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May the Best Plan Win
Six student-led businesses—some startups, some existing—will compete in the final round of the Kenneth A. Freirich Business Plan Competition on Friday at the Tang Museum. The student entrepreneurs will vie for a first prize of $20,000 and second and third prizes of $10,000 and $5,000.
- Ezra Levy ’15 and Marcella Jewell ’15. They’ve launched a Web-based enterprise, Open Campus, that matches college students with businesses offering real-world freelance work requiring the skills that the students showcase in portfolios on the site.
- Walter Barber ’14, Ian Van Nest ’14, and Andrew Zimmermann ’14. As Leaf Pile Media, they created an “original fictional universe” that they aim to turn into a profitable board game, graphic novel, and app, eventually expanding into online games and animation.
- Stella Langat ’16. She is registering Double Dee’s LLC in Kenya as what she describes as the nation’s first undergarment production company dedicated to making reasonably priced intimate apparel for the modern African woman.
- Adam Beek ’15. Launching Munchi Heaven Agri, he aims to develop an organic farming enterprise in Jamaica to grow celery, lettuce, and other products with the goal of making an impact on his local community.
- Alexander Nassief ’16 and Zach Rohde ’14. Taking second place in last year’s Freirich Competition, they continue to grow Rum Dog Inc., developing a luxury rum brand based in Dominica and a patent-pending, proprietary aging method in which barrels of rum are submerged in the Caribbean Sea.
- Seth Berger ’14. Taking third place in last year’s Freirich Competition, he continues to develop East Coast Lacrosse, a maker of lacrosse apparel that last year generated sales of more than $73,000.
"Each year, the quality of the plans and the presentations just keeps improving," says Ken Freirich ’90, founder of the contest. He started his own publishing business as a student and is now president of Health Monitor Network. "It’s deeply rewarding to see so many students following their passions and developing these businesses with such talent and creativity. I continue to get inspired by them," he adds. As he did last year, Freirich contributed $20,000 toward the first prize. Other alumni contributed prize money as well.
Friday, April 11, 2 p.m., Payne Presentation Room, Tang Museum
More Distinctly Skidmore Events
- Alice in Wonderland Theme Dinner
Lewis Carroll’s Alice in Wonderland has been interpreted by illustrator Sir John Tenniel, Walt Disney, Tim Burton, and the Royal Ballet. Now Skidmore Dining Services and its award-winning chefs take their turn, bringing the story to life with an Alice-appropriate meal fit for a queen: mock turtle soup, meringue mushrooms, prime rib and Yorkshire pudding, Duchess potatoes, and enormous cookies. Afterward, head upstairs to learn more about this beloved tale from English professor Catherine Golden, Elaina Aquila ’16, and other members of Golden’s class in children’s literature.
Tuesday, April 1, dinner for students 5–6:30 p.m., dinner for families and community members 6:30–7:30 p.m., Murray-Aikins Dining Hall; presentation 7:30 p.m., 2nd floor of Murray-Aikins
Computer Science Art Show
Students taking “Introduction to Computer Science I” will exhibit and discuss images they created in class assignments aimed at teaching them the art of Java programming. Using Photoshop was strictly prohibited; in carrying out these assignments, students essentially created the programming that underlies Photoshop. “They’re working at the intersection of art and technology,” notes their professor Leo Porter. “That’s a big space for creativity.”
Wednesday, April 2, 1–1:40 p.m., Kisiel Atrium, Murray-Aikins Dining Hall
- International Show and Tell
Hear firsthand the stories of eight Skidmore students who impressed a panel of judges with their ability to communicate—through photos, music, souvenirs, video, food, and other means—what their study-abroad experience was like. The overall winner will be awarded a $500 voucher for further travel abroad.
Friday, April 4, noon–1:30 p.m., Kisiel Atrium, Murray-Aikins Dining Hall
- Cheetah Chase 5K Fun Run
Runners, joggers, and walkers are invited to join in this fundraiser for Panthera, an international organization for the preservation of wild cats. The 5K event will feature music by Skidmore bands Bo Peep and Funk Sheep, Psymon Spine, Pooch, and Piercing Pagoda. Skidmore biology students are hosting the race in connection with the lecture by Panthera CEO Alan Rabinowitz on April 2 (see “Talk”). Registration: $3 students; $5 faculty, staff, and community.
