Yaddo Live at Skidmore College
Saratoga Springs, NY (June 22, 2012) - It looks a little like a Yaddo invasion of the neighboring Skidmore College in July.
First up – the 26th New York State Summer Writers Institute reading series gets underway with a July 2nd program featuring Yaddo novelist Elizabeth Benedict
), who will be joined by author Phillip Lopate. The readings continue through July 26, with fellow Yaddo authors Allan Gurganus
, Caryl Phillips
, Paul Auster
, Joanna Scott
, Rosanna Warren
, Margot Livesey
, Mark Strand
, Honor Moore
, Amy Hempel
, Henri Cole
, Mary Gaitskill
, and Rick Moody
among those scheduled to participate. All readings begin at 8 p.m. in Davis Auditorium of Palamountain Hall on the Saratoga Springs campus and are free and open to the public.
“Terry Adkins: Recital”, an exhibition combining sculpture and live performance by the installation artist, musician, and activist, opens July 14th at The Frances Young Tang Teaching Museum and Art Gallery. Adkins is the featured visiting artist in the 2012 Skidmore Summer Studio Art Program, which is directed by fellow Yaddo artist Katie DeGroot. The installations selected for this exhibition pay tribute to the memories of under-recognized figures in American culture, including John Brown, John Coltrane, Ralph Ellison, Zora Neale Hurston, Bessie Smith, and Sojourner Truth. A career-spanning monograph accompanies the exhibition, which will be on view through December 2. Adkins will deliver a public lecture about his work following a July 12th reception in his honor and will be on hand for the exhibition’s opening reception, set for 6-7:30 p.m. Saturday, July 14th.
Two other Yaddo artists – performance artist Kyle deCamp and painter Jane Fine – will join Adkins as visiting artists in this year’s Skidmore Summer Studio Art Program. Fine and deCamp will take part in a July 10th panel discussion that will consider the topic “So How Did We Get Here?: A Discussion on the Various Pathways to Life as a Working Artist.” Ian Berry, Malloy Curator for The Tang Museum, will moderate the panel discussion, which is free and open to the public and will take place in the museum’s Payne Room.
Please see our online “Artists’ Calendar” for details about all of these programs.