Fourth Annual Community Open House Features Tours, Art-Making, printmaker Terry Conrad, conservator Sarah C. Stevens, musical group The Machine That Wouldn't Die, dancer Nicholas Sciscione, and the premiere of a new video by SKOTE
SARATOGA SPRINGS, NY (June 13, 2017) — The Frances Young Tang Teaching Museum and Art Gallery at Skidmore College is opening its doors to the public for a day of free events on the fourth annual Frances Day, a community open house from noon to 4 p.m. Saturday, July 15. Visitors can experience multiple contemporary art exhibitions, art-making activities, food, music, and fun in honor of the museum's namesake, Frances Young Tang.
Noon: Kickoff Tour with Tang's Dayton Director Ian Berry
Noon to 4 pm: Drop-in activities include button-making, photo booth, Build A Better World art project, print-making, T-shirt giveaway, and more
1 pm: The Machine That Wouldn't Die performs
2 pm: Collections Tour with Tang's Head Registrar and Collections Manager Elizabeth Karp and Assistant Registrar for Collections Jessica Lubniewski
3 pm: Conservator Demonstration with Sarah C. Stevens with a focus on the Fante Asafo Flags on view in the exhibition If I Had Possession Over Judgement Day: Collections of Claude Simard
4 pm: Trevor, a live performance by Stephen Petronio Company dancer Nicholas Sciscione in the exhibition Janine Antoni & Stephen Petronio: Entangle
All events are free and open to the public. For more information, please visit http://tang.skidmore.edu or call 518-580-8080.
Frances Young Tang was a wife, mother, 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, opening in 2000. Frances Day honors Frances Young Tang's legacy of creativity and philanthropy with a day of free activities.
Visitors on Frances Day will be among the first to see the debut of the newest work in the destiNATINON video series called destiNATION: TANG by SKOTE (Alex P. White & Jill Pangallo). SKOTE's work is featured in the community lounge installation Liz Collins — Energy Field, as part of the installation's fifth iteration of the Guest Artist Project. With the destiNATION series, SKOTE employs various strategies of displacement and de-familiarization within the context of the “vacation” to explore questions of whether a tourist's sense of place is grounded in history or consumption.
Frances Day is also the second-to-last day visitors can see Janine Antoni & Stephen Petronio: Entangle, a multipart exhibition that blurs the lines between artist, dancer, choreographer, and audience. The final part of the exhibition is Honey Baby, an immersive experience created by Antoni and Petronio that features a fourteen-minute video that captures a dancer folding and tumbling while suspended in a honey-filled environment. That dancer, Nicholas Sciscione, will perform the solo dance, Trevor, which was the starting point for Honey Baby. He will perform at 4 p.m., as the final event of Frances Day, and at 6 p.m., during the Summer Reception.
Other exhibitions on view are If I Had Possession Over Judgement Day: Collections of Claude Simard, featuring cultural objects from around the world collected by Claude Simard, co-founder of the Jack Shainman Gallery in Manhattan; Elevator Music 33: Up = Out — A Sun Ra Mixtape, where visitors can hear a curated selection of music by Sun Ra; and The Young Years, which includes works of art recently acquired by the museum that reflect various aspects of the Skidmore Jazz Institute and its founder Don McCormack.
Hands-on activities include a photo booth with props inspired by art in the Tang's collection and on view; a project inspired by Nick Cave’s Soundsuit, which is made of many materials including globes and is on view in If I Had Possession Over Judgement Day: Collections of Claude Simard, that is called Build A Better World; a button-making station with a wealth of materials to create unique, colorful buttons; and a print-making zone where visitors can design their own commemorative Frances Day tote bag with stamps, inks, and other print materials (while supplies last).
Also new this year will be a presentation by conservator Sarah C. Stevens, principal of Zephyr Preservation Studio, LLC. Stevens has been practicing textile conservation since 1998, and she worked with the Tang on the Fante Asafo flags now on view in the exhibition If I Had Possession Over Judgement Day: Collections of Claude Simard. Stevens will give visitors unique insights into the vital museum work she does as a conservator and, specifically, on the work she did on the flags that came from Ghana.
