A Great Year in Review from the Tang Teaching Museum

 Installation view, Alyson Shotz’s Entanglement, Glotzbach Atrium, Billie Tisch Center for Integrated Sciences, Skidmore College. Photo by Nicholas Knight.

SARATOGA SPRINGS, NY (November 22, 2022) —The Frances Young Tang Teaching Museum and Art Gallery at Skidmore College offers a selection of highlights from 2022:

  • Alyson Shotz Creates New Sculpture for Skidmore College: The first commission by Skidmore College for a permanent, site-specific art installation, Alyson Shotz’s Entanglement is a 750-pound sculpture that turns and twists impossibly in midair in the new Billie Tisch Center for Integrated Sciences. The sculpture is like a giant open knot or a mobius strip that leads the eye in endless movement around its sinewy curves. As a viewer moves beneath it, its painted steel shimmers and its colors transform from gold to green to blue. The work was installed in August 2022. More information: https://tang.skidmore.edu/press/releases/287


Winter/Miller Lecture with Juliana Huxtable, left, and Roman Cohen ’22, Tang Teaching Museum, April 13, 2022, photo by Cindy Schultz
  • Acclaimed artist Juliana Huxtable to deliver fifth annual Winter/Miller Lecture:On April 13, 2022, a standing-room-only crowd came to hear from Juliana Huxtable, a genre-defying artist with a distinguished, international reputation whose work spans visual art, writing, music, DJ sets, and blurs traditional categories. More information: https://tang.skidmore.edu/calendar/1771 


Let the Soil Play Its Simple Part: Caroline Shaw and Sō Percussion, Tang Teaching Museum, September 23, 2022, photo by Cindy Schultz
  • Saratoga Performing Arts Center & Tang Teaching Museum Announce Caroline Shaw and Sō Percussion in Concert:Aspart of an on-going series of collaborations between SPAC and Skidmore College, the Tang and SPAC presented a special performance by Pulitzer Prize winner Caroline Shaw and Grammy Award winning Sō Percussion of their acclaimed collaboration Let the Soil Play Its Simple Part on Friday, September 23. More information: https://tang.skidmore.edu/calendar/1849


Installation view, Radical Fiber: Threads Connecting Art and Science, Tang Teaching Museum, 2022
  • Radical Fiber: Threads Connecting Art and Science: This interdisciplinary exhibition (on view January 29 through June 12, 2022) explores the relationships between fiber arts and the sciences through contemporary art and historical artifacts. The exhibition featured a two-day online symposium (video recordings are available on the exhibition webpage), as well as the Saratoga Springs Satellite Reef, part of the worldwide Crochet Coral Reef project by Christine and Margaret Wertheim and the Institute For Figuring, the included more than 1,500 contributions by members of the public near and far. More information: https://tang.skidmore.edu/exhibitions/286 
  • Where Words Falter: Art and Empathy: The past few years of the pandemic and social upheaval have intensified feelings of distance and difference, exacerbating inequality, alienation, and distrust. Where Words Falter (on view July 9 through December 18, 2022) aims to act as a counterweight by offering viewers opportunities to re-engage with a shared sense of humanity through more than 100 works of art, including photography, painting, textile, and moving image, many of which are recent acquisitions being shown at the Tang for the first time. More information: https://tang.skidmore.edu/exhibitions/436
  • Parallax: Framing the Cosmos: Through work that spans centuries, from an 1885 photograph of the constellation Cygnus to a 2022 Afrofuturist mixed-media collage by Alisa Sikelianos-Carter, as well as textiles, prints, drawings, sculptures, paintings, and photography, including a wealth of NASA press photographs, the exhibition explores outer space as a backdrop for understanding ourselves, interrogating both individual quests for unique places in space and culturally specific myths, including the US nationalist fantasy of conquering the moon and stars on behalf of “all mankind.” On view from October 1, 2022, through June 19, 2023. More information: https://tang.skidmore.edu/exhibitions/364   

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