Gallery spaces

The purpose of the Frances Young Tang Teaching Museum and Art Gallery is to awaken the community to the richness and diversity of the human experience through the medium of art.
Anchor name: Wachenheim Gallery
The Wachenheim Gallery is the main gallery on the first floor with an interior wall that rises thirty-three-feet high. In keeping with Antoine Predock’s ideas about transparency, the wall includes windows that allows visitors on the second floor to see into the first-floor gallery space.
The Malloy Wing includes the Illumination Gallery, The Alfred Z. and Nancy L. Solomon Gallery, the Palamountain Gallery, and the Class of 1964 Gallery. Together, these spaces constitute the largest gallery space in the museum. This space also has some commonly used unofficial names. The Class of 1964 Gallery, with its two glass walls, is affectionately known as “the fish tank,” and the Illumination Gallery, which overlooks the atrium and offers views inside the Wachenheim Gallery, is often called “the bridge.”
The Mezzanine Gallery is a multiuse exhibition space that hovers above the entryway on the first floor, and a few steps down from the second floor. Since in October 2015, the space has been used for long-term installations in which artists transform the gallery into a lounge-like area for meetings, quiet study, and events.
The Payne Room offers an excellent venue for presentations, and has been the location for numerous talks, dialogues, and visual presentations by students, faculty, artists, writers, and critics. Skidmore College Community meetings take place there, and the room has been used for dance and other performance art, as well as rock, jazz, classical, and experimental music concerts. On Saturdays, children and their parents often work together on art-making projects, led by our Museum Educators.
The multipurpose nature of the Tang Teaching Museum’s design even includes the elevator, which is the smallest gallery space in the museum. The elevator is the site of the ongoing exhibition series called Elevator Music, which is usually an installation of music, voice, or sound art that may also include a visual arts installation.
One of the most recognizable features of the Winter Gallery on the museum’s first floor is the row of windows that dominate one side of the long, rectangular space. Located near a glass doorway that allows visitors to see into the Collections Storage Area, the Winter Gallery is often used in exhibitions that highlight work from the Tang’s growing collection. This includes both student-curated exhibitions and faculty-curated exhibitions, such as study exhibitions related to a specific course.
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