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

Opening to Art

Todays post comes from Delphine Douglas, class of 2018 and Art Center Multimedia Student Assistant. Most Wednesday afternoons, the student docents of the Art Center gather for training. At each meeting we discuss a different topic or approach to conducting tours and helping the public experience the museum. On November 11, Alan...
Restoration and Installation

Restoration and Installation

Today’s post comes from Delphine Douglas, class of 2018 and Art Center Multimedia Student Assistant. In 1917 the Art Center received a large canvas by Lambert Sustris, a sixteenth-century Netherlandish artist transplanted to the Veneto. Painted around 1540, it depicts “The Circle of False Education,” an obstacle to human progress described in...
Monsters in Miniature: The Bakemono Sōshi

Monsters in Miniature: The Bakemono Sōshi

    Today’s post comes from Morgan Williams, class of 2017 and Art Center Student Docent. On October 29, 2015, Professor Hiromi Tsuchiya Dollase gave a talk on the Bakemono Sōshi or Monster Scroll in the first lecture of this semester’s Artful Dodger series in the galleries. As the professor who teaches “The...
Vernacular Photography: Framing the Seen and Unseen

Vernacular Photography: Framing the Seen and Unseen

Today’s post comes from Sofía Benitez, class of 2018 and Art Center Student Docent. Recently, the Frances Lehman Loeb Art Center acquired two series of vernacular photographs from the Peter J. Cohen collection. There has been a growing interest among museums in integrating vernacular photographs into their collecting missions and exploring...
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Photography and the Editorial Process

Photography and the Editorial Process

Today’s post comes from Isa Pengskul, class of 2019 and Art Center Student Docent. Daily we see thousands of images, and with the aid of technology, most of these photos have been manipulated to enhance certain qualities. We have also become the editors of our own stories through our posts on social media. The stories that...
From Ink to Formica: Weitman Lectures on Artschwager

From Ink to Formica: Weitman Lectures on Artschwager

Today’s post comes from Delphine Douglas, class of 2018 and Art Center Multimedia Student Assistant. On September 3, Wendy Weitman, former curator of prints at the Museum of Modern Art, came to Taylor Hall 102 to give a lecture for the closing of the Art Center exhibition she had organized at the Art Center, Punctuating Space:...
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, a central figure in the...
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 “Many Faces, Many Names: The...
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 of several books on daguerreotypes...
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 taught by Vassar professors. So,...
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...