The official student-run blog of the Frances Lehman Loeb Art Center at Vassar College in Poughkeepsie, NY.
St. Jerome in Mastering Light: Illuminating Transience

St. Jerome in Mastering Light: Illuminating Transience

Today’s post comes from Chris Dietz, class of 2017 and Art Center Student Docent. The Art Center’s delightful new exhibition, Mastering Light: From the Natural to the Artificial, showcases one of the most interesting works in the permanent collection—the German master Albrecht Dürer’s St. Jerome in His Study. Albrecht Dürer (1471-1528) was...
Todd Knopke's Deluge

Todd Knopke’s Deluge

Come experience the pieces in person, or get a virtual sneak peek by clicking on this link!                           Two site-specific, large-scale fabric installations by artist Todd Knopke will be adorning the walls of the Atrium of the Frances Lehman Loeb Art Center. The collages will be on display March 28-July 20. The works are...
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Shedding Light on “Mastering Light”

Shedding Light on “Mastering Light”

Today’s post comes from Calvin Lamothe, class of 2017 and Art Center Student Docent.   On April 11 at 5:30pm, Vassar students, museum employees, and community members alike crowded into Taylor Hall to hear William Sharpe’s opening lecture for the Art Center’s current exhibition Mastering Light: From the Natural to the Artificial. Sharpe is a professor of...
The Rothko Chapel

The Rothko Chapel

Today’s post comes from Deborah Steinberg ’14 and Art Center Student Docent. One of my most frequent stops on my tours in the Frances Lehman Loeb Art Center is the Mark Rothko painting. I ask visitors to look at the bright colors and abstract shapes, and then to describe what emotions they feel and what they...
Fantasy and Reality in Natatorium Undine

Fantasy and Reality in Natatorium Undine

Today’s post comes from Kamaria Mion, class of 2014 and Art Center Student Docent. Florine Stettheimer is one of the best examples of an artist whose life informs her work.  Born into a wealthy New York family, her works chronicle the life of luxury that she was accustomed to.  I was drawn to Stettheimer because although...
A Recently Acquired Alice Neel Lithograph

A Recently Acquired Alice Neel Lithograph

Today’s post comes from Noble Ingram, class of 2016 and Art Center Student Docent. In 2011, the Frances Lehman Loeb Art Center acquired a lithograph by artist Alice Neel from Drs. Lenore Levine Weseley and Alvin C. Weseley. The work is a portrait titled Judith Solodkin and was printed and published in 1978. Alice Neel (1900–1984) was an American...
Inuit Art from the Inside Out: Siassie Kenneally's Male Fish Gut

Inuit Art from the Inside Out: Siassie Kenneally’s Male Fish Gut

Today’s post comes from Pilar Jefferson, class of 2015 and Art Center Student Docent. Male Fish Gut—probably the last title you’d expect for a beautiful work of art. And yet there I was, standing in the Focus Gallery, one of the Art Center’s temporary exhibition spaces, completely entranced by what is for all intents and purposes...
Museology and Indigenous Art

Museology and Indigenous Art

Today’s post comes from Emily Whicheloe, class of 2014 and a student in Molly McGlennen’s course, “Decolonizing the Exhibition: Critical Approaches to Contemporary Indigenous Art.” Decolonizing the Exhibition: Contemporary Inuit Prints and Drawings from the Edward J. Guarino Collection is the result of a semester-long process of research and curation of contemporary Inuit prints and drawings...
Physics: An Antidote for Anxiety?

Physics: An Antidote for Anxiety?

Today’s post comes from Olivia Zisman, class of 2016 and Art Center Student Docent. On October 24, Professor Jenny Magnes of the physics department kicked off this year’s Artful Dodger series—now taking place at 5:00 on Thursdays during Late Night at the Lehman Loeb—with a talk about Ross Bleckner’s Symbols of the Sun and Other Planets....
Stoking the connection between thought and emotion

Stoking the connection between thought and emotion

Today’s post comes from Calvin Lamothe, class of 2017 and Art Center Student Docent. A group of local fifth graders had just finished their tour of the museum and were drawing in the galleries when one of their teachers approached me and asked what was up with the “alien” painting. I was confused, but then she...
Homicides on Halloween

Homicides on Halloween

Today’s post comes from Mikayla Brennan-Burke, class of 2017 and Art Center Student Docent. On a very foggy Halloween night, Assistant Professor of Anthropology April M. Beisaw dug up two images of crime scenes and dissected them for an eager audience. Beisaw examined The Last Victim, a lithograph by George Bellows, and a police homicide photograph...
“Exactitude is not truth”: Henri Matisse’s Roses de Noel et Saxifrage

“Exactitude is not truth”: Henri Matisse’s Roses de Noel et Saxifrage

Today’s post comes from Angela Brown, class of 2016 and Art Center Student Docent. For Henri Matisse, the most true and pure function of the painter was to show the essentials. He bought a small Cézanne painting titled Three Bathers which he kept in his studio, admiring Cézanne’s ability to present animate and inanimate objects as...
A Legacy of Snapshots: The Lasting Influence of Polaroid

A Legacy of Snapshots: The Lasting Influence of Polaroid

Today’s post comes from Pilar Jefferson, class of 2015 and Art Center Summer Docent. As a member of the Millennial generation I’ve always thought of Polaroids as a passing curiosity. Of course I am not unique in this. With the rise of digital photography and the simultaneous decline of the Polaroid Corporation, which declared bankruptcy in...
“High Art” Inspiring a Reinterpretation of a Children’s Story

“High Art” Inspiring a Reinterpretation of a Children’s Story

Today’s blog post comes from Angela Brown, class of 2016 and Art Center Student Docent.                                                               Upon learning that this year’s Founder’s Day theme would be Alice in Wonderland, I couldn’t help but consider how stories from childhood remain with us throughout our lives. I wanted to explore the way the significance and meaning of these stories shift according to...