Tang hosting yarn workshop with Laura Splan on March 24 – Saratogian


SARATOGA SPRINGS, N.Y. — The Frances Young Tang Teaching Museum and Art Gallery at Skidmore College invites the public to an in-person artist talk and workshop with Laura Splan on March 24 at 7 p.m.

Learn how to spin yarn using fiber from laboratory llamas, who produce antibodies for our vaccines, while exploring emerging narratives in the contemporary biomedical landscape. Splan will introduce her installation in the Tang’s elevator, “Elevator Music 42: Laura Splan — Rhapsody for an Expanded Biotechnological Apparatus,” which includes a sound piece and a rug made from the wool of laboratory llamas and alpacas. She will lead a discussion around scientific and conceptual themes in her work that examines hidden systems, invisible labor, and interspecies entanglements. Splan will lead a technical demonstration of spinning fiber on an electric wheel. Each participant will have an opportunity to try their hand at the wheel, and the first twenty participants will receive a small sample of laboratory llama yarn spun by the artist.

The event is free and open to the public. For more information and the latest guidelines, call the Tang Visitors Services Desk at (518) 580-8080, email [email protected], or visit http://tang.skidmore.edu.


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