The official student-run blog of the Frances Lehman Loeb Art Center at Vassar College in Poughkeepsie, NY.
On Agnes Martin

On Agnes Martin

Today’s post comes from James Olney, Class of 2020 and Art Center Student Docent. Last November, I brought two of my friends into Manhattan to see the retrospective of painter Agnes Martin’s work at the Guggenheim. While I was giddy and excited, my friends were skeptical about the impact of Martin’s...
Music to My Eyes: Indian Ragamala Paintings

Music to My Eyes: Indian Ragamala Paintings

Today’s post comes from Andi Ramsay, class of 2018 and Art Center student docent. The current exhibition in the Art Center’s Focus Gallery is India in Miniature, a collection of small, opaque watercolor paintings, mostly album leaves, from India. The album leaves show a variety of subjects and are painted in...
The Art of Devastation: World War I Medals and Posters Exhibition

The Art of Devastation: World War I Medals and Posters Exhibition

Today’s post comes from Hannah Cho, class of 2018 and Art Center multimedia assistant. The Art Center’s most recent exhibition features beautiful medals and posters from the Great War. The 100+ medals in the exhibition come from The American Numismatic Society in New York City, along with war posters on loan...
My Friends at the Museum – Art that Speaks

My Friends at the Museum – Art that Speaks

Today’s post comes from Bella Dalton-Fenkl, class of 2020 and Art Center Student Docent. I remember one day last term when I arrived at the Art Center and was met with a surprise—I had to give a tour to fifty people. Unsurprisingly, I felt panic. As I led them through the...
Anne Truitt and Her “Signature” Allusions

Anne Truitt and Her “Signature” Allusions

Today’s post comes from Curtis Eckley, class of 2019 and Art Center Student Docent. This past month, the Dia Art Foundation announced its recent acquisition of six Anne Truitt sculptures that will go on long-term view at their Dia:Beacon gallery space, starting on May 5, 2017. In addition to these sculptures,...
Poetree Update

Poetree Update

Today’s post comes from Delphine Douglas, class of 2018 and Art Center Multimedia Student Assistant. Barbara Beisinghoff, a German graphic artist, recently completed her residency at Vassar College. From September 29-October 16, Beisinghoff worked with the Creative Arts Across Disciplines (CAAD) on a series of programming related to her practice as an...
An Unexpected Adventure

An Unexpected Adventure

Today’s post comes from Isa Pengskul, class of 2019 and Art Center Student Docent.   I have always walked past the painting Night Mirror by William Baziotes with a sense of indifference and a splash of contempt. The painting has been displayed on the wall adjacent to a doorway for as long...
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Storytime at the Museum

Storytime at the Museum

Today’s post comes from Gabrielle Miranda, class of 2018 and Art Center Student Docent. A group of young art appreciators joined us at the Art Center on June 3 for Storytime at the Museum to read about and explore the theme, “Lines and Shapes in Art.” This was the third Storytime the Frances Lehman Loeb Art...
Histoire Naturelle

Histoire Naturelle

Today’s post comes from Curtis Eckley, class of 2019 and Art Center Student Docent.     Last week’s “Artful Dodger” with Professor James F. Challey saw an exploration of the underlying intersections between science, technology and society within the Art Center’s exhibition Universal Collection: A Mark Dion Project, and how these intersections inform us about Vassar College’s beginnings....
Barbara Beisinghoff's Poetree

Barbara Beisinghoff’s Poetree

Today’s post comes from Delphine Douglas, class of 2018 and Art Center Multimedia Student Assistant. Barbara Beisinghoff, a German graphic artist, recently completed her residency at Vassar College. From September 29-October 16, Beisinghoff worked with the Creative Arts Across Disciplines (CAAD) on a series of programming related to her practice as an artist, and the CAAD’s theme...
Tanya Marcuse: Recycling Time

Tanya Marcuse: Recycling Time

Today’s post comes from G.J. Bettman, class of 2017 and Art Center Student Docent. Tanya Marcuse makes photographs through an ongoing process of gathering and framing. The artist, based in the Hudson Valley town of Red Hook, had a small exhibition of photographs in the Project Gallery at the Frances Lehman Loeb Art Center. The photographs...
The Installation Process of "Universal Collection: A Mark Dion Project"

The Installation Process of “Universal Collection: A Mark Dion Project”

Today’s post comes from Lydia Wood, class of 2017 and Art Center Summer Pindyck Intern. This spring the Environmental Studies and American Studies programs offered a course called From the Natural History Museum to Ecotourism: The Collection of Nature. Taught by anthropology professor Anne Pike-Tay and artist Mark Dion, the class was half museum studies and...
Observatory Night at the Art Center

Observatory Night at the Art Center

Today’s post comes from Gabrielle Miranda, class of 2018 and Art Center Student Docent. In honor of Touch the Sky, a temporary exhibition that explores intersections of art and astronomy, the Art Center offered live music, space-themed children’s activities, and a trip to Vassar’s observatory on June 23 for our Late Night programming. The night was...
My Brown-Eyed Girl

My Brown-Eyed Girl

Today’s post comes from Will Kyle, class of 2019 and Art Center Student Docent.   I took a class called “Color” taught by Peter Charlap, the chair of the art department. The class mostly involves lots of exploration and experimentation with a “color aid set,” a few hundred pieces of paper printed with every color known to...
Poetry Off The Wall: Part Six, Lillian Kalish

Poetry Off The Wall: Part Six, Lillian Kalish

Today’s post comes from Gabrielle Miranda, class of 2018 and Art Center Student Docent.   This is part six of a six part series. To learn more about the Poetry Off the Wall series, view the first post here.  The final video in the Poetry Off the Wall series is by senior Political Science major Lillian Kalish. Lillian is a...
Poetry Off The Wall: Part Five, Michaela Coplen

Poetry Off The Wall: Part Five, Michaela Coplen

Today’s post comes from Gabrielle Miranda, class of 2018 and Art Center Student Docent.   This is part five of a six part series. To learn more about the Poetry Off the Wall series, view the first post here.  This penultimate installment features the work of sophomore Michaela Coplen. Michaela is an International Studies major with correlates in Arabic and...
Poetry Off The Wall: Part Four, Gabby Miranda

Poetry Off The Wall: Part Four, Gabby Miranda

Today’s post comes from Gabrielle Miranda, class of 2018 and Art Center Student Docent.   This is part four of a six part series. To learn more about the Poetry Off the Wall series, view the first post here. This fourth installment features me, Gabrielle Miranda. I’m a sophomore Political Science major with prospective correlates in both English and Hispanic Studies. I...
Poetry Off The Wall: Part Three, Kayla Schwab

Poetry Off The Wall: Part Three, Kayla Schwab

Today’s post comes from Gabrielle Miranda, class of 2018 and Art Center Student Docent.   This is part three of a six part series. To learn more about the Poetry Off the Wall series, view the first post here. Kayla Schwab is a junior English major with a Studio Art correlate. She will be writing her thesis next fall on ekphrasis as...
Poetry Off The Wall: Part Two, Jacqueline Krass

Poetry Off The Wall: Part Two, Jacqueline Krass

Today’s post comes from Gabrielle Miranda, class of 2018 and Art Center Student Docent.   This is part two of a six part series. To learn more about the Poetry Off the Wall series, view the first post here.  This second installment in the Poetry Off the Wall series comes from the poetry of Jacqueline Krass. Jackie is a senior English...