A crowd seated in a circle hold their hands in a prayer pose as colorful textile banners hang above them and an abstract tree-like sculpture rests next to them.Event pairs exhibiting artist Yvette Molina in conversation with Skidmore College Associate Professor of Media and Film Studies and Director of MDOCS Adam Tinkle

Thursday, March 21, 7 pm

Saratoga Springs, NY — The Frances Young Tang Teaching Museum and Art Gallery at Skidmore College announces the next event in its Dunkerley Dialogue series will be Thursday, March 21, at 7 pm, featuring artist Yvette Molina and Adam Tinkle, Skidmore College Associate Professor of Media and Film Studies and Director of the John B. Moore Documentary Studies Collaborative (MDOCS). The event is free and open to the public.

Molina’s work is on view in the exhibition Yvette Molina: A Promise to the Leaves, a two-year project in which she transforms the mezzanine into a community space devoted to art, conversation, and contemplation. This site-specific and evolving installation, which opened in October 2023, is centered around the four elements—earth, air, water, fire—and a fifth constituent, the cosmos. Molina encourages viewers to consider care as entangled within circles of life and reminds us that humans, plants, and all earthly beings are made of star stuff and survive by the elements.

Throughout the exhibition’s two years, Molina is inviting other artists to present their work in the space, bringing together multiple perspectives, styles, and materials and regularly re-energizing the installation’s balance between comfort and provocation. Molina’s return to the Tang this month coincides with the second iteration of the installation. For the new collaboration, Molina has invited the visual artist Mónica Palma and the interdisciplinary activist artist Ann Lewis.

Molina will be in conversation with Adam Tinkle, who in addition to his academic positions is a multidisciplinary artist focused on sound, video, collaborations, and the deployment of technologies of sensation and spectacle in negotiation with bodies and infrastructures. Recently, his work has appeared in the form of “Farillon,” a monumental abstract chiming timepiece selected for the inaugural Troy Glow festival, a series of interactive video baths presented at Club SPA Spa and the Flaherty Film Seminar, and new album releases of electroacoutsic experimental improvisations with his duo Sun Dogs and his trio Seven Count.

Dunkerley Dialogues pair Skidmore professors with artists in a conversational format, which is often a catalyst for new connections and understandings across disciplines, and can spark new ideas for all participants. Dunkerley Dialogues are made possible by a generous gift from Michele Dunkerley ’80. The program will include ASL interpretation by Liz Beauregard.

For more information, contact the Visitors Services Desk at 518-580-8080 or visit https://tang.skidmore.edu.

Image: Yvette Molina leads an exhibition-opening ceremony called One Only Earth: A Grounding Ritual, in Yvette Molina: A Promise to the Leaves, Tang Teaching Museum, October 21, 2023, photo

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