Tang Announces Fall 2019 Programming

Special guests include Roger Beebe, Kate Kraczon, Ebony G. Patterson

On the cover: Installation view, Ree Morton: The Plant That Heals May Also Poison, Frances Young Tang Teaching Museum and Art Gallery, through Jan. 5, 2020. Tang Teaching Museum photo by Jeremy Lawson.

SARATOGA SPRINGS – The Frances Young Tang Teaching Museum and Art Gallery at Skidmore College’s announces its fall 2019 programming, featuring exhibitions, tours, talks, screenings, workshops, special guests Roger Beebe, Kate Kraczon, and Ebony G. Patterson, and a Fall Celebration on Saturday, September 21.

Kate Kraczon, photo by Constance Mensh

The Fall Celebration begins at 4 p.m. Sept. 21 with a curators’ talk between Kate Kraczon and Ian Berry. Kraczon curated the exhibition Ree Morton: The Plant That Heals May Also Poison for the Philadelphia Institute for Contemporary Art, University of Pennsylvania, and Dayton Director Berry organized the show for the Tang. The exhibition surveys the brief but influential artistic career of former Skidmore student Ree Morton (1936-1977). A public reception follows for all of the Museum’s exhibitions: Beauty and Bite, Elevator Music 39: Bug, and Serious Sparkle.

The first guest artist in the Dunkerley Dialogue series this fall will be Ebony G. Patterson on Tuesday, September 24, at 6 p.m. Patterson, whose has a work on view in Serious Sparkle, is a Jamaican-born artist who investigates gender, identity, and violence in Caribbean culture. The second Dunkerley Dialogue of the season will be announced later.

Whole Grain: Experiments in Film and Video returns with a screening and talk with Roger Beebe on Thursday, September 19, at 6 pm. Beebe will show new work and acclaimed projector performances, including the six-projector show-stopper Last Light of a Dying Star. Other programs include Feminist Video Art in the Early 1970s on October 3, ten short films by South African artist William Kentridge on October 17, classic avant-garde animationon November 6, and the “choreocinema” of Maya Deren on November 20.

A complete list of fall programming, including exhibitions and events follows. The Tang’s regular hours are Noon to 5 p.m. Tuesday through Sunday, with extended hours until 9 p.m. on Thursdays and for special events.

For more information, please call the Visitors Services Desk at 518-580-8080 or visit http://tang.skidmore.edu.

EXHIBITION SCHEDULE

Beauty & Bite

Through January 19, 2020

Beauty & Bite features artists from the Tang collection whose work examines questions of identity—particularly race, gender, and sexuality—and explores the underlying mythologies and histories that inform contemporary society. 

Ree Morton: The Plant That Heals May Also Poison

Through January 5, 2020

A survey of the career of Ree Morton (1936-1977) features drawings, paintings, and large-scale sculptural environments made by the artist during her short but prolific career. Morton, who remains widely under-recognized, was involved in the feminist and post-minimalist art movements in the 1970s and produced an influential body of work. 

Serious Sparkle 

Through January 5, 2020

Serious Sparkle addresses how contemporary artists use glitter to explore issues around the construction and representation of femininity, queer identity, and the body.

Elevator Music 39: Bug

Through December 8, 2019

Visitors can create their own sounds and songs through the digital application Bug, created by graphic design studio Linked by Air, and the colorful environment of the Tang elevator. 

Nicole Cherubini: Shaking the Trees

October 19, 2019 through September, 2021

Nicole Cherubini launches her two-year project of turning the Tang’s mezzanine into a community space for conversation and contemplation through ceramic tiling, modular seating, and sculpture. 

EVENTS

Tuesday, September 10, Noon

Curator’s Tour with Rebecca McNamara

Mellon Collections Curator Rebecca McNamara leads a tour of Beauty and Bite.

Friday, September 13, 8:00 PM

Naked Giants in Concert

The band Naked Giants performs a free show on the Tang lawn, presented by Skidmore College Student Entertainment Council (SEC) in collaboration with the Tang.

Tuesday, September 17, 4:00pm

Spotlight Series: Single-Object Tour

Jess Lincoln ’20 leads a tour and discussion of an object from the Tang collection.

Thursday, September 19, 6:00 PM

Whole Grain: Films for One to Eight Projectors 

Filmmaker, curator, and professor Roger Beebe presents several new works alongside some of his best-known projector performances (including the six-projector show-stopping Last Light of a Dying Star). A Q&A with Beebe follows.

Saturday, September 21, 4:00 PM

Curators’ Talk with Kate Kraczon and Ian Berry

Kate Kraczon, who curated the Ree Morton exhibition for the Philadelphia Institute for Contemporary Art, University of Pennsylvania, and Dayton Director Ian Berry, who organized the show for the Tang, discuss the artist and exhibition.

Saturday, September 21, 5:00 PM

2019 Fall Opening Reception

A public celebration of our fall exhibitions: Ree Morton: The Plant That Heals May Also Poison, Beauty & Bite, Serious Sparkle, and Elevator Music 39: Bug.

Tuesday, September 24, 6:00 PM 

Dunkerley Dialogue with Ebony G. Patterson

The talk features artist Ebony G. Patterson, whose work is on view in Serious Sparkle.

Tuesday, October 1, Noon

Curator’s Tour with Ian Berry

Dayton Director Ian Berry leads a tour of Ree Morton: The Plant That Heals May Also Poison.

Thursday, October 3, 6:00 PM 

Whole Grain: Ree’s Contemporaries—Feminist Video Art in the Early 1970s

A screening of early feminist video art, in conjunction with the Ree Morton exhibition, features work by Lynda Benglis, Nancy Holt, Joan Jonas, Cynthia Maughan, Martha Rosler, Lisa Steele, Martha Wilson, and Lyn Blumenthal with Kate Horsfield.

Tuesday, October 15, 4:00pm

Spotlight Series: Single-Object Tour

Jess Lincoln ’20 leads a tour and discussion of an object from the Tang collection.

Thursday, October 17, 6:00 PM

Whole Grain: William Kentridge’s 10 Drawings for Projection

A screening of ten short films by South African artist William Kentridge, whose video Tango for Page Turning is on view in Beauty and Bite.

Tuesday, October 22, Noon

Curator’s Tour with Molly Channon

Curatorial Assistant Molly Channon leads a tour of Serious Sparkle.

Wednesday, November 6, 6:00 PM

Whole Grain: Classic Avant-Garde Animation

A screening of classic experimental animated short films and videos, in conjunction with Frame by Frame: Four Contemporary Animators at the Schick Art Gallery, features seven pioneering works made between 1949 and 1985.

Tuesday, November 12, 4:00 PM

Spotlight Series: Single-Object Tour

Jess Lincoln ’20 leads a tour and discussion of an object from the Tang collection.

Tuesday, November 19, Noon

Behind-the-Scenes Tour with Rachel Seligman

Assistant Director for Curatorial Affairs and Malloy Curator Rachel Seligman leads a behind-the-scenes tour of the Tang.

Wednesday, November 20, 7:00 PM

Whole Grain: Choreocinema of Maya Deren

A screening of four films by Maya Deren, which blend the process of choreography and filmmaking, forming her unique aesthetic of “choreocinema,” followed by a discussion led by Professor Debra Fernandez of the Skidmore Dance Department.

Tuesday, December 3, 4:00pm

Spotlight Series: Single-Object Tour

Jess Lincoln ’20 leads a tour and discussion of an object from the Tang collection.

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