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New Tang Exhibit: Jews & Cartoons

Monday, January 27th, 2014

Our coveted Tang Museum has a new exhibit opening this week entitled Graphic Jews: Negotiating Identity in Sequential Art. The exhibit features a number of accomplished graphic novelists depicting Jewish identity and life through their works. Skidmore’s website explains:

Drawing on the long history of Jews and comics, these works combine words and pictures into what Will Eisner, one of the masters of the form, called “sequential art.” This exhibition invites a closer look at sequential art and offers insight into some of the many ways Jews have figured and reconfigured their Jewish identities through historical fiction and personal narrative.

The artists range from Ben Katchor, a cartoonist for the New Yorker, to James Sturm, co-founder of the Center for Cartoon Studies in Vermont, to Vanessa Davis, to Leela Corman, as well as a slew of other professional writers, artists, and cartoonists. Along with the exhibit, Katchor, Sturm, and Corman will be a part of a panel discussion taking place Thursday, Feb. 6th at 7:30 pm in the Payne Room. 

Apparently there’s a long and storied tradition of Jewish cartoonists using their dynamic medium to express Jewish identity and cultural history. Definitely check out the exhibit, running until April 13th. 

(Via Skidmore)

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.


Thursday April 18, 6pm @ Tang

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Lecture: SCOTUS and Citizens United

Tuesday, March 26th, 2013

A dashing Jeffrey Clements

On Thursday, author and attorney Jeffrey Clements will deliver a lecture on the U.S. Supreme Court’s landmark case, Citizens United v. Federal Electoral Commission. In 2010, SCOTUS ruled that unions and corporations are granted the same political speech rights as people, thus striking down years of campaign finance reforms.

Clements is a co-founder of Free Speech for People, an advocacy group dedicated to opposing corporate personhood. He has also worked as assistant attorney general and chief of the Public Protection and Advocacy Bureau in Massachusetts. His lecture (part of the Tang’s “We the People” project) is titled “Corporations Are Not People: Responding to the Supreme Court in ‘Citizens United.'”

This is a big week for SCOTUS, with opening arguments for Hollingsworth v. Perry—a case challenging the constitutionality of California’s ban on same-sex marriage—taking place today. Go to this lecture and ask some questions about it and appear smart.

Thursday March 28, 7pm @ Tang

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)

Spoken Word Performance @ Tang

Wednesday, February 27th, 2013


On Friday, the Tang will host “Slam: A Night of Spoken Word and Music,” featuring poet Buddy Wakefield and hip hop group The Universe Project, along with performances by students Kali Block-Steele ’13, Seth Johnstone ’14, and Luke Conley ’14.

Here’s the Prop on it:

Buddy Wakefield is an internationally acclaimed spoken word artist. He is a two-time Individual World Poetry Slam Champion featured on NPR, the BBC, HBO’s Def Poetry Jam and most recently TEDtalks. He has performed at hundreds of venues and currently tours full time. Wakefield is known for delivering raw, rounded, high vibration performances of humor and heart.
 If you put Atmosphere, Radiohead, and Shlohmo in a blender, you might get something that sounds like The Universe Project. Or was it Childish Gambino, Bon Iver and Flying Lotus? The production of Brooklyn-based trio ranges from trap to folk, topped with laid back raps and beautiful harmonies.

Last year, the Tang hosted a similar event and the turnout was reportedly pretty sick, so check it out.

Friday March 1, 7:30pm @ Tang

AIDS Quilt @ Tang for Single Day

Tuesday, February 12th, 2013

Block 2721

This Thursday, a panel from the AIDS Memorial Quilt will be displayed in the Tang for one day only. The Quilt began as a community-based art project in San Francisco in 1987 as a way to commemorate victims of AIDS, and has grown to feature over 48,000 panels from all over the world. The section on display is titled Block 2721 and bears the names of AIDS victims from the Capital Region.

The event is cosponsored by the AIDS Benefit Club.

