Our annual ommunity open house features tours, art-making, music, and special guests Elizabeth Streb and Streb Extreme Action, Kamau Amu Patton, Hot Club of Saratoga
SARATOGA SPRINGS, NY (May 15, 2019) — The Frances Young Tang Teaching Museum and Art Gallery at Skidmore College’s sixth annual Frances Day, a community open house, will be from 1:00–5:00 pm Saturday, June 15. Visitors can experience art exhibitions, art-making activities, food, music, and fun in honor of the museum’s namesake, Frances Young Tang ’61.
Highlighting this year’s Frances Day are events related to Streb Action, in which a gallery becomes a rehearsal room, a performance space, and an exhibition of the archive of cutting-edge work since Streb Extreme Action’s 1985 founding by choreographer Elizabeth Streb. Streb and dancers will give a talk and demonstration at 2:00 pm, followed by 30-minute workshops at 2:30, 3:00 and 3:30 pm for the public (workshops limited to 25 participants, ages 5 and older; sign-ups begin at 1:00 pm in the museum).
Streb is the 2019 Skidmore Summer Dance Choreographer-in-Residence, a program organized by the Skidmore College Office of Special Programs. Her events are sponsored by the New York State Council on the Arts, the Office of Special Programs and the Tang Teaching Museum.
- 1:00–4:00 pm: Drop-in activities include a participatory sonic installation with artist Kamau Amu Patton in his exhibition Tel_; print-making with Skidmore Summer Studio Art Program faculty members Sophie Isaak and Patrick Casey; button-making; a make-your-own obstacle course; sidewalk chalk drawing (outside); and a special #FrancesDay ’Gram Station for selfies and other Instagram-able photos
- 1:30 pm: Behind-the-Scenes Collections Tour with Senior Museum Registrar Elizabeth Karp and Collections Registrar Jessica Lubniewski
- 2:00 pm: Gallery talk and demonstration by Elizabeth Streb and Streb Extreme Action dance company members
- 2:30 pm: Streb Workshop #1 for 25 participants age 5 and older
- 3:00 pm: Streb Workshop #2 for 25 participants age 5 and older
- 3:00 pm: Tour of Like Sugar with Curatorial Assistant Molly Channon
- 3:00–5:00 pm: Cookie decorating workshop (outside)
- 3:30 pm: Streb Workshop #3 for 25 participants age 5 and older
- 4:00 pm: Raffle winner announced
- 4:01 pm: Hot Club of Saratoga performs on the lawn
All events are free and open to the public. For more information, call the Visitors Services Desk at 518-580-8080.
Frances Young Tang was a businesswoman, philanthropist, and 1961 Skidmore College graduate who died in 1992. In her memory, the Tang family made a substantial donation that led to the Tang Teaching Museum becoming a reality in 2000. Frances Day, which began in 2014, honors Frances Young Tang’s legacy of creativity and philanthropy with a day of free activities.
Kamau Amu Patton is an interdisciplinary artist who earned his BA in Sociology from the University of Pennsylvania and his MFA from Stanford University in 2007. His work is an examination of history and culture through engagement with archives, documents, stories, and sites, including Tel_, his long-term project on the Tang mezzanine that began in the fall of 2017. He has worked collaboratively on artists’ projects at LACMA and MoMA, including 2017’s Projects 107: Lone Wolf Recital Corps. Patton was a 2010–2011 artist-in-residence at The Studio Museum in Harlem. His work was shown at the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art in 2011 as part of the SECA Art Award exhibition. In 2012 he participated in Pacific Standard Time and in 2013 in the Machine Project Field guide to L.A. Architecture. Patton is Assistant Professor in the Department of Visual & Critical Studies at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago.
Elizabeth Streb received the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation “Genius” Award in 1997. She holds a Master of Arts in Humanities and Social Thought from New York University, a Bachelor of Science in Modern Dance from SUNY Brockport, and honorary doctorates from both SUNY Brockport and Rhode Island College. Her popular book, STREB: How to Become an Extreme Action Hero, was made into a hit documentary, Born to Fly directed by Catherine Gund (Aubin Pictures), which will be screened at the Tang at 7:00 pm Thursday, June 6.
Streb founded STREB EXTREME ACTION in 1979. In 2003, she established SLAM, the STREB Lab for Action Mechanics, in Williamsburg, Brooklyn. Streb has been a featured speaker presenting her keynote lectures at such places as TEDxMET, the Institute for Technology and Education (ISTE), POPTECH, the Penny Stamps Speaker Series at the University of Michigan, Chorus America, and as a Caroline Werner Gannett Project speaker in Rochester NY, among others. Streb has received numerous other awards and fellowships including the Guggenheim Fellowship in 1987 and two New York Dance and Performance Awards (Bessie Awards), in 1988 and 1999. In 2009, Streb was the Danspace Project Honoree. She served on Mayor Bloomberg’s Cultural Affairs Advisory Commission and is a member of the board of the Jerome and Camargo Foundations.
The members of Elizabeth Streb’s company, Streb Extreme Action, combine virtuosity and technical skill with openhearted popular appeal. The company has traveled, artistically as well as geographically, from the heights of the experimental dance world to the cutting-edge of popular entertainment. For more than three decades, Streb Extreme Action has performed in theaters large and small, and served as artists-in-residence at the world’s top art museums. At the same time, Streb has taken its work into the streets and sports stadiums: at Grand Central Station; during halftime at a Seattle Sonics basketball game; on the mall outside the Smithsonian Institution and descending the façade of Bergdorf Goodman. The company’s extensive touring calendar has included presentations at the Lincoln Center Festival, the Walker Art Center, Los Angeles MoCA, the Barbican Center, the Theatre de la Ville, the Summer Nostos Festival at the Stavros Niarchos Foundation Cultural Center in Greece, CityLab 2018 Paris, the opening of Bloomberg’s new corporate headquarters in London, and in Chile, Singapore and Taiwan.
Hot Club of Saratoga, the Capital Region’s premier gypsy swing ensemble, plays a repertoire that reflects the spirit and style originated by Django Reinhardt and Stephane Grappelli in The Quintet of the Hot Club of France. Most prominently developed in 1930s and ’40s Paris, this genre has been kept alive through a long line of gypsy jazz artists since that time. Most of the tunes Hot Club of Saratoga plays were written or recorded by Django at some time in his musical life, hot swing music of the 1920s, ’30s and ’40s. The instrumentation of the full quintet allows HCS to explore this style throughout the range of its roots, true to its origins while subtly expanding the genre. The Hot Club of Saratoga was founded by Chuck Kish (rhythm guitar) and Chad Tallman (solo guitar), who later added Dylan Perrillo (bass), Tucker Callander (violin), and Jonathan Greene (clarinet).