Nicole Cherubini: Shaking the Trees

Shaking the Trees is the third exhibition in a series that invites an artist to imagine what a museum community space can be. Drawing upon the architecture of the Tang Teaching Museum’s mezzanine, Shaking the Trees creates a new community space for conversation and contemplation. Artist Nicole Cherubini forges connections between history, materials, purpose, and function in her sculptural works by integrating multiple elements such as platforms, frames, prints, wood armatures, plants, and found objects. The installation builds upon the artist’s longstanding exploration of the history of objects and space, and juxtaposes ceramic tiling, modular seating, sculpture, and works from the Tang Teaching Museum collection. Cherubini’s wall-to-floor installation of custom-designed tiles in wood and ceramic also serves as a platform where Cherubini invites other artists to engage with her work. These collaborations create new juxtapositions and open pathways for new conversations and exchange. Invited artists include Sarah Braman, Anne Truitt, Susan Jennings, Francesca DiMattio, Mindy Shapero, Pam Lins, Anya Kielar and others.
Nicole Cherubini was born in Boston in 1970 and lives and works between Brooklyn and Hudson, New York. She earned her BFA from the Rhode Island School of Design and her MFA from New York University. She has presented solo exhibitions at several institutions, including the Institute of Contemporary Art, Philadelphia; Jersey City Museum, New Jersey; Nassau County Museum of Art, Roslyn Harbor, New York; Pérez Art Museum Miami; Santa Monica Museum of Art, Los Angeles, and The University Art Museum at the University at Albany. Her works have been included in group exhibitions at the Boston University Art Gallery; Boston Center for the Arts; Cranbrook Art Museum, Bloomfield Hills, Michigan; Permanenten: The West Norway Museum of Decorative Art, Bergen; Rhode Island School of Design Museum, Providence; MoMA PS1, Long Island City; and SculptureCenter, Long Island City.
Anchor name: Silver The Void
Anchor name: Braman
Anchor name: Masks
A pile of face masks with colorful elastic
Masks made by MASKS4PEOPLE and Nicole Cherubini in Nicole Cherubini: Shaking the Trees, Tang Teaching Museum, 2020

Artist Nicole Cherubini collaborates with the Tang and MASKS4PEOPLE to create a new way to experience her exhibition with an edition of 500 unique masks. Based on Shaking the Trees, the masks will be distributed to Skidmore students and other college community members, as well as regional community groups taking part in the Tang’s educational outreach initiatives.

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Exhibition Name
Nicole Cherubini: Shaking the Trees
Exhibition Type
Solo Exhibitions
State Farm Mezzanine Gallery
Oct 19, 2019 - Sep 12, 2021
Nicole Cherubini: Shaking the Trees is organized by the Tang Teaching Museum in collaboration with the artist.
Lynda Benglis, Sarah Braman, Cris Bruch, Nicole Cherubini, Taylor Davis, Arline Fisch, Montserrat Albores Gleason, Herb Greene, Susan Jennings, Anya Kielar, Fabienne Laserre, Jennie Jieun Lee, Pam Lins, Patrick Purcell, Mindy Shapero, Kianja Strobert, Toshiko Takaezu, Lenore Tawney, Anne Truitt, Sara VanDerBeek
Student Staff
Caroline Coxe stands in front of a metal stairway looking at the camera
Caroline Coxe
2019-20 Eleanor Linder Winter Endowed Intern, Student Advisory Council, past: Education Assistant for College and Public Programs, Gallery Monitor Associate
Brynnae newman
Brynnae Newman '22
Curatorial Intern, Student Advisory Council
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