Thursday, 16 December 2021 12:22

This Weekend: Last Chance to See ‘Opener 33: Sarah Cain—Enter the Center’ at The Tang

Installation view, “Opener 33: Sarah Cain—Enter the Center,” Frances Young Tang Teaching Museum and Art Gallery at Skidmore College, through Dec. 19. Photo by Arthur Evans. Installation view, “Opener 33: Sarah Cain—Enter the Center,” Frances Young Tang Teaching Museum and Art Gallery at Skidmore College, through Dec. 19. Photo by Arthur Evans.

SARATOGA SPRINGS — This week is the final week to see the stunning exhibition Opener 33: Sarah Cain—Enter the Center at the Frances Young Tang Teaching Museum and Art Gallery at Skidmore College.

Cain, a Los Angeles–based artist, has transformed the Wachenheim Gallery with experiments in color, composition, and non-conformity. Enter the Center features more than a dozen major paintings from 2012 through 2020, a site-specific hand-painted gallery floor, painted furniture, and a new facsimile artist book. She modified her canvases by cutting, sewing, and attaching found objects. She painted the floor and furniture on-site, grounding the space in the present tense. 

The artist book is based on Cain’s Music Book, a project Cain began in 2008 in which she paints on pages of sheet music from old music books. The artist edition of the music book is designed by Los Angeles–based artist and designer Conny Purtill and published by the Tang Teaching Museum in association with X Artists’ Books. 

Also on View

Elevator Music 42: Laura Splan — Rhapsody for an Expanded Biotechnical Apparatus: The artist Laura Splan’s interactive sound and sculptural work re-envisions the Tang elevator as an organism’s cell and its visitors as proteins. Through April 10.

Lauren Kelly: Location Scouting: Artist and curator Lauren Kelley reshapes the Tang Teaching Museum’s mezzanine by combining meditations on travel with snapshots of everyday life in her drawings, sculpture, and stop-motion animation videos. Through September 10, 2023.

On Their Own Terms: This student-curated exhibition showcases visual art and lives of artists such as Howard Finster, Sister Gertrude Morgan, Anna Mary Robertson “Grandma” Moses,  Bill Traylor, and Joseph Yoakum who have been called “outsider” artists, while also interrogating the ways that curators, dealers, and scholars have sometimes overlooked this important work. Through April 10.

Hyde Cabinet #15: Doomsday: Organized by Paige Meade ’22, the student-curated project explores the legacy of the Y2K bug through the Jan. 18, 1999, cover of Time magazine and Prince’s album 1999. Through Feb. 27.

Admission is free. The museum will be open Friday through Sunday from noon to 5 p.m. All visitors must show proof of vaccination and wear masks at all times. The Museum will be closed during Skidmore’s winter break beginning Dec. 20 to prepare new exhibitions to open Saturday, Jan. 29. For more information, call the Visitors Services Desk at 518-580-8080, email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or visit tang.skidmore.edu.

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