Laurie Anderson, courtesy the artist

Laurie Anderson, courtesy the artist

SARATOGA SPRINGS, NY — The Frances Young Tang Teaching Museum and Art Gallery at Skidmore College announces its spring 2019 events, including exhibition openings, tours, talks, performances, Family Saturdays, and more.

The season’s special guests include acclaimed cartoonist Chris Ware, who will deliver the second annual Winter/Miller Lecture on February 28; the painter Yun-Fei Ji, whose work is in the Tang collection, in conversation with Skidmore professor of religious studies Ryan Overbey on February 20; and the performance artist Laurie Anderson, who will be in conversation with Skidmore College Professor Benjamin Bogin, Director of the Asian Studies Program, in connection with the exhibitionThe Second Buddha: Master of Time on April 17.

The museum’s Accelerator Series, panel talks on urgent issues, takes on call-out culture and forgiveness on February 11 with artists Alexandra Bell and Lyle Ashton Harris, and Skidmore College Professor of Sociology and Director of the Project on Restorative Justice David Karp; and food justice and sustainability on March 4 with Anthony Hatch, author of Blood Sugar: Racial Pharmacology and Food Justice in Black America, and Leah Penniman, a farmer and food justice activist from Soul Fire Farm in Grafton, N.Y., and artist and urban farmer Kate Daughdrill. The series is moderated by Tang Curator-at-Large Isolde Brielmaier, and the March 4 event is held in conjunction with the exhibition Like Sugar.

Performances include deep listening explorations with artist Kamau Amu Patton’s SSSSHHHH paired with Skidmore Professor Adam Tinkle’s sonic mediation SoundMind on February 7 and April 25, as well as special SoundMind events with members of Carnegie Hall’s Ensemble Connect on February 13 and with artist and entomologist Lisa Schonberg on March 28; Off the Shelf, a site-specific theater event that examines the life and character of a museum’s permanent collection by Skidmore theater department’s Carolyn Anderson and Garett Wilson, on March 27, 28, and 29; and an experimental duet performance by guitarist Tashi Dorji and percussionist Susie Ibarra conceived as a musical exploration of the bardo, the intermediate state between death and rebirth described in Tibetan  Book of the Dead, held on April 18 in conjunction with the exhibition The Second Buddha: Master of Time.

Admission to the Tang Teaching Museum is free, with a suggested donation, and all events are free and open to the public; some events require a reservation, such as Off the Shelf performances and Family Saturdays. The museum is open Tuesday through Sunday from Noon to 5:00 PM, with extended hours until 9:00 PM on Thursdays and for special events. More information is available by calling the Tang Visitors Services Desk at 518-580-8080 or visiting http://tang.skidmore.edu.

EXHIBITIONS

Like Sugar

February 9–June 9, 2019

Like Sugar investigates both 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–May 19, 2019

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.

Student-Curated Project

May 4–May 19, 2019

Organized by Dayna Joseph ’19 (the 2017–18 Carole Marchand ’57 Intern), this exhibition will examine racial stereotypes in American cinema and fashion photography through a selection of Hollywood glamour portraits and work by contemporary photographers.

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Through September 2019

Artist Kamau Amu Patton reimagines the Tang’s Mezzanine as a community space for conversation and contemplation.

The Shelf

January 26–April 14, 2019

A diverse group of objects from the Tang collection, displayed in conjunction with the March theater performance Off the Shelf.

EVENTS

Thursday, January 31 , 6:00 PM

Exploring Museum Careers

Explore a variety of careers with regional museum professionals, including Skidmore alumni

Thursday, February 7, 5:00 PM

SSSSHHHH #6 / SoundMind #14

Join artist Kamau Amu Patton and Skidmore professor Adam Tinkle for an exploration into the power of sound, music, sensory awareness, and deep listening 

Saturday, February 9, 4:00 PM

The Second Buddha: Master of Time Curators’ Tour

Rachel Seligman, Elena Pakhoutova, and Benjamin Bogin lead an exhibition tour. A reception immediately follows.

Saturday, February 9, 5:00 PM

Spring 2019 Opening Reception

Join our celebration of all of our exhibitions.

Monday, February 11, 6:00 PM

Accelerator Series: On Navigating Forgiveness, Redemption, and Rejection

Tang Curator-at-Large Isolde Brielmaier moderates a panel discussion on forgiveness in our current cultural climate with the artists Alexandra Bell and Lyle Ashton Harris, and Skidmore College Professor of Sociology and Director of the Project on Restorative Justice David Karp.

Wednesday, February 13, 5:00 PM

SoundMind #15 featuring Carnegie Hall’s Ensemble Connect

Skidmore professor Adam Tinkle’s sonic meditation series continues with guest artists and participatory sound-making activities

Tuesday, February 19, 6:00 PM

An Artist’s View of the Second Buddha

Pema Namdol Thaye, a renowned contemporary Tibetan painter, discusses his perspective on Padmasambhava

Wednesday, February 20, 6:00 PM

Dunkerley Dialogue: Yun-Fei Ji and Ryan Overbey

Painter Yun-Fei Ji and Skidmore professor of religious studies Ryan Overbey in conversation

Thursday, February 21, 6:00 PM      

The Second Buddha: Master of Time — “Bringing the Past to Life: Visions, Writing, and Me”

Janet Gyatso, Harvard Professor of Buddhist Studies, reflects on reading and translating the visionary autobiography of the 18th-century Tibetan Buddhist master Jigme Lingpa

Tuesday, February 26, Noon

Sugar and the Natural World: Seduction and Destruction

Join the curators of Like Sugar in conversation with invited guests

Wednesday, February 27, 6:00 PM

Whole Grain: Milford Graves Full Mantis

Join us for a screening of filmmaker Jake Meginsky’s portrait of renowned percussionist Milford Graves explores the musician’s kaleidoscopic creativity and relentless curiosity

