The Alfred Z. Solomon Residency Fund was established by a bequest to Skidmore College in 2005. It supports short and long-term residencies at the Tang Teaching Museum in collaboration with Art History and Art departments to bring notable scholars, artists, and critics to classrooms, studios, and the museum. The residencies address a wide range of issues in the visual arts and feature a variety of opportunities for both formal and informal interaction.
Borrowed Light celebrates a transformative gift of over 500 photographs to the Tang Teaching Museum from photographer, curator, and collector Jack Shear. The exhibition features a selection of works chosen by Dayton Director Ian Berry in collaboration with Shear. A fully illustrated catalogue will be forthcoming.
Shear’s extensive donation 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.
Photographer Sheila Metzner creates work that spans fine art, fashion, portraiture, still life, and landscape photography. Several of Metzner’s works were recently given to the Tang Teaching Museum and are on view in the exhibition Borrowed Light: Selections from the Jack Shear Collection. Join us for a special evening with the artist exploring her unique body of work at 7 pm Thursday, March 24, 2016.
Jeffrey Silverthorne has been creating photographs for over forty years. His disquieting images explore complex, often difficult issues including sex, death, and the grotesque. Silverthorne has photographed numerous subjects, many on the fringes of society, including prostitutes, prisoners, illegal immigrants, carnival workers, border bars, brothels, slaughterhouses, and morgues. Writer Annie Prouix notes, “We come away from Silverthorne’s work with a heightened perception on many levels, feeling the weight of human existence, the jokes that genes, luck and circumstances play on all of us.”
Kurt Markus began his photography career capturing the landscape and life of the American West and has gone on to explore a wide range of subjects, including music, sports, celebrity, travel, journalism, and fashion. Works by Markus were recently gifted to the Tang Museum and are currently on view in the exhibition Borrowed Light: Selections from the Jack Shear Collection. Join us at 5:50 pm Thursday, April 21, for a special evening with an artist exploring his work.