SARATOGA SPRINGS, NY (June 16, 2021) — Welcome back!
The Frances Young Tang Teaching Museum and Art Gallery at Skidmore College welcomes all visitors back this summer with a slate of new exhibitions and events, including the return of in-person Family Saturdays and Upbeat on the Roof concerts.
On July 10, the Museum’s galleries will reopen with two new exhibitions:
Opener 33: Sarah Cain—Enter the Center is a survey of work by acclaimed Los Angeles-based artist Sarah Cain, who explores and expands upon traditional ideas of painting, often modifying canvases by cutting and braiding, painting on all sides, and adding talismanic objects. Enter the Center will feature site-specific work in which Cain paints other surfaces, including couches and the gallery floor.
Ellsworth Kelly: Postcards is the first survey of collaged postcards created by Ellsworth Kelly (1923–2015), one of the most important American artists of the 20th century. From 1949 to 2005, Kelly made hundreds of postcard works that show a playful, unbounded space of creative freedom. The exhibition presents 150 of these works, many of them on loan from the Ellsworth Kelly Studio in Spencertown, New York. The exhibition is part of All Together Now, a regional collections sharing project organized by the Tang Teaching Museum with support from the Henry Luce Foundation.
Also on view is Nicole Cherubini: Shaking the Trees, the artist’s long-term transformation of the mezzanine into a community space for conversation and contemplation. Cherubini’s wall-to-floor installation of custom-designed tiles in wood and ceramic builds upon her longstanding exploration of the history of objects and space, and juxtaposes ceramic tiling, modular seating, sculpture, works from the Tang collection, and work by invited artists.
The Museum’s summer hours, from July 10 through August 29, will be Thursday through Sunday, Noon to 5 p.m. Admission is free. In accordance with health and safety guidelines, the Museum will limit capacity to fifty visitors at a time. Visitors must follow protocols that include masks and social distancing.
July 17 brings the return of our popular in-person Family Saturday programs, which will occur over five Saturdays from July 17 through August 14. Family Saturdays are multigenerational events for children 5 and older and their parents, grandparents or other guardians. Each event features a close-looking exercise at a work of art, an art-making activity, and a moment to share new creations.
Each Saturday will have two sessions of the 90-minute program, starting at 1 p.m. and at 3 p.m. In accordance with health and safety guidelines, each session will be limited to five children and their guardians, and all participants are expected to be masked while inside the Tang.
Tang at Home Studio, our online art-making program, also continues this summer. Like Family Saturdays, Tang at Home Studio events feature discussions about art, art-making, and sharing — all conducted via Zoom. Tang at Home Studio will be offered over five Sundays from July 18 through August 15, and run from 11 a.m. to noon.
Details for each week’s Family Saturday and Tang at Home Studio, and how to register, will be announced in the coming weeks.
Upbeat on the Roof returns for its twentieth season, presenting a vibrant and diverse range of regional musicians over four Thursday evenings from July 29 to August 19. Concerts will be performed on the lawn outside the Museum starting at 6 p.m. Visitors are welcome to make it a date night by bringing chairs, blankets, food and drink, and setting up as early as 5 p.m. This year’s lineup features:
July 29 — Laveda: A genre-blending dream pop/rock group, Laveda is an Albany-based duo of Jake Brooks and Ali Genevich. Their acclaimed 2020 debut album What Happens After features dreamy lyrics and textural sounds that are thoughtful and danceable. Upbeat debut. https://www.lavedaband.com
August 5 — Thomasina Winslow: Blues singer Thomasina Winslow’s snappy guitar chops and rich warm vocals has made her a staple of the Capital Region music scene. An educator, producer, world traveler, and historian of Americana, Winslow’s powerful voice makes her a true ambassador of the blues. Upbeat debut. https://thomasinawinslow.com
August 12 — Sun Is Poison: A lo-fi solo project of Ballston Spa’s Will Seifart, Sun is Poison creates immersive works that meld the mechanical sounds of drum machines and synths with banjos, guitars, and honest and poignant lyrics. Upbeat debut. https://sunispoison.bandcamp.com
August 19 — Heavenly Echoes: Founded by the late Deacon James Edmonds out of the Sweet Pilgrim Missionary Baptist Church in Albany, the group performs in the storied tradition of Southern-style gospel music with spirituals, hymns, traditional contemporary gospel, and originals. Heavenly Echoes last played Upbeat in 2016.
In accordance with health and safety guidelines, the maximum capacity for each concert will be 100 people. All non-vaccinated visitors will be required to remain masked. In case of inclement weather, the concerts will be canceled.
All Tang events are free and open to the public. For more information, please call the Visitors Services Desk at 518-580-8080 or visit the Tang website at http://tang.skidmore.edu.
The Tang Teaching Museum at Skidmore College is a pioneer of interdisciplinary exploration and learning. A cultural anchor of New York’s Capital Region, the Tang’s approach has become a model for university art museums across the country — with exhibition programs that bring together visual and performing arts with interdisciplinary ideas from history, economics, biology, dance, and physics, to name just a few. The Tang has one of the most rigorous faculty-engagement initiatives in the nation, and a robust publication and touring exhibition program that extends the museum’s reach far beyond its walls. The Tang Teaching Museum’s award-winning building, designed by architect Antoine Predock, serves as a visual metaphor for the convergence of art and ideas. The Tang closed to the public in March 2020, due to the coronavirus, though it remained opened online and opened to the Skidmore campus community. July 10, 2021, marks the museums official reopening to the public. The Tang is a Blue Star Museum and welcomes active military and their families. http://tang.skidmore.edu