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Frances Day museum fun

July 11, 2017

An afternoon of free events is expected to draw art- and fun-lovers of every stripe into Skidmore’s Tang Museum on Saturday, July 15. From noon to 4 p.m., Frances Day—the Tang’s annual open house in honor of namesake Frances Young Tang ’61—will offer hands-on art, a photobooth, a kids’ workshop, food, music, and more. 

LISTEN: Ian Berry, Dayton Director of the Tang Teaching Museum and Michael Janairo, the museum’s Assistant Director for Engagement talk with WAMC about Frances Day

Machine that Wouldn't Die
The Machine That Wouldn't Die (Photo
courtesy of the artists)

Among the scheduled events: a gallery tour at noon, music by the Machine That Wouldn't Die at 1 p.m., a tour of the Tang’s collections at 2 p.m., a conservator demonstration at 3 p.m., and a “Trevor” dance performance at 4 p.m. The Machine That Wouldn’t Die calls itself “part performance art, part punk rock band.” The dance “Trevor” was the starting point for Janine Antoni and Stephen Petronio’s video Honey Baby, showing a dancer in a honey-filled womblike enclosure. 

Visitors can also see the debut of destiNATION: TANG created by SKOTE (Alex P. White and Jill Pangallo). The video explores tourism by using displacement and de-familiarization within the context of “the vacation.”  

And visitors can receive a Tang T-shirt, while supplies last, when they show that they are following the Tang on Instagram and that they have posted something about #FrancesDay. 

After the open house, the Tang will hold a public reception for its spring exhibitions, from 5:30 to 7 p.m.

Tang's Simard exhibition 
The current Tang show If I Had Possession Over Judgment Day: Collections of Claude Simard
(Photo by Jeremy Lawson)

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