For his new show at the Tang Museum, “Energy in All Directions,” curator and director Ian Berry has woven together objects, artwork, communities and organizations like the tightly laced spokes of a Shaker basket.
At its most tangible level, the show juxtaposes pieces from the collection of the Shaker Museum at the historic Mount Lebanon site with contemporary work from the Tang’s permanent collection. A spiraling enamel-on-wood piece by Jim Isermann hangs above a circular braided rug made by the Shakers in Canterbury, N.H.; Alexander Ross’ oil painting of a hive-like surface is placed near a Shaker “swarm box” made for transporting bees.
Shane Rothe (they/them) joined Shaker Museum in July 2023, working with independent curator Maggie Taft on an exhibition for the new museum space in Chatham. Shane is an artist as well as a curator and continues to create in the mediums of painting, sculpture, writing, and performance. Shane holds a BFA from CalArts and an MA in art history and curatorial studies from the University of Chicago.