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Deborah Roberts, Glass Castles, 2017Explore, make, and share during five Zoom sessions from Sept. 25 to Nov. 20

Saratoga Springs, NY (September 17, 2020) — The Frances Young Tang Teaching Museum and Art Gallery at Skidmore College announces the fall 2020 Tang at Home Studio series. This series will be conducted online to ensure the health and safety of our audiences and our staff. The Museum building is closed to the public for now, but we are open online to bring the Tang experience into your home.

Tang at Home Studio gives kids the chance to explore their creativity, make new things, and share their artwork with peers online! Each session, which occurs every other Friday at 5:00 PM from September 25 to November 20, includes an at-home looking and exploration of an artwork, instructions for project preparation and a real-time online gathering led by Sunny Ra,  The Laurie M. Tisch Educator for K-12 and Community Programs, with assistance from Skidmore College student interns. Learn how to take part and read the description of all five sessions…

SPAC logoTo Launch in the Saratoga Spa State Park on September 21

Socially distanced, Interactive, Outdoor Experience Co-Commissioned by SPAC 

Saratoga Springs, NY (September 10, 2020) – On September 21, 2020, Saratoga Performing Arts Center will present Ellen Reid SOUNDWALK, a GPS-enabled work of public art in the Saratoga Spa State Park that uses music to illuminate the natural environment. Created by Pulitzer Prize-winning composer Ellen Reid and co-commissioned by Saratoga Performing Arts Center as part of its SPAC REIMAGINED 2020 season, Ellen Reid SOUNDWALK is an immersive audio experience tailor-made for the Saratoga Spa State Park featuring its famous natural springs, wooded areas, a geyser, a waterfall and more. The New York Philharmonic, also a co-commissioner of this work, is presenting the World Premiere of Ellen Reid SOUNDWALK today, September 10 in New York City's Central Park. The exhibit is free to the public, and can be experienced while following social distancing guidelines.

Never Done: 100 Years of Women in Politics and BeyondExhibition features work by 100 female and non-binary artists including Firelei Baez, Renee Cox, Chioma Ebinama, Nan Goldin, Juliana Huxtable, Carrie Moyer, Laurel Nakadate, Catherine Opie, Deborah Roberts, Wendy Red Star, Lorna Simpson, Kiki Smith, Cindy Sherman, Tschabalala Self, Sarah Sze, Barbara Takenaga, Mickalene Thomas, Kara Walker, Carrie Mae Weems, and more

Saratoga Springs, NY (September 8, 2020) — The Frances Young Tang Teaching Museum and Art Gallery at Skidmore College announces the September 17 opening online of the election-year exhibition Never Done: 100 Years of Women in Politics and Beyond.

Solomon-RE-ENCOUNTER 24 X 18_ A_COnline Talk with D. Jack Solomon: Saturday, September 26, 2020 at 4 pm

Lake George, N.Y. – The Courthouse Gallery has announced a new exhibition of the paintings of D. Jack Solomon. The exhibition will be installed in the gallery, and available for the public to view (gallery hours listed below).  In place of on-site gallery reception, Join us for a Live Online Talk with Jack Solomon on September 26 at 4pm. In advance, we will provide a link, with directions on how to join the discussion at the gallery’s website.. 

D. Jack Solomon’s vibrant paintings are a complex mix of imagery, often whimsical, with rich colors and surfaces. Working from a red undercoat creates luminous eye-popping effects where the red paint is exposed. It also serves to unify the contrasting forms weaving through the paintings intricate space. Solomon draws from many sources, including early modernism, surrealism, abstract expressionism, pop art and cartoon imagery, to name a few.  But Solomon finds inspiration everywhere.  He says: “There is not a day that goes by that I am not inspired by something or someone.  I’m very grateful for this.” Finding inspiration from so many places has led to a prolific painting career spanning many decades. …

Cherubini-Masks-2Artist Nicole Cherubini collaborates with the Tang Museum and MASKS4PEOPLE to create a new way to experience SHAKING THE TREES

Saratoga Springs, NY (September 1, 2020) — The Frances Young Tang Teaching Museum and Art Gallery at Skidmore College announces a new collaboration that addresses the current pandemic and protests with artist Nicole Cherubini, and MASKS4PEOPLE, an organization based in Catskill, New York, that was founded in response to COVID-19 by regional artists to create and distribute masks free to the community.

The Tang collaboration is an edition of 500 unique masks based on Cherubini’s exhibition Shaking the Trees that will be distributed to Skidmore students and other college community members, as well as regional community groups taking part in the Tang’s educational outreach initiatives.

POCANTICOA Series of Colorful Woodcut Prints

Pleasantville, N.Y. – Inspired by artist Jeff White, Preparator of Drawings and Prints at MOMA, Jeff White sponsored 17 excursions into the 2000+ acres of the Preserve’s carriage paths where strangers were paired to hike, lunch, and participate by carving lines on variously sized plywood blocks that White would further develop. Forty- two participants were invited, seventeen being visual artists and the others, of various vocations.

Bethel Woods Augmented RealityImmersive tour NOW OPEN to the public

Bethel, NY (August 31, 2020) – The Museum at Bethel Woods, located at the National Register historic site of the 1969 Woodstock festival, today announced a new augmented reality tour, Meet Me at Woodstock.  The immersive tour gives guests the chance to experience the history of the festival first-hand as they listen to stories of those who were there, visualize the iconic stage, hear concert recordings and authentic announcements, and survey the grounds as a member of the 450,000 person crowd.

Catskills Folk ConnectionEast Meredith, N.Y. – Catskills Folk Connection will present an exhibit of local artists, “Folk Art in Wood,” on view by reservation at Hanford Mills Museum from Wednesday, September 2 through October 15. The exhibit features artists who work with wood in a wide variety of ways.

Joe Dibble carves decoys of water birds such as swans, geese, and ducks, plus wood carvings of trout and land birds. Gary Mead creates one-of-a-kind furniture from carefully selected wood, some of which he harvests and mills specifically for his projects. Kira Lendo creates pictures on wood, drawing wildlife and Catskills scenes with a wood burner. Joe Hewitt and Ken Etts know the secret of the “whistle stick”, a folk toy they make out of a notched stick and a small propeller, which reverses direction when they whistle.

Tang Teaching Museum photograph by Tom JenkinsSaratoga Springs, NY (August 25, 2020) — The Frances Young Tang Teaching Museum and Art Gallery, in accordance with Skidmore College guidelines, will reopen for the fall semester for Skidmore students, faculty and staff only with limited hours and new protocols.

While the Museum building is closed to the public, the Tang continues to be open online for everyone. Since the COVID-19 closure started in March, the Tang has expanded its exhibitions online, opened new digital exhibitions, created a new page of at-home art-making activities, and presented many online programs that have included Tang at Home Studio family art-making projects, student musical, dance, and poetry performances, and special events with artists Tim Davis and Liz Collins, both celebrating the publication of their new exhibition catalogues.