Brighten the Corners: Art of the 1990s from the tang teaching museum collection
July 1 - August 14
The 1990s were a period of intense transformation in the United States and around the globe. New digital technologies were emerging and personal computing and the World Wide Web became accessible to most middle-class families. The US economy was booming and increasing globalization generated new political and commercial landscapes. Continued activism for racial equality and LGBTQ+ rights was leading to greater visibility. Environmentalists began calling for CO2 reduction as the realities of climate change were recognized. The global AIDS epidemic was claiming thousands of lives each year, particularly devastating queer communities, but by the end of the decade, AIDS in the United States was on the decline and hope was on the horizon. The changes wrought in the 1990s are woven into the American fabric, and in powerful ways, they shape how we live today.
Brighten the Corners, the title of indie-rock band Pavement’s 1997 album, explores these decade-de ning themes through art from the Tang Teaching Museum collection. Artists of the 1990s engaged with sociopolitical issues in new ways, using art to re ect and provoke. In examining the work on view, we can catch glimpses of the urgencies of that time, and importantly, draw connections to our present day— recognizing how far we have come and how far we have yet to go.
Brighten the Corners is curated by The Frances Young Tang Teaching Museum and Art Gallery at Skidmore College in coordination with Saratoga Arts as part of All Together Now, a regional collection-sharing project organized by the Tang Teaching Museum with the support of the Henry Luce Foundation.
Featuring works by:
Tim Rollins and K.O.S.
Kerry James Marshall
Kate Ericson & Mel Ziegler