Upcoming at Skidmore: Culinary competitor square off; Running with Scissors; Two new art openings

Some notable events upcoming at the Tang Teaching Museum and Art Gallery, and on the campus of Skidmore College in early 2016: Jan. 6 to 8 - in the college’s Murray-Aikins Dining Hall. Eleven teams of food-service chefs from five will visit Skidmore College for the fifth annual culinary conference and competition. Competitors will include two country clubs and nine colleges and universities, including the U.S. Navy and War College, competing at Skidmore for the first time.

The blurb: Each team will receive a basket of food late on Jan. 7 and will develop menus to use all items in the basket. On Jan. 8, throughout the kitchens of Skidmore’s dining hall, the teams will work under deadlines to create dishes that will be judged for originality, taste, and presentation. Points also are awarded for teamwork, culinary skills, and sanitation. Teams will be allowed to use just four butane burners to prepare the main course of their menu. Preparation for desserts and other courses may include use of an oven, freezer, or other equipment. Awards will be presented during a closing ceremony on Friday afternoon. The public is welcome to view the event; admission is free. For more information GO HERE. https://skidmore.edu/diningservice/events/index.php


Feb. 6 - Opening exhibition at the Tang. Alma Thomas. Alma Woodsey Thomas was known for her colorful paintings and her signature stroke, the "Alma Stripe." A black woman who grew up under Jim Crow and experienced the Civil Rights Movement, she began her artistic career at age 69.

Feb. 6 – Opening exhibition at the Tang. Borrowed Light. Borrowed Light celebrates the gift of over 500 photographs from photographer, curator, and collector Jack Shear, featuring a selection chosen by Tang Museum Dayton Director Ian Berry in collaboration with Shear.

Borrowed Light will present a visual history of photography from its inception in the 1840s to the present day, chronicling various photographic processes, techniques, and artistic approaches—from an early half-plate ambrotype of Niagara Falls, to a Polaroid self-portrait by a young Robert Mapplethorpe. Tracing the evolution of the medium, the exhibition will feature historic works by photographic pioneers such as Berenice Abbott, Diane Arbus, Eugène Atget, Manuel Álvarez Bravo, Ralph Eugene Meatyard, Alfred Stieglitz, and Edward Weston, as well as works by notable contemporary photographers such as Tina Barney, Katy Grannan, Malerie Marder, and Sheila Metzner.

An Opening Reception for spring exhibitions will be held at the museum Feb. 6.

Feb. 18 - Concert: Bang on a Can All-Stars, at the Tang.

April 13 - Reading: Augusten Burroughs. Reading by the author of Running with Scissors. Gannett Auditorium. (Here’s a 2007 Vanity Fair piece about the memoir).