The official student-run blog of the Frances Lehman Loeb Art Center at Vassar College in Poughkeepsie, NY.
Cartography and Art: Artworks as Maps

Cartography and Art: Artworks as Maps

Today’s post comes from Art Center docent and Vassar class of 2021 student Zoe Camhi. As a Vassar student, I continually strive to make interdisciplinary connections, between my classes, my job, and my hobbies. I have learned over my years here that all disciplines can be (and likely are) linked together, and...
Art Activity Cards to Download

Art Activity Cards to Download

Today’s post comes from Polly Ellman, Williams College class of 2022 and Art Center summer intern. This summer, the Loeb embarked on a project to provide local, low-income students with much- needed art supplies and a chance to interact remotely with our collection, despite the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic limiting in-person...
Zoom Backgrounds From the Loeb

Zoom Backgrounds From the Loeb

Today’s post comes from Allie Verdesca, Summer Pindyck Intern and Vassar College Class of 2022. Taking classes remotely and missing the Loeb? Looking to add a little bit of artistic flair to your online presence? Check out some Loeb artworks we’ve selected that work ideally for Zoom backgrounds and fill your meeting...
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Doorways: A Loeb Letter

Doorways: A Loeb Letter

Today’s post comes from Bella Dalton-Fenkl, Vassar College class of 2020 graduate and former Art Center student docent. Rather than a written entry, this post is a Loeb Letter “virtual tour” in the form of a slide presentation, which can be accessed by clicking the link below. The presentation focuses on works from the Art...
Virtual Tour: Kobayashi Kiyochika

Virtual Tour: Kobayashi Kiyochika

Today’s post comes from Bella Dalton-Fenkl, Vassar College class of 2020 and Art Center student docent. Rather than a written entry, this post is a virtual tour in the form of a presentation, which can be accessed by clicking the link below. The virtual tour focuses on the works of Meiji-era artist Kobayashi Kiyochika. Virtual Tour-...
Pamela Smith’s Discoveries from a Sixteenth-Century Artisanal Manuscript

Pamela Smith’s Discoveries from a Sixteenth-Century Artisanal Manuscript

Today’s post comes from Chloe Richards, Vassar College class of 2022 and Art Center student docent. On Tuesday, February 25, Pamela H. Smith gave a lecture titled “Art & Science, Making and Knowing in a Sixteenth-Century Artisan’s Workshop.” This lecture explored an anonymous manuscript of “recipes” for over nine hundred technical and artistic methods of making...
"Art is a Guarantee of Sanity:" Donald Kuspit Lectures on Louise Bourgeois

“Art is a Guarantee of Sanity:” Donald Kuspit Lectures on Louise Bourgeois

Today’s post comes from Naima Nader, student docent and Vassar class of 2023. The Art Center’s popular exhibition Louise Bourgeois: Ode to Forgetting, From the Collections of Jordan D. Schnitzer and His Family Foundation had its opening lecture last Saturday, February 8. The speaker was the esteemed American art critic Donald Kuspit, winner of the prestigious...
"What Was Lost"

“What Was Lost”

Today’s post comes from Bella Dalton-Fenkl, class of 2020 and Art Center student docent.   “What Was Lost?” —for Judy Fiskin’s The End of Photography   From the second-floor bench, I watch the jittery, grain-filled clips flash onscreen. I listen. It amuses me, usually. “No more sheet of glass. No more squeegee.”  Not that I can’t understand. If my house was razed to...
Learning to See

Learning to See

Today’s post comes from Ian Shelley, Vassar class of 2022 and Art Center student docent. Allison Miller Snare: A toddler saw what I could not see Modern art often asks us to gaze at a piece with childlike wonder, a kind of naiveté devoid of preconception. It asks us to look at form and color with new...
Oscar Wergeland’s Time to Shine

Oscar Wergeland’s Time to Shine

Today’s post comes from Bella Dalton-Fenkl, Vassar College class of 2020 and Art Center student docent. Sometimes a work of art in our collection must wait to be put on display in the galleries due to requiring conservation. However, even works that need to stay in storage for this and other reasons can help to illuminate...
An Inside Look at Outsider Art

An Inside Look at Outsider Art

Today’s post comes from Kelly Vinett, Vassar College class of 2020   The Loeb opened its first major exhibition of the 2019 calendar year on Friday, February 1, with Freehand: Drawings by Inez Nathaniel Walker. Exhibition curator Mary-Kay Lombino commenced the night with a lecture encompassing the artist’s unconventional entrance into the art world, including the Vassar...
Learning to See

Learning to See

Today’s post comes from Magdalena Ramos Mullane, class of 2022 and Art Center Student Docent. Raquel Rabinovich: The Reading Room was on view in the Thompson Memorial Library at Vassar College from October 25 through December 20, 2018, and was funded by the Virginia Herrick Deknatel Fund.     Libraries, at their core, are buildings held together by the...
My Time with "Past Time: Geology in European and American Art"

My Time with “Past Time: Geology in European and American Art”

Today’s post comes from Kirk Testa, class of 2019 and Art Center Docent During my sophomore year, I assisted Dr. Patricia Phagan, the Loeb’s curator of prints and drawings, with research for the currently on view exhibition, Past Time: Geology in European and American Art. Researching for this exhibition and its accompanying catalogue was an invaluable...
Sitting with Stella

Sitting with Stella

Today’s post comes from Ruby Mayer, class of 2020 and Art Center Summer Docent After a morning in the galleries of the Frances Lehman Loeb Art Center, I cross campus to eat lunch in the grass. I choose a place in the sun to lose the AC-chill of the museum, and slowly survey the same tree-trunks and rooftops,...
Beyond the Veil

Beyond the Veil

Today’s post comes from Isabel Long, Art Center Summer Docent and Skidmore ‘21.   The question I was most frequently asked while giving tours this summer was “Can you tell us about the bust of the woman with the veil?”  Now, after some research, I can. Located in the middle of the floor of the nineteenth century...