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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...
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...
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...
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...
“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...
Embracing His Work: Rembrandt’s Goldsmith

Embracing His Work: Rembrandt’s Goldsmith

Today’s post comes from Alec Aldrich, class of 2015 and Art Center volunteer. Rembrandt van Rijn’s The Goldsmith (1655) was the smallest work in the Art Center’s winter exhibition, Recent Acquisitions: Works on Paper, but it was well worth the viewer’s attention. The intaglio print joins the ranks of numerous other intaglio prints by the artist that are at...
Ship Masts and Telephone Poles: Sándor Bernáth’s Gloucester, Mass.

Ship Masts and Telephone Poles: Sándor Bernáth’s Gloucester, Mass.

Today’s post comes from Natasha Mandell, class of 2016 and Art Center Student Docent.   The Frances Lehman Loeb Art Center’s Spring 2013 exhibition, Recent Acquisitions: Works on Paper, showcased some of the new additions to the Art Center’s collections. The exhibition covered a wide variety of time periods, movements, and media, including sixteenth- to twenty-first-century prints...
Podcast: The Sound of "An Aesthetic Ecosystem"

Podcast: The Sound of “An Aesthetic Ecosystem”

The Frances Lehman Loeb Art Center is continuing its series of event podcasts, broadcasting various Art Center happenings to the cyberworld! This time we bring you a lecture by museum director James Mundy and a panel discussion with art dealer Eric Brown (Vassar class of 1990) of the Tibor de Nagy Gallery in New York, Williams College...
“What Can You Give Me for Seven Dollars?”

“What Can You Give Me for Seven Dollars?”

Today’s post comes from Justine Paradis, class of 2013 and Art Center Docent. From left to right: James Mundy, Deborah M. Rothschild, Eric Brown, and Jonathan Kagan. Photo by Carlos Hernandez ’14 To enjoy a museum, you don’t need to know the work involved to put a collection together. However, the shape of a museum’s collection is almost...
Meet the Preparator

Meet the Preparator

Today’s post comes from Margaret Vetare, the Art Center’s Coordinator of Public Education and Information. It’s a poignant predicament: when museum preparators have done their job flawlessly, that’s when their hard work is least likely to be noticed in a museum gallery. All framed works hang true and evenly. Labels are just the right distance from...
Prometheus Bound for Catskill

Prometheus Bound for Catskill

Today’s post comes from Deborah Steinberg, class of 2014 and Art Center Student Intern. If you are a frequent visitor to the Art Center, you may be wondering what happened to Thomas Cole’s oil painting, Prometheus Bound. A quintessential example of Hudson River School painting, this work can be seen in the section of the museum...