Isolde Brielmaier to Lead Panel with Dara Silverman, Treva B. Lindsey, and Matthew Cooke Confronting “Whiteness” and “Default Culture” on March 23

Willie Cole’s Sculpture To get to the other side To Serve as Catalyst for Exploring Race Through Lens of the Majority Perspective

Kicking-Off Tang’s New Accelerator Series

SARATOGA SPRINGS, NY (March 20, 2017) — Isolde Brielmaier, Curator-at-Large at the Tang Museum at Skidmore, will lead an analysis of "whiteness” and “default culture," to explore race through the lens of the majority perspective. Joining her will be Treva B. Lindsey, assistant professor of Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies at The Ohio State University; Matthew Cooke, filmmaker and editor of the Oscar-nominated documentary Deliver Us From Evil (2006); and Dara Silverman, founding director of Showing Up for Racial Justice. This program, which will be presented at the Tang on Thursday, March 23, at 6:30 p.m., is free and open to the public, and marks the inauguration of the Tang’s new Accelerator Series which has been conceived to explore new opinions and interrogate the status quo.

As part of the Accelerator Series, which envisions alternative paths to fostering public discussion, three figures from Willie Cole's To get to the other side, 2001, from the Tang's collection will be on view as a catalyst for conversation. The complete work features 32 cast-concrete black lawn jockeys and a 16-by-16-foot galvanized steel chessboard.

About the Panelists

Dr. Treva B. Lindsey: Assistant professor of Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies at The Ohio State University. Dr. Lindsey’s research and teaching interests include African American women’s history, black popular and expressive culture, black feminism(s), hip hop studies, critical race and gender theory, and sexual politics. She is a guest contributor to online forums such as Al Jazeera, Cosmopolitan, and HuffPost Live.

Matthew Cooke: Filmmaker, actor, director, producer, and editor of the Oscar-nominated documentary Deliver Us From Evil (2006). Cooke is a recognized advocate for social justice and prison reform.

Dara Silverman: Founding director of Showing Up for Racial Justice. Silverman is an organizer and trainer who has been building movements for economic, racial, gender, and social justice for over 20 years.

The event is free and open to the public. For more information, visit the Tang's website at or call 518-580-8080.

About the Accelerator Series

The Accelerator Series is the Tang Teaching Museum’s dynamic conversation series on big ideas and big issues that seeks to find new entry points into discussions that veer from traditional paths. As an open and inclusive public forum for dialogue, exchange, and questioning, the Accelerator Series ignites a collective sense of intellectual curiosity and fosters thoughtful engagement with a deeper understanding of compelling issues that have the potential to spark radical transformations.

The series features key cultural influencers from the arts and culture sector as well as academia, entertainment, government, journalism, media, politics, and beyond, who present new perspectives and disrupt the status quo by encouraging a “getting comfortable with discomfort” attitude to think and work through big ideas to drive change.

The Accelerator Series is supported by Accelerate: Access and Inclusion at the Tang Teaching Museum, a project of The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.

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 as disparate as history, astronomy, 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. The Tang Teaching Museum's building, designed by architect Antoine Predock, serves as a visual metaphor for the convergence of ideas and exchange the institution catalyzes. More information at

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