The official student-run blog of the Frances Lehman Loeb Art Center at Vassar College in Poughkeepsie, NY.
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)...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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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...
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 Two, Jacqueline Krass

Poetry Off The Wall: Part Two, Jacqueline Krass

Today’s post comes from Gabrielle Miranda, class of 2018 and Art Center Student Docent.   This is part two of a six part series. To learn more about the Poetry Off the Wall series, view the first post here.  This second installment in the Poetry Off the Wall series comes from the poetry of Jacqueline Krass. Jackie is a senior English...
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...
Young Artists Explore American Stories at Family Day

Young Artists Explore American Stories at Family Day

Today’s post comes from Isa Pengskul, class of 2019 and Art Center Student Docent. Art came alive in the Loeb last Sunday during our bi-annual event, Family Day. We had invited families from all around to join us in art activities. The glass hallway that leads to the galleries was bustling as artists both young and...
Springtime Titles

Springtime Titles

Todays post comes from Delphine Douglas, class of 2018 and Art Center Multimedia Student Assistant. This week, I was inspired by the Charles Herbert Moore painting, The Catskills in Spring (1861), to look for springtime works in the permanent collection. I found over a dozen works that directly referenced spring in the title and collected...
American Hair Stories

American Hair Stories

Today’s post comes from Josh Schwartz, class of 2018 and Art Center Student Docent. In the 1967 musical Hair the cast sings “Hair, hair, hair, hair, hair, hair, hair/ Flow it, show it/ Long as God can grow it/ My hair.” In the show, the characters’ hair represents their freedom, their unwillingness to conform, and their...