Saturday, April 5, registration begins at 9:30 a.m., race at 10:30 a.m., Case Green
- Public Health: Start Here!
Celebrate National Public Health Week by stopping at the Tang for interactive games, free food, and information about public health. Tables will be sponsored by Peer Health Educators, the Center for Sex and Gender Relations, and other groups.
Tuesday, April 8, 7–9 p.m., Tang Museum
- CTM Photo and Video Contest Showcase
For the last six years, the Skidmore community has submitted outstanding photographs illustrating the people, places, and programs that make Skidmore Skidmore, and the 2013–14 contest, with the theme “Places We Live, Places We Love,” was no exception. This year’s winning submissions will be on display.
Wednesday, April 16, 11 a.m.–3 p.m., Kisiel Atrium, Murray-Aikins Dining Hall
- 59-Second Video Festival
Inspired by super-short-film festivals around the world, the Tang Museum has challenged Skidmore students, staff, and faculty to create compelling videos with a maximum run time of 59 seconds. How they chose to tell their story was left to the filmmakers. Videos were collected and edited together to make one video. Refreshments will be served.
Thursday, April 24, 7 p.m., Somers Room, Tang Museum
- MB 107 Executive Presentations: The Case of Google
For 30 years, the MB 107 course has challenged Skidmore students to put themselves in the shoes of corporate executives and map winning strategies for their firms. Their focus this term: Google. Working in 18 teams of six, more than 100 students developed strategic plans for this corporate behemoth and will argue their case in front of real-life business execs. Space is limited; to inquire about attending, contact Terri Kindl at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Friday, April 25, 8:30 a.m.–3:30 p.m., Gideon Putnam Hotel, Saratoga Spa State Park
- Academic Festival
Perceptive papers. Insightful research. Impressive performances. Provocative art. Such are the ingredients of Academic Festival, a Skidmore tradition since 1998. Structured like a professional academic conference with more than 25 sessions all over campus, Academic Festival will feature presentations, roundtables, poster sessions, and performances by an estimated 150 students selected by their departments and programs. The festival begins at 9 a.m. and concludes with a collegewide reception at 4:30 p.m. The schedule will be posted April 28.
Wednesday, April 30, various times and locations
Letters from the Front
“The world’s greatest undiscovered literature.” That’s how author Andrew Carroll describes letters written during wartime by Americans in combat and their loved ones at home. Over the last 15 years, Carroll collected more than 90,000 letters from every war in which Americans have fought. They provide the essential script for If All the Sky Were Paper, the spring mainstage production presented by the Theater Department.
Directed by Lary Opitz, professor of theater, the play is based on War Letters and Behind the Lines, the two best-selling books Carroll produced from the Legacy Project, which encourages Americans to honor military service members by preserving their letters and e-mails home. Opitz says he selected the play for its timeliness and the “opportunity to remind students and those who see the play that thousands of our fellow Americans are actively engaged in a war in Afghanistan.” But he continues, “The play is not political in any way. It honors all of those who have fought for their country and continue to fight today. It reminds us of the impact of war.”
Opitz first discovered the play when it came to Albany last year as part of a 50-state Legacy Project tour and he joined the production as one of five actors. For Skidmore, he adapted it for 11 actors and dramatized the narration for more action. Students play the roles of military men and women and their families and friends, acting out the full spectrum of emotions and experiences in the letters.
Tickets: $12 general admission, $8 students and senior citizens.
Thursday, April 10, Friday, April 11, and Saturday, April 12, 8 p.m.; Sunday, April 13, 2 p.m.; Thursday, April 17, and Friday, April 18, 8 p.m.; Saturday, April 19, 2 p.m., Janet Kinghorn Bernard Theater
- David Greenberger: Two-Minute Performances in a One-Seat Theater
For more than 30 years, David Greenberger has created short sound pieces that give listeners a window into the minds of older people. This installation creates an intimate theater space where one audience member at a time will listen to a two-minute performance by Greenberger and his band, A Strong Dog (Kevin Maul and Mitch Throop).
