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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:...
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...
Empire and Innovation at the Art Center

Empire and Innovation at the Art Center

Today’s post comes from Morgan Williams, class of 2017 and Art Center Student Docent. The Frances Lehman Loeb Art Center’s latest exhibition, Imperial Augsburg: Renaissance Prints and Drawings, 1475-1540, opened Friday, September 19. The exhibition opened with a lecture by Freyda Spira, the Metropolitan Museum of Art’s associate curator of drawings and prints and co-curator of...
Seas, Trees, and Sawdust: The Artful Dodger with Peter Stillman

Seas, Trees, and Sawdust: The Artful Dodger with Peter Stillman

Today’s post comes from Deborah Steinberg, class of 2014 and Art Center Student Docent. On February 22, Professor Peter Stillman kicked off our Artful Dodger series this spring with a discussion of two photographs that expanded upon the course he taught last semester around the Sawdust Mountain exhibition at the Art Center. Richard Misrach’s Salton Sea (T.V. Antennae) and Althea...
Munch in Paris

Munch in Paris

Today’s post comes from Erin Gallagher, class of 2013 and Art Center Student Docent.   Permeated by the dusky blue palette of nighttime Paris and an overriding sense of lonely isolation, the subtle scene of The Seine at St. Cloud evokes a melancholic sentiment from the back wall of the nineteenth century gallery in the Frances Lehman...
Rivera and Tamayo at Hofstra

Rivera and Tamayo at Hofstra

Today’s post comes from Simone Levine, class of 2013 and Art Center Student Docent. Currently on view at Hofstra University Museum is a retrospective exhibition featuring artist, poet, and professor emeritus Yonia Fain.  The exhibition includes Fain’s works from 1959 to the present, as well as works by artists who influenced Fain, such as Diego Rivera...
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...
Seeing Red: Rothko on Stage

Seeing Red: Rothko on Stage

Today’s post comes from Emily MacLeod, Class of 2012 and Art Center Student Docent. “What do you see?” This is the first line of the play Red by John Logan—and a question that we as docents often ask when starting a dialogue about works in our collection. The plot follows Mark Rothko as he works on his...
Artful Dodger: Prof. Mita Choudhury

Artful Dodger: Prof. Mita Choudhury

Today’s post comes from Kristina Arike, class of 2014 and Art Center Student Docent. On February 28, Mita Choudhury, Associate Professor of History, presented this semester’s final installment of the Artful Dodger. The subjects of her discussion were two seventeenth-century Dutch portraits painted by Paul Lesire, “Alida Pietersdr. Van Scharlaken, aged 25, 1637” and “Portrait of...
A City Without Signposts

A City Without Signposts

Today’s post comes from Kevin Choe, Class of 2012 and Art Center Student Docent. When visitors drive through the Main Gate of Vassar College, they are usually struck by the imposing façade of Main Building as it slowly comes to view. However, for the next month, that view will be interrupted by a large, brightly colored banner...