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Upcoming at the Tang
Paradise and Plumage: (September 25–January 2, 2005). Between the fourteenth and eighteenth centuries, exchanges between the imperial courts of China and the religious centers of Tibet brought Chinese cultural objects and images to the attention of Tibetan painters. Tibetan paintings of Arhats (early Indian followers of the Buddha) exhibit many Chinese emblems and influences, from blue-green landscapes to colorful birds and flowers to furniture and vases. By the fifteenth century, Chinese court painters were themselves producing exquisite Arhat paintings.
A Very Liquid Heaven (October 15–May 2005). Human perceptions of permanence, mutability, and time are at the heart of this multidisciplinary exhibition about our relationship with the universe. Can technology help us feel the spinning of a pulsar, the violence of a supernova, the throbbing of a variable star? Does the image of a physically pulsing star make the stars seem more tangible and three-dimensional? Is hearing more effective than vision in making these objects seem palpable to us? The show will feature historical photographs and alases, video by Charles and Ray Eames and Bill Viola, and recent art by Kiki Smith, Russell Crotty, John Torreano, Sebastian Romo, and others.
Elevator Music 3: Michelle Nagai (October 15–January 2, 2005). Michelle Nagai is an electroacoustic artist whose interdisciplinary approach incorporates acoustic ecology, cultural geography, and expressive therapy. In collaboration with Skidmore College Radio (WSPN, 91.1 FM), Nagai will continue her traveling sound project “Ec(h)olocator.” Designed in collaboration with campus and community radio stations across Canada and the US, the project invites radio producers and others to join in soundwalks, field recording sessions, soundscape composing, and improvisation. The project will culminate with a live broadcast on WSPN and an installation in the Tang Museum’s elevator.
Regular Tang hours are Tuesday–Sunday, 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.
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