The Tang Teaching Museum has announced their awesome lineup for the Family Saturdays programs for Summer 2015! The Frances Young Tang Teaching Museum and Art Gallery at Skidmore College will present a series of seven Family Saturday programs to accompany the work in their exhibitions this summer, Nicholas Krushenick: Electric Soup; Opener 29: Arturo Herrera — Day Before; and Elevator Music 29: Tim Davis — Unphotographable.
Held on Saturdays from July 11th through August 22nd, most programs include a hands-on art activity following a brief tour of one of the exhibitions, with all materials provided. The programs run from 2 to 3:30pm (except where noted) and are free and open to the public. Suitable for children ages 5 and up along with their adult companions.
Reservations are highly encouraged as space is limited and the programs are very popular. You may sign up for each program up to one week in advance. For additional information and reservations, or to be added to their Family Saturday e-mail list, please call the Tang’s Visitor Service Desk at 518-580-8080.
July 11: SPECIAL EVENT – 2nd Annual Frances Day!
Noon to 5pm
The Frances Young Tang Teaching Museum and Art Gallery at Skidmore College invites the public to their 2nd Annual Frances Day, a community open house from noon to 5pm, with art, art-making, food, music, and fun in honor of the museum’s namesake. Events include chalk drawing on the sidewalk outside the museum led by Troy artist Ira Marcks (weather permitting); Krushenick Accessories, making wearable art inspired by the paintings by Nicholas Krushenick; Making Art from Books, inspired by the artwork of Arturo Herrera; and a Scavenger Hunt to lead kids of all ages to discover new things all around the museum. Refreshments will be provided. No registration required for this event; children must be accompanied by an adult.
For a full schedule, click here.
July 18: Decoda Music and YOU!
Decoda Music is a chamber ensemble comprised of virtuoso musicians, entrepreneurs, and passionate advocates of the arts. They create residencies, innovative performances, and engaging projects with partners around the world. While they are at Skidmore for a two-week visit, they will treat visitors to a fun program through music and creative collaboration.
July 25: Frames Without Photos
Look at and listen to Tim Davis’s elevator installation, Unphotographable, then make fancy frames without any photographs inside.
Aug. 1: Baskets of Another Kind
Participants will look at and discuss Cris Bruch’s sculpture, Cradle, and Margaret Curtis’s painting, Pearl Necklace: Icon for Home, then make and decorate baskets inspired by both of these artworks.
Aug. 8: Make Your Own Shopping Bags
Participants will head outside the museum to talk about Jonathan Seliger’s giant shopping bag sculpture, Politeness Counts, and then come back in to decorate their own bags in the style of Nicholas Krushenick’s colorful paintings. (Please bring an umbrella and/or raincoat if it rains that day.)
Aug. 15: Make and Decorate a Book
After viewing and discussing Arturo Herrera’s painted books in Opener 29: Arturo Herrera — Day Before, participants will learn a simple way to make a book, and then decorate the covers in fantastic ways.
Aug. 22: Art and Nature
Participants will look at Joan Snyder’s painting, And Always Searching For Beauty, and talk about how she incorporated herbs, grass and other natural materials into the paint. After the conversation, everyone will take a brief walk outside to gather leaves, grass, and other natural stuff, and then use them in their own artwork, mixing them with other art supplies.
About the Tang Teaching Museum and Art Gallery
The Tang Teaching Museum and Art Gallery at Skidmore College is a pioneer of interdisciplinary exploration and learning. The Museum is open noon – 5 p.m., Tuesday – Sunday, with extended hours through 7 p.m. on Fridays during the summer, and is closed on Mondays and major holidays. The Museum celebrates its 15th anniversary in 2015. More information, call 518-580-8080 or visit http://skidmore.edu/tang.