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Folio Wants Your Literary Shit

Monday, October 13th, 2014
Times New Roman. Simple. I like it.

Times New Roman. Simple. I like it.

A message from the editorial board at Folio:

Folio, Skidmore’s oldest student-run literary magazine, is currently accepting submissions for publication on our website (skidmorefolio.tumblr.com) and in our annual end-of-the-year publication. We’re interested in any form of artistic expression, be it writing (poetry, fiction, creative nonfiction, or perhaps some indeterminable genre), photography, art, sheet music, and anything else that involves the creative impulses of Skidmore students! Please send any submissions to folio@skidmore.edu as a separate attachment, along with any information you think we should know about the submission(s). Multiple submissions are both allowed and encouraged! If you have any questions, please email folio@skidmore.edu or jlemay@skidmore.edu.

Folio is one of two surviving literary magazines from my freshman year, with BARE being the other (RIP Skidmore Scribe and Palimpsest), so do what you can to keep these two magazines/websites in circulation and send all your artsy junk their way.

Adam Tinkle Presents: “A Mess of Things”

Wednesday, September 24th, 2014
Fucking art

Fucking art.

Every once in a while you come across some random event that sounds strangely awesome, even though you have no clue what it is exactly. Enter Adam Tinkle’s A Mess of Things, “an illuminated radio play about family, memory, and having too much stuff” to be performed tomorrow (Thursday, 9/25) in Zankel.

In addition to doing just about everything, Adam Tinkle is an artist, performer, scholar, and education in apparently all things evocative of human emotion. A Mess of Things originally debuted on April 1, 2011 at the Experimental Theater in the Conrad Prebys Music Center, UCSD, La Jolla, CA. It was then performed in June of that year at Hollywood Fringe Festival–where it won Best of Fringe–and it toured the East Coast, being performed at a variety of venues and for a variety of audiences.

A fusion of radio documentary and experimental music theater, A Mess of Things is an award winning hour-long solo performance by Adam Tinkle. It blends audio interviews the composer made with his grandfather together with text, songs, videos and live music into a dense exploration of memory, hoarding and the difficulties of divesting. Rich with sonic detail, A Mess of Things layers voices and images, and moves fluidly between intimate storytelling (think This American Life) and chaotic sonic texture (think Negativland).  A must-see for fans of the Books, Laurie Anderson and Robert Ashley.

If you’re not insanely curious after reading that, I recommend you check out Steven Leigh Morris’s write-up about it in the LA Weekly. It’s at the very bottom of the piece (in the last four paragraphs), where he mentions that the piece contains “that rarest of qualities we seek, in the theater and in life—authenticity.” Where else are you gonna find that on a Thursday night at Skidmore College?

The show, which will be performed in Ladd Hall, starts at 8:00PM. Check out an excerpt from the show below. It should be weird and cool, so be there if you’re into that sort of thing.

Tang Welcome Back Celebration This Thursday, 9/11

Monday, September 8th, 2014

This upcoming Thursday, 9/11 from 5:30pm-8:30pm, The Tang Teaching Museum and Art Gallery will be holding its Welcome Back Celebration to welcome both new and returning community members and celebrate the start of their fall season with the liberal arts triptych of music, art, and food.

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Highbrow Culture + Free Food? I’m there.

The evening is set to begin with a welcome from the Tang’s Dayton Director, Ian Berry, followed by tours of the museum’s six exhibits given by Berry and other staff members. Naturally, it wouldn’t be a Skidmore event without come great live music from student bands, so both Good Neighbor and PSYMON SPINE will be playing sets in the Payne Presentation Room. It’s worth noting that both bands are sounding particularly fantastic so far this semester, so they’ll definitely make an excellent addition to the evening’s festivities.

The evening’s schedule is as follows:

  • 5:30-6:30 pm: Tours of the Tang Teaching Museum
  • 6:30-7:15 pm: Performance by Good Neighbor
  • 7:45-8:30 pm: Performance by PSYMON SPINE

It’s pretty easy to take the Tang for granted, but it’s actually an incredible (and well-acclaimed) resource regardless of your proximity to the realm of art. Stop by with your pals at some point between the hours of 5:30 and 8:30 and see all the great stuff they’re offering the community this year.

