Story and photographs by Andrzej Pilarczyk
For a good half-an-hour before the beginning of the opening reception talk, people steadily streamed into the Tang Mauseum’s Payne Room at Skidmore College, filling all the seats and lining the walls to eventually block the entrance.
The overflow delayed the scheduled start-time of the Dunkerley Dialogue between the Francis Young Tang Teaching Museum’s featured exhibition artist Nancy Grossman and gravity-defying choreographer Elizabeth Streb. But the delay wasn’t all bad. It had been a while since the Tang hosted an opening, and the museum’s head-honcho, John Weber, was visibly pleased by the overwhelmingly large turnout.
On a raised platform facing the audience, the two women took their seats behind a café-styled table as the exhibit’s curator Ian Berry got the ball rolling with an informative introduction. The informal discussion was peppered with interesting questions from Streb to Grossman that covered the artist’s history, use of materials, education, studio, artistic peers, dance & movement and many other related topics. Grossman responded, sometimes playfully with a laugh, but always honestly and openly.