The official student-run blog of the Frances Lehman Loeb Art Center at Vassar College in Poughkeepsie, NY.
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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...
The Art of Devastation: World War I Medals and Posters Exhibition

The Art of Devastation: World War I Medals and Posters Exhibition

Today’s post comes from Hannah Cho, class of 2018 and Art Center multimedia assistant. The Art Center’s most recent exhibition features beautiful medals and posters from the Great War. The 100+ medals in the exhibition come from The American Numismatic Society in New York City, along with war posters on loan from the Museum of Fine...
My Friends at the Museum – Art that Speaks

My Friends at the Museum – Art that Speaks

Today’s post comes from Bella Dalton-Fenkl, class of 2020 and Art Center Student Docent. I remember one day last term when I arrived at the Art Center and was met with a surprise—I had to give a tour to fifty people. Unsurprisingly, I felt panic. As I led them through the 20th century gallery, I turned...
Anne Truitt and Her “Signature” Allusions

Anne Truitt and Her “Signature” Allusions

Today’s post comes from Curtis Eckley, class of 2019 and Art Center Student Docent. This past month, the Dia Art Foundation announced its recent acquisition of six Anne Truitt sculptures that will go on long-term view at their Dia:Beacon gallery space, starting on May 5, 2017. In addition to these sculptures, which include White: One (1962),...
Histoire Naturelle

Histoire Naturelle

Today’s post comes from Curtis Eckley, class of 2019 and Art Center Student Docent.     Last week’s “Artful Dodger” with Professor James F. Challey saw an exploration of the underlying intersections between science, technology and society within the Art Center’s exhibition Universal Collection: A Mark Dion Project, and how these intersections inform us about Vassar College’s beginnings....
Observatory Night at the Art Center

Observatory Night at the Art Center

Today’s post comes from Gabrielle Miranda, class of 2018 and Art Center Student Docent. In honor of Touch the Sky, a temporary exhibition that explores intersections of art and astronomy, the Art Center offered live music, space-themed children’s activities, and a trip to Vassar’s observatory on June 23 for our Late Night programming. The night was...
Storytime at the Museum

Storytime at the Museum

Today’s post comes from Gabrielle Miranda, class of 2018 and Art Center Student Docent. A group of young art appreciators joined us at the Art Center on June 3 for Storytime at the Museum to read about and explore the theme, “Lines and Shapes in Art.” This was the third Storytime the Frances Lehman Loeb Art...
Monsters in Miniature: The Bakemono Sōshi

Monsters in Miniature: The Bakemono Sōshi

    Today’s post comes from Morgan Williams, class of 2017 and Art Center Student Docent. On October 29, 2015, Professor Hiromi Tsuchiya Dollase gave a talk on the Bakemono Sōshi or Monster Scroll in the first lecture of this semester’s Artful Dodger series in the galleries. As the professor who teaches “The Gothic and Supernatural in Japanese...
The Power of the Comic Form

The Power of the Comic Form

Today’s post comes from Isis Lecaro, class of 2018 and Art Center Student Docent. As noted in a recent blog post by Rosa Bozhkov, the project gallery at the Frances Lehman Loeb Art Center is an ever-changing space typically devoted to works from collection storage that are being used in courses taught by Vassar professors. So,...
When Fashion Follows Fine Art

When Fashion Follows Fine Art

Today’s post comes from Samuel Blanchard, class of 2018 and Art Center Student Docent.  America’s commercial fashion industry is amidst a love affair with fine art. Popular stores such as H&M and Urban Outfitters sell Van Gogh-inspired “Starry Night” leggings and Warhol-evoking printed tanks. Fashion editorials from Vogue and Harper’s Bazaar have styled models after subjects...
Chemical Bonds and Personal Connections

Chemical Bonds and Personal Connections

Today’s post comes from Michael Cadenas, class of 2015 and Art Center student docent. As a part of “The Artful Dodger” series of talks at the Frances Lehman Loeb Art Center, Marianne Begemann, Dean of Strategic Planning and Academic Resources, stepped out to the Sculpture Garden to highlight some of the works on view in her October...