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Student Docents
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

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...
Senior Week: This Must Be The Place

Senior Week: This Must Be The Place

This week we will be hearing from senior student docents before they graduate on Sunday. Today’s post comes from Sarah Harshman.  Sarah has been a docent at the Art Center for the past year. The day I moved in to Vassar as a freshman was hot. Very hot. 90+ degrees and humid. Oh, and stressful. There...
Senior Week: Raising Questions

Senior Week: Raising Questions

This week we will be hearing from senior student docents before they graduate on Sunday. Today’s post comes from Sadie Burzan.  Sadie has been a docent at the Art Center for the past year. In my junior year, I learned that museums are not neutral. I was taking a class called Anthropology of Art (one of...
Senior Week: New Ways of Seeing

Senior Week: New Ways of Seeing

This week we will be hearing from senior student docents before they graduate on Sunday. Today’s post comes from Claudia Sanchez.  Claudia has been a docent at the Art Center for the past year. I have always found the experience of going to an art museum to be very personal. Even when I am in the...
Senior Week: Adventures in Wonderland

Senior Week: Adventures in Wonderland

This week we will be hearing from senior student docents before they graduate on Sunday. Today’s post comes from Michael Reback.  Mikey has been a docent at the Art Center for the past two years. As May marches on, the Vassar campus comes to life — trees bloom, tulips pop up around Main Circle, and...