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Arts on view
Winter exhibits at the Tang
Genetic and textual codes underlie two traveling exhibits at Skidmore’s Tang Museum this winter:
|Alexis Rockman’s The Farm depicts agriculture run genetically amok.
Paradise Now: Picturing the Genetic Revolution, September 15–January 6. “As the human genome is decoded, artists are seizing the stuff of genetic revolution and grappling with its dilemmas,” said Science magazine when the Paradise Now exhibition first opened in New York City. Paradise Now presents the work of thirty-seven international artists, in media that range from oil paint to Powerpoint, exploring such knotty issues as cloning, gene therapy, genetically modified foods, privacy, evolution, and racism. It also includes such objects and artifacts as a clump of wool from Dolly, the cloned sheep.
Organized by the curatorial team of Marvin Heiferman and Carole Kismaric, Paradise Now was originally presented last fall at Exit Art in New York City. The exhibit’s Web site is www.geneart.org/pn-intro.htm.
Power of the Word, October 13– January 6. The written word has long wielded a power beyond its literal meaning in China, where calligraphy has been a revered and popular form of fine art. Each artist in Power of the Word departs from the 2,000-year-old traditions of Chinese calligraphic art to both celebrate and critique its aesthetics and cultural conventions. The exhibit features paintings, drawings, video, and photography created by nine artists, including a dissident graffiti artist, an inventive computer programmer, and the late Mao Zedong, longtime chairman of the People’s Republic of China and an accomplished calligrapher in his own right.
Power of the Word is a traveling exhibition organized by Chang Tsong-zung for Independent Curators International of New York City; its debut was at the Taiwan Museum of Art in 2000.
|Detail from Ode to the Plum Blossom, manuscript by Mao Zedung
Admission to the Tang is free. Museum hours are Tuesday–Friday, 11 a.m.–5 p.m., closed major holidays. For information about curator’s tours, children’s programs, and other events, call 518-580-8080 or check www.skidmore.edu/tang. —BAM