Padmasambhava as Loden Choksé, Tibet, 17th century, silk appliqué, 84 1/8 x 71 5/8 inches, image courtesy Rubin Museum of Art

Padmasambhava as Loden Choksé, Tibet, 17th century, silk appliqué, 84 1/8 x 71 5/8 inches, image courtesy Rubin Museum of Art

SARTOGA SPRINGS, NY (January 29, 2019) — The Frances Young Tang Teaching Museum and Art Gallery at Skidmore College will celebrate the opening of its spring exhibitions with a curators’ tour and a reception starting at 4 p.m. Saturday, February 9. The events are free and open to the public.

4 to 5 p.m.: The Second Buddha: Master of Time Curators’ Tour

Exhibition organizers — Rachel Seligman, Tang Assistant Director for Curatorial Affairs and Malloy Curator; Elena Pakhoutova, Rubin Museum Curator of Himalayan Art; and Benjamin Bogin, Skidmore Professor of Asian Studies — lead a tour of the exhibition that features various representations of Buddhist master Padmasambhava in sculpture, Tibetan scroll paintings (thangkas), textiles, and manuscripts from the 13th through 19th centuries.

5 to 6:30 p.m.: Spring 2019 Opening Reception

A reception celebrates the museum’s new and continuing exhibitions:

  • Elevator Music 38: Bioni Samp — Digital Beehive, through March 10: This installation by British experimental sound artist and beekeeper Bioni Samp features sounds and frequencies from inside honey-bee hives, and a visual, non-linear history of beehives.
  • Like Sugar, February 9 through June 9: Like Sugar investigates the joyful and problematic aspects of sugar and sweetness, exploring the history of sugar production and consumption through historical materials, material culture, and works by contemporary artists.
  • The Second Buddha: Master of Time, February 9 through May 19: The Second Buddha explores visual representations of Buddhist master Padmasambhava through sculpture, Tibetan scroll paintings (thangkas), textiles, and manuscripts from the 13th through 19th centuries.
  • The Shelf, through April 14: A diverse group of objects from the Tang collection, displayed in conjunction with the March theater performance Off the Shelf.
  • Tel_, through September 2019: Artist Kamau Amu Patton reimagines the Tang’s Mezzanine as a community space for conversation and contemplation.

The Frances Young Tang Teaching Museum and Art Gallery is part of Skidmore College at 815 N. Broadway in Saratoga Springs, New York. Ample parking is located in lots adjacent to the museum. The museum is open Tuesday through Sunday, from noon to 5 pm, with extended hours until 9 pm Thursday. For more information, call the museum’s Visitors Services Desk at 518-580-8080 or visithttp://tang.skidmore.edu.