October 29, 2005, 12pm
The Tang Celebrates Fifth Anniversary
Join us as we kick off the Tang’s Fifth Anniversary celebration! Saturday and Sunday, October 29 & 30, 2005, mark the beginning of a year-long celebration which will include an array of exhibitions and public events, including two major art symposia set for Fall 2005 and Spring 2006.
We will begin with a symposium on the public role of art, featuring eminent contemporary artists whose work has enlivened the museum’s first five years. The museum will be open to the public all weekend, with hourly tours of the galleries and Family Saturday activities for children and adults in the museum’s Whitman Classroom. A reception on Saturday evening will celebrate the museum’s four fall exhibitions and will feature a performance by Pamela Z.
Sessions will begin with a gallery talk by ceramic artist Kathy Butterly, whose solo exhibition Opener 10: Kathy Butterly: Freaks & Beauties is on view in the Mezzanine.
Artist talk between Nina Katchadourian and Martin Kersels, who work in a range of mediums
Artist talk between multi-medium artist Nayland Blake and painter Julia Jacquette ‘86
Artist Mel Ziegler will deliver a talk about the artworks produced in a 17-year collaboration with his creative partner, the late Kate Ericson. America Starts Here: Kate Ericson and Mel Ziegler, the first retrospective to recognize the couple’s influential conceptual artworks, will be on view in the Wachenheim Gallery.
Dunkerley Dialogue: Art as Public Space
Art historian and critic Patricia Phillips will moderate a roundtable discussion. Participants will include artists Blake, Jacquette, Katchadourian, Kersels, Ziegler; Tang Curator Ian Berry; New York City art dealer Leslie Tonkonow (a 1974 Skidmore graduate); and Fred Wilson, an internationally recognized artist currently taking part in an extended Skidmore residency designed to explore the teaching-museum concept.
7:00 - 9:00 pm
2005 Fall Opening Reception
Pamela Z, a multimedia composer, performer, and sound artist whose work is showcased in the Tang’s “Elevator Music” series. Learn more about her exhibition, Elevator Music 6: Pamela Z.
Family Sunday session on pumpkin carving as art
Costume contest that invites participants to come attired as a favorite artist or artwork.
Music for a Sunday Afternoon will begin with live music and refreshments
Augmenting the fifth-anniversary accomplishments will be the premiere of a new Tang Museum Web site on October 29 and a preview of the ongoing digital documentation of the Tang Collection. Supported by a Mellon Foundation grant, the project will make a significant number of the more than 4,000 artworks and objects in the Tang’s collection readily available for research and curriculum use.