The Frances Young Tang Teaching Museum and Art Gallery at Skidmore College and Saratoga Performing Arts Center present the world premiere of Energy in All Directions, composed by Kenneth Frazelle and performed by soprano Lindsay Kesselman and New York City-based ensemble Sandbox Percussion.
Recorded in the Tang Teaching Museum exhibition of the same name that inspired Frazelle’s composition, this performance is the culmination of a poetry and music commissioning project that responds to the 2020 exhibition Energy in All Directions. The exhibition celebrates the life and legacy of the artist and gallerist Hudson (1950-2014) by bringing together work from the Shaker Museum with art from the Tang collection by artists who were represented by Hudson’s gallery, Feature Inc.
The Tang Teaching Museum, Saratoga Performing Arts Center, and the Academy of American Poets collaborated on the project, which included commissioning contemporary poets including Hanif Abdurraqib, April Bernard, Nickole Brown, Gabrielle Calvocoressi, Claudia Castro Luna, Victoria Chang, Forrest Gander, Ilya Kaminsky, Eileen Myles, Francine Prose, and TC Tolbert to craft new writings in response to the art and ideas in the exhibition, and then Frazelle composing his work using texts from the poems. The project is made possible by a grant from the Henry Luce Foundation and Charles and Candace Wait, who commissioned Frazelle’s composition. The video also includes an interview between Frazelle and Ian Berry, the Dayton Director of the Tang Teaching Museum, reflecting on the performance and the exhibition.
Click the link below to watch the video of Energy in All Directions:
Energy in All Directions is part of All Together Now, a regional collections-sharing project funded by the Henry Luce Foundation to celebrate the Tang Teaching Museum’s twentieth anniversary. As part of All Together Now, SPAC is hosting a visual art exhibit entitled “Chromatic Scales: Psychedelic Design from the Tang Teaching Museum Collection” in The Pines@SPAC lobby now through October 16, 2021. Open to the public: October 14, 12pm – 5pm; October 15, 12pm – 5pm; October 16, 11am – 4pm; check in at the Route 50 entrance.