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Student Docents
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...
"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...
Column Like You See 'Em

Column Like You See ‘Em

Today’s post comes from Isabel Long, Art Center Summer Docent and Skidmore College class of ’21. Before this summer I had only ever been to the Frances Lehman Loeb Art Center as a visitor, but with more experience and education I have made new fascinating connections about, and with, the collection. When I walked into the...
Fading from Memory: Mesoamerica to New York City

Fading from Memory: Mesoamerica to New York City

Today’s blog post comes from Curtis Eckley, Class of 2019 and Art Center Student Docent. On April 20, 2017, Late Night at the Lehman Loeb saw the surfacing of some of the Art Center’s more elusive yet fascinating works from the collection through a faculty talk given by Professor of Anthropology and Latin American & Latinx...
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 stark works. At the museum...

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 different styles, but one genre...
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 as I’ve been a docent,...
Caring for Art: Miró’s Painting (Birds, Personages, and Blue Star)

Caring for Art: Miró’s Painting (Birds, Personages, and Blue Star)

Today’s post comes from Julie MacDonald, Class of 2012 and Art Center Student Docent. Conservation can take on many roles in the treatment of art objects. As discussed in a previous post repainting can be used to save a damaged work. Rips and tears can be repaired, and missing elements of works like sculpture can be...
Fall Break: Mayan Art and Architecture

Fall Break: Mayan Art and Architecture

Today’s post comes from Taylor Shoolery, Class of 2012 and Art Center Student Docent. Whereas most years I have returned home to California for fall break, this year I had an opportunity to embark on an adventure to Honduras to visit a friend, Giselle Del Carmen, class of 2011, whose family lives in Tegucigalpa, Honduras.  Giselle...
Connections: Satirical Times

Connections: Satirical Times

Today’s post comes from Taylor Shoolery, class of 2012 and Art Center student docent. Thomas Rowlandson served as a satirical hit man in the world of late 18th century politics.  Much like NBC’s television program, Saturday Night Live, Rowlandson mocked for money, paying no heed to political affiliations.  Two SNL clips—one of a reunion between President George...
Connections: Caught in Action

Connections: Caught in Action

Today’s post comes from Lina Kavaliunas, class of 2013 and Art Center student docent. In 1952 the art critic Harold Rosenberg defined action painting – a method of painting employed by the American abstract expressionists of the 1940’s and 50’s – as the moment where “the canvas began to appear to one American painter after...