first year in which they’ve won three.
- First Prize in Posters (for a poster by the Tang’s Head of Design, Jean Tschanz-Egger, for the exhibition Rose Ocean: Living with Duchamp.)
- Second Prize in Exhibition Collateral Material (for an interactive project, in which visitors wrote letters to elected representatives, featuring banners and postcards designed by Tschanz-Egger.)
- Innovations in Print (for Sixfold Symmetry: Pattern in Art & Science, an exhibition catalog by Barbara Glauber featuring the work of faculty and students.)
“Our books are a key platform for scholarship by faculty from across Skidmore’s disciplines, and help share innovative ideas with audiences on campus and beyond,” said the Tang’s Dayton Director Ian Berry in a statement. “We thank AAM for this wonderful recognition.”
Works from The Tang on View in Los Angeles
Works belonging to the Tang’s collection are currently on loan to two museums in Los Angeles, where they’re featured in separate exhibits about two contemporary artists.
A few pieces by artist Nayland Blake are on display at the Institute for Contemporary Art, Los Angeles as part of a career-spanning exhibition through January 26, 2020. Included in the exhibition is the Tang’s Feeder 2 (1998), a life-size gingerbread cabin constructed on a steel frame.
Meanwhile, Lari Pittman’s four-panel painting Once a Noun, Now a Verb #1 (1997) is on view at the Hammer Museum at UCLA for Lari Pittman: Declaration of Independence through January 5, 2020.