Check out the Facebook event here.

Student Exhibition In Schick Gallery

Tuesday, February 11th, 2014

The Juried Student Exhibition is live in the Schick Gallery right now. It’s the Schick’s annual juried exhibition consisting entirely of student-produced artwork. Basically what happens is Skidmore finds a well-off artist to come curate the gallery. Sanford Mirling is this year’s juror: a visiting assistant professor at Middlebury and a sculptor–a dude with an affinity for large, flowing, ballon-like pillowy structures, (according to his website) in my amateur opinion.

Then students, over 250, submit their work to be included in the show. There’s no coherent theme expressed in the gallery, no guidelines for what can be submitted, it’s simply what the juror deems worthy. The utter subjectivity of the selection process has garnered some controversy amongst students and faculty, but nonetheless the gallery is impressive, versatile, and compelling.

There are multiple mediums expressed: ceramic, paint, graphic design, photography, sculpture, book art, and computer audio-graphic, amongst many others. The show is not exclusive to seniors or art majors. The artist list is extensive, but just to name a few that stood out: Lea Carey ’14, Rachel Ajamie ’15, Emily Culbert ’14, Joe Klockowski ’14, Sophie Mendelson ’14, Leah Meserve ’14, Layla Durrani ’15, Winnie Vaughan ’14, Garrett Evans ’14, Gabriella Carboni ’14, Brendan Mahony ’14, and many many more.

Below are some illegal photos taken at the gallery–a snippet of what’s featured, but make sure to stop by the Schick Gallery in the next couple months.

The exhibit runs until March 14th, 2014.

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We’re All Water

Wednesday, April 17th, 2013
Are we, though?

Are we, though?

Tomorrow, the campus Yoko Ono cult club Air Talk will be sponsoring an event at the Tang titled “We’re All Water,” billed as “an evening of Yoko Ono-inspired collaborative performances, art-making, music, films, and more.”

They’ll also be inaugurating Skidmore’s Wish Tree, an installation designed by Yoko Ono. The tree will be on the cement walkway between Case Center and Tang Museum and will be up till May 16. Here’s the press thingy:

Since the 1990s, Yoko Ono’s participatory art installation Wish Tree has appeared in locations all over the world. Wish Tree invites anyone to write down their personal wishes and tie them to the tree. Skidmore College’s Wish Tree will join an international network of Wish Trees, including installations at Oberlin College in Ohio, Museum of Modern Art in New York, Peggy Guggenheim Collection in Venice, Italy and Museum of Contemporary Art Tokyo in Japan. On May 16, all of Skidmore’s wishes will be collected and sent to Ono to be buried around her Imagine Peace Tower, an installation in Reykjavík, Iceland dedicated to the memory of her late husband John Lennon.  More than a million people have shared their wishes with Ono.

I know what you’re thinking. “YOKO BROKE UP THE BEATLES, FUCK HER BLAH BLAH BLAH.” Get over it, idiot. They would have broken up anyway and it’s probably good that it happened when it did because Let It Be—while at times marvelous—is a deeply flawed album.

BUT THAT’S JUST MY OPINION

Thursday April 18, 6pm @ Tang

(via Facebook)

Bike Share Design Contest

Monday, April 8th, 2013

Here’s a competition for art/bike people:

Remember that bike share program we used to have? Well its been revamped! Now known as ThoroughTreds, this program lends bicycles to Skidmore students at no charge in order to cut back on our greenhouse gas emissions and promote a healthy lifestyle. In order to celebrate the relaunching of the Skidmore bike share program we are holding a bicycle design competition! We want you to come up with a way to decorate the ThoroughTreds’ bicycles that shows off your creative thought! Submit a decoration design for a bicycle with a helmet to go along. The bicycles need to be functional so don’t design anything that will fall apart or inhibit it from being ridden, otherwise go crazy! We will choose the top three designers that will implement their art on the bikes. This is a chance to have your own permanent mobile art exhibition! We await your designs!

