The official student-run blog of the Frances Lehman Loeb Art Center at Vassar College in Poughkeepsie, NY.
Artful Dodger
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....
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,...
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...
Physics: An Antidote for Anxiety?

Physics: An Antidote for Anxiety?

Today’s post comes from Olivia Zisman, class of 2016 and Art Center Student Docent. On October 24, Professor Jenny Magnes of the physics department kicked off this year’s Artful Dodger series—now taking place at 5:00 on Thursdays during Late Night at the Lehman Loeb—with a talk about Ross Bleckner’s Symbols of the Sun and Other Planets....
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...
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...
Artful Dodger: Prof. Tim Koechlin

Artful Dodger: Prof. Tim Koechlin

Today’s post comes from Kristina Arike, Class of 2014 and Art Center Student Docent.   Last week’s Artful Dodger featured Tim Koechlin, the Director of Vassar‘s International Studies Program, and a Senior Lecturer in International Studies and Urban Studies. He earned his PhD in economics from UMass Amherst, and economics remains one of his principal interests and...
Artful Dodger: Prof. Brian Mann

Artful Dodger: Prof. Brian Mann

Today’s post comes from Kristina Arike, Class of 2014 and Art Center Student Docent. Brian Mann, Associate Professor of Music, presented this week’s installment of the Artful Dodger series on the subject of several lithographs by French artist Henri Toulouse-Lautrec. These works on paper feature cabaret singer and actress, Yvette Guilbert. One of Professor Mann’s areas...
Artful Dodger: Prof. Abigail Baird

Artful Dodger: Prof. Abigail Baird

  Today’s post comes from Deborah Steinberg, Class of 2014 and Art Center Student Intern. On Tuesday, February 7th, Professor Abigail Baird kicked off this semester’s Artful Dodger series by pulling Salvador Dali’s illustrations of Alice in Wonderland out of storage. Baird, an Associate Professor of Psychology, immediately drew a connection between Lewis Carroll’s work of “nonsense...
Artful Dodger: Prof. Christenson

Artful Dodger: Prof. Christenson

Today’s post comes from Deborah Steinberg, Class of 2014 and Art Center Intern. “I love art. I appreciate art. But I don’t want to know anything about it. I just want to appreciate it for what it is.” Lynn Christenson, Assistant Professor of Biology, took a very unusual approach to the Artful Dodger talk, beginning her...
Artful Dodger: Tyrone Simpson on Aaron Siskind

Artful Dodger: Tyrone Simpson on Aaron Siskind

Today’s post comes from Deborah Steinberg, Class of 2014 and Art Center Intern. Tyrone Simpson, Associate Professor of English, stated in this week’s Artful Dodger that, “Urban image making is dangerous and threatening for me,” because it calcifies what people come to think about urban experience. Both Simpson’s book project, Ghetto Images in Twentieth...