At a Glance
Saratoga Arts Fest 2014

June 13 - June 14, 2014

The Tang Teaching Museum celebrates Saratoga Arts Fest

As part of the Saratoga Springs community wide celebration of the arts, The Frances Young Tang Teaching Museum and Art Gallery at Skidmore College presents the following events, which are free and open to the public:

  • 7 p.m. Friday, June 13: The Chronicles kick off the 2014 season of the Tang’s UpBeat on the Roof concert series. Free.
  • 2 p.m. Saturday, June 14: Family Saturdays Drop-in Art Making
  • 2:15 p.m. Saturday, June 14: “Alumni Invitational 4” artist talk and reception


The Tang Teaching Museum, in partnership with Saratoga Film Forum, is also presenting a mini film series of art-related films, with a discussion afterward that will be led by regional art-world figures. The films will screen at Saratoga Arts, 320 Broadway, Saratoga Springs. Tickets are $9 per person, $7 for Film Forum members and free with Saratoga Arts Fest's ARTSPASS. The films are:

  • 7:30 p.m. Friday, June 13: "Sol LeWitt," with discussion led by Susan Cross, the curator of visual arts at Mass MoCA.
  • 7:30 p.m. Saturday, June 14: "Cutie and the Boxer," with discussion led by Anthony Cafritz, director-founder of Salem Art Works.
  • 7:30 p.m. Sunday, June 15: "Watermark," with discussion led by Branda Miller, artist and filmmaker, Professor of Media Arts at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute.


For more information about Saratoga Arts Fest, please visit http://www.saratogaartsfest.org.

The Chronicles

The Chronicles at Tang’s UpBeat on the Roof
The Chronicles, coming off a successful Tulip Fest show in Albany, will help the Tang kick off the 2014 season of UpBeat on the Roof free concerts at 7 p.m. Friday, June 13. The band, which has been on the rise as of late, will be making its Tang’s UpBeat on the Roof debut. Last fall, The Chronicles released its sophomore album, “Spanning the Gap,” and it received rave reviews, including this nugget from the Times Union, which said “they meld jazz, hip-hop, funk, soul and gospel in exciting ways, with an infectious energy that makes it impossible to resist (or sit down).” Be prepared to dance.

Spectacular Spectacles

Family Saturdays Drop-in Art Making, from 2 to 3:30 pm
Children ages 5 and up with their adult companions are invited to drop in and make Spectacular Spectacles, aka wild and festive glasses, out of pipe-cleaners, beads, and more. You can wear them to the rest of Arts Fest weekend and be the hit of the crowd!

Drop in for as long as you'd like between 2 and 3:30.

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Installation view, Alumni Invitational 4, 2014

“Alumni Invitational 4” Artists’ Talk and Reception
The “Alumni Invitational 4” Artists’ Talk will offer museum-goers a unique opportunity to experience the exhibition, as all four Skidmore College graduates featured in the show will be on hand to speak about their work.

  • Gayle Wells Mandle ’63 of South Dartmouth, Mass., is exhibiting her large-scale “Study for a Monument” (2012), created with her daughter, artist Julia Mandle. The work is comprised of a large beam on a fulcrum, weighed down on one side by a pile of charred chairs, which the artists have said represent people who stood up and voiced their dissent in the Arab Spring and other recent protests against inequality.
  • Grace DeGennaro ’78 of Portland, Maine, explores ritual and geometry through repeated patterns and iconic forms in her paintings and watercolors, expressing a meditative quality that offers an alternative response to the increasing frenetic pace of everyday life.
  • Nicole Parcher ’90 of New York City makes vigorous, loosely constructed abstract paintings and collages. Vintage children’s books are a primary resource for the collages, and she often combines selected sections with materials such as paint, tape and wrapping paper. Her oil paintings take the collages as a point of departure, reinterpreting and abstracting them further.
  • Courtney Mattison ’08 of Denver describes herself as an “artscientist” who creates complex ceramic sculptures inspired by marine life. Her meticulously constructed, hand-glazed pieces reveal a deep knowledge of the complexities of coral environments, exposing both the beauty and the vulnerability of these species to environmental hazards.

The artists’ talk will be led by show curator Rachel Seligman, the Tang Teaching Museum’s Assistant Director for Curatorial Affairs. A reception will follow the event.

Arts Fest Art Films at Saratoga Film Forum

Sol LeWitt
Fri., Jun. 13, 7:30 p.m.


