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Frances Day 2023 at Tang Teaching Museum

July 15 @ 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm

The Frances Young Tang Teaching Museum and Art Gallery at Skidmore College will hold its annual summer open house, Frances Day, on Saturday, July 15, beginning at 2 pm.

The family-friendly event honors the museum’s namesake, Frances Young Tang, Skidmore College Class of ’61, and is the perfect introduction, or re-introduction, to the museum’s stellar program of contemporary art exhibitions and events, with tours, art-making activities, food, music, giveaways and more.

This year’s Frances Day features the opening of the exhibition Paula Wilson: Toward the Sky’s Back Door, the final weekend of the critically acclaimed exhibition Christine Sun Kim: Oh My Oh My, a performance by singer-songwriter Katie Hammon with full band, and hands-on art-making projects led by exhibiting artists Paula Wilson and Lauren Kelley.

Wilson’s exhibition, Toward the Sky’s Back Door, presents paintings, prints, collages, sculpture, dress, and videos from the past 15 years, including new work to be shown for the first time. At 2:15 pm, Wilson and Associate Curator Rebecca McNamara will give a tour of the exhibition. After the tour, Wilson will lead participants in a stamp-making project. The stamps can then be inked and used to decorate art paper and T-shirts (while supplies last).

Kelley’s exhibition, Location Scouting, is a two-year project now in its second year that has transformed the Tang mezzanine into a space for gathering and contemplation, with Kelley’s artwork—animation, prints, and snow globes—serving as catalysts for meditations on travel and daily life. Beginning at 2 pm, Kelley will lead visitors in a snow globe-making project.

Frances Day’s final event at 5 pm will be a performance by the Capital Region singer-songwriter Katie Hammon’s band Bear Grass, a group that last performed at the Tang as part of the 2018 Upbeat on the Roof summer concert series.

Frances Day 2023 Schedule

The day includes a timed schedule of events and ongoing activities both inside and outside the Museum that visitors can drop in on at any time.

Drop-in Activities 2 to 5 pm

  • View the exhibitions: Amina Ross—My Breaking In, Christine Sun Kim: Oh Me Oh My, Elevator Music 46: Molly Joyce—Perspective, Face to Face, Hyde Cabinet #21: Fifty-first, Lauren Kelley: Location Scouting, Paula Wilson: Toward the Sky’s Back Door
  • Draw with colored chalk on the sidewalks outside the Tang
  • Blow bubbles and experience a bubble-making machine outside
  • Create artistic moths with glitter-glue, in response to work on view in Paula Wilson: Toward the Sky’s Back Door
  • Make a bird out of yarn, also in response to work on view in Paula Wilson: Toward the Sky’s Back Door
  • Take a polaroid in a photobooth using props based on work in the Tang collection
  • Join exhibiting artist Lauren Kelly in a snow globe-making project
  • Join exhibiting artist Paula Wilson in a stamp-making project
  • Put your new stamps to use by decorating T-shirts and art paper

Timed Activities, 2:15 to 6 pm

  • 2:15 pm: Tour of Paula Wilson: Toward the Sky’s Back Door: View the new exhibition with exhibiting artist Paula Wilson and Tang Associate Curator Rebecca McNamara.
  • 3:15 pm: Collections Tour: Get a behind-the-scenes view of some of the more than 17,000 objects that make up the museum’s collection with Dayton Director Ian Berry.
  • 4 pm: Tour of Christine Sun Kim: Oh Me Oh My: See the critically acclaimed survey in its final weekend with Malloy Curator Rachel Seligman.
  • 5 pm: Bear Grass in Concert: Enjoy the folk, rock, trip-hop sounds of Katie Hammon’s band.

Refreshments will include lemonade, water, and cookies during the day. During the concert, fry-bread tacos and icees will be available; beer and wine will also be available for purchase via Visa or Mastercard.

All events are free and open to the public. Plenty of free parking is available in lots adjacent to the Museum. In case of inclement weather, activities will be indoors. For more information, visit http://tang.skidmore.edu or call the Visitors Services Desk at 518-580-8080.


July 15
2:00 pm - 5:00 pm
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Tang Teaching Museum at Skidmore
815 N Broadway #1632
Saratoga Springs, NY 12866 United States
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