The official student-run blog of the Frances Lehman Loeb Art Center at Vassar College in Poughkeepsie, NY.
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The Installation Process of "Universal Collection: A Mark Dion Project"

The Installation Process of “Universal Collection: A Mark Dion Project”

Today’s post comes from Lydia Wood, class of 2017 and Art Center Summer Pindyck Intern. This spring the Environmental Studies and American Studies programs offered a course called From the Natural History Museum to Ecotourism: The Collection of Nature. Taught by anthropology professor Anne Pike-Tay and artist Mark Dion, the class was half museum studies and...
Young Artists Explore American Stories at Family Day

Young Artists Explore American Stories at Family Day

Today’s post comes from Isa Pengskul, class of 2019 and Art Center Student Docent. Art came alive in the Loeb last Sunday during our bi-annual event, Family Day. We had invited families from all around to join us in art activities. The glass hallway that leads to the galleries was bustling as artists both young and...
Prints Prints Prints

Prints Prints Prints

Todays post comes from Delphine Douglas, class of 2018 and Art Center Multimedia Student Assistant. Recently I’ve been exploring the prints of the Art Center. With curator Patti Phagan, the docents had the chance to take a crash-course on prints in the Art Center’s print room. We learned about different techniques including woodblock, etching, and engraving,...
Opening to Art

Opening to Art

Todays post comes from Delphine Douglas, class of 2018 and Art Center Multimedia Student Assistant. Most Wednesday afternoons, the student docents of the Art Center gather for training. At each meeting we discuss a different topic or approach to conducting tours and helping the public experience the museum. On November 11, Alan Goldsmith, an artist from Beacon,...
Restoration and Installation

Restoration and Installation

Today’s post comes from Delphine Douglas, class of 2018 and Art Center Multimedia Student Assistant. In 1917 the Art Center received a large canvas by Lambert Sustris, a sixteenth-century Netherlandish artist transplanted to the Veneto. Painted around 1540, it depicts “The Circle of False Education,” an obstacle to human progress described in the Tabula Cebetis, a first-century...
A Recently Acquired Alice Neel Lithograph

A Recently Acquired Alice Neel Lithograph

Today’s post comes from Noble Ingram, class of 2016 and Art Center Student Docent. In 2011, the Frances Lehman Loeb Art Center acquired a lithograph by artist Alice Neel from Drs. Lenore Levine Weseley and Alvin C. Weseley. The work is a portrait titled Judith Solodkin and was printed and published in 1978. Alice Neel (1900–1984) was an American...
Welcome back!

Welcome back!

Today’s post comes from Carlos Ignacio Hernandez, Class of 2014 and Art Center Multimedia Assistant. After a couple of weeks full of hard work and meticulous online grooming, Off the Wall is back! We hope you enjoy our new appearance, which features a brand new design that allows you to easily scan recent posts, get exposed to...
Behind Closed Doors: End of the Summer Reflection

Behind Closed Doors: End of the Summer Reflection

Today’s post comes from Samantha Moyer, Art Center docent. Three things I learned during my summer as an Art Center Docent… 1. My favorite thing about being a member of the Art Center staff was having access to the curatorial files. My second day here I was brought back to the curatorial files storage space and told...
Connections: Moving Art

Connections: Moving Art

Today’s post comes from Taylor Shoolery, class of 2012 and Art Center student docent. On Monday at the Art Center the sculpture, Untitled, by Arnold Zimmerman was moved from the sculpture garden to the front of the Power House Theater.  Zimmerman’s work resembles the pre-Columbian sculptures of the Aztecs.  In 1995, Magazine of Art commented, “no matter...
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...
Behind Closed Doors: There's No Place Like Home

Behind Closed Doors: There’s No Place Like Home

Today’s post comes from James Mundy, the Anne Hendricks Bass Director of the Art Center. A couple of days ago, after almost eight months of almost compulsive thinking about construction matters in conjunction with our roof replacement project, I took a group of journalists through the almost fully re-installed permanent collection here at the Frances Lehman...
Behind Closed Doors: Capturing the Collection

Behind Closed Doors: Capturing the Collection

Today’s post comes from Lina Kavaliunas, Vassar College class of 2013 and Art Center student docent. Most questions at the Art Center can be answered by the collections database. How many works of art by Matisse are there in the collection? Thirty-three. When did we acquire the popular painting, Shadow Decoration? 1887 (the same year...