The museum’s mission focuses on ideas; regular use of museum galleries and collection storage as teaching spaces, and the principle that artworks can and should be used to advance knowledge across the disciplines.
Accelerator Series: Get Up, Stand Up: Rights and Responsibilities of Citizenship
On Monday, September 24, at 6:30 PM, join Tang Curator-at-Large Isolde Brielmaier as she moderates a discussion about the varied ways in which we conceive of citizenship and the rights and responsibilities we believe citizenship may or may not encompass. Panelists include artist Sam Durant, whose work will be on view in the Tang exhibition Give a damn.; artist and For Freedoms cofounder Eric Gottesman; and Skidmore Assistant Professor of Marketing, Management, and Business Minita Sanghvi. This event is free and open to the public.
For Freedoms Sign Project + Voter Registration Drive
The Tang Teaching Museum, Student Government Association, and For Freedoms will be registering Saratoga Springs residents to vote at this non-partisan, artist-led voter registration drive on Tuesday, September 25, which is also National Voter Registration Day. The Skidmore SGA will also be registering students to vote. The event will launch the exhibition, For Freedoms, and is held in conjunction with the art and activism exhibition Give a damn. Visitors will be provided the opportunity to create a free yard sign on which they can write what they give a damn about. The lawn signs are a collaboration with For Freedoms, founded by artists Hank Willis Thomas and Eric Gottesman, and begin with one of four phrases that you can complete: Freedom Of _____ Freedom From _____ Freedom For _____ Freedom To _____ Visitors will be invited to have their signs installed outside the Tang, where they will stay on view as part of a public art project through the November election. Those who wish to display their signs at their own homes are encouraged to share images of their signs on social media with the hashtags #ForFreedoms and #TangMuseum. All materials will be provided. The event is free and open to the public.
Lawn Sign Activation
The Tang is joining this nationwide initiative through For Freedoms, a public, non-partisan, lawn-sign-making event and exhibition that aims to promote civic discourse and a multiplicity of voices. On Tuesday, September 25 — National Voter Registration Day — the public is invited to the Tang from 5:00 to 7:00 PM to register to vote and to make their own lawn signs. The signs begin with one of four phrases that visitors can complete: Freedom Of _____________ Freedom From ___________ Freedom For ____________ Freedom To ____________ The lawn signs allow participants to define freedom in their own way and articulate a vision of freedom that contains multitudes. Visitors will be invited to have their signs installed outside the Tang, where they will stay on view as part of a public art project through the November election. Those who wish to display their signs at their own homes are encouraged to share images of their signs on social media with the hashtags #ForFreedoms and #TangMuseum.
Tang Teaching Museum at Skidmore College presents Give a damn. an exhibition
Tang Teaching Museum at Skidmore College presents Give a damn., which brings together works from the Tang collection by artists who, quite simply, give a damn about the world around them and the people in it. Not all artists included in the exhibition identify as activists, but through their art and its interpretations, they become advocates for freedom, equality, justice, and understanding. The exhibition connects many media including painting, textile, photography, and drawing by twentieth- and twenty-first-century artists diverse in race, sexual orientation, gender, age, and nationality. Many recent acquisitions are being shown at the museum for the first time, including work by Dawoud Bey, Jeffrey Gibson, Jane Irish, Zanele Muholi, Deborah Roberts, Wendy Red Star, archive material related to the Black Panther Party, and more. Recently conserved, Los Angeles–based artist Lari Pittman’s seminal Once a Noun, Now a Verb #1, 1997, is a large-scale, intensely intricate four-panel painting made in the height of the AIDS crisis that celebrates and examines what the artist has called the “bittersweet nature of life.” Give a damn. is more than a sentence, more than an exhibition title: it is a call to action. In the first gallery space, a 1969 Corita Kent print asks, “Why not give a damn about your fellow man?” In the moments filled with the passion art stimulates, visitors are encouraged to take action by writing postcards to their political representatives about issues meaningful to them. The museum provides postcards and pens and pencils as well as guidance on finding representatives to contact about different issues; it will stamp and mail all postcards in support of an ideal democratic process in which all voices are heard and all voices are equal