The Tang will also be welcoming a musical group making its Skidmore College debut. The Machine that Wouldn’t Die describes itself as "part performance art, part punk rock band: Beat Happening meets Devo, all under the direction of Jim Henson’s ghost." The band members include Ryan Jenkins, Andrew Lynn, Silvia Ruzanka, and Nathan Meltz.
For the first time, the Tang will be combining cyberspace and the physical world in an Instagram-related giveaway: Visitors will receive a Tang T-shirt, while supplies last, when they show two things on their devices: (1) they are following the Tang on Instagram (@tangteachingmuseum); and (2) they have posted something about #FrancesDay. Look for the Tang T-Shirt Table. (Note: only one T-shirt per Instagram account.)
The final event of Frances Day will be Nicholas Sciscione's performance of Trevor in the exhibition Janine Antoni & Stephen Petronio: Entangle.
NOTE: The Tang's Summer Reception will be from 5:30 to 7 p.m. on Saturday, July 15. Sciscione will perform Trevor again at 6 p.m. The reception is free and open to the public.
Terry Conrad teaches the Paper Print Press course as part of Skidmore College's Summer Studio Art program. He received his BFA from Alfred University and his MFA from Cranbrook Academy of Art. He was also the 2015-16 Grant Wood Fellow in Printmaking at the University of Iowa. Recent solo exhibitions have been in Philadelphia, PA, Little Rock, Arkansas, and in Hudson, NY. He has been awarded residencies at Frans Masereel Centrum (Belgium), Penland School of Craft (North Carolina) and the Vermont Studio Center. In 2014, he was awarded a SPAF grant funded by NYSCA to develop the Adirondack Forum, a collapsible venue to function as a meeting place, performance space, and classroom. He and his wife Rachel Ziegler-Sheridan founded Round Lake School, a Reggio Emilia inspired preschool in Round Lake, NY.
The Machine That Wouldn't Die is part performance art, part punk rock band: Beat Happening meets Devo, all under the direction of Jim Henson’s ghost. The Machine that Wouldn’t Die, an immortal mechanical mind, will tell its story through a series of coded communications that includes static, pops, and the occasional punk rock anthem. The Machine that Wouldn’t Die will be aided by a group of bass, guitar, and drum-wielding synthoids (who will in turn be aided by their human pets, Ryan Jenkins, Andrew Lynn, Silvia Ruzanka, and Nathan Meltz).
Sarah C. Stevens, principal of Zephyr Preservation Studio, LLC has been practicing textile conservation since 1998. After graduating from the University of Rhode Island with a M.S. in Historic Costume and Textiles, Sarah spent a year in the Textile Conservation Department at the Metropolitan Museum of Art and another nine months at the Cooper-Hewitt National Design Museum, also in New York City. Sarah then traveled northward along the Hudson to upstate New York, and has continued to enjoy assisting individuals and institutions with the care of their treasured textiles.
Nicholas Sciscione (Stephen Petronio Company Dancer and Assistant to the Artistic Director) was born and raised in Elizabeth, New Jersey. He graduated magna cum laude with a B.F.A. in Dance from Mason Gross School of the Arts at Rutgers University. Sciscione has worked with Joshua Beamish, Kyle Marshall Choreography, and 10 Hairy Legs. Sciscione joined Stephen Petronio Company in 2011.
The Frances Young Tang Teaching Museum and Art Gallery at Skidmore College in Saratoga Springs, N.Y. is a cultural anchor of New York's Capital Region and a model for university art museums across the country. The Tang hosts some 40,000 visitors annually, ranging from school students to museum-goers from around the globe. The Museum is open noon – 5 p.m., Tuesday – Sunday, with extended hours through 9 p.m. on Thursdays. For more information call 518-580-8080 or visit http://tang.skidmore.edu.