Tim DavisArtist marks release of Opener Series book with talk, performance on Tang’s Instagram account, Aug. 11 7pm

Saratoga Springs, NY (August 4, 2020) — The Frances Young Tang Teaching Museum and Art Gallery at Skidmore College invites the public to an online celebration of the new publication Opener 31: Tim Davis – When We Are Dancing (I Get Ideas) on Tuesday, August 11 at 7 p.m. on the Tang Instagram account. 

The event will feature a conversation between artist, writer, and musician Tim Davis and Rachel Seligman, the book’s editor and the Assistant Director for Curatorial Affairs and Malloy Curator at the Tang. Davis, who will be on the front porch of his upstate New York home, will also have perform some original songs.

The catalogue, Opener 31: Tim Davis – When We Are Dancing (I Get Ideas), presents recent work by Davis whose sprawling oeuvre includes photography, video, drawing, installation, and sound works. Davis makes artwork that explores the intersection of humor and longing, where the ridiculous meets the sublime, and the abject aligns with the beautiful in unexpected ways. The exhibition catalogue includes a new interview with Tim Davis by Seligman, and essays by Luc Sante and Tim Davis. The catalogue is the latest in the Opener Series, and features beautiful color reproductions of all the works in the exhibition as well as full documentation of the show installed in the Tang’s Malloy Wing.

The book launch event, which is free and open to the public, will be streamed live at https://www.instagram.com/tangteachingmuseum. For more information, visit http://tang.skidmore.edu or email tang@skidmore.edu.  

About the Artist

Tim Davis was born in Blantyre, Malawi, and currently lives and works in upstate New York. He received a BA from Bard College and an MFA from Yale University. His photographs and videos have been exhibited in museums and galleries across the globe. The solo exhibition Opener 31: Tim Davis — When We Are Dancing (I Get Ideas) was on view at the Tang Museum in 2019. He is a Joseph H. Hazen Rome Prize recipient and is the author and subject of several monographs including Quinto QuartoThe New AntiquityPermanent Collection, and My Life in Politics. His works are in the permanent collections of institutions including The Guggenheim Museum, The Metropolitan Museum of Art, The Whitney Museum of American Art, and The Walker Art Center among others. He is a regular contributor to Aperture and Cabinet magazines, and his recent album, It’s OK to Hate Yourself, is available on vinyl.

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 Tang’s approach has become a model for university art museums across the country—with exhibition programs that bring together visual and performing arts with interdisciplinary ideas from history, economics, biology, dance, and physics to name just a few. The Tang has one of the most rigorous faculty-engagement initiatives in the nation, and a robust publication and touring exhibition program that extends the museum’s reach far beyond its walls. The Tang Teaching Museum’s award-winning building, designed by architect Antoine Predock, serves as a visual metaphor for the convergence of art and ideas. The Tang building is closed to the public, due to the coronavirus, but is open online. For updates, please visit http://tang.skidmore.edu.



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TimDavis_front_cover.jpg: Cover of Opener 31: Tim Davis – When We Are Dancing (I Get Ideas), Tang Teaching Museum photograph


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