Thursday, April 3, 6–9 p.m., mezzanine, Tang Museum
- Sean Jackson, Corey Colmey, and Joe Klockowski: Rhythmic Abstraction
In an experiment in sound and rhythm, tap dancer and electronic musician Sean Jackson and percussionist Corey Colmey will produce rich soundscapes that combine digital sounds and nontraditional percussive elements such as tap dancing. Their communication in dance and music will be coupled with audio-reactive animations designed by Joe Klockowski ’14. Jackson has performed and taught tap dancing all over the U.S. and in Europe. Colmey is an educator, performer, clinician, and recording artist based in central New York.Thursday,
April 3, 6:30 p.m., Payne Presentation Room, Tang Museum
- Skidmore Community Chorus with Vocal Chamber Ensemble
Directed by Katie Gardiner. The performance will feature Duruflé’s Requiem with special guest Edwin Lawrence from Williams College on organ. The Vocal Chamber Ensemble will perform a selection of sacred pieces by Verdi, Josquin, and Palestrina. Tickets: $8 adults, $5 seniors/Skidmore community, free for students and children.
Saturday, April 12, 3 p.m., Helen Filene Ladd Concert Hall, Arthur Zankel Music Center
- Skidmore College Orchestra
Conducted by Anthony Holland. Among the highlights of this spring concert will be a world premiere of James Emery’s Double Concerto for Guitar, Clarinet, and Orchestra, with Emery playing guitar and his daughter Hannah Emery ’14 playing clarinet. Also on the program: Vaughan Williams’s Prelude 49th Parallel and Mussorgsky’s Pictures at an Exhibition arranged by Maurice Ravel. Tickets: $8 adults, $5 seniors/Skidmore community, free for students and children.
Sunday, April 27, 3 p.m., Helen Filene Ladd Concert Hall, Arthur Zankel Music Center
Dance Department Senior Capstone Concert
The works of seven dance majors will include an original group piece by Corry Ethridge, about regaining control; a solo performance by Kaitlin Guerin of an original work by NYC-based choreographer and dancer Sidra Bell; an original group piece by Megan Killeen, about the connection between humans, nature, and the cosmos; an original group piece by Cameo Lethem, showing increasingly strained relationships among six travelers; a solo performance by Sydney Magruder of an original work about womanhood and otherness choreographed by Antonio Brown of the Bill T. Jones/Arnie Zane Dance Company; a solo performance by Ayako Shapiro of an original work choreographed by Takehiro Ueyama, director of the NYC-based Take Dance company; and a solo performance by Sarah Shaw of choreography by student-athlete Colleen Thomas, about the importance of competitive swimming in her life at Skidmore.
Friday, April 4, 8 p.m., and Saturday, April 5, 2 and 8 p.m., Dance Theater
- Spring Dance Concert
The Dance Department will present new works and collaborations by faculty and guest artists. Highlights include Borderland, a new piece for seven dancers choreographed by Skidmore’s Porter Professor Debra Fernandez, with art professor and animator John Danison; and new choreography by artist-in-residence Mary Harney for 10 dancers, which explores the creative culture of an artist’s retreat. Dance professor Denise Warner Limoli has choreographed selections from Paquita. And dance professor Rubén Graciani has choreographed two new works—one, with 16 dancers, is an abstracted examination of the power of vulnerability within a group, and the other is a trio that, like a snapshot or childhood memory, captures a brief moment in time and only part of a whole person. Tickets: $10 general admission, $5 students and senior citizens.
Friday, April 18, 8 p.m., and Saturday, April 19, 2 and 8 p.m., Dance Theater
- Senior Capstone Performance in Dance: Salomé Egas ’14
Developed by Salomé Egas ’14 with SEE-Beyond support, and inspired by her experience of the world views, myths, and traditions of the indigenous people of the highlands of Ecuador.
Sunday, April 27, 2 and 4 p.m., Dance Studio II
Kurt Rosenwinkel New Quartet
Fresh from performances in Tokyo and Singapore, the New Quartet will perform songs from Rosenwinkel’s 2012 release Star of Jupiter as well as new compositions. Performing with Rosenwinkel, who is regarded as one of the most prolific jazz composers of his generation, will be pianist Aaron Parks, bassist Eric Revis, and drummer Kendrick Scott.
