ArtBeat: Alma Thomas @ Skidmore’s Tang Museum [Get Visual]

April 5th, 2016, 1:00 pm by Sara
Installation view of Alma Thomas at the Tang Teaching Museum. Photo by Arthur Evans.

Installation view of “Alma Thomas” at Skidmore’s Tang Teaching Museum. Photo by Arthur Evans.

Review by David Brickman

I wonder what Alma Thomas’ public school art students thought when, in 1972, their teacher – retired and elderly – became the first African-American woman to have a solo exhibition at the Whitney Museum of American Art in New York City.

The idea of an artist being that important and, yet, having had to teach school all her life is far from unique, but this extreme case is certainly food for thought. Skidmore College’s Tang Teaching Museum in Saratoga Springs has, in a sense, rescued this delightful painter from obscurity a second time with a sharp, spacious presentation of about two decades’ worth of her work (on view through Sunday, June 5) in a show simply titled Alma Thomas.

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Live: Nancy Walker Trio @ The Tang

June 29th, 2009, 11:55 am by Sara


The Nancy Walker Trio with guitarist Larry Clyman and special guest Rick Rourke dazzled the audience at the Tang Teaching Museum in Saratoga Springs as part of the free Upbeat On The Roof concert series at Skidmore College on Friday, June 26.

Walker served up a plethora of songs including the old chestnut “The Tennessee Waltz” – a remembrance of her childhood – and several fine original songs. The band was propelled by guitarist Larry Clyman and the subtle percussive accents of Sam Zucchini on bodhran. In addition, the trio was augmented by special guest bluesman Rick Rourke (Bluz House Rockers, Out of Control Rhythm & Blues Band) on tenor sax and harmonica.

Up next: on Friday, July 3 the Tang will host the guitar duo Tequila Mockingbirds.

Photos and review by Andrzej Pilarczyk

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