The official student-run blog of the Frances Lehman Loeb Art Center at Vassar College in Poughkeepsie, NY.
My Time with "Past Time: Geology in European and American Art"

My Time with “Past Time: Geology in European and American Art”

Today’s post comes from Kirk Testa, class of 2019 and Art Center Docent During my sophomore year, I assisted Dr. Patricia Phagan, the Loeb’s curator of prints and drawings, with research for the currently on view exhibition, Past Time: Geology in European and American Art. Researching for this exhibition and its...
Sitting with Stella

Sitting with Stella

Today’s post comes from Ruby Mayer, class of 2020 and Art Center Summer Docent After a morning in the galleries of the Frances Lehman Loeb Art Center, I cross campus to eat lunch in the grass. I choose a place in the sun to lose the AC-chill of the museum, and slowly survey...
Beyond the Veil

Beyond the Veil

Today’s post comes from Isabel Long, Art Center Summer Docent and Skidmore ‘21.   The question I was most frequently asked while giving tours this summer was “Can you tell us about the bust of the woman with the veil?”  Now, after some research, I can. Located in the middle of the...
Seeing is Believing?

Seeing is Believing?

Today’s post comes from Caylea Barone, Colgate University class of 2021 and Art Center Student Docent. This summer, a playful new exhibition decorates the walls of the Project Gallery at the Frances Lehman Loeb Art Center. The display consists of nine works from the permanent collection that engage the theme of...
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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...
On Moore's Standing Figures

On Moore’s Standing Figures

Today’s post comes from Polly Ellman, Arlington Highschool ’18 and Art Center Student Docent. A main focus of the modern and contemporary galleries at the Loeb is the tension between abstract and representational or figurative artwork. Few works embody this tension more effectively than English artist Henry Moore’s 1950 bronze sculpture, Double Standing Figure. This seven-foot tall...
Searching for Sherman

Searching for Sherman

Today’s post comes from Julian Ireland, Oberlin class of 2019 and Art Center Student Docent. It is hard to pinpoint what makes Cindy Sherman’s 1994 photograph Untitled #304 so unsettling – whether it’s the two figures who draw an ambiguous line between human and doll, or the eerie red carpeted space that they lie in. There’s...
Caro in the Garden

Caro in the Garden

Today’s post comes from Claudia Ashworth, Class of 2019, and Art Center Student Docent. After a brief period of conservation, Anthony Caro’s work Slap (1976) returned to the Frances Lehman Loeb Art Center’s sculpture garden last week. It now rests on its original spot in front of an ivy wall immediately visible upon entering the space. Like many...
Winogrand's Beautiful Women

Winogrand’s Beautiful Women

Today’s post comes from Julian Ireland, Oberlin Class of 2019 and Art Center Docent. A recent exhibition that visitors to the Loeb often miss (yes, there is a gallery on the second floor) is Garry Winogrand’s Beautiful Women. This show is comprised of twelve photographs by Winogrand, each featuring a female subject over the backdrop of 1960s...
Fading from Memory: Mesoamerica to New York City

Fading from Memory: Mesoamerica to New York City

Today’s blog post comes from Curtis Eckley, Class of 2019 and Art Center Student Docent. On April 20, 2017, Late Night at the Lehman Loeb saw the surfacing of some of the Art Center’s more elusive yet fascinating works from the collection through a faculty talk given by Professor of Anthropology and Latin American & Latinx...
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...