The deadline is April 22. Submit your designs to rfiguero@skidmore.edu.

The Mythic Figure @ Schick Gallery

Wednesday, April 3rd, 2013
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I was told it would be okay to make a joke about this sculpture’s resemblance to a dinosaur turd, but I won’t because I’m a very mature writer

Tomorrow is the opening reception for “The Mythic Figure,” an exhibition of works by sculptors William Tucker and Ed Smith and painter Pamela Avril, at the Schick Gallery.

Apparently, this is the first sculpture show at the Schick, or at least the first in a very long time (I certainly don’t remember any other sculpture shows in my time here). It’s curated by John Galt (the art professor, not the famous objectivist revolutionary).

Also, there will probably delicious free food (the chicken satay/peanut sauce combo DESTROYED THE COMPETITION at the last Schick opening I attended).

Thursday April 4, 5:30pm @ Schick Gallery

(via Facebook)

Corita Art Day @ Tang

Wednesday, March 20th, 2013

mary does laugh, 1964

Tomorrow and Friday, the Tang will be celebrating the life of activist, artist, and educator Corita Kent, whose work has been featured in the current Tang exhibition Someday is Now: The Art of Corita Kent. 

Corita was a Sister of the Immaculate Heart of Mary, teaching at Immaculate Heart College’s Art Department from 1947 to 1968. She worked in printmaking and silkscreening for over three decades, with her art becoming gaining immense popularity in the 1960s and 70s, often directly commenting on the social and political turmoil of the era. Perhaps her most famous work is “Rainbow Swash,” a large-scale design painted on a 140-foot tall storage tank in Dorchester, Massachusetts.

Here’s the Skid Propaganda for the event tomorrow:

Corita Art Day brings together a group of experts on Corita’s art and life, including UCLA Hammer Museum Deputy Director for Curatorial Affairs Cynthia Burlingham, Corita Art Center director Sasha Carrera, and Los Angeles-based independent curator and critic Michael Duncan. After a day of discussion and exploration of Corita’s work, the event will conclude with an evening of collaborative art-making that takes inspiration from projects Corita, her students, and the IHC Art Department created together.

No reservations are necessary and the event is free and open to the public.

Thursday March 21

  • Gallery tour and Discussion, 12pm
  • Discussion, 5:30pm
  • Party, 7pm

Friday March 22

  • Gallery Q&A, 10am
(via Tang)

Artist Sergei Isupov to Deliver Raab Lecture

Monday, March 4th, 2013

Isupov’s “A wistful young woman”

Tomorrow, Ukrainian artist Sergei Isupov will deliver the annual Raab Visiting Artist Lecture in the Tang.

Isupov, a Surrealist primarily working in ceramic sculpture, left the Soviet Union in 1983 in the years before the cultural and artistic agitation of Gorbachev’s perestroika. Here’s the Skid Prop on the event:

Often called an erotic Surrealist for his daring representations of sexuality, relationships, and human encounter, Isupov takes narrative subject matter and merges it with ceramic sculptural form. Drawing on personal experience and human observation, he creates works that integrate autobiography with universal narrative. The Ukraine native combines a bold color palette, heavily tattooed faces, and textured surfaces, all of which relate his works to the aesthetics of traditional Russian art, as well as to contemporary styles of illustration.

IN SOVIET UNION, DARING REPRESENTATIONS OF SEXUALITY, RELATIONSHIPS, AND HUMAN ENCOUNTER FORM YOU.

Tuesday March 5, 6pm @ Tang

(via Skidmore)

Rivkah Gevinson @ Case Gallery

Friday, February 8th, 2013

Possibly the Hamptons?

Tomorrow is the opening of “Pace,” an exhibition of collected artwork by Rivkah Gevinson ’13, in Case Gallery. The show will run until next Wednesday, with a closing reception starting at 5:30pm. I would write more but I’ve been told that ambiguity is the best course of action. Check it out.

Friday February 8—Wednesday February 13 @ Case Gallery