The Tang's 15th Anniversary Celebration Features Innovative Exhibitions, Programs, and Events
The Frances Young Tang Teaching Museum and Art Gallery at Skidmore College, known for its innovative interdisciplinary exhibitions and arts programs, is presenting a series of initiatives to mark the Museum’s 15th anniversary. The Tang combines visual arts with other fields—from economics, to astrophysics, to organic chemistry, and dance—to explore new ideas and perspectives. This approach has become a model for college and university art museums across the country. The Tang’s anniversary in 2015 is a springboard for enhancing the Museum’s programming and its leadership role in the national arts and academic communities.
Programs include: Affinity Atlas, an exhibition combining an international roster of contemporary works and an immersive “cabinet of curiosities,” with rotating displays by Skidmore faculty that forge unexpected connections between the works on view; a collaboration and residency with Mark Allen and Machine Project to create new installations, performances, and events at the Tang; and a reexamination of the work of Alma Thomas.
The Museum is also expanding its community engagement offerings, including artist-led workshops and seminars, programs focused on object-based learning for community groups and public school students, and exhibitions developed and curated by Skidmore students. Detailed information on anniversary initiatives follows below.
“A common thread that weaves together everything we do at the Tang is to envision new connections between objects and ideas—seeing and thinking in unexpected, even provocative, ways,” said Ian Berry, Dayton Director of the Tang Teaching Museum. “We bring artists, students, visitors, and experts together for transformative experiences with art and to further our understanding of what it means to be human. Having been part of the Tang since its launch 15 years ago, it’s inspiring to reflect on what we’ve accomplished—and even more exciting to look to the future.”