Tang Teaching Museum Announces New Events for Sixfold Symmetry: Pattern in Art and Science

SARATOGA SPRINGS, NY (December 27, 2016) — The Frances Young Tang Teaching Museum and Art Gallery at Skidmore College invites the public to take part in a series of new events in conjunction with the exhibition Sixfold Symmetry: Pattern in Art and Science.

The exhibition, which is open through March 12, 2017, brings together contemporary and historical artworks, artifacts, and material culture from around the world. It looks at why humans discern, design, and desire pattern. An interdisciplinary project, the show is a co-curated by Rachel Seligman, The Tang's Assistant Director for Curatorial Affairs, and Rachel Roe-Dale, Associate Professor of Mathematics at Skidmore College, with contributions from Skidmore faculty Lisa Aronson, Art History; Grace Burton, World Languages; Michael Eckmann, Computer Science; Rebecca Johnson, Psychology; Liz Macy, Music; Josh Ness, Biology; Gregory Spinner, Religion; and Sarah Sweeney, Studio Art.

All events take place at the Tang Teaching Museum, unless otherwise noted, and are free and open to the public. For more information, call 518-580-8080 or visit http://tang.skidmore.edu

Walking Pattern: A Brief History of Labyrinths
Tuesday, January 31, 7:00 PM
Learn about the history of labyrinths in a discussion with Teaching Professor Gregory Spinner, Religious Studies Department, Skidmore College; Parker Diggory, Director of Religious and Spiritual Life, Skidmore College; and Jennifer Schmid-Fareed, Program Coordinator, Skidmore Mindfulness.

Walk the Pattern
Wednesday February 1, 6 – 9 PM
Wilson Chapel, Skidmore College
Come walk a quadrilateral labyrinth inspired by the labyrinth at the Chartres Cathedral in France.

Sixfold Symmetry Brown Bag Lunch
Wednesday, February 1, 12:30-1:30 PM
Join faculty members Rachel Roe-Dale and Erica Bastress-Dukehart, and Tang curator Rachel Seligman for an informal discussion on the theme of Time and Dynamics.
Bring your lunch; cookies and drinks provided.

Open rehearsal of the Skidmore Gamelan Banyu Wali Ensemble
Thursday, February 16, 5:30 – 7:00 PM
Listen in as the Skidmore ensemble develops their gamelan skills.
 
Family Saturday Gamelan Workshop
Saturday, February 18, 2:00 – 3:30 PM

Open rehearsal and Public Gamelan Workshop
Tuesday, February 21, 5:30 – 7:00 PM, rehearsal
Tuesday, February 21, 7:00 – 8:00 PM, workshop
Listen in as the Skidmore Gamelan Banyu Wali  ensemble develops their gamelan skills, followed by a gamelan workshop. No prior experience necessary!
 
Sixfold Symmetry Brown Bag Lunch
Wednesday, March 1, 12:30-1:30 PM
Join faculty members Grace Burton and Sarah Sweeney for an informal discussion on the theme of Dazzle and Pattern Disruption.
Bring your lunch; cookies and drinks provided.

Gamelan Banyu Wali Concert
Sunday, March 5, 2:00 pm
The Skidmore student gamelan ensemble will perform music and dance from Indonesia; reception to follow.
 

About the Tang Teaching Museum

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 institution’s approach has become a model for university art museums across the country—with exhibition programs and series that bring together the visual and performing arts with fields of study such as history, chemistry, economics, and physics. The Tang has one of the most rigorous faculty-engagement initiatives in the nation, the Mellon Seminar, and robust publication and touring exhibition initiatives that extend the institution’s reach far beyond its walls. More information at http://tang.skidmore.edu.

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