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Fall Arts

Posted: 09/16/2011

The fine and performing arts are on parade this fall at Skidmore with a robust schedule of events at the Tang Teaching Museum and Art Gallery, the Schick Art Gallery, and Arthur Zankel Music Center showcasing events that will  appeal to a wide range of interests.

The fall season at the Tang features three shows:

Opener 22: Whiting Tennis, through Dec. 30 –The first solo museum show for the Seattle-based artist, whose work celebrates the everyday materials and eccentric forms of often-overlooked objects and revels in the mystery and layers of usage embedded within them.

“I Myself Have Seen It, opening Sept. 17– The first comprehensive survey of artist Kiki Smith’s work in photography. The exhibition explores four distinct roles photographs play as central elements in the development of Smith’s aesthetic and in the creation of her art.

“Behind Those Planes are the Stars, opening Oct. 1–Works from the Tang Collection and Skidmore’s Special Collections by artists from the United States and England that address war and its direct effect upon people. Spanning the 18th to 20th centuries, the works range from etchings, photographs, and prints, to an actual ejection seat from a 1950s English nuclear bomber. A special selection of original letters, photographs, and other ephemera highlights the military experience of Skidmore alumna Elizabeth F. Adams ’29, active as a volunteer in France during World War II, and later as a soldier in the Women’s Auxiliary Army Corps.

The Schick Art Gallery (located in the Saisselin Art Building), is spotlighting selected art department faculty in its first exhibition of the year, which runs through Oct. 16. Works in ceramics, graphic design, photography, and jewelry by Leslie Ferst, Deb Hall, Robert Parke-Harrison, and David Peterson are currently featured. On Oct. 28, “A Resolution of the Arts and Sciences” will open. The exhibition of work by Skidmore students, faculty, and alumni will explore connections between the disciplines of art, science, and technology. An opening reception is scheduled Oct. 28.

Plentiful concerts by Music Department faculty members and exciting guest artists are on the Zankel schedule.  The season began with a sitar concert by faculty member Veena Chandra. Up ahead are a “Celebration of the New” by artists-in residence Jan Vinci and Pola Baytelman, Oct. 2; and the newly formed Omega Trio with artist-in-residence Michael Emery, Oct. 14.

Highlights of guest artist performances include the formal unveiling of an original Conrad Graf fortepiano, Sept. 18; Mountain Quickstep, Oct. 13; the return of Ensemble ACJW for a Carnegie Hall Premieres program Oct. 21; and concerts by the Albany Symphony Orchestra (Oct. 23), Albany Pro Musica (Nov. 6), and the Saratoga Chamber Players (Dec. 12).

One of Skidmore’s best-loved music events–the Beatlemania concerts–are scheduled Nov. 11 and 12. For this, the 11th year of the wildly popular concerts, the theme is “Beatles and Beyond.” Students and faculty will present music that the Beatles composed and sang during their career as a band and later as solo artists.

Click here for details on Zankel Music Center offerings.