Wednesday, April 16, 8 p.m., Helen Filene Ladd Concert Hall, Arthur Zankel Music Center
More Students On Stage
- Cabaret Troupe Presents Little Shop of Horrors
Entirely student-run, Cabaret Troupe aims to give students in any major the experience of performing in and staging a musical production.
Thursday–Saturday, April 3–5, 7:30 p.m., Filene Recital Hall
- Skidmore Concert Band
Directed by Michael Meidenbauer.
Thursday, April 3, 8 p.m., Helen Filene Ladd Concert Hall, Arthur Zankel Music Center
- Senior Recital: Eva Hagan, Clarinet
Friday, April 4, 8 p.m., Helen Filene Ladd Concert Hall, Arthur Zankel Music Center
- Senior Recital: David Slitzky, Andrew Koehler, and William Sacks, Jazz
Sunday, April 6, 8 p.m., Helen Filene Ladd Concert Hall, Arthur Zankel Music Center
- Senior Recital: Mavis MacNeil, Composition
Thursday, April 10, 8 p.m., Helen Filene Ladd Concert Hall, Arthur Zankel Music Center
- Senior Independent Study in Dance: Michael Rivera ’14
A study created by Michael Rivera ’14 in collaboration with John Schneider ’14, this performance will explore space, familiarity, and recognition using movement and film.
Thursday, April 10, 8 p.m., and Saturday, April 12, 2 and 8 p.m., Payne Presentation Room, Tang Museum
- Drums and Gongs: Taiko and Gamelan Class Recital
Coached by Lei Ouyang Bryant and Elizabeth Macy.
Friday, April 11, 4 p.m., Helen Filene Ladd Concert Hall, Arthur Zankel Music Center
- Ujima Step Show
Step-dancing performance by Ujima, Skidmore’s African, African-American, and Caribbean-American cultural awareness club.
Saturday, April 12, 7 p.m., Filene Recital Hall
- Shared Recital: Cindy Lan, Viola, and Elizabeth Estey, French Horn
Saturday, April 12, 8 p.m., Helen Filene Ladd Concert Hall, Arthur Zankel Music Center
- Skidmore Wind Chamber Ensembles
Coached by Jan Vinci.
Sunday, April 13, 2 p.m., Helen Filene Ladd Concert Hall, Arthur Zankel Music Center
- Senior Recital: Emily Abeshouse, Piano
Sunday, April 13, 6 p.m., Helen Filene Ladd Concert Hall, Arthur Zankel Music Center
- Line Art Review Launch Party
Line Art Review magazine, a student-run art review, celebrates its new issue. Refreshments will be served, the Treblemakers will perform, and art will be made.
Thursday, April 17, 7 p.m., Tang Museum
- Skidmore Guitar Ensembles
Coached by Brett Grigsby.
Thursday, April 17, 8 p.m., Helen Filene Ladd Concert Hall, Arthur Zankel Music Center
- Accents Spring Jam
The Accents are one of Skidmore’s two all-female a cappella groups.
Friday, April 18, 7 p.m., Gannett Auditorium, Palamountain Hall
- Treblemakers Spring Jam
The Treblemakers are Skidmore’s newest a cappella group.
Friday, April 18, 7 p.m., Filene Recital Hall
- Senior Recital: Thomas Corcoran, Voice
Saturday, April 19, 11 a.m., Helen Filene Ladd Concert Hall, Arthur Zankel Music Center
- Senior Recital: Matthew Gaydar, Composition
Saturday, April 19, 2 p.m., Helen Filene Ladd Concert Hall, Arthur Zankel Music Center
- Senior Recital: Laura Pendleton, Voice
Saturday, April 19, 5 p.m., Helen Filene Ladd Concert Hall, Arthur Zankel Music Center
- Drastic Measures 10th-Anniversary Jam
The Drastic Measures are Skidmore’s charity coed a cappella group.
Saturday, April 19, 8 p.m., Filene Recital Hall
- Senior Recital: Katherine Murphy, Flute
Saturday, April 19, 8 p.m., Helen Filene Ladd Concert Hall, Arthur Zankel Music Center
- Sonneteers Spring Jam
Founded in 1947, the all-female Sonneteers are Skidmore’s oldest a cappella group.
