U.S. Rep. Paul Tonko contributes to the "Dear America," project on July 9, 2016, at the Frances Young Tang Teaching Museum and Art Gallery at Skidmore College // Photo provided.
SARATOGA SPRINGS — The Frances Young Tang Teaching Museum and Art Gallery at Skidmore College invites the public to take part in the Dear America, project through Friday, January 20.
Five picnic tables in the Museum atrium are painted red, white, and blue, and invite guests to write their thoughts about politics, democracy, and citizenship directly on them, using the markers provided and prompted by the words “Dear America” followed by a comma, suggesting the beginning of a letter or note. The tables have been on display since July 2, 2016, as part of the exhibition A More Perfect Union featuring Mel Zielger’s Flag Exchange. Though that exhibition has closed, the picnic tables will remain though Friday, January 20.
Dear America, is a collaborative project created by students in Mel Ziegler’s Installation/Social Intervention class at Vanderbilt University: Conor Bloomer; Xiyu Deng; Ashlin Dolan; John Jones; Larissa May; Katherine Stark; Qinyuan Sun; Jingzhi Wang; Tongqi Wang; John Wells; and Diana Zhu.
The Museum, located on the Skidmore College campus at 815 N. Broadway, Saratoga Springs, NY, is open noon to 5 p.m. Tuesday through Sunday, with extended hours until 9 p.m. on Thursday. For more information, please visit the Museum’s website at http://tang.skidmore.edu or call the Visitor Services Desk at 518-580-8080.