Frances Day
A Community Celebration at the Tang

Frances Day 2017 graphic by Jean Egger

The Frances Young Tang Teaching Museum and Art Gallery at Skidmore College invites the public to its annual Frances Day, a community open house beginning at noon on Saturday, July 15, full of art, art-making, food, music, and more in honor of the museum’s namesake.

Visitors can get an up-close view of what goes on behind the scenes in the Museum’s Collections areas, and get a guided look at the exhibitions on view: Honey Baby, part of Janine Antoni & Stephen Petronio: Entangle, which blurs the lines between artist, dancer, choreographer, and audience; If I Had Possession Over Judgement Day: Collections of Claude Simard, featuring examples from the collection of Claude Simard, co-founder of the Jack Shainman Gallery in Manhattan; Liz Collins — Energy Field, a community lounge installation featuring video art by SKOTE (Alex P White & Jill Pangallo); Elevator Music 33: Up = Out — A Sun Ra Mixtape, in which visitors can experience the music of Sun Ra; and The Young Years, which includes works of art recently acquired by the museum that reflect various aspects of the Skidmore Jazz Institute and its founder Don McCormack. The Young Years catalog launch will also take place on Frances Day.


  • Noon: Kickoff Tour with Tang’s Dayton Director Ian Berry

  • Noon to 4:00 PM: Drop-in activities include button-making, photo booth, Build A Better World art project, screenprinting, a T-shirt giveaway, launch of The Young Years catalog, and more

  • 1:00 PM: The Machine That Wouldn’t Die performs

  • 2:00 PM: Collections Tour with Tang’s Head Registrar and Collections Manager Elizabeth Karp and Assistant Registrar for Collections Jessica Lubniewski

  • 3:00 PM: Conservator Demonstration with Sarah C. Stevens with a focus on the Fante Asafo Flags on view in the exhibition If I Had Possession Over Judgement Day: Collections of Claude Simard

  • 4:00 PM: Trevor, a live performance by Stephen Petronio Company dancer Nicholas Sciscione in the exhibition Janine Antoni & Stephen Petronio: Entangle

All events are free and open to the public.

Stick around for our Summer Celebration from 5:30 – 7:00 pm, a public reception celebrating our current exhibitions and another performance of Trevor at 6 pm.

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