The official student-run blog of the Frances Lehman Loeb Art Center at Vassar College in Poughkeepsie, NY.
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Winter Thoughts on a Truitt Summer

Winter Thoughts on a Truitt Summer

Today’s post comes from Deb Steinberg, class of 2014 and Art Center Docent. Anne Truitt’s Sorcerer’s Summer (1991) is an abstract, modern sculpture that develops a visual intensity through its bold planes of color and precise rectilinear form. From across the gallery, the wooden sculpture appears very simple and solid, characterized by its crisp right angles...
Uncovering The Four Ages of Man

Uncovering The Four Ages of Man

Today’s post comes from Rhyston Mays, class of 2016 and Multimedia Student Assistant. Valentin de Boulogne’s The Four Ages of Man (1629) hangs on the Art Center’s walls among other works from the seventeenth century. The first time I came across Valentin’s painting, I was not particularly intrigued. His style was familiar, like that of Michelangelo...
Piecing Together Parts of the Whole: Dawn's Wedding Feast Columns

Piecing Together Parts of the Whole: Dawn’s Wedding Feast Columns

Today’s post comes from Olivia Zisman, class of 2016 and Art Center Student Docent. When I walk through the Frances Lehman Loeb Art Center’s 20th Century gallery, Louise Nevelson’s Dawn’s Wedding Feast Columns always draw my attention. The monochromatic white sculptures seem to have an almost ethereal, otherworldly quality, standing enigmatically side-by-side and larger than life. The...
Photography, Environment, and Politics: Sawdust Mountain

Photography, Environment, and Politics: Sawdust Mountain

The Frances Lehman Loeb Art Center actively encourages faculty and students from across all departments and programs to view the art collection as a teaching tool and the galleries as a learning site. Perhaps this is nowhere more evident than in this fall’s half-semester course, “Photography, Environment, and Politics: Sawdust Mountain.” The course, which is...
Angelic Gesture

Angelic Gesture

Today’s post comes from Justine Paradis, class of 2013 and Art Center Student Docent. Barbara Hepworth’s Maquette for Winged Figure (c. 1940–1) was created, as the title suggests, as a preliminary model for a larger sculpture that was eventually installed on the second story exterior of the John Lewis Building on Oxford Street in London. The...
Accessing the Subconscious: The Lady Hears a Nightingale

Accessing the Subconscious: The Lady Hears a Nightingale

Today’s post comes from Sophie Asakura, class of 2016 and Art Center Student Docent. In Max Ernst’s 1940s work The Lady Hears a Nightingale, sticky, spidery forms of green algal growth seem to blanket the composition. The growth creeps across the canvas, permeated subtly by a cubist figure. The figure is loosely human, with arms and...
A Hidden Treasure

A Hidden Treasure

Today’s post comes from Alison Dillulio, class of 2013 and Art Center Student Docent. Unknown [Japanese Mid-to-late Edo period (1615-1868)], Inkstone Box (Suzuribako) with Eight Views of Omi (Omi-hakkei). Wood coated with lacquer and gold. Purchase, Pratt Fund. 2008.21. The suzuribako is one of many Asian art objects in Vassar’s Francis Lehman Loeb Art Center collection. It is not currently on view.[1]...
Elaine and Willem de Kooning: Seeing a Similar World in Dissimilar Ways

Elaine and Willem de Kooning: Seeing a Similar World in Dissimilar Ways

Today’s post comes from Angela Brown, class of 2016 and Art Center Student Docent. Hanging side by side, Man in a Whirl by Elaine de Kooning and Black and White Rome F by Willem de Kooning seem to be very different characters in the same complex story.  One could say that this “story” is that of...
Pompeii Leaves Poughkeepsie

Pompeii Leaves Poughkeepsie

 Today’s post comes from Stephanie Muir, class of 2015 and Art Center Student Docent. If you were to make your way to the Art Center’s 19th century galleries today, you would notice that a certain something is different.  A definitive work from the Loeb’s permanent collection, An Exedra by Sir Lawrence Alma-Tadema, recently went on loan...
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...
Opening Night of Sawdust Mountain

Opening Night of Sawdust Mountain

Today’s post comes from Erin Gallagher, class of 2013 and Art Center Student Docent. Friday, September 7, was the opening of the exhibition, Eirik Johnson: Sawdust Mountain. The evening kicked off with a lecture, “Wanderings Along the Makeshift Landscape,” by the artist. As he took us through his early formative experiences with photography, sharing a tale...