The official student-run blog of the Frances Lehman Loeb Art Center at Vassar College in Poughkeepsie, NY.
The Multifaceted Mandala: A Map for Reflection and Introspection

The Multifaceted Mandala: A Map for Reflection and Introspection

Today’s post comes from Benno Orlinsky, class of 2015 and multimedia assistant for the Art Center. Last semester, I took professor of art Karen Lucic’s course “Embodying Compassion in Buddhist Art: A Curatorial Seminar.” The course was centered on the exhibition at the Art Center, which focuses on the bodhisattva Avalokiteshvara,...
Avalokiteshvara at the Art Center

Avalokiteshvara at the Art Center

Today’s post comes from Isis Lecaro, class of 2018 and Art Center Student Docent. Embodying Compassion in Buddhist Art: Image, Pilgrimage, Practice—the first exhibition of its kind in the United States—opened this spring at the Art Center. The occasion was marked by a symposium in Taylor Hall on April 23 called...
Picturing Democracy: Portraits in the 19th Century

Picturing Democracy: Portraits in the 19th Century

Today’s post comes from Olivia Zisman, class of 2016 and Art Center Student Docent. On Friday, April 10th, the Art Center’s current exhibition, Through the Looking Glass: Daguerreotype Masterworks from the Dawn of Photography, opened with a lecture by John Wood, one of the premier historians of early photography, and author...
The Power of the Comic Form

The Power of the Comic Form

Today’s post comes from Isis Lecaro, class of 2018 and Art Center Student Docent. As noted in a recent blog post by Rosa Bozhkov, the project gallery at the Frances Lehman Loeb Art Center is an ever-changing space typically devoted to works from collection storage that are being used in courses...
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Artists Depicting Artists

Artists Depicting Artists

Today’s post comes from Alicia Lewis, class of 2018 and Art Center Student Docent While roaming the galleries of the Frances Lehman Loeb Art Center one day last semester, I noticed a newly installed painting in the 20th century gallery. It was a rather large painting, and the artist’s use of space on the long, narrow...
The Project Gallery: (un)Curated

The Project Gallery: (un)Curated

Today’s post comes from Rosa Bozhkov, class of 2017 and Art Center Student Docent. Picture yourself in the third and final room of the XL exhibition. Weaving in and out of Joyce Kozloff’s patchworked patterns or Mark Rothko’s smudged blocks of deep orange, you turn to enter the rest of the museum, expecting to enter just...
Figuring Out XL

Figuring Out XL

Today’s post comes from Josh Schwartz, class of 2018 and Art Center Student Docent. This semester, my drawing class is beginning to explore the figure. My teacher tends to show us a slideshow at the beginning of classes, a smorgasbord of different styles of figurative work by different artists. He swipes from photo to photo on his iPad...
Going Big

Going Big

Today’s post comes from Olivia Zisman, class of 2016 and Art Center Student Docent On Friday, January 30, the Art Center’s current exhibition, XL: Large-Scale Paintings from the Permanent Collection, opened with a lecture by Joyce Kozloff whose 1972 painting Up Front, Appollonian hangs in the show. In her lecture entitled “Maps and Patterns,” Kozloff took the...
When Fashion Follows Fine Art

When Fashion Follows Fine Art

Today’s post comes from Samuel Blanchard, class of 2018 and Art Center Student Docent.  America’s commercial fashion industry is amidst a love affair with fine art. Popular stores such as H&M and Urban Outfitters sell Van Gogh-inspired “Starry Night” leggings and Warhol-evoking printed tanks. Fashion editorials from Vogue and Harper’s Bazaar have styled models after subjects...
Art Center Slow-Down

Art Center Slow-Down

Today’s post comes from Rosa Bozhkov, class of 2017 and Art Center Student Docent. On Wednesdays at three, we meet. Every week the student docents at the Art Center get to know just a little bit more about the gallery through a variety of exercises and events. There is always a surprise waiting for us on...
Chemical Bonds and Personal Connections

Chemical Bonds and Personal Connections

Today’s post comes from Michael Cadenas, class of 2015 and Art Center student docent. As a part of “The Artful Dodger” series of talks at the Frances Lehman Loeb Art Center, Marianne Begemann, Dean of Strategic Planning and Academic Resources, stepped out to the Sculpture Garden to highlight some of the works on view in her October...
Concept, 1969

Concept, 1969

Today’s post comes from Matthew McCardwell, class of 2017 and Art Center Summer Archival Intern “Concept is now.” This was the opening sentence and kinetic mantra of the spring 1969 exhibition, Concept, at the Vassar Art Gallery—the predecessor to the Frances Lehman Loeb Art Center. This show of conceptual art was the work of Mary Delahoyd’s...
The Storm Pattern: Interweaving Tradition and Adaptation

The Storm Pattern: Interweaving Tradition and Adaptation

Today’s post comes from Sophie Asakura, class of 2016 and Art Center Student Docent. I am currently in Professor Molly McGlennen’s class “Native American Women” which has vastly expanded my thinking and opened a new perspective on the American experience. My academic experience, combined with my interest in visual culture, compelled me to write about an...
Fantasy in the Subway: The Work of Squire J. Vickers

Fantasy in the Subway: The Work of Squire J. Vickers

Today’s post comes from Pilar Jefferson, class of 2015 and Art Center Student Docent.  Typically, when I’m in New York City visiting family for the weekend I take the A train all the way up to where the line ends in Inwood at the top of Manhattan. Two of the last stops before my station are...
Imperial Augsburg at Vassar: An Illustrated Podcast

Imperial Augsburg at Vassar: An Illustrated Podcast

This discussion of Renaissance Germany by Vassar College faculty and staff is in conjunction with the exhibition Imperial Augsburg: Renaissance Prints and Drawings, 1475-1540, on view September 19 – December 14, 2014. Images shown depict works in the exhibition. For more information on the exhibition visit http://fllac.vassar.edu/about/news/announcements/2014-2015/140919-augsburg.html
Empire and Innovation at the Art Center

Empire and Innovation at the Art Center

Today’s post comes from Morgan Williams, class of 2017 and Art Center Student Docent. The Frances Lehman Loeb Art Center’s latest exhibition, Imperial Augsburg: Renaissance Prints and Drawings, 1475-1540, opened Friday, September 19. The exhibition opened with a lecture by Freyda Spira, the Metropolitan Museum of Art’s associate curator of drawings and prints and co-curator of...