Saturday, April 19, 10 p.m., Filene Recital Hall
- Skidmore Big Band
Directed by Mark Vinci.
Monday, April 21, 8 p.m., Helen Filene Ladd Concert Hall, Arthur Zankel Music Center
- Ballet Class Showing
The “Classical Ballet Variations” class performs solos from the historic repertoire, 1840–98.
Tuesday, April 22, 7 p.m., Dance Theater
- Senior Recital: Paul Gladstone, Jazz
Wednesday, April 23, 8 p.m., Helen Filene Ladd Concert Hall, Arthur Zankel Music Center
- Singing in Spring
Recital by the voice students of music faculty members Anne Zwick Turner and Gene Marie Callahan.
Friday, April 25, 4 p.m., Helen Filene Ladd Concert Hall, Arthur Zankel Music Center
- Skidmore Jazz Ensembles
Coached by John Nazarenko, George Muscatello, and Mark Vinci.
Friday, April 25, 7 p.m., Helen Filene Ladd Concert Hall, Arthur Zankel Music Center
- Rithmos Concert
Rithmos is an audition-based jazz and hip-hop dance group.
Friday, April 25, 7 and 9 p.m., Dance Theater
- Senior Recital: Leland Martin, Fiddle
Sunday, April 27, 7 p.m., Helen Filene Ladd Concert Hall, Arthur Zankel Music Center
- "Classical Dance of India" Class Showing
Students perform classical Indian dances accompanied by musicians on traditional instruments.
Monday, April 28, 7:30 p.m., Dance Theater
- Skidmore String Ensembles
Coached by Michael Emery.
Monday, April 28, 8 p.m., Helen Filene Ladd Concert Hall, Arthur Zankel Music Center
- "Choreography I" Class Showing
Skidmore student dancers perform original group pieces choreographed by 11 students in the “Choreography I” course.
Tuesday, April 29, 7 p.m., Dance Theater
Innovating on the Web and in Business
Few Skidmore alumni have navigated the emerging world of social media with greater success than David Balter ’93, who in 2004 made the cover of the New York Times Magazine for his launch of BzzAgent, his path-breaking social-marketing firm.
Balter is now executive chair of BzzAgent, as well as a member of the global executive team and global head of investments for Dunnhumby, a top “customer science” firm, to which he sold BzzAgent in 2011. A cofounder of the Word-of-Mouth Marketing Association, he is also CEO of Smarterer, a venture-backed startup that assesses digital, social, and technical skills.
In his April 15 dialogue with Catherine Hill, Skidmore’s F. William Harder Professor of Business Administration, Balter will share his perspective on the ever-shifting landscape of the virtual world and describe the wealth of opportunities he sees for entrepreneurs, marketers, interactive designers, and content creators.
Connecting people and their favorite brands since 2001, BzzAgent remains the nation’s leading social marketing company. It puts products in the hands of hundreds of thousands of everyday consumers and helps them share their opinions of them with their friends and family via reviews, Facebook posts, photos and videos, blog posts, and more. Founded in 2010, the Google-backed Smarterer uses crowd-sourcing to help large enterprises create skill inventories; its technology can validate anyone’s skill in just about any area in 10 questions, 120 seconds.
Tuesday, April 15, 7 p.m., Gannett Auditorium, Palamountain Hall.
More Talk Events
- Alan Rabinowitz: "Saving the World's Big Cats for the Future"
A profound stutter left Alan Rabinowitz virtually unable to communicate as a child, and to prefer animals to people. Now CEO of the global wild-cat conservation group Panthera, he has extraordinary insight into both wildlife and the human condition. Called the “Indiana Jones of Wildlife Ecology” by Time magazine, Rabinowitz holds a doctorate in the field and has dedicated his life to preserving wild habitats and securing homes for endangered mammals. His work with heads of state helped establish the world’s first jaguar preserve in Belize, the world’s largest tiger reserve in Myanmar, and the Jaguar Corridor from Mexico to Argentina. In this lecture, sponsored by the Biology Department’s senior capstone series, the Speaker’s Bureau, and Animal Alliance, Rabinowitz will discuss his remarkable career and explain why it’s essential to save wildlife.
