The Tang Teaching Museum and Art Gallery at Skidmore College presents a series of seven Family Saturday programs to accompany the work in our exhibitions this summer: If I Had Possession Over Judgement Day: Collections of Claude Simardand Up = Out: A Sun Ra Mixtape.
Held on Saturdays from July 8 through August 19, the programs include a hands-on art activity following a brief tour of one of the exhibitions, with all materials provided.
The programs run from 2:00 – 3:30 PM except where noted, and are free and open to the public. Suitable for children ages 5 and up along with their adult companions, the Family Saturday programs are fun and educational.
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 our Family Saturday e-mail list, please call the Tang’s Visitor Service Desk at 580-8080.
July 8 – Splendid Serpents
We will look at the group of Serpent Drawings in the exhibition: If I Had Possession Over Judgement Day: Collections of Claude Simard, then create our own fantastic serpents out of curly chenille, colored bubble wrap, pipe cleaners, beads and more.
July 15 – 4TH ANNUAL FRANCES DAY!
Enjoy food, music, tours, and art-making from Noon-4 pm.
No registration is required for this event!
Build a Better World: After looking at Nick Cave’s Soundsuit in the exhibition: If I Had Possession Over Judgement Day: Collections of Claude Simard, each participant will create a 3-D sculptural collage using world maps as our building material. While we will have some posterboard, tape, and glue for bases and connecting, the main art supplies will be world and other maps, ready to cut and construct.
Make your memories of the day last with our very special Photo Booth!
Make a button or two to wear and share.
And check out our printing station, too.
July 22 – Wacky Wagons
We will look at and discuss Phil Frost’s sculpture of a wagon in the exhibition: If I Had Possession Over Judgement Day: Collections of Claude Simard, then make wagons out of cardboard, markers, spools, and even use wite-out as paint, just as Phil Frost did on his.
July 29 – Cabinets of Curiosity
We will look at David Ireland’s playful cabinet of curiosity, Spanish Corner Cabinet, in the exhibition: If I Had Possession Over Judgement Day: Collections of Claude Simard. Ireland includes ice cream dishes, colored rectangles, a spool of wire and other unusual objects inside his wooden cabinet. We will build ours from cardboard boxes, then add little trinkets we make out of various materials to put on our shelves.
August 5 – Make an Audio Cassette Cover
We will spend time in the elevator, listening to Up = Out: A Sun Ra Mixtape. We will check out the tape-mixing station in the elevator, then make colorful cassette covers for what could be our ideal tape mix.
August 12 – Make a Flag
We will look at the brightly-colored and varied Asafo flags from Ghana in the exhibition: If I Had Possession Over Judgement Day: Collections of Claude Simard, then make flags out of felt using images of people and animals together.
August 19 – Beads, Beads, Beads
We will look at the gorgeous necklaces from Nagaland State in India in the exhibition: If I Had Possession Over Judgement Day: Collections of Claude Simard. After discussing the colors and designs, we will make necklaces, bracelets, belts, and other accessories out of pipe cleaners, beads, buttons, and more.
About the Tang Teaching Museum
The Tang Teaching Museum and Art Gallery at Skidmore College is a pioneer of interdisciplinary exploration and learning. A cultural anchor of New York's Capital Region, the institution's approach has become a model for university art museums across the country—with exhibition programs and series that bring together the visual and performing arts with fields of study as disparate as history, astronomy, and physics. The Tang has one of the most rigorous faculty-engagement initiatives in the nation, the Mellon Seminar, and robust publication and touring exhibition initiatives that extend the institution's reach far beyond its walls. The Tang Teaching Museum's building, designed by architect Antoine Predock, serves as a visual metaphor for the convergence of ideas and exchange the institution catalyzes. The Museum is open Tuesday through Sunday from noon to 5 p.m., with extended hours until 9 p.m. on Thursday. More information at http://tang.skidmore.edu.