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Upcoming at the Tang

Opener 4: Jim Hodges, June 21–August 31. Another project in the Tang’s “Opener” series, this mixed-media exhibition by Jim Hodges showcases meticulous craft technique combined with the concerns of postminimalist object-making. His works are painstakingly assembled visual diaries—they have been called souvenirs of lived experience—made from familiar materials such as fabric, mirrors, and lightbulbs. He explains his work as “an attempt to talk about the bigness of things, the wonder and the greatness of all of life.” The show is organized by Tang curator Ian Berry and Weatherspoon Art Museum curator Ron Platt, in collaboration with the artist.
Inspired by Heroes: The Moche of Sipán, by Arline Fisch ’52
     The Art of Arline Fisch, June 27–September 28. Metal artist Arline Fisch ’52 designs and produces body ornaments informed by her fascination with ancient cultures, textile production, and “the psychological and physical enhancement” of the body. Having studied painting as an undergraduate, Fisch became fascinated with jewelry as a graduate student in Illinois. After learning to weave, she taught the craft at Skidmore and later began to explore the weaving of metal rather than fibers.
     Her hats, masks, necklaces, bracelets, and torso wraps bridge “the traditional world of craft and the new world of craftsmanship in concert with the design and art of our time,” says David Revere McFadden, chief curator at the American Craft Museum.
Marcel Duchamp’s Monte Carlo Bond (1924), on loan to the Tang.
     Living with Duchamp, June 27–September 28. Marcel Duchamp was arguably the most important voice in visual art of the last century. His ideas about what art could be and how it could function continue to be revolutionary and hotly debated. Inspired in part by Duchamp’s groundbreaking installation designs for major surrealism expositions in Paris and New York in 1938 and 1942, this project includes its own inventive installation as well as original works by Duchamp and more than forty contemporary artists, offering a creative take on Duchamp’s legacy. In addition, A Tribute to Duchamp Through Film runs August 16–24; please call the number below for the schedule.
     Tang Museum hours are Tuesday–Sunday, 11 a.m.–5 p.m.; summer hours may vary. Admission is free. For information on curator-led tours, children’s programs, and other events, call 518-580-8080 or check www.skidmore.edu/tang.

 


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