Wednesday, April 2, 7:30 p.m. Gannett Auditorium, Palamountain Hall
- Steve Stern Reading
Steve Stern, professor of English at Skidmore, will read selections from his fiction. Winner of the O. Henry Award and two Pushcart Prizes, he is the author of many stories and novels, including The Book of Mischief, named one of the 100 most notable books of 2012 by the New York Times.
Thursday, April 3, 8 p.m., Davis Auditorium, Palamountain Hall
- Skidmore Reads: "An Evening with Khaled Hosseini"
The celebrated author of The Kite Runner, A Thousand Splendid Suns, and And the Mountains Echoed will participate in a discussion moderated by Joe Donahue of WAMC radio’s “Book Show” and “Roundtable.” Sponsors include Saratoga Reads, Skidmore College, Saratoga Springs Public Library, Student Speakers Bureau, and Friends of the Saratoga Springs Public Library.
Saturday, April 5, 7 p.m., Helen Filene Ladd Concert Hall, Arthur Zankel Music Center (sold out, but free seating is available for the simulcast in Gannett, Davis, and Emerson auditoriums, Palamountain Hall).
Rami Zurayk: “Implications of the ‘Arab Spring’”
Agronomist, scholar, and activist Rami Zurayk will speak about the Mideast and North African uprisings and revolutions that began in spring 2010. He will discuss the declining Arab agricultural sector, the problem of food insecurity, and the plight of the Arab small farmer, with a particular focus on Palestine. Cosponsored by the Government and the International Affairs departments.
Monday, April 7, 6:30 p.m., Davis Auditorium, Palamountain Hall
- Brainard Carey: "The Art World Demystified"
The author of Making It in the Art World: New Approaches to Galleries, Shows, and Raising Money, Brainard Carey urges artists to bypass the traditional gallery system for less conventional methods of getting their art to market. In this talk sponsored by the Arts Administration Program, Carey will describe the burgeoning DIY movement among artists. He’ll ask, “What if you could create a way of working with money that was as creative as making art?” He’ll then examine some creative ways that artists have sold their work and managed their careers on their on terms.
Tuesday, April 8, 6 p.m., Filene Recital Hall
Arun Chaudhary: "Behind-the-Camera at the White House"
Arun Chaudhary was the first official White House videographer, a position created for him at the beginning of the Obama administration. Chaudhary travelled extensively with the president, capturing public events and behind-the-scenes moments and producing presidential tapings for the Internet and television. Introducing Chaudhary will be history professor Tillman Nechtman, chair of the working group developing Skidmore’s Documentary Studies Collaborative. Chaudhary’s talk is sponsored by the Student Speakers Bureau.
Wednesday, April 9, 7 p.m. Gannett Auditorium, Palamountain Hall
- Ann Rosalind Jones: "Terrifying Strangers: The New 'Other' in Renaissance Costume Books"
The Dunn Professor of Comparative Literature at Smith College, Ann Rosalind Jones reads clothes “as a material language.” In Renaissance Clothing and the Materials of Memory, she examined portraits, spinning, embroidery, armor, and literary texts to “analyze the links between what people in early modern Europe wore and who they believed they were.” In this lecture sponsored by the Art History Department, she’ll discuss her current study of Renaissance-era French and Italian illustrated costume books, drawing on anthropology and material culture to explore European imagery of New World peoples.
Thursday, April 10, 5:30 p.m., Davis Auditorium, Palamountain Hall
Megan McArdle: "The Up Side of Down"
A Washington-based journalist who writes about economics, business, and public policy, Megan McArdle is the author of The Up Side of Down. Drawing on interviews, academic research, and her own experience with catastrophic life events, she’ll discuss why failure is an inevitable—and beneficial—part of life, and how to make failure a learning experience instead of a catastrophe. (Carr Distinguished Interdisciplinary Lecture)
Thursday, April 10, 8 p.m., Gannett Auditorium, Palamountain Hall
Living the Liberal Arts: Mathematics and Computer Science
Students majoring in math and CS can pursue a wide range of career options. In this panel discussion, sponsored by the Math and Computer Science Department and the Career Development Center, Skidmore alumni who majored in these fields (including lawyer Rosie Coleman Garlapow ’98, schoolteacher Amanda Holland ’10, and computational finance specialist Ari Morse ’09) will share their real-world stories, suggestions, and successes. Refreshments will be served.
