All incoming Skidmore students are reading Stories of Your Life and Others by Ted Chiang in the summer of 2020 as part of their First-Year Experience (FYE).
Chiang describes the eight stories as “thought experiments” that challenge our assumptions and engage our curiosity about fundamental human truths and the nature of time, loss, beauty, and knowledge.
Below are eight sections, one for each story, that feature artworks selected by students and faculty to express an idea or emotion inspired by their reading. Each artwork is from the Tang collection; the captions explain a bit about the connection between the artwork and Chiang’s stories.
We hope that viewing this project will spark curiosity, reflection, and conversation for you as well.