The Frances Young Tang Teaching Museum and Art Gallery tours

The Frances Young Tang Teaching Museum and Art Gallery at Skidmore College invites the public to a series of museum tours this fall. The tours aim to guide visitors through an experience of looking at artwork and exhibitions, offering in-depth information. The tours are free and open to the public.

For more information, call the Tang’s Visitors Services Desk at 518-580-8080 or visit


Noon Friday, September 15: Gallery Talk with Skidmore College History Professor Eric Morser and student organizers of States of Incarceration

Noon Tuesday, September 19: Curator’s Tour with Mellon Collections Curator Rebecca McNamara of the exhibition Other Side: Art, Object, Self.

2 p.m. Saturday, September 30: Gallery Talk with Skidmore College History Professor Eric Morser and student organizers of States of Incarceration

Noon Tuesday, October 3: Curator’s Tour with Laila Morgan ’18, the 2016-17 Carole Marchand Endowed Intern of the exhibition Birthing Bodies.

Noon Tuesday, October 24: Curator’s Tour with Assistant Director for Curatorial Affairs and Malloy Curator Rachel Seligman of current exhibitions.

Noon Tuesday, November 14: Tang Collection Tour with Senior Museum Registrar Elizabeth Karp and Collections Registrar Jessica Lubniewski of a behind-the-scenes look in the Tang collection.

Noon Tuesday, November 28: Curator’s Tour with Dayton Director Ian Berry of current exhibitions.


If I Has Possession Over Judgement Day: Collections of Claude Simard

Through Sept 24

Featuring art and artifacts from across centuries and continents, this exhibition represents a global web of artistic production and helps shape an understanding of Claude Simard, an influential figure in the international art community. The New York Times touted the show as a “heady tribute exhibition.”

States of Incarceration

Through October 11

Organized by The New School and a coalition of 500 university students and formerly incarcerated individuals from twenty cities, this traveling exhibition explores this history and future of mass incarceration. At Skidmore College, the exhibition focuses on Mount McGregor prison, which was the focus of study for students of History Professor Eric Morser.

Other Side: Art, Object, Self

Through December 30

Featuring contemporary artworks from the Tang’s collection, this exhibition offers many “other sides” between concepts like life and death, seen and unseen, loss and hope, artifice and truth. The artists use objects, materials, and bodies in provocative ways to encourage viewers to assess preconceived notions and to prompt critical examinations of the self—of national, cultural, and personal identities.

Elevator Music 34: Tony Oursler — Talking Light

Through December 30

In Talking Light, a single incandescent light bulb hangs from the ceiling of the Tang Museum’s elevator; its intermittent flickering correlates to the sounds of the artist’s voice emanating from a hidden speaker. Artist Tony Oursler narrates an eerie, poetic monologue composed of seemingly disparate words and phrases, spoken in a whisper.

Birthing Bodies

September 30 through December 30

Birthing Bodies explores childbirth through a feminist lens, examining ideas of autonomy, power, and liminality. This exhibition is the capstone project for Laila Morgan ‘18, the 2016-17 Carole Marchand ’57 Endowed Intern.

Opener 30: Njideka Akunyili Crosby — Predecessors

October 14 through December 30

Njideka Akunyili Crosby's large-scale paintings have garnered international attention for their investigations into the confluences, contact zones, and third spaces of culture in her work. This exhibition unites for the first time many works from the artist's Predecessors series, which celebrates her family and Nigerian background through portraits of her mother, her sister, and the artist herself, as well as re-imaginings of her grandmother’s kitchen table.


October 21 through September 2019

Intended for conversation and dialogue, study and contemplation, Tel_ is the second in a series that asks artists to imagine what a museum community space can be. Kamau Amu Patton’s project aims to question how the nature of memory has changed in relation to the encroachment of cyberspace, telematics, and transmission technologies.

About the Tang Teaching Museum

The Tang Teaching Museum 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 Tang is open Tuesday through Sunday, from noon to 5 pm, with extended hours until 9 pm on Thursday. For more information, call 518-580-8080 or visit the website at



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