The Hyde Collection, Ellsworth Kelly Studio, National Museum of Racing Museum and Hall of Fame, Saratoga Arts, Saratoga County History Center, Saratoga Performing Arts Center, Shaker Museum, and Yaddo partner with the Tang at Skidmore College
SARATOGA SPRINGS — The Frances Young Tang Teaching Museum and Art Gallery at Skidmore College announces an innovative regional collections sharing project called All Together Now, supported by a $275,000 grant from the Henry Luce Foundation.
Organized by the Tang Teaching Museum, All Together Now forges new collaborations between neighbor arts organizations to bring attention to rarely seen works. At the Tang Teaching Museum, exhibitions will feature works from the Shaker Museum and Ellsworth Kelly Studio. At partner institutions, exhibitions will show work from the Tang collection, including many recently acquired paintings, photographs and sculptures. Partner institutions include The Hyde Collection, the National Museum of Racing and Hall of Fame, Saratoga Arts, Saratoga County History Center, Saratoga Performing Arts Center, and Yaddo. The grant will support these exhibitions, as well as the behind-the-scenes work that make the exhibitions possible, such as cataloging and digitizing Tang collection objects.
“On behalf of the Tang and Skidmore College, I want to thank the Luce Foundation for their generosity and vision,” said Dayton Director Ian Berry. “This grant recognizes the vibrancy and relevance of the objects in our collection and gives all of us the rare opportunity to see important American artworks out of storage and in the public view, fostering new connections and conversations, and expanding knowledge. We are grateful for our partners who’ve joined with us in a moment when working together is more important than ever. This project welcomes visitors back to our institutions and develops new audiences for all of us. It is thrilling to see new research, conservation and photography already emerging and especially to see the connections between arts presenters in our region strengthen and flourish. This is just the beginning!”
Each of the All Together Now partner institutions will offer special public visiting hours during the course of the exhibitions. Details about each exhibition, special public hours and related events will be announced in an All Together Now section of the Tang website at https://tang.skidmore.edu/exhibitions/356-all-together-now.
All Together Now exhibitions of artwork from the Tang collection at partner institutions begin May 1 and continue through the fall.
- The Hyde Collection, Glens Falls: Summer Bomb Pop: Collections in Dialogue, May 1 through October 2021, brings together sixteen works of contemporary abstract painting from the Tang collection by artists such as Sarah Braman, Jeffrey Gibson, Rashid Johnson, Mindy Shapero, and Chuck Webster with several twentieth-century works from The Hyde’s renowned Feibes & Schmitt Collection by artists such as Grace Hartigan, Alfred Jensen, Ellsworth Kelly, Bridget Riley, and Andy Warhol. The exhibition is organized by the Tang in collaboration with Jonathan Canning, Director of Curatorial Affairs and Programming at The Hyde Collection.
- Saratoga Performing Arts Center, Saratoga Springs: Chromatic Scales: Psychedelic Design from the Tang Teaching Museum Collection, June 26 through October 2021, features more than thirty recently acquired 1960s San Francisco psychedelic rock concert posters designed by artists such as Jim Blashfield, Lee Conklin, and Bonnie MacLean, and the Big Five’s Wes Wilson and Victor Moscoso. The collection, which will be on view in SPAC’s new “The Pines” facility lobby, features major bands such as The Doors, Jefferson Airplane, and Van Morrison, and the era’s legendary venues The Matrix, Avalon Ballroom, and Fillmore Auditorium. Chromatic Scales is curated by the Tang in coordination with Christopher Shiley, Senior Director of Artistic Planning at SPAC.
- Saratoga County History Center, Ballston Spa: The Social Lives of Hats, June 26 through October 2021, pairs more than twenty-five hats in wide-ranging styles from the SCHC collection with several of Alfred Z. Solomon’s wood hat forms, which are part of the Tang collection. The exhibition is organized in conjunction with a Skidmore College class, The Social Lives of Hats, taught by Professor and Chair of the History Department Tillman Nechtman and Associate Professor Erica Bastress-Dukehart, in collaboration with Field Horne, Vice President and Chair of the Museum Committee at SCHC, and the Tang.
