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Fred Wilson's "X": Subverting the Technological Biases of Photography

Fred Wilson’s “X”: Subverting the Technological Biases of Photography

Today’s post comes from Cecily Rea, Vassar class of 2023 and Art Center student docent. In light of Black Lives Matter’s amplification and the spread of an international anti-racist movement over the past few months, many museums and art institutions have made increased efforts towards the representation of Black artists and subjects. The Loeb’s current photography...
Drawing from Life: Teaching Studio Art During a Pandemic

Drawing from Life: Teaching Studio Art During a Pandemic

The following is an interview between Loeb Post-Baccalaureate Fellow Cassie Jain and Art Department professors Gina Ruggeri and Laura Newman. By devising and implementing social distancing protocol and hybrid teaching programs, Vassar College was able to welcome students back to campus for the fall 2020 semester. However, campus life still looked far from normal. New challenges—including...
Contemplative Practice in the Museum

Contemplative Practice in the Museum

The following is an interview between Loeb docent Magdalena Ramos Mullane ’22 and Religion/Cognitive Science major Benjamin Haffey ’22.  Benjamin Haffey, enrolled in a course on contemplative practices (CLCS 151, taught by Associate Professor of Psychological Science Carolyn Palmer) is tasked with beholding a piece in the Loeb for an extended period of time. For this...
Art Activity Cards to Download

Art Activity Cards to Download

Today’s post comes from Polly Ellman, Williams College class of 2022 and Art Center summer intern. This summer, the Loeb embarked on a project to provide local, low-income students with much- needed art supplies and a chance to interact remotely with our collection, despite the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic limiting in-person access to the galleries and...
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...
On an Opal Gospel Panel

On an Opal Gospel Panel

Today’s post comes from Olivia Feltus, class of 2021 and Art Center Docent. On October 26th, 2017, poets and curators came together for a panel talk in exploration of Robert Rauschenberg’s Opal Gospel (1971) in which he used Native American texts to create a series of translucent prints. Opal Gospel, ten silkscreen prints on acrylic, is in the permanent collection...
My Brown-Eyed Girl

My Brown-Eyed Girl

Today’s post comes from Will Kyle, class of 2019 and Art Center Student Docent.   I took a class called “Color” taught by Peter Charlap, the chair of the art department. The class mostly involves lots of exploration and experimentation with a “color aid set,” a few hundred pieces of paper printed with every color known to...
Poetry Off The Wall: Part Six, Lillian Kalish

Poetry Off The Wall: Part Six, Lillian Kalish

Today’s post comes from Gabrielle Miranda, class of 2018 and Art Center Student Docent.   This is part six of a six part series. To learn more about the Poetry Off the Wall series, view the first post here.  The final video in the Poetry Off the Wall series is by senior Political Science major Lillian Kalish. Lillian is a...
Poetry Off The Wall: Part Five, Michaela Coplen

Poetry Off The Wall: Part Five, Michaela Coplen

Today’s post comes from Gabrielle Miranda, class of 2018 and Art Center Student Docent.   This is part five of a six part series. To learn more about the Poetry Off the Wall series, view the first post here.  This penultimate installment features the work of sophomore Michaela Coplen. Michaela is an International Studies major with correlates in Arabic and...
Poetry Off The Wall: Part Four, Gabby Miranda

Poetry Off The Wall: Part Four, Gabby Miranda

Today’s post comes from Gabrielle Miranda, class of 2018 and Art Center Student Docent.   This is part four of a six part series. To learn more about the Poetry Off the Wall series, view the first post here. This fourth installment features me, Gabrielle Miranda. I’m a sophomore Political Science major with prospective correlates in both English and Hispanic Studies. I...
Poetry Off The Wall: Part Three, Kayla Schwab

Poetry Off The Wall: Part Three, Kayla Schwab

Today’s post comes from Gabrielle Miranda, class of 2018 and Art Center Student Docent.   This is part three of a six part series. To learn more about the Poetry Off the Wall series, view the first post here. Kayla Schwab is a junior English major with a Studio Art correlate. She will be writing her thesis next fall on ekphrasis as...
Poetry Off The Wall: Part One, Kim Carlson

Poetry Off The Wall: Part One, Kim Carlson

Today’s post comes from Gabrielle Miranda, class of 2018 and Art Center Student Docent. The first National Poetry Month was held during the month of April in 1996. In order to partake in what marks the twentieth year of Poetry Month, I collaborated with my creative writing class to create a video series of poems inspired...