The official student-run blog of the Frances Lehman Loeb Art Center at Vassar College in Poughkeepsie, NY.
Doorways: A Loeb Letter

Doorways: A Loeb Letter

Today’s post comes from Bella Dalton-Fenkl, Vassar College class of 2020 graduate and former Art Center student docent. Rather than a written entry, this post is a Loeb Letter “virtual tour” in the form of a slide presentation, which can be accessed by clicking the link below. The presentation focuses...
Virtual Tour: Kobayashi Kiyochika

Virtual Tour: Kobayashi Kiyochika

Today’s post comes from Bella Dalton-Fenkl, Vassar College class of 2020 and Art Center student docent. Rather than a written entry, this post is a virtual tour in the form of a presentation, which can be accessed by clicking the link below. The virtual tour focuses on the works of...
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...
"Art is a Guarantee of Sanity:" Donald Kuspit Lectures on Louise Bourgeois

“Art is a Guarantee of Sanity:” Donald Kuspit Lectures on Louise Bourgeois

Today’s post comes from Naima Nader, student docent and Vassar class of 2023. The Art Center’s popular exhibition Louise Bourgeois: Ode to Forgetting, From the Collections of Jordan D. Schnitzer and His Family Foundation had its opening lecture last Saturday, February 8. The speaker was the esteemed American art critic Donald...
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Rural Landscape goes to the Whitney

Rural Landscape goes to the Whitney

Today’s post comes from Claudia Ashworth, class of 2019 and Art Center Student Docent From March 2-June 10, the Art Center’s painting Rural Landscape (1931) by Grant Wood will be on display at the Whitney Museum of American Art as part of their retrospective, Grant Wood: American Gothic and Other Fables. The exhibition consists of an...
Writing Box

Writing Box

Today’s post comes from Bella Dalton-Fenkl, class of 2020 and Art Center Student Docent The following poem should be read from bottom to top.
From 2D to 3D: 19th-century French Fashion

From 2D to 3D: 19th-century French Fashion

Today’s post comes from Olivia Feltus, class of 2021 and Art Center Student Docent On Wednesday, February 21, the Art Center hosted a talk by Susan Hiner of the French and Francophone Studies department at Vassar about the Focus Gallery exhibition Accessorizing Paris: Fashion and Art in the Nineteenth Century. The exhibition, co-curated by Hiner and...
Looking at Loving

Looking at Loving

Today’s post comes from Gianna Samms, class of 2019 and Art Center Student Docent. Looking at Al Loving’s art in the Frances Lehman Loeb Art Center is an active and intense experience. Strips of painted cardboard overlay each other, forming a brilliant collage of vibrant color and form. The work is not encased in a distracting...
Sonnet for Billy Name

Sonnet for Billy Name

Today’s post comes from Gabrielle Miranda, class of 2018 and Art Center Student Docent. andy warhol met billy name at a haircutting party and when andy died, billy was poor for a while sweet world, my god, now what’s a name for me? Billy, it was the word you called me with. paint it silver, you sighed with glee,...
Guide to a Guilt Free Visit to the Museum

Guide to a Guilt Free Visit to the Museum

Today’s post comes from Isa Pengskul, class of 2019 and Art Center Student Docent “Okay, so I’ve set aside an hour and now I’m prepared to experience everything on display in the museum.” This is the deluded thought (I hate to admit) I sometimes have when I visit other medium sized galleries. I often breeze past...
People are Beautiful opening lecture, "Reel to Real: Andy Warhol's World"

People are Beautiful opening lecture, “Reel to Real: Andy Warhol’s World”

Today’s post comes from Delphine Douglas, class of 2018 and Art Center Multimedia Student Assistant On Friday, January 26, the Frances Lehman Loeb Art Center hosted a lecture and reception to celebrate the opening of the new exhibition, People are Beautiful: Prints, Photographs, and Films by Andy Warhol. Vincent Fremont delivered the opening lecture, titled “Reel...
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...
The Storied History of Francesco Caucig’s Amyntas Being Rewarded by the Dryad Saving the Oak

The Storied History of Francesco Caucig’s Amyntas Being Rewarded by the Dryad Saving the Oak

Today’s post comes from Bella Dalton-Fenkl, class of 2020 and Art Center Docent. As we prepare for Amyntas Being Rewarded by the Dryad Saving the Oak by Francesco (or Franz) Caucig to be put into storage and for it to be replaced by The Octavian Gate and Fish Market by Hubert Robert, now is the perfect...
Docent Excursion to the Catskills

Docent Excursion to the Catskills

Today’s post comes from Delphine Douglas, class of 2018 and Art Center Multimedia Student Assistant.  On October 1st, a group of docents from the Art Center left Poughkeepsie to learn about Thomas Cole and Hudson River School painters in the Catskills. We started out early in the morning with a visit to Kaaterskill Falls. This double...
A Playlist for the Loeb

A Playlist for the Loeb

Today’s post comes from Julian Ireland,  Oberlin Class of 2019, and Art Center Docent. During the slower days at the art center this summer, I found myself creating little activities to stay engaged with the art I was viewing. My favorite exercise is called the “Loeb Playlist,” in which the viewer (me) spends around 10-20 minutes looking...
Wangechi Mutu: Histology of the Different Classes of Uterine Tumors

Wangechi Mutu: Histology of the Different Classes of Uterine Tumors

Today’s post comes from Claudia Ashworth,  Class of 2019, and Art Center Docent. When I first entered the Art Center’s new exhibition The Secret of Girls, I was surprised. Being a relatively new docent, I hadn’t yet encountered works from the collection that were created with a political message in mind. I quickly discovered that the Loeb...