Thursday February 14 @ Tang

(via Skidmore)


Spring Exhibitions at the Tang

Wednesday, January 23rd, 2013

Not actually appearing at the Tang Museum (yet)

With the advent of a new semester comes the rejuvenation of the Tang. Out with the old in with the new, good fucking riddance, et cetera.

This is the inaugural semester of Ian Berry as the new Tang director, following John Weber’s departure last year. There are lots and lots of cool exhibitions planned, most of them opening up this Saturday, including:

  • Someday is Now: The Art of Corita Kent January 19 – July 28: The first full-scale survey of Corita Kent’s long career as a graphic artist and a civil rights, feminist, and anti-war activist.
  • Opener 24: Carrie Moyer: Pirate Jenny January 26 – May 19: Exhibition of selected pieces from painter Carrie Moyer’s provocative, experimental, and oft politically charged body of work.
  • Paul Shambroom: Meetings January 26 – April 14: Over the course of four years, photographer Paul Shambroom traveled across the United States documenting town councils for his series Meetings.
  • Elevator Music 23: Yoko Ono: Listen January 26 – May 19: A selection of musical compositions by Yoko Ono. Organized by Air Talk.
  • Crowded February 28 – April 14, 2013: A display of 150 years of artwork depicting crowd scenes. Organized by Hilary Knecht ’13.

So get out of this satanic cold and hit up the opening reception on Saturday night. There will be a bar which I’m told may be OPEN with your campus event card, but that might just be a little fib of enticement. There will also be a lunchtime discussion with artist Paul Shambroom on Friday, but you need to bring your own lunch because the Tang is run by a bunch of cheapskates.

Paul Shambroom Lunch: Friday January 25, 12pm @ Tang
Opening Reception: Saturday January 26, 6pm @ Tang 

(via Tang)

Facet/Downbeat Lounge @ the Tang

Wednesday, November 7th, 2012


This Thursday night at the Tang is going to be a THRILLING, two-part extravaganza. First, Terry Adkins’ Lone Wolf Recital Corps will be performing music and spoken word pieces in collaboration with Skidmore students, as part of Facets.

The Tang describes the group as:

“A performance unit with a revolving membership of multi-disciplinary artists and musicians, the Lone Wolf Recital Corps was founded by Adkins in 1986 and has performed widely, including the Institute of Contemporary Art, London, American Academy in Rome, New World Symphony in Miami, and MoMA PS1, New York.”

Following the Adkins performance, the Tang will be “be completely transformed into a low key music lounge with two stages, a mini bar, and intimate seating,” inspired by Adkins’ Tang exhibit, Recital.

Several student bands/musicians will be performing, including:

No booze, but hors d’oeuvres and culture. Don’t complain.

*Edgy name!

Thursday November 8, 7pm @ Tang

(via Tang, Facebook)

Schick Gallery Presents: The Muse at Home

Wednesday, October 31st, 2012

More like Gertrude FINE

Tomorrow is the opening of The Muse at Home, an exhibition of artwork owned by 27 faculty and staff members from the Tang and the Studio Art and Art History departments.

The Muse at Home will explore “how and why people decide to live with art,” and will feature works ranging “from contemporary art to African textiles, and from illustrations by William Steig and Saul Steinberg to a Dresang stoneware teapot and an early twentieth century tea service.”

The exhibition will also include discussions of the theory of “collecting,” along with interviews conducted by Curatorial Assistant Rebecca Shepard. I’m also told there will be free food and who knows maybe booze?

Thursday November 1, 5:30pm @ Schick Gallery

Latinos and the 2012 Election

Wednesday, October 24th, 2012

As part of the ongoing We the People exhibition, the Spanish Club will be presenting a panel discussion on how the Latino community is affected by the upcoming election, and how the integral Latino vote may decide the outcome.

Four students (Lauren Sager ’13, Jazmin Vargas ’15, Laura Gonzalez ’14, and Adam Smith-Perez ’14) will discuss the issues and each candidate’s platforms, and what they mean for Latino voters. The panel will be non-partisan (they really hammer this point down), and a Q&A will follow.

Thursday October 25, 7pm @ Tang

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