Family Saturday: Artist Martin Kersels

A smiling man with glasses sits between two Family Saturday participants who are working on art projects
Martin Kersels with Family Saturday participants, Family Saturday: Artist Martin Kersels, Tang Teaching Museum, August 10, 2019, photo by Dan Lubbers

Join us on Saturday, August 10 at 2:00pm for a special Family Saturday event with the artist Martin Kersels. The artist, whose work is included in the Tang Teaching Museum collection, is known for his sculpture, photography, installation, and performances. He is best known for his laughter-inducing works that consider the dichotomies of humor and pathos within the human condition. Kersels injects a playfulness in his work, often using his six-foot-seven-inch body as part of his artistic practice, to reveal the awkwardness associated with not belonging. Join us for this special event in which students can meet and work with the acclaimed artist.

Family Saturdays foster multigenerational creative collaboration through looking at artwork in our galleries, discussing and sharing ideas, and engaging in a hands-on art activity inspired by those conversations.

All programs run from 2:00 to 3:30 PM and are free and open to the public, and suitable for children ages 5 and older, accompanied by their adult companions.

Registration is required. You can register beginning one week before each program. For more information and to register, call our Visitors Services Desk at 518-580-8080.

We welcome visitors of all abilities! Be prepared to get messy and have fun! Share your Family Saturday photos on social media by including #tangfamsat.

About Martin Kersels

Born in 1960 in Los Angeles, Martin Kersels currently lives and works in New Haven, Connecticut, where he is the director of graduate studies in sculpture at Yale University. He received from UCLA both his BA in 1984 and MFA in 1995. From 1984 to 1993, Kersels participated in collaborative performances with SHRIMPS, an alternative performance art group associated with artful maladroit actions that he co-founded. His decision to expand his practice of performative gestures and collaborations to include performative sculptures, objects, and assemblages was pivotal. His objects and projects have been the subject of major solo and group exhibitions at museums around the world, including a 2007 exhibition at the Tang, Opener 12: Martin Kersels — Heavyweight Champion.

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