Monday, April 21, 5 p.m., 2nd floor of Murray-Aikins Dining Hall
Espen Hammer: "Temporality and the Culture of Modernity"
A professor at Temple University, Espen Hammer specializes in post-Kantian European philosophy, especially ethics and politics. In this lecture, sponsored by the Department of Philosophy and Religion, he will offer an account of how the classical linear temporality of progressive modernity came to be forcibly severed from its basis in nature. He argues that that postmodern culture desperately needs to retrieve elements of the modern experience of temporality, subjectivity, and its spaces for the exercise of ethical and political responsibility.
Monday, April 21, 6 p.m., Ladd Hall 307
Go Large, and Go Live
The Tang Museum is offering an unusual chance to view large-scale works from its collection and to gain a greater appreciation for the role of a “teaching museum.” The One Work exhibition (open through June 1) is accompanied by a series of dialogues with the artists conducted side-by-side with their works. “We are turning our Wachenheim Gallery into a classroom and inviting the public in,” says the Tang’s Dayton Director Ian Berry, who is teaching a related art-history seminar. He says the nine works in the show form a syllabus for his class, and the students’ interviews with the artists will be recorded and archived.
In the One Work: One Hour dialogues, the public can engage in conversations with two artists: Beverly Semmes, a sculptor who has had more than 50 solo exhibitions and teaches at New York University’s Steinhardt School and the Pratt Institute, will discuss her work included in the Tang show. And Julian LaVerdiere, co-creator of Tribute in Light, the installation at the World Trade Center site that creates impressive towers of light will discuss his work and its Hollywood connection: his Lost Cornerstone at the Tang is a recreation of one of the giant eagle sculptures from the entrance of NYC’s old Penn Station and has a cameo role in the upcoming movie The Amazing Spiderman 2.
Semmes dialogue: Thursday, April 3, 5:30 p.m., Wachenheim Gallery, Tang Museum
LaVerdiere dialogue: Thursday, April 24, at 5:30 p.m., Wachenheim Gallery, Tang Museum
Alumni Invitational 4
This is the fourth in a series of exhibitions featuring Skidmore alumni working at the cutting edge of contemporary art. This show celebrates the vibrant creative energy of four graduates that spans 50 years and diverse media: Gayle Wells Mandle ’63, Grace DeGennaro ’78, Nicole Parcher ’90, and Courtney Mattison ’08. Rachel Seligman ’91, the Tang’s assistant director, will lead a curator’s tour.
Tuesday, April 15, noon, Tang Museum
Graphic Jews: Negotiating Identity in Sequential Art
A selection of graphic novels and original pages that tell stories about Jewishness and the ways that Jews have figured and reconfigured their identities. Works by Leela Corman, Vanessa Davis, Ben Katchor, and James Sturm combine words and pictures into what Will Eisner, a master of the form, calls “sequential art”: telling stories by putting one image after another after another. Co-curated by religion professor Gregory Spinner and the Tang’s Rachel Seligman ’91.
Through April 13, Tuesdays–Wednesdays and Fridays-Sundays, noon–5 p.m.; Thursdays, noon–9 p.m., Tang Museum
Elevator Music #26
Greenwich, N.Y., artist David Greenberger explores the individuality, integrity, and humanity of the elderly. For more than 30 years, Greenberger has combined fragments of their conversations with music created in collaboration with professional musicians, to transform the “rich language of personal poetics” into short sound pieces that give listeners a window into the minds of older people. Instead of focusing on who they were, Greenberger’s conversations, and the resultant compositions, tease out who his subjects are now.
Through April 13, Tuesdays–Wednesdays and Fridays-Sundays, noon–5 p.m.; Thursdays, noon–9 p.m., Tang Museum
Graphic Advocacy: International Posters for the Digital Age, 2001-2012
Working with 120 posters loaned by Elizabeth Resnick, chair of graphic design at Massachusetts College of Art and Design, students in Skidmore’s “Communications Design” class taught by art professor Deb Hall developed this exhibition.
Mondays–Thursdays, 10 a.m.–6 p.m.; Fridays, 10 a.m.–4 p.m.; Saturdays–Sundays, noon–4 p.m., Schick Art Gallery, Saisselin Art Building