SARATOGA SPRINGS, N.Y. – In anticipation of the upcoming exhibition “I was a double,” a multilayered exhibition/composition interweaving music and art that opens July 5 and runs through January 4, 2015, the Frances Young Tang Teaching Museum and Art Gallery at Skidmore College is proud to present a brief video trailer.
The exhibition — and the trailer — feature new music composed by David Lang, a Pulitzer Prize-winner and a co-founder and co-artistic director of the legendary Bang on a Can musical organization.
About the exhibition:
“I was a double” is also Lang’s first curated museum exhibition. He has collaborated with the Tang’s Dayton Director Ian Berry to bring together work of visual artists who, like composers, make sets of rules for creating their pieces. While the use of a musical score as a set of performance instructions is familiar, the notion of an artist creating work with a set of rules is perhaps less so, especially as creator and performer are usually one and the same. All of the artists in this exhibition have invented rules, whether written or not, and followed them; each work has a score—a plan—that has been realized in the physical work.
“I was a double” features the work of artists Suzanne Bocanegra, Regina Bogat, Céleste Boursier-Mougenot, André Cadere, Sarah Cain, Karin Davie, Taylor Davis, David Dupuis, Tony Feher, Alfred Jensen, Chris Johanson and Johanna Jackson, Sol LeWitt, Chris Martin, Gabriel Orozco, Bruce Pearson, Ciara Phillips, Kay Rosen, Wolfgang Tillmans, Fred Tomaselli, Johannes VanDerBeek, Ruth Vollmer, Stanley Whitney, and Christopher Wool.
All of the artists gave Berry and Lang a sentence about their works, which Lang set to music. The exhibition’s title comes from the artist statement written by Sarah Cain, with the word “double” resonating on multiple levels. For example, it is a musical term that can mean two instruments playing the same part together, or with one instrument an octave higher or lower. The term also references the artists’ double roles in inventing and realizing their own rules. That music is combined and recombined in a soundtrack that plays in the gallery. Experienced together the artworks and the music blend into a larger, layered work as the exhibition.
About David Lang:
David Lang is a New York-based composer who is active in many genres and media. His piece “Little Match Girl Passion,” commissioned by Carnegie Hall, won the Pulitzer Prize in 2008 and a Grammy in 2010. Lang is Musical America’s 2013 Composer of the Year and recipient of Carnegie Hall’s Debs Composer’s Chair for 2013–14. An active collaborator, he has worked closely with a diverse group of artists including Peter Greenaway, Benjamin Millepied, Susan Marshall, Darren Aronofsky, Ann Hamilton, and Mark Dion.
Lang is co-artistic director of New York’s Bang on a Can, which he founded in 1987 with composers Michael Gordon and Julia Wolfe, and he is professor of music composition at the Yale School of Music.
Summer programming related to I was a double.
The public is invited to the following events:
Tuesday, July 15, 1 p.m.—Tour of I was a double, with Dayton Director Ian Berry.
Friday, July 18, 6–7:30 p.m.—Composition, a panel discussion related to the Score exhibition presented by Skidmore’s Summer Studio Art Program, moderated by Dayton Director Ian Berry and featuring the visual artists Kay Rosen and Fred Tomaselli, both of whom have work in I was a double, and the writer and composer Rick Moody; reception follows.
Saturday, July 19, noon–7 p.m. — Frances Day, a celebration of the museum’s namesake and the opening of our new exhibitions, with art, art-making, a performance by singer-songwriter MaryLeigh Roohan, an interactive songwriting improv led by singer-songwriter Michael Eck, a scavenger hunt, artist talks in the galleries, and more; concluding with a reception from 5:30–7 p.m.
Tuesday, August 12, 1 p.m.—Tour of I was a double, with Dayton Director and exhibition co-curator Ian Berry.
Saragota Springs. About the Tang Teaching Museum:
The Tang Teaching Museum, located at 815 N. Broadway on the Skidmore College campus in Saratoga Springs, is open noon–5 pm, Tuesday–Sunday, with extended hours through 9 pm on Thursdays during the school year and 7 pm on Fridays during the summer, and is closed on Mondays and major holidays. https://tang.skidmore.edu/index.php/
Video: Exhibition trailer ‘I was a double.’