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Selections from the Jack Shear Gift

NASA, Apollo 11, 1969
Bruce Weber, Liz, Upper Saranac Lake, New York, n.d.
Bruce Weber, George, Upper Saranac Lake, New York, n.d.
Harold Edgerton, Pete Desjardin Diving, 1940
Tina Barney, The Dresser, 2003
Richard Avedon, Jean Genet, writer, New York City, 3-11-70, 1975
Eugéne Atget, Title Unknown (mannequin), n.d.
Berenice Abbott, Fifth Avenue Houses, No. 4, 6, 8, New York, 1936, 1936
Aaron Siskind, Chicago 9, 1948, 1948

The Tang Collection of over 8,000 objects represents a wide variety of materials, subject matter, and time periods. From Pre-Columbian pots to works made by current contemporary artists, our collection offers an unlimited variety of opportunities for study, inspiration, and discussion for the Skidmore community and beyond. The collection is used in imaginative ways and varying contexts through classes, exhibitions, and research.

Classes from all disciplines at Skidmore may reserve the Kettlewell Print Study Room and Permanent Collections Storage Area. Faculty interested in viewing objects should contact Tang staff at least two weeks in advance to plan their visit. Public access to these areas is also available by appointment.

Featured Collections

The Tang is home to several special collections, spanning across a wide range of media and periods. Below are a few notable examples that can be explored on this site.

The Jack Shear Photography Gift

Shear’s extensive donation of more than 500 photographs serves as a visual history of photography from its inception in the 1840s to the present day. The collection chronicles different photographic processes, techniques, and artistic approaches from an early half-plate ambrotype of Niagara Falls to a Polaroid auto-portrait by a young Robert Mapplethorpe. Historic works include important examples by photographic pioneers such as Diane Arbus, Eugène Atget, Aaron Siskind, Alfred Stieglitz, and Minor White.

Selections from the Peter Norton Gift

The gift of 75 works of contemporary art from the collection of the computer programmer and philanthropist Peter Norton represents a transformational moment for the Tang's growing collection. Drawn from Norton’s personal collection, the art works will bolster the museum's mission of integrating visual arts into the curriculum, fostering creative museum practice, and engaging diverse audiences with contemporary art. Artists with work in the gift include some of today’s leading contemporary artists, such as Matthew Barney, Nicole Cherubini, Renee Cox, and William Villalongo.

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