Thursday, February 28, 6:00 PM      

Winter/Miller Lecture: Chris Ware

Artist and graphic novelist Chris Ware presents our second annual lecture

Monday, March 4, 6:00 PM  

Accelerator Series: Food Futures: Food Justice, Sustainability, and Well-Being

Tang Curator-at-Large Isolde Brielmaier moderates a panel discussion with Anthony Hatch, a Wesleyan University professor and author of Blood Sugar: Racial Pharmacology and Food Justice in Black America; Leah Penniman, a farmer and food justice activist from Soul Fire Farm in Grafton, New York; and Kate Daughdrill, an artist, urban farmer, writer, and speaker based in Detroit

Wednesday, March 20, 6:00 PM      

Seeing Without Looking: A Psychoanalytic View of Great Perfection Contemplation in Tibet

Jacob Dalton, Khyentse Chair of Tibetan Buddhist Studies at UC Berkeley, explores connections between psychoanalytic theory and Tibetan Buddhist meditation

Tuesday, March 26, Noon

Like Sugar Brown Bag Lunch: Michael Twitty

Featuring food-blogger, culinary historian, and author Michael Twitty, whose book The Cooking Gene, won the 2018 James Beard Foundation Book Award for Book of the Year

Tuesday, March 26, 6:00 PM

Art about Art

Rob Linrothe, Northwestern Associate Professor of Art History, offers art historical observations on The Second Buddha

Wednesday–Friday, March 27–29, 7:00 PM and 8:30 PM each night

Off the Shelf

A site-specific theater event that examines the life and character of a museum’s permanent collection by Skidmore theater department’s Carolyn Anderson and Garett Wilson. Reservations required by calling 518-580-8080.

Thursday, March 28, 4:00 PM

SoundMind #16 featuring artist and entomologist Lisa Schonberg

Skidmore professor Adam Tinkle’s sonic meditation series continues with guest artists and 
participatory sound-making activities

Monday, April 1, 6:00 PM     

Dream Images, Poetic Visions

Dominique Townsend, poet and Bard Assistant Professor of Religion, gives a reading and discussion of Terdak Lingpa’s poetic dream yoga instructions

Thursday, April 4, 6:00 PM

Radical Presence and Social Justice

Lama Rod Owens, author, activist, and lama in the Kagyu school of Tibetan Buddhism, connects the Second Buddha’s teachings with contemporary concerns

Wednesday, April 10, Noon

Sugar Stories: Sweet & Bittersweet

Join the curators of Like Sugar in conversation with invited guests

Tuesday–Thursday, April 16–18, 6:00 PM each night

Bardo Now

This three-day series explores the bardo, the intermediate state between death and rebirth richly described in Padmasambhava’s Tibetan  Book of the Dead.  The concept has a much broader application to the transformative potential of the unfixed spaces between any two people, places, or moments. Highlights include a discussion of George Saunders’s novel Lincoln in the Bardo (April 16), a Dunkerley Dialogue with artist Laurie Anderson and Skidmore professor of Asian studies Benjamin Bogin (April 17), and an experimental duet performance by guitarist Tashi Dorji and percussionist Susie Ibarra conceived for this event as a musical bardo exploration (April 18)

Thursday, April 25, 5:00 PM

SSSSHHHH #7 / SoundMind #17

Join artist Kamau Amu Patton and Skidmore professor Adam Tinkle for an exploration into the power of sound, music, sensory awareness, and deep listening

Friday, April 26, 8:00 PM

Tang Party

Our annual end-of-year celebration features site-specific installations across the Tang grounds created by students from across class years and majors

Friday, May 10, 8:00 PM

2019 Senior Art Majors’ Thesis Exhibition and Opening Reception

Annual art show features the final projects by Skidmore College’s art majors.

TOURS

February 8, February 19, March 5, March 28, April 12, April 25, Noon

The Spotlight Series

Single Object Tours with 2018–19 Meg Reitman Jacobs Intern Monica Andrews ’19

Tuesday, February 12, Noon

Curators’ Tour of The Second Buddha: Master of Time

With Benjamin Bogin and Rachel Seligman

Tuesday, March 19, Noon

Curators’ Tour of Like Sugar

With Nurcan Atalan-Helicke, Sarah Goodwin, and Rachel Seligman

Tuesday, April 2, Noon

Curators’ Tour of Like Sugar

With Sarah Goodwin, Monica Raveret Richter, and Rachel Seligman

FAMILY SATURDAYS

Saturdays, February 16–April 13, 2:00–3:30 PM

Family Saturdays foster multigenerational creative cooperation through looking, talking, and making.  For ages 5+, accompanied by an adult. Reservations required: call 518-580-8080

ABOUT THE TANG TEACHING MUSEUM

The Tang Teaching Museum at Skidmore College is a pioneer of interdisciplinary exploration and learning. A cultural anchor of New York’s Capital Region, the institution’s approach has become a model for university art museums across the country—with exhibition programs and series that bring together the visual and performing arts with fields of study as disparate as history, astronomy, and physics. The Tang has one of the most rigorous faculty-engagement initiatives in the nation, the Mellon Seminar, and robust publication and touring exhibition initiatives that extend the institution’s reach far beyond its walls. The Tang Teaching Museum’s building, designed by architect Antoine Predock, serves as a visual metaphor for the convergence of ideas and exchange the institution catalyzes. The museum is open Tuesday through Sunday, from noon to 5 pm, with extended hours until 9 pm Thursday. More information at http://tang.skidmore.edu.