Tang Teaching Museum reopens to the public
The Frances Young Tang Teaching Museum and Art Gallery at Skidmore College is welcoming
all visitors back this summer with a slate of new exhibitions and events, including
the return of in-person Family Saturdays and Upbeat on the Roof concerts.
On July 10, the museum’s galleries will reopen with two new exhibitions:
- “Opener 33: Sarah Cain — Enter the Center” is a survey of work by Los Angeles-based artist Sarah Cain, who explores and expands upon traditional ideas of painting, often modifying canvases by cutting and braiding, painting on all sides and adding talismanic objects.
- “Ellsworth Kelly: Postcards” is the first survey of collaged postcards created by Ellsworth Kelly (1923–2015), one of the most important American artists of the 20th century. The exhibition presents 150 of his works, many on loan from the Ellsworth Kelly Studio in Spencertown, New York. The exhibition is part of “All Together Now,” a regional collections sharing project organized by the Tang Teaching Museum with support from the Henry Luce Foundation.
- Also on view is “Nicole Cherubini: Shaking the Trees,” a wall-to-floor installation juxtaposing ceramic tiling, modular seating, sculpture, works from the Tang collection and work by invited artists.
From July 10 through Aug. 29, the museum will be open noon to 5 p.m. Thursday through Sunday. Admission is free. In accordance with health and safety guidelines, the museum will limit capacity to 50 visitors at a time. Visitors must follow protocols that include masks and social distancing.
A visitor examines artwork by Arturo Herrera at the Tang Teaching Museum. (Photo: Andrzej Pilarczyk)
July 17 brings the return of the Tang’s popular in-person Family Saturday programs,
which run through Aug. 14. Family Saturdays are multigenerational events for children
5 and older and their parents, grandparents or other guardians. Each event features
a close-looking exercise at a work of art, an art-making activity and a moment to
share new creations.
Each Saturday will have two sessions of the 90-minute program, starting at 1 p.m. and at 3 p.m. In accordance with health and safety guidelines, each session will be limited to five children and their guardians. All participants are expected to be masked while inside the Tang.
Tang at Home Studio, our online art-making program, also continues this summer. Like Family Saturdays, Tang at Home Studio events feature discussions about art, art-making, and sharing — all conducted via Zoom. Tang at Home Studio will be offered over five Sundays from July 18 through Aug. 15, and run from 11 a.m. to noon.
Information on each week’s Family Saturday and Tang at Home Studio, and how to register, will be available on the Tang's website.
Upbeat on the Roof
Upbeat on the Roof returns for its 20th season, presenting a vibrant and diverse range of regional musicians over four Thursday evenings from July 29 to Aug. 19. Concerts will be performed on the lawn outside the museum starting at 6 p.m. Visitors are welcome to bring chairs, blankets, food and drink, and set up as early as 5 p.m. This year’s lineup features:
- July 29 — Laveda: A genre-blending dream pop/rock group, Laveda is an Albany-based duo of Jake Brooks and Ali Genevich. Their acclaimed 2020 debut album “What Happens After” features dreamy lyrics and textural sounds that are thoughtful and danceable.
- Aug. 5 — Thomasina Winslow: Blues singer Thomasina Winslow’s snappy guitar chops and rich warm vocals have made her a staple of the Capital Region music scene. An educator, producer, world traveler and historian of Americana, Winslow’s powerful voice makes her a true ambassador of the blues.
- Aug. 12 — Sun Is Poison: A lo-fi solo project of Ballston Spa’s Will Seifart, Sun is Poison creates immersive works that meld the mechanical sounds of drum machines and synths with banjos, guitars, and honest and poignant lyrics.
- Aug. 19 — Heavenly Echoes: Founded by the late Deacon James Edmonds out of the Sweet Pilgrim Missionary Baptist Church in Albany, the group performs in the storied tradition of Southern-style gospel music with spirituals, hymns, traditional contemporary gospel and originals.
In accordance with health and safety guidelines, the maximum capacity for each concert
will be 100 people. All non-vaccinated visitors will be required to remain masked.
In case of inclement weather, the concerts will be canceled.
All Tang events are free and open to the public. For more information, please call the visitors services desk at 518-580-8080 or visit the Tang website.