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Family Fun at The Tang

The Frances Young Tang Teaching Museum and Art Gallery at Skidmore College has two great family programs running through the end of the summer. Both, UpBeat on the Roof and Tang Family Saturday programs are free and open to the public.

The UpBeat on the Roof concert series continues this summer, with free concerts open to the public, on the roof of the museum.

"Celebrating its fifteenth year, this season's UpBeat on the Roof series continues its long-running history of championing the vibrancy of the Capital Region music scene," said this year's UpBeat organizer Megan Hyde, the Tang's Museum Educator for College and Public Programs. "This year's nine musical acts from across the region present an eclectic mix of musical styles and histories, often experimenting across traditional genres, from jazz and chamber music to soul, funk, Latin jazz, rock, folk, and trip hop. The series also brings together musicians from various stages in the careers: from veteran bands who have played together for decades to young musicians at the beginning of their careers. UpBeat offers a fantastic way to enjoy summer in upstate New York: savor the richness of our local music scene against the backdrop of a summer sunset."

Shows begin 7 p.m. on Fridays through Aug. 28. The museum is located on the Skidmore College campus at 815 N. Broadway in Saratoga Springs. The rooftop is accessible via the museum elevator or outdoor staircases. Concerts often attract large crowds, so visitors are advised to arrive early to guarantee seating — and to explore the exhibitions on view in the museum’s galleries (see below for information about pre-show museum tours on some of the UpBeat dates). Free parking is available in lots adjacent to the museum. Note, in the event of inclement weather, the concerts will be held inside the museum.

July 31: Alex Torres & His Latin Orchestra
Latin jazz

August 7: Holly & Evan Band
Blues, jazz, and soul

August 14: Jocamo
Funk, R&B, soul, and rock

August 21: Bear Grass
Folk, rock, and homespun trip-hop

August 28: Annie and the Hedonists
Acoustic blues, vintage jazz, and swing

PRE-SHOW MUSEUM TOURS: In addition to the free concerts, the Tang Teaching Museum invites the public to free guided tours of the museum before some of the shows. The following tours will be offered:

Friday, July 31, 5:30 pm
Curator's tour with Curatorial Assistant Sarah G. Miller

Friday, August 14, 5:30 pm
Curator's tour with Assistant Director for Curatorial Affairs Rachel Seligman

Friday, August 21, 5:30 pm
Curator’s tour with Imaan Riaz '15, the 2014-15 Eleanor Linder Winter ’43 Intern

Free guided tours of the museum will also be available at 1 pm on the following Tuesdays: August 4, and August 18.               

Families make art together at the Tang Teaching Museum. The Tang Teaching Museum’s Family Saturday programs run on Saturdays from 2:00 to 3:30 pm through August 22. Most of the programs include a tour of a specific exhibition followed by an art-making project. All programs are free and open to the public, and suitable for children ages 5 and older, accompanied by their adult companions. Reservations can be made one week before each week's program. For additional information and reservations, call the Tang’s Visitor Service Desk at 518-580-8080.

July 18: Decoda Music and YOU!
Decoda Music is a chamber ensemble comprised of virtuoso musicians, entrepreneurs, and passionate advocates of the arts. They create residencies, innovative performances, and engaging projects with partners around the world. While they are at Skidmore for a 2-week visit, they will treat us to a fun program through music and creative collaboration.

July 25: Frames Without Photos
We will look at and listen to Tim Davis’s elevator installation, Unphotographable, then make fancy frames without any photographs inside.

Aug. 1: Baskets of Another Kind
We will look at and discuss Cris Bruch’s sculpture, Cradle, and Margaret Curtis’s painting, Pearl Necklace: Icon for Home, then make and decorate baskets inspired by both of these artworks.

Aug. 8: Make Your Own Shopping Bags
We will head outside the museum to talk about Jonathan Seliger’s giant shopping bag sculpture, Politeness Counts, then come back in to decorate our own bags in the style of Nicholas Krushenick’s colorful paintings. (Please bring an umbrella and/or raincoat if it rains that day.)

Aug. 15: Make and Decorate a Book
After viewing and discussing Arturo Herrera’s painted books in Opener 29: Arturo Herrera: Day Before, we will learn a simple way to make a book, then decorate the covers in fantastic ways.

Aug. 22: Art and Nature
We will look at Joan Snyder’s painting, And Always Searching For Beauty, and talk about how she incorporated herbs, grass and other natural materials into the paint.  After our conversation, we will take a brief walk outside to gather leaves, grass, and other natural stuff, then use them in our own artwork, mixing them with other art supplies.

For more information or reservations, visit the museum's website at or call 518-580-8080.


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