Directed by Chris Teerink • 52 min. • USA • 2012 • Not Rated

Sol LeWitt (1928–2007) is regarded as the founder of both Minimal and Conceptual art, and his two- and three-dimensional work ranges from wall drawings to “structures” (a term he preferred to “sculptures”) in the form of towers, pyramids, geometric forms, and progressions. Despite his influence, he disliked being an art “personality,” and rarely gave interviews. As a result, this new documentary focuses on the art itself, and features colleagues and assistants talking about LeWitt’s work, as well as his conceptual philosophy. LeWitt himself appears in a rare 1974 radio interview. This screening marks the regional premiere of a meditative, very personal profile of the hugely influential painter and art theorist, and a favorite of young artists and visitors to Mass MoCA in North Adams, where the late LeWitt’s exuberant, in-your-face, floor-to-ceiling installations fill an entire floor.

Our presenter for this film is Susan Cross, the Curator of Visual Arts at MassMoCA since 2006. Cross has organized a string of major exhibitions at this museum, and has commissioned numerous new works and authored essays for books on artists and exhibition catalogues. Before MassMoCA, she was a curator at the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, organizing exhibitions for the New York museum, the Guggenheim Bilbao in Spain, and the Deutsche Guggenheim Berlin.

Cutie and the Boxer
Sat., Jun. 14, 7:30 p.m.


Directed by Zachary Heinzerling • 82 min. • USA • 2013 • Rated R

The phrase “boxing painter” may be an unusual one, but then 80-year-old Ushio Shinohara is an unusual artist. Classified a Neo-Dadaist (he was the dada of Neo-Dada—sorry), his signature style has been to dip boxing gloves in paint and punch the canvas, creating a pattern of spattered pigment. He is also known for his “junk art” sculptures using found objects, and many other works. He was a rising star in the 1970s art world and the 2013 documentary finds him prepping for his latest show as he tries—in his ninth decade—to reinvigorate his career. The centerpiece of Cutie and the Boxer, however, is his chaotic 40-year marriage to Noriko, and artist in her own right, seeking recognition for her “Cutie” paintings. Ultimately, Cutie and the Boxer captures two turbulent souls united by a love of, and dedication to, art.

Our presenter for this screening is Anthony Cafritz, director-founder of Salem Art Works (SAW). In 2005, artist Anthony Cafritz bought the old Carlos Cary Dairy Farm in Salem, Washington County, and transformed it into the Salem Art Works, a thriving artists community and “art farm” where artists make, produce, and celebrate art, all kinds of art, from sculpture to electronic music to glassblowing, all year round. Inspired by the long-gone Black Mountain College and his own experience at nearby Bennington College, Cafritz’s SAW challenges the idea that art can be divided into separate, inviolable disciplines—much like Cutie and the Boxer in this evening’s feature film defy the idea that art and life are separable at all.

Watermark
Sun., Jun. 15, 7:30 p.m.


Directed by Jennifer Baichwal and Edward Burtynsky • 92 min. • Canada • 2013 • Rated PG

Water: the source of all life. Every living creature needs water, and humans interact with it many ways—and those who don’t, well, we wish they did. And yet, aside from halfway through the Firecracker 4 run, how often do we think about our relationship with water? Canadian photographer Edward Burtynsky has, and has not only documented it in a lavish photo book called Burtynsky-Water and a traveling photo exhibition, but in this documentary, shot in ultra-high definition video by Jennifer Baichwal. Watermark travels the globe and collects stories about our relationship with water: how we are drawn to it, what we learn from it, how we use it, and the consequences of that use. From the floating abalone farms off China’s Fujian coast, to the biggest arch dam in the world—the Xiluodu, six times the size of the Hoover Dam; from the barren desert delta where the mighty Colorado River no longer reaches the ocean, to the water-intensive leather tanneries of Dhaka. The film journeys to California to hang 10 at the U.S. Open of Surfing, and to Allahabad, where thirty million people gather for a sacred bath in the Ganges. The film features interviews with scientists, drilling ice core samples from the Greenland Ice Sheet, and who talk about impending scarcity. Three years in the making, it is a total immersion in a a magnificent force of nature that we too often take for granted.

Our presenter for this film is Branda Miller, artist and filmmaker, Professor of Media Arts at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute. Miller’s artworks have been screened at festivals, museums and exhibitions, broadcast nationally and internationally, and used in community organizing and education. She is an Emmy award-winning editor, and a recipient of grants from the National Endowment of the Arts, New York State Council for the Arts, Paul Robeson Fund, and the Andy Warhol Foundation. Her work has been presented at MoMa, The New Museum, BANFF, and the Getty Museum. She is the Arts and Education Coordinator at The Sanctuary for Independent Media in North Central Troy, NY, and the Project Coordinating Artist for the “Found Art in North Troy” project.

Filed Under: At A Glance, Receptions + Openings, Special Event

Published: May 23rd 2014