- Saratoga Arts, Saratoga Springs: Brighten the Corners: Art of the 1990s from the Tang Teaching Museum Collection, July 1 through August 14, 2021, features more than fifteen works of contemporary art including painting, sculpture, and photography from the Tang collection with a focus on identity and storytelling, by artists such as Nayland Blake, Kate Ericson and Mel Ziegler, Wendy Ewald, Glenn Ligon, Kerry James Marshall, Frank Moore, Lorna Simpson, and Tim Rollins and K.O.S. The exhibition is curated by the Tang in collaboration with Louise Kerr, Executive Director of Saratoga Arts.
- National Museum of Racing and Hall of Fame, Saratoga Springs: Muybridge and Motion: Selections from the Tang Teaching Museum Collection, July 1 through January 2, 2022, features a series of groundbreaking animal locomotion photographic studies from the late nineteenth century by Eadweard Muybridge (1830 – 1904) exhibited with equestrian paintings by American artist Henry Stull (1851 – 1913) from the National Museum of Racing collection. The exhibition is organized by Victoria Reisman, Curator, National Museum of Racing.
- Yaddo, Saratoga Springs: Carl Van Vechten On Dance: Photographs from the Tang Teaching Museum Collection, August through October 2021, features more than eighty photographs of dancers and choreographers such as Alvin Ailey, Carol Channing, Carmen de Lavallade, Melissa Hayden, Geoffrey Holder, Alicia Markova, Arthur Mitchell, and Paul Taylor by the prolific photographer and writer Carl Van Vechten (1880 – 1964). The exhibition is curated by Lisa Kolosek in coordination with Elaina Richardson, President of the Corporation of Yaddo.
All Together Now exhibitions at the Tang showcase hidden gems from the Shaker Museum, the Tang collection, and Ellsworth Kelly Studio:
- Energy in All Directions, on view now through June 13: In collaboration with the Shaker Museum of Mount Lebanon, New York, the Tang celebrates the life and legacy of the artist and gallerist Hudson by bringing together work from the Shaker Museum with art from the Tang collection by artists who were represented by Hudson’s gallery, Feature Inc. The exhibition is being presented in the gallery for Skidmore audiences and online for everyone, at https://tang.skidmore.edu/exhibitions/276-energy-in-all-directions.
- Ellsworth Kelly: Postcards, July 10 through November 28, 2021: In collaboration with Ellsworth Kelly Studio, the Tang presents a comprehensive survey of postcard collages by American artist Ellsworth Kelly. The exhibitionmarks the first time Kelly’s lifelong practice of collaged postcards will be the focus of a major museum exhibition. https://tang.skidmore.edu/exhibitions/275-ellsworth-kelly-postcards
The Henry Luce Foundation grant also makes possible a special event: a poetry and music commissioning project that responds to Energy in All Directions and is created in partnership with Saratoga Performing Arts Center and the Academy of American Poets. Contemporary poets including Hanif Abdurraqib, April Bernard, Nickole Brown, Gabrielle Calvocoressi, Claudia Castro Luna, Victoria Chang, Forrest Gander, Ilya Kaminsky, Eileen Myles, Francine Prose, and TC Tolbert crafted new writings in response to the art and ideas in the exhibition. The poets’ words will be incorporated into a new composition for percussion and voice by composer Ken Frazelle to be performed by soprano Lindsay Kesselman and New York City-based ensemble Sandbox Percussion in the exhibition at the Tang Teaching Museum in June. Details about the performance and public visitor hours will be announced at a later date.
For regular event updates and more information, please visit the Tang Teaching Museum website at http://tang.skidmore.edu or call 518-580-8080.